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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Falcon

A criminal mastermind and explosives expert, "The Falcon," has created a huge falcon-shaped cannon and demands an exorbitant ransom so he won't destroy Denver. Jim and Artie infiltrate the Falcon's organization and discover that criminals from across the world have arrived to see the cannon's demonstration and bid on the weapon.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x10
Production Number: 3224-0362
Airdate: Friday November 10th, 1967

Director: Marvin Chomsky
Writer: Robert Kent

Guest Stars
Lisa GayeLisa Gaye
As Lana Benson
Joseph RuskinJoseph Ruskin
As Munez (Felice Munez)
George KeymasGeorge Keymas
As Balya (Silvio Balya)
Douglas HendersonDouglas Henderson
As Colonel James Richmond
Robert DuvallRobert Duvall
As Dr. Horace Humphries
Kurt KreugerKurt Kreuger
As Heindorf (Alex Heindorf)
John AldersonJohn Alderson
As Clive Marchmount

Co-Guest Stars
Gene TyburnGene Tyburn
As Felton
Edward KnightEdward Knight
As General Lassiter
Lynn WoodLynn Wood
As Woman
Michele TobinMichele Tobin
As Bonnie
William PhippsWilliam Phipps
As Marshall
Warren HammackWarren Hammack
As Soldier

Dick CangeyDick Cangey
As Falcon Heavy
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim and Artie are at the town of Tonka Flats, waiting until noon while the Army oversees the citizen evacuation. The agents spot a falcon flying overhead, and then ride over when a woman objects to the soldiers. She complains that they’re being moved for no reason, and all Artie can tell her is that it’s dangerous to stay in Tonka Flats. Once everybody is out, Jim and Artie clear out with the soldiers. They’re unaware that four men are watching from hidden spots on the hillside...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Left: Jim examines the dead Falcon soldier.
Upper Right: Artie gets a sedative injection.
Lower Right: The Falcon suggests they conclude their transaction.
Upper Left: Artie discovers the gun was loaded after all.


The Falcon-Cannon was the single largest prop created for the show in its entire run. It was originally designed with the bird's wings spread out, but budget constraints led to it being built with the wings furled against its sides.

Episode Quotes
General Lassiter: All right, so know we know where we are. Somewhere there's a cannon that can spell the difference between Heaven or Hell for the entire country.

Episode Goofs
At the Wanderer, Artie is seen using a three-ring binder of the modern variety to hold his notes. The ring binder wasn't invented until 1886, and the series is set during the Grant presidency, which ended in 1877.

When Artie learns that the prescription came from Sinful, he identifies it as being at the center point of three towns: Salildas, Rome Plateau, and Tonka Flat. However, the first two towns aren't mentioned anywhere in the episode.

At the crime conference, none of the three criminals see through Artie's disguise. While all of Artie's disguises require a certain suspension of belief, in this case Artie has a much fuller head of hair than Munez did, and all three criminals saw Munez earlier without his hat.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
Unit Production ManagerMike Moder
MusicLeon Klatzkin
Make-upDon Schoenfeld
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyRichard L. Rawlings
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Film EditorFrank Capacchione
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Paula Giokaris
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