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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Bars of Hell

When an outlaw band pillages nearby towns, Jim and Artie check out a prison that appears to be at the center of the operations. Posing as a prison inspector, Jim goes in to investigate and soon discovers that everything is not what it seems.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: 3224-0171
Airdate: Friday March 04th, 1966

Guest Stars
Elisha CookElisha Cook
As Gideon McCoy (as Elisha Cook)
Arthur OArthur O'Connell
As Theophilus Ragan

Co-Guest Stars
Milton ParsonsMilton Parsons
As The Executioner (Scroggs)
Jenie Jackson (1)Jenie Jackson (1)
As Kitten (as Jeni Jackson)
Indus ArthurIndus Arthur
As Jennifer McCoy
Paul GengePaul Genge
As Kross
Shawn Michaels (2)Shawn Michaels (2)
As Convict Painter (Mr. Poindexter)

Bob HerronBob Herron
As Borg
Whitey HughesWhitey Hughes
As Prison Guard
Mickey GoldenMickey Golden
As Gate Guard
Russ McCubbinRuss McCubbin
As Mr. Quincannon
Roy N. SicknerRoy N. Sickner
As Driscoll
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


The Wanderer is heading cross-country and Jim receives a small tablet via carrier pigeon. He puts it in a badge and then rides into the next town. Artie is there disguised as a hellfire preacher. He is speaking out about alcoholism and the recent theft of $5 million in government funds. Artie tells everyone to come this meeting and passes out handbills. He gives a special one to Jim and moves along in the crowd. ..

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Episode Notes
Corner Slides:
Upper Left: A sleeping Jim laying on the bed asphyxiating from gas.
Upper Right: Artie and Jennifer walking away.
Lower Right: Jim being told he will be the first man to be killed by electrical chair.
Lower Left: The Wanderer departs into the night.

Episode Quotes
(disguised as a hellfire preacher)
Artemus: I would like to sing my own original composition, entitled, "Never Make Friends With the Devil, Brother--His Pitchfork Will Get You in the End"!

Jennifer McCoy: Oh, oh, the poor dear misunderstood man. The cruelty of it all. Is there no justice? No humanity?
James: No drama critic.
Jennifer McCoy: What?
James: You are laying it on a little thick, lady.
Jennifer McCoy: Well, now you see why I can't get out of the chorus. I'm a lousy actress.
James: I'll have to go along with that.

Jennifer McCoy: You're just like the rest of them, aren't you. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
James: My back isn't itching.

James: Speaking of the dead, you've got it easy. Street preaching is at least safe. I've been here less than an hour and someone's tried to kill me twice already.
Artemus: They failed, I hope?
James: Barely.

James: Oh, there's a girl.
Artemus: Of course.
James: Her name is Jennifer McCoy. For some reason I feel she's involved in this. You keep an eye on her.
Artemus: Just an eye? I have so much more to offer.

Jennifer McCoy: Will you help me?
Artemus: For you, Jennifer, anything. Who do I have to kill?
Jennifer McCoy: How did you know?

Ragan: Very well done, Mr. West. You are formidable.
Jim: I drink a lot of milk.

James: I'm afraid I've got some bad news for you. Your uncle is really going to be executed this time.
Jennifer McCoy: But my money!
James: That's what I like about this girl. She is filled with compassion, Artemus.
Artemus: Well, what do you want? Nobody's perfect.

Episode Goofs
The first execution by electrical chair actually occurred in New York in 1889. Since Jim and Artie serve with Grant who ended his term in 1877, the electrical chair seen here is anachronistic.

Cultural References
Artemus: Stone walls may possibly a prison make, but iron bars not necessarily a cage.

Artemus is mangling the last stanza of Richard Lovelace's poem, "To Althea, From Prison." The actual line is: "Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
Executive ProducerMichael Garrison
ProducerGene L. Coon
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingJames Lister (2)
Unit Production ManagerCy Brooskin
MusicRichard Markowitz
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorAlbert Heschong
Film EditorRobert Sparr
Assistant DirectorJohn W. Rogers
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
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