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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Running Death

To protect the Colorado governor, Jim and Artie join a wagon train. One of the passengers is a European assassin who likes to break the necks of his victims, and the agents have no idea which passenger is the killer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x15
Production Number: 3224-0364
Airdate: Friday December 15th, 1967

Guest Stars
Jason EversJason Evers
As Kohner (Chris Kohner)
Maggie ThrettMaggie Thrett
As Dierdre
Britt NilssonBritt Nilsson
As Joan
Oscar BeregiOscar Beregi
As Colonel Dieboldt
Dub TaylorDub Taylor
As Pete (Pete Carstairs)
John Pickard (2)John Pickard (2)
As Govenor Ireland (Tom Ireland)
Jerry LaveroniJerry Laveroni
As Eli Bardhoom
Don RizzanDon Rizzan
As Markham
Tony GangeTony Gange
As Waiter
Karen ArthurKaren Arthur
As Gerta
Ken SwoffordKen Swofford
As Sloan
Dante DiPaoloDante DiPaolo
As Jeff Smith (as Dante D'Paulo)
Ken Del ConteKen Del Conte
As Head Guard
Larry AtenLarry Aten
As Desk Clerk (as Lawrence Aten)
T.C. JonesT.C. Jones
As Enzo (Miss Tyler)

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


In St. Louis, Jim arrives at a hotel and asks for Mr. Markham. The desk clerk gives him the room number and notes that someone else calling himself Jim West just went up. Jim runs up the stairs to the door and hears someone talking inside. He breaks down the door, and finds Markham dead on the floor. A hooded figure tries to strangle Jim from behind but Jim manages to break his grip. The killer knocks down the weakened Jim and runs off. When the agent starts to go after him, he hears Markham moaning and goes to him. With his dying breath, Markham says the words, “enzo” and “silver.” Jim goes downstairs to the lobby and asks the desk clerk if he got a good look at the killer, only to discover that the man has been strangled to death, just like Markham...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Right: Jim and Artie find Joan, dead.
Upper Left: Jim and Artie worry about Dierdre's murder.
Lower Left: Bardhoom knocks Jim to the ground.
Upper Right: The Wanderer departs.

Episode Quotes
James: So one of those four lovelies in that wagon is Topaz, Artie.
Artemus: Follow a hard and gemlike glow, and she will lead you to Enzo.

Jeff Smith: I’ll tell you what. Here’s a new deck of cards and a little advice.
James: Thanks for the cards. What’s the advice?
Jeff Smith: Don’t ever play cards with me.

Artemus: That’s a wonderful woman. I can see now why the sun never sets on the British Empire.
James: With her around, it wouldn’t dare.

Sloan: Mister, I come sashaying off the buffalo flats for two important reasons. Bullets for my rifle and whiskey for the inner man. Now me and the inner man don’t take kindly to socializing with strangers.

James: Artie, everything I learned about cards I leaned at my daddy’s knee.
Artemus: What was he, a riverboat gambler?
James: Um-hmm.

Episode Goofs
Joan's name is spelled "Joan: in the credits and in the DVD closed captioning, but Artie pronounces it "Joanne."

It's not clear what the agents are doing at the end. They're playing poker, but when Artie hits the flipover table top, it's revealed that everything is glued to the table. Despite that, Artie has been complaining about how many poker chips he has left, meaning that they must have been moving chips back and forth earlier. He also tosses poker chips onto the table after he flips the table over. So it's not clear if the chips are glued to the table or not. And if they are... why are the agents sitting on an empty train playing poker over a table with glued-down chips?

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 EditorByron Chudnow
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Paula Giokaris
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