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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Steel Assassin

An ex-Army colonel crippled by an explosion rebuilds his body using metal parts. Then he begins killing the men he holds responsible for his misery... and one of them is President Grant!

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 3224-0166
Airdate: Friday January 07th, 1966

Guest Stars
John DehnerJohn Dehner
As Torres
Arthur MaletArthur Malet
As Dr. Meyer
Allen JaffeAllen Jaffe
As Lopez
Sara TaftSara Taft
As Maria
John Pickard (2)John Pickard (2)
As R.L. Gilbert
Phyllis DavisPhyllis Davis
As Saloon Girl
Roy EngelRoy Engel
As President Ulysses S. Grant
Sue Ane LangdonSue Ane Langdon
As Nina Gilbert
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


In a California port town, a cloaked man goes to a ship's chandler store owned by R.L. Gilbert. He tries the door and Gilbert tells him that he's closed for the night. The cloaked man smashes his fist through the door and throws back the bolt. Gilbert doesn't recognize him at first, given the steel plate that covers part of his face, but finally realizes that he's Colonel Torres, and is surprised that he recovered. Torres explains that he's now a superior man, steel and wire running through his body, but blames Gilbert and others in their squad for his painful journey. Torres wants the chandler's life. The shop owner grabs a pike and demands to know what he's done, and Torres says that he's killed five members of the squad in the last year and Gilbert will be the sixth. Gilbert reveals that he sent a message to his niece warning her that he might be next, before he tries to stab Torres. Torres easily snaps the pike, grabs Gilbert, and strangles him...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Right: Carriage driver prepares to stab Jim in the back.
Lower Right: Jim preparing to fight three masked thugs.
Lower Left: “Iron Man” Torres observing the unconscious West through a window.
Upper Left: The Wanderer pulls away.

This episode features the first of what will be seven appearances by Roy Engel as President Ulysses S. Grant (replacing James Gregory who played the part in the first episode).

There are a few medical conditions (allergies, for example) that make conventional anesthetics more dangerous. Attempts have been made to use hypnosis to disconnect surgical patients from pain. So far, no one has succeeded to any great degree.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Johann Sebastian BachToccata and Fugue in D minorNina arrives at the Torres villa

Episode Quotes
R.L. Gilbert: You did recover.
Torres: No pity, Colonel. Not for me. I am now a superior man. There is steel in my skull, layers of metal protecting my heart. My hands are made of steel. My sinews are wire. It is a bit difficult to look me in the face without flinching, but all in all, you have made of me a man far superior than I was.

Artemus: There should be a law against educating women.

Artemus: Why do we always end up working on holidays?
James: I'll look it up in the manual.

Saloon Girl: Have you gentlemen everything you wish?
James: Everything's fine, thank you.
Artemus: Would you mind talking for yourself

James: (seeing Nina as saloon girl) Well, at least she's still alive.
Artemus: Alive is an understatement.

Lopez: You will walk upstairs.
Artemus: I'm sorry, my Great Aunt Maude told me never to go off with strangers.
Lopez: I don't like jokes. You'll move now or I'll shoot you six times.
Artemus: That's introduction enough.

Torres: I... find myself in the position of the knights of old in armor. Rule #1: stay away from water more than head deep. Rule #2: in my case, to avoid a rope around the neck at all costs. The indignity would be far more painful than the hanging.
James: Take my hand, Torres.
Torres: I would have liked to. At another time...

Episode Goofs
When Artie sits down at the telegraph, he has white sleeves. But in a closeup, he has black sleeves.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
Executive ProducerPhilip Leacock
ProducerJohn Mantley
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingJames Lister (2)
Unit Production ManagerCy Brooskin
MusicRichard Markowitz
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorRaymond Beal
Film EditorRobert Sparr
Assistant DirectorJohn W. Rogers
Production AssociateGene Fowler, Jr.
Assistant To The ProducerHerbert Dufine
Story ConsultantPreston Wood
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