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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Legion of Death

A territorial governor declares martial law and uses his Black Legion to enforce his decrees. Grant sends Jim and Artie to arrest the man and bring him back to Washington.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x12
Production Number: 3224-0368
Airdate: Friday November 24th, 1967

Guest Stars
Toian MatchingaToian Matchinga
As Henriette Faure
Walter BrookeWalter Brooke
As Prosecutor
Donnelly RhodesDonnelly Rhodes
As Captain Dansby
Kent SmithKent Smith
As Governor Winston Brubaker (Winston E. Brubaker)
Anthony ZerbeAnthony Zerbe
As Deke Montgomery
Karen JensenKaren Jensen
As Catherine Kittridge
Alex GerryAlex Gerry
As Judge
James NusserJames Nusser
As Reeves

Co-Guest Stars
Don RossDon Ross
As Jury Member
Douglas RoweDouglas Rowe
As Attendant (as Doug Rowe)
Eli BeharEli Behar
As Warden
Thad FitzgeraldThad Fitzgerald
As Corporal #1
Ralph ThomasRalph Thomas
As Corporal #2
Robert TerryRobert Terry
As Dan Kittridge
Bill ErwinBill Erwin
As Jury Foreman

Dick CangeyDick Cangey
As Heavy
Whitey HughesWhitey Hughes
As Trial Room Thug
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim watches from an attic window at a town as uniformed men with a lightning bolt insignia bring out Artie, disguised as prisoner Aaron Addison. Artie is brought up to the gallows and Jim removes a special rifle from a hidden compartment. He draws a bead as Artie insists that he is innocent, and the governor’s secretary, a scarred man named Deke Montgomery, asks him to name the man who sent him there. As Artie starts to give the man’s name, Jim fires a shot and Artie collapses. Deke’s men open fire while Jim hides the rifle and discovers that the troops are busting in. He uses a flask of powder to make a circle and burn through the floor so he can drop two floors into a wagon. Jim takes on the three troopers there and runs outside, while Captain Dansby orders his men to shoot the agent on sight...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Right: Jim whips the horses on as the Black Legion closes in.
Upper Right: The disguised Artie enters the courtroom and offers to testify on Jim's behalf.
Upper Left: Jim and Artie are sealed into the tunnel.
Lower Left: The Wanderer departs.

Episode Quotes
James: Sorry for staring but I'm not used to seeing something so lovely in a garden house. No, please forget that I said that.
Henriette Fauer: Oh, really, I thought it was a rather pretty compliment.
James: Yes, it was, but it's my last. You may quote me.

James: Artie!
Artemus: What?
James: Who's that girl?
Artemus: Where?
James: No. The one at the morgue who came to claim your body.

James: I've come with a warrant for Brubaker, and to bring him back to Washington.
Catherine Kittridge: You? Alone?
James: Well... Artie, you will help, won't you?
Artemus: Oh, sure. There'll be two of us.

Captain Dansby: I'm curious. What's Grant's strategy? After we've hanged you, what's his next move?
James: Well, there's always the Seventh Cavalry.
Captain Dansby: Yeah, the Seventh. Well, it'll be interesting to find out how good they really are. Personally, I think my Legion will give them a bloody nose.
James: If you do that, I will personally notify your next of kin.

Reeves: What rabbit am I going to pull out of my hat this time?
James: Oh, I don't know. You'll come up with something as soon as I'll think of it.

James: A reception committee, Brubaker-style. That's some--that's some surprise, huh, Artie?
Artemus: Yeah. Shock of my life. You could have knocked me over with a 100-pound artillery cannon.

(after Jim kisses her to avoid guards)
Catherine Kittridge: You see. How long do you think you can keep this up?
James: Oh, indefinitely. I rather enjoyed it.

Artemus: That's brilliant. How'd you find that?
James: One of the Governor's constituents showed it to me, Artie.
Artemus: Oh. I suppose this accommodating constituent was female?
James: And of voting age.

Episode Goofs
When Jim uses the thermite powder on the floorboards, as he kneels his right knee is ahead of his left foot. In the next immediate shot, his right knee is behind his left foot.

When Jim enters the mansion, he's sporting a new, shorter hairstyle. However, during his first conversation with Deke, he has a longer hair style. After he escapes through the window, his hair is back to the shorter style and stays that way for the rest of the episode.

When Jim emerges from the morgue drawer, it conveniently slides open for him despite the fact his hands and feet are covered. Also, while Jim is able to open the drawer from within, the attendant is unable too a few minutes later.

During the wagon chase, the stock footage used is from a different movie that only has one person seated up front. In the closeups, both Jim and Artie are seated up front.

The troopers in the stock footage are standard cavalry, not the green-shirted Black Legionnaires seen throughout the episode.

When Jim and Artie leap off the wagon at the curve, it is in a heavily-wooded area. When the troopers ride by, there is no sign of nearby brush or trees.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
Unit Production ManagerMike Moder
MusicRichard Shores
Make-upDon Schoenfeld
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyEdward R. Plante
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Film EditorAlan Jaggs
Assistant DirectorChristopher Seitz
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Paula Giokaris
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