Thursday, October 9 (7:30 p.m.) James Garner on Television
Maverick (ABC, 1957-1962)
Although he had already appeared in several movies, Maverick is generally credited with launching James Garner’s career. He starred as Bret Maverick, a cardsharp from Texas who traveled across the Old West and on Mississippi riverboats, regularly getting in and out of trouble.
The Rockford Files (NBC, 1974-1980)
Roy Huggins, who created the television series Maverick, wanted to recapture that charisma in a modern-day detective setting for James Garner. In this series, Garner portrays Los Angeles-based private investigator Jim Rockford with Noah Beery, Jr. as his father, a retired truck driver. A departure from typical television detectives of the time, Rockford lives in a dilapidated mobile home/office, barely scrapes by, does his best to avoid fights, and doesn’t handle “open cases” in order to avoid run-ins with the police.
We’re dark on Friday and Saturday for the Columbus Day weekend, but come back next week for James Garner on film!
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