"Stampede" introduced the Maverick audience to Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.'s Dandy Jim Buckley, one of the most popular recurring characters of the Saga. Series creator Roy Huggins wanted to have a story featuring a character to contrast Maverick's. Where Maverick was a "gentle grafter," Dandy Jim was an "all-out grafter." Huggins wanted the two characters to be alike in many ways, both professional gamblers with smart, sophisticated and worldly personalities. But Maverick lived by an ethical code of never cheating honest folks while with Buckley, everyone — honest or not — was fair game.
Huggins originally intended Dandy Jim to be a one-shot character, but the audience responded well to him. Dandy Jim went on to appear in a total of five Maverick episodes until Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.'s starring role in 77 Sunset Strip made his Maverick appearances problematic. The character had become so popular, and provided such a workable foil for Maverick himself, that the series needed a suitable replacement. Dandy Jim, therefore, became the prototype of an on-going run of similar characters, the most successful of which was Richard Long's Gentleman Jack Darby. Other copies included Mike Road's Pearly Gates and Edward Ashley's Nobby Ned Wyngate. Even Peter Breck's unlikely Doc Holliday became a contender in Maverick's last days.
Season 1, Episode 9
“No Holds Barred”
November 17, 1957
Gerald Drayson Adams
Terry Frost uncredited 
Cactus Mack uncredited 
Director of Photography
Supervising Film Editor
01. All credits, unless otherwise noted: Maverick, Stampede (1957), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
02. Robertson, Ed, Maverick: Legend of the West (1994), Pomegranate Press
03. Maverick: Stampede, The International Movie Database
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