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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Flaming Ghost

Jim and Artie are looking for stolen kerosene and copper ingots, but the trail leads to a weapon capable of shooting fireballs, owned by... abolitionist John Brown, reported as hung by the neck years previously.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x18
Production Number: 3224-0167
Airdate: Friday January 21st, 1966

Co-Guest Stars
John DoucetteJohn Doucette
As John Obediah Brown
Karen Sharpe KramerKaren Sharpe Kramer
As Barbara Bosley (as Karen Sharpe)
Robert EllensteinRobert Ellenstein
As Luis Vasquez
Harry BartellHarry Bartell
As Will Glover
Lynn LoringLynn Loring
As Carma Vasquez

Charles WagenheimCharles Wagenheim
As Shukie Summers
Whitey HughesWhitey Hughes
As Stable Thug
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Artie is riding shotgun on a stagecoach while inside, Jim is going over papers. Will Glover is talking about the perils of the night to the other two passengers, Barbara Bosley and Carma Vasquez. He says that there are strange things going on up in the hills, and Carma asks him to find something else to talk about given that they're running late due to a broken axle. Barbara agrees and Jim suggests that they introduce themselves. Jim claims that he's a mining engineer and Carma says that she's an artist. Barbara is a dressmaker and Jim notes that she is very successful...

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Episode Notes
Corner Slides:

Upper Right: Jim holding a flame-retardant mask.
Upper Left: Jim West is knocked off the wall by a guard.
Lower Right: John Brown and his men confront Jim.
Lower Left: The Wanderer steams away.

Episode Quotes
John Obediah Brown: You gave me your word.
Luis Vasquez: I thought you understood--it was worthless.
John Obediah Brown: Break your word with me and I'll bring down a vengeance upon you and your children and their children after them, to wander this earth until the end of time. If you think the dead can die again, shoot me, Vaszquez.

Artemus: Well, Jim, we've still got three leads in that case. The girl, the copper, and the kerosene.
James: Which means we have three separate ways to go.
Artemus: Uh-huh.
James: I'll take the girl.
Artemus: Leaving the copper and the kerosene.
James: Well, take your pick.
Artemus: You're too good to me.
James: Artemus, at least I'm giving you a choice, aren't I?
Artemus: Between copper ingot and kerosene, it's hard to choose between two such exciting subjects. I'll take the kerosene.

Jim: I like women with good memories… among other things.

Carma Vasquez: John Brown is going to attack and destroy the Army in the west. And when he's succeeded in doing that, he's going to seize and loot major cities.
James: John Brown's dead.
Carma Vasquez: I know. That's what makes it so impressive.

Artemus: I think I should warn you. The place is full of rattlesnakes.
Thug: I don't see no snakes.
Artemus: All right, have it your way. When your tongue starts swelling up and your breath comes short, and you begin turning blue and your eyes start glazing over, I hope you look at one another and think, "He tried to do the fair and decent thing."

James: You'll fail, of course. You realize that.
John Obediah Brown: Destruction can be an end in itself. The size of the deed and the name are all that matter.

Artemus: It's an ugly way to die, eh?
James: Can you think of a pleasant way?

Episode Goofs
Although Artie is clean-shaven when he goes to Carma's cabin, a few hours later he has grown a set of real whiskers. Carma tugs on them, confirming that they're real.

The superimposed flames on the cannon at the end are blatantly fake.

Other Episode Crew

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