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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Colonel's Ghost

Jim rides ahead to the town of Gibsonville, where President Grant will be dedicating a statue to a fellow soldier. Unfortunately Gibsonville is plagued by a string of broken-neck deaths as greedy townfolks hunt for a hidden treasure.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x24
Production Number: 3224-0327
Airdate: Friday March 10th, 1967

Director: Charles Rondeau
Writer: Ken Kolb

Guest Stars
Kathie BrowneKathie Browne
As Jennifer Caine
Walker EdmistonWalker Edmiston
As Sheriff Tom Hollis
Roy EngelRoy Engel
As President Ulysses S. Grant
Ralph GaryRalph Gary
As Chris Davidson
Lee BergereLee Bergere
As Colonel Walter Gibson
Alan HewittAlan Hewitt
As Vincent Pernell
Gordon WescourtGordon Wescourt
As Bert Caine
Bill ShannonBill Shannon
As Abel Caine
Arthur HunnicuttArthur Hunnicutt
As Doc Gavin
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


The Wanderer approaches the town of Gibsonville and the area appears deserted. Jim checks to make sure that the area is clear and returns to report to President Grant that no one is about. Grant is eager to continue but Jim insists on going ahead to Gibsonville. The President consents but warns that he must be on time for his conference in San Francisco, and points out that Gibsonville is a Union town and he’s only there to dedicate a war statue. He admits that hasn’t been to Gibsonville in years, since he went to visit Josiah Gibson, and it was a friendly fast-growing town...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Left: Jim hears the ghostly organ music play.
Upper Right: Gibson's parrot squawks, "It's him, it's him."
Lower Right: Colonel Gibson smiles at Jim in greeting.
Upper Left: Jim, Artie, and Jennifer find the hidden gold.

Episode Quotes
Artemus: It looks like a lot of nothing.
James: All the better. No people, no danger.
Artemus: Whoops. Talked a little too soon. A crowd gathering out there. Two gophers and a jackrabbit.

President Ulysses S. Grant: Mr. West, your entire method of procedure leads me to believe I must be the most unpopular leader since Genghis Khan.

President Ulysses S. Grant: So what do you suggest?
James: That you stay here while I ride ahead to Gibsonville to look over the situation.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Aren't you afraid that I might be bitten by some enraged sand flea while you're gone?
James: Uh, Mr. Gordon will stay here with you, sir. He's an expert marksman with small targets.

Doc Gavin: Chris Davidson died of an overdose of ignorance. Complicated by two busted neck vertebrae and an occluded windpipe.

Vincent Pernell: No need to be so brutal about it, was there? After all, I'm not a common thief.
James: No? What's uncommon about you?

Artemus: Why, Mr. President, I seem to recall General Lee paying a tribute to your patience when you took Petersburg after a 10-month long siege.
President Ulysses S. Grant: It was that event that exhausted my supply. I've had no patience since then.

(examining Artie's model tank)
President Ulysses S. Grant: You know, Mr. Gordon, it's men like you who'll eventually take all the fun out of war.

James: Whenever there’s a broken neck, there’s always--there’s always music.
Artemus: You know, I once played the organ on a showboat. You know what made me give it up?
James: No, what?
Artemus: People kept offering to break my neck.

Colonel Walter Gibson: History says you lie.
James: History is written by men, and men make mistakes.
Colonel Walter Gibson: History loves dead heroes. I am one of them.

Episode Goofs
President Grant is shown traveling to San Francisco. However, during his two terms in his office, he never went further west than Colorado.

The plaque on Colonel Gibson's statue, and Grant's description of the event, both state that Gibson commanded a company. Colonels command regiments, captains command companies.

Jim asks Jennifer to assemble the townspeople at 4 in this afternoon. However, when Jim greets them later, he says "Morning, citizens," and Jennifer responds by saying "Good morning" back.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingEdward F. Rhine
Music SupervisorMorton Stevens
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorAlbert Heschong
Assistant DirectorMike Moder
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
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