Before They Were Stars: James Garner in “Man from 1997”

Since the legendary James Garner passed away this weekend at the age of 86, I decided to dig up some early footage of him and was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Conflict was an anthology TV series which ran during the 1950s and many of their standalone episodes wound up functioning as pilots for future shows. One of those episodes became Maverick, the TV series which made James Garner a star, but he also had a supporting role in an episode entitled Man from 1997. The storyline¬†involves a guy discovering an almanac which was accidentally left behind by a time traveler from 1997. He decides to use the information from the almanac to bet on sporting events and make himself rich. Hmmmm, does this plot sound suspiciously similar to the second movie¬†from a very popular time-travelling trilogy starring Michael J. Fox? Anyway, Garner plays the lead character’s brother and makes his first appearance at the 6:50 mark.

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