This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Rope of Cards,” the episode that introduced viewers to Maverick Solitaire, aired on Jan. 19, 1958

  1. ROPE OF CARDS
    Original Airdate: 
    January 19, 1958

Synopsis. Maverick meets Twelve Angry Men as Bret finds himself the only juror who votes to acquit a man who stands accused of murder.  

The first of four episodes featuring William Reynolds (The F.B.I., The Islanders, “The Purple Testament” episode of The Twilight Zone), “Rope of Cards” also introduced viewers to “Maverick Solitaire,” where you can take any deck of cards, shuffle it, deal yourself twenty-five cards, and come up with five pat hands practically every time. According to legend, sales of playing cards spiked the day after this episode first aired.

LEARN MORE about this episode in the revised third edition of Maverick: Legend of the West, featuring more than 100 pages of new information about the show that made James Garner a star. 25 percent of the net proceeds from the sales of the third edition will be donated to The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to help rescue organizations, shelters, individuals, shelters, individual, fosters, and veterans with emergencies, evacuations, medical care, adoptions, training, pet supplies, shelter, rehabilitation, boarding, transportation, food, and other pressing needs. JGARF is one way for Garner fans to honor Jim’s memory and extend his legacy. The revised third edition of Maverick: Legend of the West is available both in softcover and, very soon, as an eBook through Black Pawn Press, Amazon.com, and wherever books are sold online.

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1 Response to This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Rope of Cards,” the episode that introduced viewers to Maverick Solitaire, aired on Jan. 19, 1958

  1. John F. Collins says:

    Because James Garner had his choice of scripts, this is still the fourth best episode. Even though Jack Kelly, Roger Moore and Robert Colbert combined for many episodes.

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