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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Bubbling Death

The U.S. Constitution has been stolen! A revolutionist, Victor Freemantle, has obtained it and plans to destroy it if the U.S. doesn't grant Texas' Panhandle Strip independence and pay him a $1 million ransom. Jim and Artie must take in an expert, Grigsby, to verify it and then find a way to recover it.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 3224-0355
Airdate: Friday September 08th, 1967

Guest Stars
Harold GouldHarold Gould
As Victor (Victor Freemantle)
William SchallertWilliam Schallert
As Silas Grigsby
Madlyn RhueMadlyn Rhue
As Carlotta (Carlotta Waters)
Timothy BrownTimothy Brown
As Cartwheel (and Introducing as Clint Cartwheel: as Timmy Brown)

Co-Guest Stars
Val AveryVal Avery
As Big Brad Logan
A.G. VitanzaA.G. Vitanza
As Pima
John MatthewsJohn Matthews
As Driver

Whitey HughesWhitey Hughes
As Freemantle's Thug
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim and Silas Grigsby, a curator with the U.S. Archives, ride to the edge of the U.S. boundaries on the Panhandle Strip. Grigsby is hesitant to continue but Jim insists. They ride into the next town and find a number of men all waiting for them on the street. Artie, disguised as a squint-eyed gunfighter, confronts Jim and Grigsby. He orders them to dismount and gets close enough to secretly warn Jim to be careful of a man called Cartwheel. Jim rides on with Grigsby and they dismount. A man throwing knives takes offense at Grigsby for disrupting his concentration, and another man, Clint Cartwheel, steps forward and tells them to bow in apology. Jim refuses and attacks them, but Cartwheel quickly beats him. However, a woman, Carlotta Waters, rides up and tells Cartwheel to stop and then welcomes Jim to the Panhandle...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Left: Pima unwittingly threatens to set Jim on fire.
Lower Right: Carlotta is rendered unconscious by Artie's chloroform rag.
Upper Right: Freemantle realizes that Jim and Artie are in the compound.
Lower Left: Jim writes a letter to Carlotta.

This episode contains no less than 11 different gadgets: a series record.

Episode Quotes
(as he's searched)
James: There's a Gatling gun in my left boot.

Carlotta Waters: Move away from that window, please.
James: I was all wrong. The boots, the riding crop. You were made to wear silk.
Carlotta Waters: And you were made for a form-fitting pine box.

(after drugging the villainess unconscous)
Artemus: Well, the story of my life. I touch 'em and they faint.

Carlotta Waters: At the count of three, gentlemen.
James: Well, if you can shoot like you kiss, I'm in real trouble.

Episode Goofs
When Grigsby goes to the case to examine the U.S. Constitution, in the closeup of the case it's clear that there's glass over the document. However, in the next shot the glass disappears and Grigsby simply reaches in and picks up the Constitution.

When Jim removes the Constitution from the case, it's clearly flat in the shots as he cuts open the glass. However, when he removes it from the case, it's already rolled up in a cylinder.

When Jim returns back over the acid, Artie starts to pull him over and it's clear Jim is a few feet from the far edge. The camera then cuts to some shots of Freemantle and his men entering the compound. When the camera returns to Jim, he's back to just leaving the far end of the acid pit again.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
Unit Production ManagerMike Moder
MusicJack Pleis
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyRichard L. Rawlings
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Film EditorFrank Capacchione
Assistant DirectorChristopher Seitz
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
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