Wednesday, March 2, 2022


Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews is hosting The Wilhelm Scream Blogathon! A brilliant idea whose contributions can be found HERE.

The Wilhelm Scream is ubiquitous in movies and television, and as welcome and comforting as the Goofy Yell or the Roadrunner's Beep Beep. Okay. Perhaps the Wilhelm Scream isn't truly comforting because we know that someone has come to a grizzly end, but it has certainly become familiar and a welcome "aha" moment to fans.

My contribution to The Wilhelm Scream Blogathon is an episode of Maverick from its first season, The Savage Hills featuring Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick with guest star Diane Brewster as the recurring character Samantha Crawford, in the second of four episodes. The character was introduced in According to Hoyle in 1947 where "Sam" beat Bret at his own game.

Diane Brewster, Jack Kelly

First aired: Sunday, February 9, 1958
Written by Gerald Drayson Adams
Directed by Douglas Heyes

Roy Huggins created the irreverent and Emmy-winning series Maverick in 1957 and it ran, with various actors until 1962. Our first season finds the Maverick Brothers played by James Garner (Bret) and Jack Kelly (Bart) traveling the television west gambling, doling out the wisdom of their "Old Pappy" and romancing lovely Warner Brothers contractees.

Bart Maverick wanted a good night's sleep and a hearty meal. What he got was grifter Samantha Crawford played by Diane Brewster getting Bart in a lot of trouble with Secret Service Agent Gunnerson played by Peter Whitney, some Natives in The Savage Hills, a possible Federal jail sentence.

Jack Kelly, Peter Whitney

Agent Gunnerson sums things up to an incarcerated Bart: "This girl comes to your hotel room - tries to rob you. You go for the sheriff. She hops into bed. You come back. She tells you she's a Secret Service Agent and I'm a crook. So you team up with her to rob me to get the reward. Is that the way it goes?"

Bart: "I wish I could say 'no.'"

Gunnerson: "She sure must have been a charmer."

Bart: "Dripping honeysuckle, Mr. Gunnerson."

The reward is $10,000 for some counterfeit engraving plates. Bart and Gunnerson team up with a plan to split the reward. All the while, Bart is trying to recall where he's heard the name "Samantha Crawford." But, doggone it, those Maverick boys have so many women in their lives how can they possibly remember them all! 

Jack Kelly, Diane Brewster

Samantha takes the plates and jumps from a riverboat with Bart in pursuit while Gunnerson is knocked out. Attempting a cross-country route the hungry wanderers make the mistake of stealing a food pouch from a Native death lodge. They may have satiated their hunger but now they have some angry men on their trail.

Diane Brewster

Samantha proves resourceful in rescuing Bart from certain torture and this is where the Wilhelm Scream joins the action. Clever Sam starts a distracting fire, grabs a rifle, and down goes one angry Native (Ahhh!) at the 30:13 mark in the proceedings. 

Bart, being a Maverick, becomes susceptible to Sam's later romantic overtures. While Bart sleeps, Sam once again absconds with the plates. Meanwhile, back in civilization, Bart is the subject of a preliminary trial with Gunnerson convinced that Bart knows the whereabouts of Samantha Crawford and/or the plates. After all, there is still that $10,000 reward to consider.

Thurston Hall

Samantha "dripping honeysuckle" Crawford charms the Judge, who also "drips honeysuckle" played by Thurston Hall, a favourite of classic movie fans with 230 film credits including Inspector Crane in The Lone Wolf movies.

Justice prevails when Gunnerson and Maverick split the reward. There is a touching farewell at the railway station between Bart and Samantha.

Diane Brewster, Jack Kelly

Bart: "Goodbye, Samantha."

Samantha: "Goodbye, darling."

Jack Kelly

Bart immediately jumps on board the train when he realizes Samantha has picked his pocket with her goodbye kiss. Samantha waves goodbye from the platform. Those Maverick boys consider themselves as cynical as they come, but they have a strong sentimental streak when it comes to their lovely Warner Brothers contractees.

Diane Brewster

Samantha: "Goodbye, darling. Say "hello" to brother Bret for me. He'll remember me too."



  1. Thanks for this lovely episode review, I've never seen these series and loved your account of this episode which is enticing and mow urging me to watch it due to your love for this series. Well spotted for the Wilhelm Scream - I got so into the romance of the film I reviewed, I forgot to listen out for it. Hope all good with you xx

  2. Paddy Lee, I always enjoy it when you give us a good write-up of one the grand episodes from a Classic tv show. MAVERICK(1957-62) was one of the best and a favorite tv show of mine. I viewed MAVERICK in syndicated reruns during the 1960's and '70's. So, I would like to thank the licensers and programmers of these local tv stations: KAIT Channel 8 Jonesboro, KARK Channel 4 Little Rock, and WHBQ Channel 13 Memphis.

    The talented and beautiful Diane Brewster is always a delight to watch in any role. Her role as Samantha Crawford on CHEYENNE and later on MAVERICK is a particular favorite.

    I hope you are doing okay, because I'm really concerned and I'm sure other readers are, also. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

  3. That goes double for me,

    Nothing much to add except I think this is a great idea for a blogathon.

  4. This Maverick episode sounds like a fun outing, with some sharply-written dialogue.

  5. Aha! A femme fatale!

    This episode sounds like a lot of fun, as does the whole series. I keep meaning to watch it, and when I do, I'll raise a glass to you.

    P.S. Hope you're on the mend.

  6. Of all the women on Maverick boys were most susceptible to Samantha. I have to think if Beau had ever met her, he would have succumbed to her charms as well!

  7. I'm with Gill--I haven't seen any episodes of this series, but now I want to. It looks very cool.

  8. So very good to read you again. I hope you're feeling better. You are sorely missed.

  9. My condolences to the family of PADDY LEE. I only knew her through her wonderful blog CAFTAN WOMAN and I really enjoyed our talking, by way of the comments section. I know that she was a wonderfully talented human being, who I will miss so very much.


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