The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 30, 1981 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, November 30, 1981
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Page 8 The Salina Journal — Monday, November 30,1981 Garner gets into Western duds to reprise his role as Maverick By VERNON SCOTT HOLLYWOOD - (UPI) - It will be deja vu for millions of viewers who tuned in their TV sets 25 years ago to watch the adventures of Bret Maverick, a con-man drifter in the Old West. Television was experimenting with horse operas in 1956 and one of the best of the light-hearted, comic-adventure westerns was "Maverick", starring Jim Garner in the title role. Maverick, as his name indicated, lived by his own standards, milching a precarious living as best he could in card games and shady but legal commercial enterprises. Bret was a handsome dude who had a way with the ladies and a knack for exploiting greedy hustlers, rustlers and road agents. Most often Bret rode off into the sunset with a smile on his face, having seduced the local merchant's daughter and fleeced the town's resident dog heavy. The dog heavy was the bad guy who kicks dogs to establish the fact that he's rotten to the core. The history of "Maverick" was bright but brief. It survived only four years, compared to the heavily dramatic "Gunsmoke!" which endured for 20. "Maverick" also had a bumpy time of it. After three years Garner, a tall, handsome Oklahoman, wanted out. He was inundated with movie offers. He That's Entertainment The Salina Journal also objected to some of the threadbare scripts that were coming his way. Jack Kelly joined the cast of the series in the role of Maverick's brother, Bart. An occasional guest star was Roger Moore (current James Bond of the movies) in the role of cousin Beau Maverick. Warner Bros. Television and Garner came to the parting of the ways in a contract dispute and Garner was replaced by a look-alike actor, Robert Colbert, also tall, dark and handsome. The new character was named Brent Maverick (close enough to sound like Bret). But the charade didn't work. Colbert wasn't a Garner clone. For one thing, his voice wasn't right. "Maverick" faded after Moore returned to star in the last eight or nine episodes as Beau. Now, on Dec. 1, a quarter-century later, "Bret Maverick" rides again with Garner in the saddle at NBC on Tuesday nights. The hour-long series is being produced at The Burbank Studi- TOP QUALITY EQUIPMENT BACKPACKING • CAMPING CROSS COUNTRY SKIS OUTDOOR CLOTHING OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT SPECIALISTS ^ Ad For 5% Off Any Item In Stock Excluding Bicycles.) Aggieville/Manhattan 539-5639 HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 10-6, Thurs. Till 8, Sa Christmas Hours: Dec. 6-23 Mon.-Thurs. Till 8 11 , Sun. os, headquarters for Warner Bros. This time around Bret has settled down. In the opening two-hour episode Bret wins a colorful saloon, the Red Ox, in the course of a poker game in the hamlet of Sweetwater. He also inherits the saloon's $50,000 mortgage. It is 1884 and Bret is now in his 40s, but he's just as fast with a jibe and as averse to gunplay and fistfights as he was in his 20s. He'd rather con his way out of trouble than fight. Bret is a pound or two heavier than in his salad days, but the old charm and guile still work for him. Garner, resting between scenes in his dressing room, was a study in contentment. Clearly, he was happy to be back in stride once more. He wore a brocaded vest, ruffled shirt, the old black river-boat-gambler hat, black string tie, fancy striped pants and boots. One forgot that for the past six years Garner has been playing Jim Rockford in the highly-rated "Rockford Files" TV series and the dozen or so movies he's made since he last donned Bret's boots and spurs. Why, Garner was asked, has he returned to "Maverick"? "Well, I can't think of anything better to do," he said, grinning. "I figure I'm gonna keep playing Bret until I get it right. Actually, I've wanted to return to this part for a long time. "This really isn't a western you know. 'Maverick' is a con man who can be found in any period in history. But the old west was colorful and he fits into those ti:nc.a pretty well." There's some deja vu for Garner in the series. Sometimes there are as many as 25 crew members and extras on the set who worked in the original series. Louis Delgado, who worked as a stand-in for Garner in the first series, is now an important part of the actor's production company. Delgado also plays a running part as a dealer in the Red Ox saloon. Other characters in the new show are Bret's partner in the saloon, Tom Gutherie (played by Ed Bruce), Philo "Standing Bear" Sandeen (Stuart Margolin), and M.L. Springer (Darleen Carr). It was pleasant to see so many extras on the studio's stage 20 wearing beards, western hats and spurs. The Red Ox is the loveliest old saloon imaginable with red-flocked wallpaper, spittoons, stained