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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Arrow

A blood-and-guts general plans to pave his way to the Presidency by launching attacks on hostile Indian tribes. President Grant wants to stop the violence and sends Jim and Artie in to find out who is responsible and put a stop to the potential outbreak of war.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x16
Production Number: 3224-0358
Airdate: Friday December 29th, 1967

Director: Alex Nicol
Writer: Leigh Chapman (1)

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Guest Stars
Robert Phillips (1)
As Oconee
Roy Engel
As President Ulysses S. Grant
Lew Brown
As 2nd Guard
William Massey
As Jailer
Frank Cappiello
As Fighter (Hendricks)
Jeannine Riley
As Aimee Baldwin
Frank Marth
As Colonel Rath (Colonel Theodore M. Rath)
Logan Field
As Sergeant
Paul Sorenson
As Major Lock
William Bassett
As Lt. Carter (as William H. Bassett)
William Callaway
As Sentry (as Bill Callaway)
Robert J. Wilke
As General Baldwin (Maj. Gen. Titus Ord Baldwin)

Dick Cangey
As Heavy
Barry Cahill
As 3rd Guard
Ralph Gambina
As Referee
Shari Nims
As Jeanne
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


At a fort in Cheyenne territory, the soldiers have gathered to watch two boxers slug it out. Jim is there with General Titus Ord Baldwin, who offers the agent refreshments once the match is over. Baldwin congratulates the fighter, Hendricks, and Lt. Carter, who has been choosing the fighters. Baldwin introduces Jim to the two men as well as Colonel Rath. As the boxers go back to the ring, Baldwin informs the other men that the government is unhappy with Indian relations in the territory, and have sent Jim and Artie to find out why. The general says that his own sentiments are that the only good Indian is a dead Indian. However, Jim insist that Indians have made a major contribution to the country..

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower left: Aimee surrounded by Indians.
Upper Left: The soldiers put Jim in irons.
Upper Right: Aimee looks down on Jim.
Lower Right: The Wanderer sits on the rails.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
TraditionalFroggie Went A-CourtingArtie sings to distract a guard

Episode Quotes
Aimee Baldwin: Mr. West, oh, it’s so seldom we get a chance to talk to someone from civilization. Oh, Daddy, I call upon you to yield this prisoner to me. Sir?
General Baldwin: I question your wisdom in taking prisoners, but I yield.

James: How many other fellas like Lt. Carter do you have dangling on a string?
Aimee Baldwin: Now that’s a military secret, Mr. West.

President Ulysses S. Grant: Don’t shoot, boys. The country’s got problems but this isn’t the way to solve them.

Oconee: West, that meeting you wanted. I’ll arrange for it.
James: Why?
Oconee: Call it my admiration for your style under pressure.

Aimee Baldwin: You hate me, don’t you?
James: Naturally.
Aimee Baldwin: No, you’re just saying that to be nice. Down deep, you really do hate me, don’t you?
James: If you say so.

James: Artie, do you think that Baldwin is calling the shots?
Artemus: I don’t know anyone else who has more to gain, do you? I mean, if you want to be President, what better way than kissing babies and killing Indians.

Artemus: Jim?
James: Yeah.
Artemus: Whatever you do, I don’t want you to think about three other men that General Grant sent to contact Strong Bear.
James: No, I won’t.
Artemus: I mean, just because he put them to the stake doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to kill you, too.
James: No, it doesn’t.
Artemus: You just forget them.
James: Yeah, I will.
Artemus: Don’t dwell on it.
James: No, Artie, I won’t.
Artemus: Just put those poor devils right out of your mind.
James: Artie! All right!

Episode Goofs
The glass of whiskey that Artie pours Grant is only a third full. However, when Grant picks it up, it contains a lot more liquid.

Aimee says that Horace Greeley is the editor of the New York Herald, but he actually worked for the New York Tribune.

Before the commercial break, six Indians surround Aimee.

After the break, there are only four.

At the end of the second act, the frame in the upper left corner shows Jim being handcuffed where only two hands are shown (one left hand and one right hand). At the end of the next two acts the frame in the upper left corner shows Jim being handcuffed, but there are now four hands shown (three left hands and one right hand).

Oconee tells Jim to go to the caves at 8 that night. When Jim arrives, it is bright daylight.

Inside the cave, daylight is shining down.

And when Jim emerges sometime later and goes after Oconee, it is barely getting dark.

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 DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Film EditorAlan Jaggs
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Paula Giokaris
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 3 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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