Original Airdate: October 23, 1960

Synopsis. In New Orleans, an Italian shop owner dies at Bart’s feet―the latest victim of a murderous band of extortionists known as Mano Nera (“black hand”), who have been terrorizing members of the Italian business community. Bart suspects that Giacomo Beretti, a prominent businessman, is linked to the organization after Beretti has Maverick beaten and robbed of $3,500. Bart helps his friend Joe Petrino, a police lieutenant, investigate the matter.

“Mano Nera” is the first of four shows written by Leo Gordon and Paul Leslie Peil. Gordon, of course, played Big Mike McComb during Maverick‘s first two seasons.

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