This Date in MAVERICK TV History: David Frankham stars in “Royal Four Flush,” airing Sept. 20, 1959

  1. ROYAL FOUR FLUSH
    Original Airdate: September 20, 1959

Synopsis. David Frankham guest stars as “Captain” Rory Fitzgerald, a con artist acquaintance whom Bart encounters in Virginia City. Fitzgerald owes Maverick $4,000, but claims to be out of money. Bart becomes suspicious when he recognizes the glamorous “countess” whom Fitzgerald is escorting as Liz Bancroft, a card dealer from New Orleans. He later discovers that Fitzgerald and Bancroft are plotting to swindle wealthy Placer Jack Mason out of $200,000.

At the time he filmed this episode, David Frankham was well on his way to becoming one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, including a recent appearance opposite Vincent Price in Roger Corman’s Return of the Fly. According to Frankham, his performance in Return of the Fly was a key factor that led to his being cast in “Royal Four Flush.”

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