glass windows, battered piano and all the other trappings of what passed for luxury in 1884. INTRODUCING... CiOOD Monday thru Friday 11 am - 5 pm I Sirloin Stockade's Lunch Specials r i COUPON This COUPON good for one FREE BEVERAGE of your I choice with purchase of any Luncheon Special (Good i this month only). Good Mon-Fri. 11 am - 5 pm One REGULAR drink per Coupon. ALL LUNCH SPECIALS INCLUDE LUNCHEON SALAD Fish Filet 1.99 Served with choice of potato, stockade toast & luncheon salad. Chicken Fried Steak 2.29 Served with country gravy, choice of potato, stockade toast, & luncheon salad. Luncheon Chopped Steak 2.29 Served with choice of potato, stockade toast, & luncheon salad. Stockade Burger & Fries 1.99 Served with golden fries & luncheon salad. DINNER FEATURE Smothered Steak Dinner 2.49 With All-You-Can-Eat Salad Bar 3.49 Delicious chopped Sirloin, covered with tasty chunks of onion and green pepper. Served with choice of potato & stockade toast. v ocivea wicn SIRLOIN STOCKADE 1200 East Crawford Good all month at participating Sirloin Stockades. WEIGHTY PROBLEM - Nancy Oleson (Allison Balson) and the other children of Walnut Grove are unaware they are making the life of a new stu- dent (J. Brennan Smith) miserable with Jokes about his weight on "Little House on the Prairie" Monday night on NBC. ^ SB. CITIZENS $1.50 ANYTIME $2.00 PRIME-TfMER SHOW (*) For Further Rating Information Please Call Your Local Theatre.. THE TRUE STORY OF A MAN E BECAME A LEGEND YOU'LL NEVER FORGET HALLENGE TO BE FREE NOW THRU THURS. (*6:15)-8:30 SEANCONNERY SHELLEY DUVALL KATHERINE HELMOND TIME BANDITS ...they didn't make history, they stole it! ilNOWTHRU THURS. (*4:00)-B:15 TWO HOURS OF NON-STOP THRILLS CONDINSIO tNTIBTAINMINT 'OF THE LOST ARK HARRISON FORD ] NOW THRU THURS.. AT (*6:00)-8:15 |PG| Salina Movies Fox - "The Watcher in the Woods." Vogue — "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Sunset Plaza Cinemas — "Enter the Ninja." "Southern Comfort." Mid State Cinemas — "Challenge to Be Free." "Time Bandits." TV Tonight PM Magazine, 6:30 p.m., Channel 10 — A segment on Jane Fonda. Little House on the Prairie, 7 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — A new student is attracted to Nancy. Private Benjamin, 7 p.m., Channel 12 — Benjamin's mother shows up with a plan to get her daughter out of the Army. That's Incredible, 7 p.m., Channrl 10 — Reports on a young marathon runner, a device to give paraplegics more mobility and a woman who reconstructs facial details from skeletons. Wild Wild World of Animals, 7:30 p.m., Channel 8 — Observations of behavior patterns and sensory abilities of killer whales in the wild. M*A*S«H, 8 p.m., Channel 12 Charles refuses to share the only newspaper in camp with the other medics. Jamea Cagney, 8 p.m., Channel 8 — The special reviews the actor's career through film clips. NFL Football, 8 p.m., Channel 10 The Philadelphia Eagles meet the Miami Dolphins. House Calla, 8:30 p.m., Channel 12 Ann tries to help a friend work out her problems with her teenage son. Lou Grant, 9 p.m., Channel 12 — A girl's life may be in danger when a Trib reporter refuses to reveal her source for a story on child pornography. TV Movies "Holiday," 7 p.m., Channel 41 George Cukor directed this 1938 comedy about the futility of wealth. Katharine Hepburn and Gary Grant. "Advice to the Lovelorn," 8 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — An advice columnist (Gloria Leachman) encounters some problems of her own. FROM WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS the watcher in the woods BETTE DAVIS NOW THRU THURS. „„ (*6:00)-8:00 It's the land of hospitality... iinteM you don't belong there. OUTHERn COMFORT J XEITHCARRADINE Movie HotLine" 825-9105 Classified ads get results. Dec. 3, 8 PM Salina Bicentennial Center 8 Round Main Event 6 Bouts Featuring RICH CADE vs RICK SMITH Wichita •Wichita Heavyweight •5-2 •Outstanding amateur career •Hard-punching, fast •Will test Cade's mobility Salina •Salina Heavyweight •3-0 with three KO's •70-14 as amateur •Defeated Quick Tillis and Reynaldo Snipes as an amateur •Hard-punching boxer Referee: Vern Miller, Wichita Promoter: M. J. Stevens, Inc., Hutchinson Tickets! Ring Side Gold *20 Ring Side !...*10 Reserved 6.50 General Admission *5 Students under 14 *3 Tickets Available at Salina Bicentennial Center Call 823-2288, Matter Card and Vita accaptad Mill Ord«rt Writ*: BOXINQ, P.O. Box 1T2T, trtni'St'm «t40l Remainder of Card v s Ralph Twining (Muskegon, Michigan) Rudy Vasquez (Kansas City) v s Joe Byrd, Jr. (Flint, Michigan) Jim Hearn (Omaha) vs Curtis Isaac (Kalamazoo, Michigan) Jim Phillips (Omaha) vs Terry Holmes (Kalamazoo, Michigan) Sam Leonard (Wichita) v 5 Mel Twining (Muskegon, Michigan) Tony Hemlock (Wichita) Six Rounds, Junior Welterweights Six Rounds, Light Heavyweights Six Rounds, Heavyweights Six Rounds, Welterweights Four Rounds, Welterweights i;

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