While traveling downriver to New Orleans from Memphis, Bret Maverick lost $2,311 at the riverboat's poker tables. Once in New Orleans, his losing steak continued and he lost the thousand-dollar bill he kept for emergencies.
Even though Bret Maverick had lost all of his traveling money on a riverboat's poker tables, he still had his trusty thousand-dollar bill fastened to his coat with a safety pin once he arrived in New Orleans. A week later, he still had the safety pin.
In Tampico, Bret Maverick took a job at La Cantina Americana as a dealer and managed, through exposing the other dealers' rigged games and partnerships with brace men, to become floor manager and spotter for ten percent of anything above the regular profits. He initially schemed to get the job to fulfill his commitment to Roul Gireaux in earning Steve Corbett's confidence. But once convinced of Corbett's innocence, Bret borrowed $300 to pay Gireaux back and end his obligation. He stayed on with Corbett to work off his $300 debt, and then to run the cantina when Corbett left Tampico to follow Amy Lawrence back to the States. Bret's job with the cantina only ended after following Corbett to Corpus Christi, learning his secret and killing Corbett in self-defense.
After Bret Maverick exposed the dealers' crooked games at La Cantina Americana, Sam Garth arranged for Bret to meet an untimely end one night in the alley behind the cantina. Surrounded by three henchmen, Bret defended himself as best he could. Steve Corbett appeared and saved Bret's life, but was stabbed in the effort.
In Corpus Christi, Bret Maverick caught up with Steve Corbett and learned that he had, in fact, killed Victor Gireaux while stealing House of Gireaux silver. Although Bret and Corbett had become friends in Tampico, Bret could not let Corbett get away with murder. When Corbett pulled a gun on Bret to make his escape, Bret managed to get off the first shot, killing Corbett.
01. Maverick, Escape to Tampico (1958), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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