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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Burning Diamond

Jim is framed for an impossible jewelry theft and it turns out the real thief has developed a potion that lets him move so fast that he's invisible... and unstoppable.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x26
Production Number: 6526
Airdate: Friday April 08th, 1966

Director: Irving J. Moore
Writer: Ken Kolb

Special Guest Stars
Christiane SchmidtmerChristiane Schmidtmer
As Lucretia Ivronin

Guest Stars
Robert DrivasRobert Drivas
As Morgan Midas

Co-Guest Stars
Calvin Brown (1)Calvin Brown (1)
As Clive
Whitey HughesWhitey Hughes
As Rudd
Dan TobinDan Tobin
As Thaddeus Baines
Vito CarbonaraVito Carbonara
As Serbian Minister

Chuck OChuck O'Brien
As Serbian Guard
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


James West goes to the Serbian Embassy meets with the Minister. They go to the minister's office and discuss the International Jewel Exhibition in seven days. Serbia is going to display a 200-karat diamond, and Jim is there to request that the Serbians allow the U.S. Government to put the diamond into protective custody. Jim warns that there have been several mysterious and daring diamond thefts in the last few weeks. The Minister notes that they have adequate security, and Jim identifies all of the security precautions, including the hidden ones. The Minister, impressed, admits that the diamond is in the office and reveals where it is hidden. West is still unimpressed, and the Minister takes him to the window to show the exterior precautions. Suddenly the door to the office slams open and close, and the case explodes. When the two men go to the shattered case, they discover that the diamond has disappeared and someone has left a newspaper headline about the theft...

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Episode Notes
Corner Slides

Lower Right: Morgan Midas appearing out of thin air.
Upper Right: Jim knocked unconscious by Midas.
Lower Left: Jim and Artie caught red-handed with a diamond.
Upper Left: Artie admits “Ah I cheated. I used force.”

Episode Quotes
James: Those would make quite a pair of cuff links.
Serbian Minister: Eh. Oh, a joke. You Americans do like your little jokes., don't you?
James: We also like 200-karat diamonds.

Artemus: Now here's my thought. Maybe those diamonds aren't being stolen at all. Maybe, with the application of that tremendous force, they are being made to, will you believe this, to explode from within.
James: Artie do you believe it?
Artemus: No, do you think I'm some kind of a nut?

Thaddeus Baines: West and Gordon: the unconquerable duo.

Morgan Midas: But I must warn you, it’s a very good safe.
James: I’m a very good safecracker.
Morgan Midas: Fancy.

Thaddeus Baines: Oh by the way, where's West today? I was told that you two always work together.
Artemus: Well, we always do work together. Separately.

Lucretia Ivronin: Goodbye. I do wish you were going to live a little longer.
Artemus: You know, I wish the same thing too.

Morgan Midas: To an ordinary man, your opposition would probably be too much to overcome.
James: But you’re not an ordinary man.
Morgan Midas: You’ve noticed. How nice.

James: How’d you do it?
Artemus: (having defeated the guards) Ah, I cheated. I used force.

Other Episode Crew

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