- ESCAPE TO TAMPICO
Original Airdate: October 26, 1958
Synopsis. In New Orleans, aristocrat Raoul Gireaux offers Bret $6,000
to bring back Steve Corbett, who has fled to Tampico, Mexico after murdering Gireaux’s youngest son. After finding work in the cantina that Corbett operates, Maverick befriends the fugitive and cancels the arrangement when he believes Corbett’s claim of innocence. But Bret smells a trap when Amy Lawrence, the cantina’s singer (and Corbett’s girlfriend), convinces Corbett to join her on a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas. Suspecting that Amy was also hired by Gireaux, Maverick follows them in order to warn Corbett.
This episode repurposed many of the sets that were originally designed for Casablanca, the now-classic Warner Bros. film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman that won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1942. For example, La Cantina Americana, the club that Maverick visits, was the same set used for Rick’s Café in Casablanca.