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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Samurai

The Americans are preparing to return an antique samurai sword to the Japanese when an unknown thief steals it. Jim and Artie have 24 hours to find it before diplomat relations between the two countries collapse and an emperor hostile to the U.S. takes power.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x6
Production Number: 3225-0361
Airdate: Friday October 13th, 1967

Guest Stars
Thayer DavidThayer David
As Hannibal Egloff
Khigh DhieghKhigh Dhiegh
As Baron Saigo
Irene TsuIrene Tsu
As Reiko O'Hara
Paul StevensPaul Stevens
As Falconer (Gideon Falconer)
John HubbardJohn Hubbard
As Clive Finsbury
Jerry FujikawaJerry Fujikawa
As Prince Shinosuke
Jane BettsJane Betts
As Madame Moustache
Helen FunaiHelen Funai
As Japanese Maiden
Candy WardCandy Ward
As Handmaiden #1
Elizabeth GermaineElizabeth Germaine
As Handmaiden #2 (as Liz Germaine)
Carole MathewsCarole Mathews
As Handmaiden #3 (as Carole Matthews)

Dick CangeyDick Cangey
As Heavy
Red WestRed West
As Thug in Boat
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


In San Francisco, Jim and Artie ride into town and are surprised when three men in Japanese armor ride down on them. After a brief struggle, the agents drive their attackers off and they continue to their appointment...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Right: Hannibal, laughing.
Lower Right: A thug knocks out Jim and points a gun at him.
Lower Left: Jim and Artie are pinned down by enemy fire and look at the bomb.
Upper Left: Jim and Artie share a laugh as Finsbury's new translator comes in.


Episode Quotes
Reiko O'Hara: Please, Mr. Gordon, can’t Reiko help?
Artemus: Reiko, my charming little lotus blossom adrift on moon-drenched waters, I have a feeling you already have.

Gideon Falconer: By all the scars of Saint Maurice himself, no, no, no! Now look! There are sixteen cuts permissible to the true samurai, and in some extraordinary fashion you are managing to dishonor every one of them! Your sword isn’t your enemy—-it is your loved one! You caress it, like... like so!

James: I must say you keep a tidy charnel house.
Hannibal Egloff: Extraordinary! I suddenly realize that you’re repelled by death.
James: Almost as much as you’re fascinated by it.
Hannibal Egloff: Indeed I am! By its glory and majesty, sir. By its healing power that eventually cures the most stubborn of ailments—-by its unhurried wisdom that solves all problems, in time. Why, with its help I shall even accomplish the greatest miracle of all--reduce this mountain of flesh.

Artemus: Phony. How do you like that? Phony.
James: Artie, so are our bonds.
Artemus: Oh. You can't trust anybody these days.

James: You’re the Dutchman, Gideon.
Gideon Falconer: Since that doesn’t seem to surprise you, why does it trouble you?
James: It troubles me, Gideon, because you were my friend.
Gideon Falconer: Friend? That is your word, not mine. A word which epitomizes this flabby, self-indulgent country of ours. America is dead, “old friend.” Morally dead. Only the feudal warlords of Asia still understand that even oceans of blood are to be preferred to a national existence without rectitude and discipline. For this country there’s no hope any longer. But if by the right use of power, I can force a return to the old ways in Japan...
James: You can't force a return, Gideon. You're an outsider.
Gideon Falconer: Not openly. But in the coming rebellion, by backing the winner.

Gideon Falconer: You really believe that you’re ready to take me on?
James: I don't know if I can take you on or not, Gideon. But I had a good teacher. Probably the best.

James: So the final truth and the final masqueradeR. the demure, concerned daughter of Japan. Reiko, it was a pose all along, wasn't it?
Reiko O'Hara: Some of it was. Some of it was not. My love for Falconer—-our dreams of the power we were going to exercise—-those were real.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
Unit Production ManagerMike Moder
MusicJack Pleis
Make-upDon Schoenfeld
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
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Paula Giokaris
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