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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Tottering Tontine

Jim and Artie escort a munitions scientist to an estate where they find out he's a member of a tontine: the last man standing gets all the group's investment millions. Problem is, the house is a death trap and someone is killing off the tontine members one by one.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 6616
Airdate: Friday January 06th, 1967

Guest Stars
Harry TownesHarry Townes
As Raven (Dr. Robert Raven)
Robert EmhardtRobert Emhardt
As Grevely (Martin Grevely)
Arthur SpaceArthur Space
As Applegate
Lisa PeraLisa Pera
As Amelia (Amelia Maitlin)
Mike RoadMike Road
As Dexter (Martin Dexter, as Michael Road)
Henry DarrowHenry Darrow
As Maurice (Archduke Maurice)

Co-Guest Stars
Steve GraversSteve Gravers
As Stimson (Harry Stimson)
Wilhelm Von HomburgWilhelm Von Homburg
As Pearse (Gunther Pearse)
William WintersoleWilliam Wintersole
As Baring (Edward Baring)
Ted StanhopeTed Stanhope
As Bartender (Curly)

Corinne CamachoCorinne Camacho
As Artie's Date
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


In San Francisco, Jim meets with Dr. Robert Raven and accompanies him to the railroad station. Jim reminds him that until Raven’s new weapon is perfected, his life may be in danger. They encounter an associate of Raven’s, Martin Dexter, and Raven informs him that Jim will be accompanying him to their reunion in Monterey. Dexter suggests that Raven go to a tobacconist across the street to find his particular Jamaican cheroots and leaves to run some errands. ..

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Right: Jim holding Stimson’s gun.
Lower Left: Jim strapped to a rocket cart.
Upper Left: Wall of spikes approaches Jim.
Lower Right: The Wanderer departs.

Episode Quotes
Stimson: Raven down, six more corpses to go.
James: Stimson, you’re becoming less and less attractive to me.

Artemus: Sorry I’m late. Mustache trouble.

Martin Grevely: And now let me introduce you to the survivors of the tontine, gentlemen.
Artemus: He’d better hurry, there won’t be any of them left.

James: The point I'm trying to make is this: Dexter and Stimson were murdered. That could happen to everyone else here in this room.
Martin Grevely: Ridiculous!
James: You're right, sir. I should have said everyone here... minus one.

Archduke Maurice: Baring, won’t you be seated?
Edward Baring: No no no no, my dear Archduke. Nobility before talent.

Archduke Maurice: (taking a glass of possibly poisoned wine) You were wise to be cautious, Baring!
Edward Baring: Maurice, what is it, what is it?!?
Archduke Maurice: The wine… it has gone flat. Pity, I shall have to search for another bottle. Bon voyage.

Artemus: Even the police investigation failed to disclose the fact that Martin Dexter had a twin brother.
Archduke Maurice: To kill your own brother. You know, if I had thought of that, I could still be on the throne.

Artemus: What happened to Dexter?
James: He’s… stuck in the rumpus room.

Episode Goofs
The chair that kills Applegate is clearly too thin in the back to conceal the 3-4" knife that extrudes from it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingEdward F. Rhine
MusicRichard Markowitz
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorAlbert Heschong
Film EditorGrant Smith
Assistant DirectorMike Moder
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
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