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The Wild Wild West: The Night the Dragon Screamed

The agents become involved with rival Tongs when a British Colonel plans to use a missing Chinese Princess as a figurehead for him to take the Emperor's throne.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 3224-0168
Airdate: Friday January 14th, 1966



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Guest Stars
Ben Wright
As Col. Allenby-Smythe (Clive Allenby-Smythe)
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Pilar Seurat
As Princess Ching Ling
Benson Fong
As Mo Ti
Richard Loo
As Wang Chung
Philip Ahn
As Quong Chu
Beulah Quo
As May Li
Nancy Hsueh
As Tsu Hsi
Vince Eder
As Lieutenant
Paul King (1)
As Oriental
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon

Recap

On the docks of San Francisco Bay, Jim watches as several local Chinese tong thugs greet a dinghy filled with immigrant coolies. However, the thugs realize that there is one extra: a disguised Artie. The thugs’ leader, May Li, has each coolie show the identifying tattoo on their left arm while a nervous Artie glances over at Jim. May Li finally reaches Artie and he shows her his tattoo as well. Unsure of which one is the spy, May Li tells her men to kill them all. As they unveil a Gatling gun, Jim tosses a smoke pellet at the men and then dives into the water with Artie. ..

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:



Upper Right: A moving wall pushes Jim toward a spike pit.
Lower Left: Allenby-Smythe and his hatchetmen confront Jim.
Lower Right: Artie in disguise prepares to decapitate Jim.
Upper Left: A smiling Buddha statue.



Episode Quotes
James: Well at least we've identified the lady's political affiliation, but what else did we get?
Artemus: Oh, one of our fellow passengers gave me a great recipe for Cantonese egg roll.

James: I can understand the opium, but where are all those coolies disappearing to?
Artemus: Maybe they're being used to stuff fortune cookies.

James: Artemus, if you were to pose as an illegal armament salesman...
Artemus: And walk right into the middle of all of those hatchets and poisoned darts...
James: Oh, if we were successful, we might discover some highly unusual information.
Artemus: Yeah, and if we weren't, we'd be pulling me out of San Francisco Bay.
James: What do you think Washington pays you the big money for and surrounds you in all this luxury?
Artemus: I thought it was because I had charm.

(receiving a fortune cookie)
Artemus: Break it open. There may be a coolie in there.

(when a Chinese thug comes in)
Artemus: One of these days I've got to stop answering that door.

James: How long have you been here?
Mo Ti: Long enough to observe that the divinity of princesses doesn't refer only to her divine origin.
James: You're a philosopher.
Mo Ti: Oh, among other things.

James: You.
Mo Ti: As I told you at the outset, I'm lamentably lacking in character. And a man, even a has-been hatchetman, does have to eat.
James: Nothing personal, of course.
Mo Ti: Ah. I knew you understand.

(as they're steamed to death)
James: You learn something every day.
Artemus: What are we learning from this?
James: How a lobster feels before it gets to the plate.



Episode Goofs
When Jim opens the Chinese gift, he's wearing a dark jacket.



But in the closeup, the sleeves are a lighter gray.



In the next long shot, the coat and sleeves are black again.


Jim and Artie receive a Chinese fortune cookie. However, fortune cookies originated in Japan and were not introduced in the U.S. until the 1890s.


When Jim and Mo Ti walk away from the deep rock-edged spike trap, it is behind them.



They then fall through a trap door and there is water and a pier below them, even though the pit was underground and only 15'-20' deep.


When the explosion at the end goes off, Ben Wright is knocked against the wall.



However, the stunt double that Jim attacks clearly has a different and darker hairstyle.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
Executive ProducerPhilip Leacock
ProducerJohn Mantley
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingJames Lister (2)
Unit Production ManagerCy Brooskin
MusicHarry Geller
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorRaymond Beal
Film EditorGrant Smith
Assistant DirectorRowe Wallerstein
Production AssociateGene Fowler, Jr.
Assistant To The ProducerHerbert Dufine
Story ConsultantPreston Wood
 
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 1 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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