Synopsis. Bart Maverick finds himself pursued by unsavory characters who think he’s a member of the gang that robbed the Elm City Bank of $80,000.
“The Third Rider” is the second of three episodes featuring Michael Dante, the future star of Winterhawk, Kid Galahad, and Westbound who was also one of several actors originally considered to play the role of Bart Maverick that eventually went to Jack Kelly.
Synopsis. Bret and the widow Linda Harris are held hostage by rancher Mart Fallon and his two sons. Fallon murdered Linda’s husband, a miner who has found gold near Indian territory. Unfortunately for Fallon, only Bret knows where the mine is located. Maverick takes advantage of the situation—and of Fallon’s greedy nature—by selling a map indicating the mine’s location. What Bret doesn’t tell Fallon is that the mine is worthless.
Based on a short story by Louis L’Amour, this episode features Edd Byrnes (a few months away from his breakout role as Kookie on 77 Sunset Strip) and Michael Dante (Winterhawk, Kid Galahad, The Legend of Custer, Michael Dante: From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way). Michael Dante was one of the actors considered for the role of Bart Maverick on Maverick.