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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Sudden Plague

Jim and Artie investigate a town where the people are paralyzed and discover that a gang is using a bacillus to aid them in their robberies.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x28
Production Number: 3224-0180
Airdate: Friday April 22nd, 1966

Director: Irving J. Moore
Writer: Ken Kolb

Guest Stars
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As Dr. Vincent Kirby

Co-Guest Stars
H.M. WynantH.M. Wynant
As Coley Rodman
Robert Phillips (1)Robert Phillips (1)
As Lafe
Nobu McCarthyNobu McCarthy
As Anna Kirby
Eddie DurkinEddie Durkin
As Frank Doyle
Harvey LevineHarvey Levine
As Hobson
Elliott ReidElliott Reid
As Governor Marcus Hawthorne

Mark Baker (1)Mark Baker (1)
As Roscoe the Barber
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim and Artie ride to Willow Springs and discover that the town is seemingly abandoned. The agents go to the saloon and discover everyone inside is frozen in position. There’s no money on the gamblers’ table and the till is empty. They check the other buildings and confirm that everyone is similarly frozen and the money is gone. The bank has been broken open and a man is lying on the ground in front of it. Artie confirms that the man is alive and they realize that everyone in town is alive but paralyzed...

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Episode Notes
Corner Slides

Upper Right: Jim “drops in” on Coley and his gang.
Lower Left: Coley’s gang capture Artie.
Lower Right: Dr. Kirby removes his fake toupee and beard.
Upper Left: Jim, Artie, and Anna share a toast.

Episode Quotes
James: One thing I love is a warm welcome.
Artemus: Yeah, so do I. Where do you think we can find one?
James: Let’s try the saloon.
Artemus: I like the way you think.

Governor Marcus Hawthorne: I understand you’re a man of many accomplishment, many skills.
James: I know how to shave myself.
Governor Marcus Hawthorne: I don’t mind impertinence, Mr. West. It shows spirit. And you’re going to need lots of it.

Coley Rodman: What brings you out here?
Artemus: Nothing, I told you. Just stumbled onto the place.
Coley Rodman: It’s on the way to nowhere.
Artemus: Just where I was headed.

Artemus: What do you suppose will happen when we don’t die on schedule?
James: I imagine they’ll give us some help.

Episode Goofs
When Jim traces Artie's outline on the door, he leaves part of the head incomplete.

After Jim mixes the powder, there's a quick frame jump and the outline is now complete.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerMichael Garrison
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
Story ConsultantWilliam Koenig
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