This Date in MAVERICK TV History: Richard Long, Fay Spain, and H.M. Wynant star in “The Goose-Drownder,” one of the few straightforward dramatic episodes of Maverick, airing Dec. 13, 1959

  1. THE GOOSE-DROWNDER
    Original Airdate: December 13, 1959


Synopsis
. Stranded in the ghost town of Silverado, Nevada, Bart and Gentleman Jack Darby (Richard Long) spend the night with the town’s lone resident, Boone Gillis (played by Will Wright). They are later joined by a hold-up gang that just robbed the stagecoach of its payroll. Among the passengers: Rance, a wounded gunslinger (H.M. Wynant), and Stella Legendre (Fay Spain), a dance hall girl whom Maverick once met in Abilene.

One of the few episodes of Maverick that has little to no comedy in it, “The Goose-Drownder” is a taut, tense drama that showcases Jack Kelly’s range as a performer. Besides exhibiting cool under pressure during the surgery sequence, Kelly as Maverick displays a rare show of anger when Darby questions Bart’s love for Stella.

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