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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Inferno

When a crazed man attempts to start a war between the United States and Mexico by burning and looting towns along the border, Ulysses S. Grant dispatches two special agents: James T. West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin), to try and prevent the war.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 5123-6525 (3220
Airdate: Friday September 17th, 1965
Special Airtime: 07:30 pm

Special Guest Stars
James GregoryJames Gregory
As President Ulysses S. Grant

Guest Stars
Victor BuonoVictor Buono
As Juan Manolo
Nehemiah PersoffNehemiah Persoff
As General Cassinello
Suzanne PleshetteSuzanne Pleshette
As Lydia Monteran

Co-Guest Stars
Alberto MorinAlberto Morin
As The Majordomo
Clint RitchieClint Ritchie
As The Lieutenant
Bebe LouieBebe Louie
As Mei Mei
Tom ReeseTom Reese
As The Driver
Walter Woolf KingWalter Woolf King
As Colonel Shear
Phil Chambers (1)Phil Chambers (1)
As Train Captain
Warren ParkerWarren Parker
As The Engineer

Charles Davis (1)Charles Davis (1)
As Tennyson
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


An old, down on his luck soldier waits at a train station in Difficult Run, Virginia. A wagon pulls up and soldiers disembark. For a nip of whiskey the old soldier learns the men are to collect a deserter and take him for execution. The old soldier jeers as the younger officers hustle the man from the train into the wagon, miming a hanging and asking for the man’s boots. The wagon drives off...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:

Bottom left: Jim rides to Quemada
Bottom right: Lydia, after she drives Jim out of her room
Center: “Juan Manolo” captures Jim West
Top left: The death of Wing Fat/Juan Manolo
Top right: Train departing

This is the only episode that does not have an opening scene before the theme song is played. All other episodes have an opening scene to start the show before the theme song is played.

This is the only episode to use the middle square, that usually shows a cartoon James West, as a freeze frame.

Victor Buono, who plays Wing Fat in this episode, will appear again in the series as one of West and Gordon's archenemies, Count Manzeppi.

This is the only episode in which James Gregory portrays President Ulysses S. Grant. Roy Engel takes on the role of President Grant later in the season.

Disguises: Drunken soldier and Mexican peasant

Episode Quotes
Colonel Shear: We're going to get you there right away.
James: (laughs) How?
Colonel Shear: Well, we brought you back to Washington disguised as a deserter heading for the gallows...
James: So I leave in a pine box?

James: Juan Manolo...ever hear of him?
Artemus: Yeah, the name's bandied about at funerals and such.
James: How about a town called Quemada?
Artemus: That's where they usually hold the funeral.

(Artemus is about to hit one of the billiard balls)
James: Artie...I wouldn't hit that one.
(Artemus examines the billiard ball and realizes that it is an exploding billiard ball)
Artemus: Ohh, that's beautiful and this?
(Artemus hands James his cue stick and James reveiles a secret weapon)
Artemus: Oh, not bad, not bad at all, but a gun barrel would have been better.
James: (pointing to other cue stick)The gun barrel is in that one.

James: (to Juan Manolo) You wanted the world... (tosses a globe at him) here.

Lydia Monteran: (talking about the train) Why didn't you tell me that you owned one of these?
Artemus: We don't. It belongs to a friend.
Lydia Monteran: Oh, what's your friend's name?
Artemus: Sam.
Lydia Monteran: Sam.
James: Sam.
Lydia Monteran: I'd like to meet Sam. He must be very rich.
James: He is, but he has a lot of expenses.
Lydia Monteran: Hmm. Poor Sam.

James: (talking about the snakes) See anyone you know?
Artemus: Yeah, the one with the blue eyes looks familiar.

James: What are you going to do with the girl?
Juan Manolo: When you talk, I will decide.
James: When you decide, I'll talk.

Artemus: Maybe I'd ought to throw him in the pit, huh, with some of his little friends?
James: He'd probably poison them.

Episode Goofs
When Jim throws the exploding billiard ball at Juan Manolo, the pool cue has already turned into the hidden spear, but there is another shot after Jim throws the billiard ball where he pushes the hidden button and he turns the cue into the spear.

When Lydia begins to shoot at Jim, she shoots a total of seven bullets. However she is using a six chamber pistol which only shoot six bullets, not seven.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerMichael Garrison
CastingJames Lister (2)
Unit Production ManagerHerman Webber
MusicRichard Markowitz
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyFrank Phillips
Art DirectorAlbert Heschong
Film EditorGrant Smith
Assistant DirectorAl Westen
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