Bart Maverick presented himself in "Brasada Spur" as "Colonel" Maverick. He never offered the audience a reason for this particular epithet. We might assume he was embellishing his name to seem more colorful or affluent in the company of King City gentry. Whatever his reason, he chose to wear a extremely broad-brimmed cattleman's hat throughout the episode, as part of his affectation. The hat, at least, had an explanation: To depict the railroad sequences in "Brasada Spur," the studio used footage from Warner Bros. 1945 movie, "Saratoga Trunk." Gary Cooper starred in the film, and as dressed in a similarly large hat during its action sequences. Colonel Maverick's hat was overly large in order to match the footage, so that its flashes of Gary Cooper would be identified as Bart in "Brasada Spur." Black broadcloth was generally considered more Brother Bret's attire, but as Cooper's character also wore black broadcloth in "Saratoga Trunk," so Bart was dressed in "Brasada Spur."
Season 2, Episode 49
February 22, 1959
John Tucker Battle
Robert Carson (uncredited)
Jon Lormer (uncredited)
Louis Quinn (uncredited)
Hal Taggart (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent (uncredited)
Director of Photography
Supervising Film Editor
01. All credits, unless otherwise noted: Maverick, Brasada Spur (1959), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
02. The Conjectural Maverick, Maverick Trails
03. Robertson, Ed, Maverick: Legend of the West (1994), Pomegranate Press
04. Maverick: Brasada Spur, The International Movie Database
05. Maverick, Brasada Spur (1959), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
06. "Saratoga Truck" (1945), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Gary Cooper as Colonel Clint Maroon in "Saratoga Trunk" (1945)
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