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The Wild Wild West: The Night of Montezuma's Hordes

Jim and Artie are assigned to accompany a Mexican officer on a joint trip to recover a vast Aztec treasure hidden in Texas. But criminals infiltrate the expedition and the group soon finds themselves in the hands of the descendents of the ancient Aztecs.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x8
Production Number: 3224-0354
Airdate: Friday October 27th, 1967

Director: Irving J. Moore
Writer: Max Ehrlich


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Guest Stars
Roland La Starza
As Jake (as Roland LaStarza)
Recurring
Ray Walston
As Professor Johnson (Professor Henry Johnson)
Jack Elam
As Zack Slade
Edmund Hashim
As Col. Pedro Sanchez
Hal John Norman
As Indian Guide (as Hal Jon Norman)
Roy Monsell
As Dr. Mallory (Dr. John Mallory)
Eddie Little Sky
As Aztec Chief
Carla Borelli
As Sun Goddess
Ludmila Alixanova
As Handmaiden

Uncredited
Whitey Hughes
As Slade's Thug
Recurring
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon

Recap

In Houston, Professor Henry Johnson visits the Museum of Archaeology and meet with Dr. John Mallory. Johnson introduces himself as the head of the archeological department at the state university. Meanwhile, Jim arrives to see Mallory and the guard lets him in. When Jim enters the office, Johnson is there, claiming to be Mallory. Jim doesn’t know what Mallory looks like and is fooled, and Johnson knows that Jim was coming...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Left: Slade figures they can get rid of Jim halfway to the treasure.
Upper Left: Jim and Artie examine the Aztec arrow.
Upper Right: Jim and Artie look at the descending ceiling.
Lower Right: Jim leaves for dinner.

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Episode Quotes
Jim: Are you all right?
Colonel Pedro Sanchez: I believe this is where I'm supposed to be grateful for your help.
James: All in a day's work, Colonel.

Professor Henry Johnson: Now what do we do?
Zack Slade: What do we do? Well, that's simple--we just cut off Sanchez's head and send it to a mind reader.

(Artie in disguise)
Artemus: Well, you troubled, sonny?
James: Well, old timer, every once in a while I feel like I'm being watched.
Artemus: Well, now, I tell you son, that's nothin' but a pure case of nerves. Aggravated by nothin' but superstition, which has no place with modern man. (drops the act) Confidentially, I feel exactly the same way you do.

James: How do you like the decor, Artie?
Artemus: Well, if you like Early Catacomb.

Artemus: They think we're gods. No one's ever lived through Montezuma's Revenge before.



Episode Goofs
The bar that Jim is thrown through at the saloon is clearly made of cheap balsa wood.


Despite the fact that a hug throws steaming hot coffee into Jim's face, he is unmarked and unburned a few seconds later.


Because of a poorly drawn matte shot, the "full moon" standing atop the twin peaks has a thick black matte line around it.


The stacks of skulls in the cell are clearly fakes, and a single "sculpture" rather than a stack of skulls. Several of them have no visible support from beneath.




Analysis
Although not a goof per se, the "Aztec" statues outside of the castle (basically a mine shaft) are so convincing that it makes the grand entrance look rather like an amusement park ride entrance.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
Unit Production ManagerMike Moder
Music SupervisorMorton Stevens
Make-upDon Schoenfeld
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyRichard L. Rawlings
Art DirectorRobert Crawley
Film EditorFrank Capacchione
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs
 
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 3 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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