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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Headless Woman

Jim and Artie investigate... a boll weevil smuggling operation? Unfortunately the insects pose a deadly threat to American cotton crops and if the smuggling operation isn't stopped, every cotton field in the U.S. will be destroyed within five years.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x17
Production Number: 3224-0370
Airdate: Friday January 05th, 1968

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Guest Stars
Theodore Marcuse
As Hassan (Abdul Hassan, as Theo Marcuse)
Harry Lauter
As Marshal
Quintin Sondergaard
As Driver (as Quent Sondergaard)
Don Rizzan
As Grooves
Pepe Callahan
As Jon
Lou Straley
As Swanson
Richard Anderson
As James Jeffers
John McLiam
As Tucker
Marlene Tracy
As Joanne
Marina Ghane
As Fatima
Dawn Wells
As Betsy (Betsy Jeffers)

Dick Cangey
As Wharf Heavy
Whitey Hughes
As Thug with Scimitar
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim, Artie, and a Federal marshal ride out to intercept a stagecoach as it makes its way through the countryside. They see a woman passenger inside with a male passenger and figure that the driver and his partner riding shotgun took on the women to look convincing. The three men ride down and order the driver to halt. He does so without putting up a fight and asks what is going on. The marshal presents a warrant to search the stage and says that they’re looking for boll weevils. The shotgun man opens fire, wounding the marshal, and Jim tackles them. The marshal shoots the driver, Artie takes on the male passenger who ends up shooting himself in the struggle, and Jim captures of the shotgun man. Artie opens the door for the woman, who falls out, revealing that “she” is a mannequin. The head falls off and the agents confirm that there are hundreds of boll weevils inside...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Left: Hassan and Fatima observe an unconscious Jim.
Lower Left: Jeffers after the thugs abduct his daughter Betsy.
Lower Right: Jim and Artie, captured.
Upper Right: The Wanderer sits on the rails.

Episode Quotes
Marshal: If those two on top start any trouble, we’ll have to be careful of the ladies.
Artemus: Oh ho, I’d be delighted to look after the lady.
James: Always the gallant.

Artemus: It's not that I'm complaining, you understand, Jim, but why is it I'm always the one who ends these long-winded wordy messages to Washington?
James: Because, Artie, you have such a marvelous command of the English language.
Artemus: Oh, that's good. That's very kind.
James: I thought you'd like that.

(starting a fire)
Tucker: When you’re done on one side, be sure and turn over. You’ll making better looking corpses.
Artemus: Boy, he really burns me up.

Artemus: Joanne, the wine is getting warm, dear...
James: Artie, have you no romance in your soul?
Artemus: Yes, I do. That’s why I only have enough pheasant for two.

Episode Goofs
Three of Artie's disguises are represented by photos. However, the photos are taken from previous episodes when Artie was actually on a case, disguised. Which means that no one was around to take the photos.

Episode References
The disguises Artie mentions are from "TNOT Legion of Death," (Aaron Addison), "TNOT Samurai" (Paulo Martinez), "TNOT Arrow" (Lt. Jonathan Greeley), and "TNOT Cut-Throats" (Jake the piano player)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingWilliam J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerMike Moder
Music SupervisorMorton Stevens
Make-upDon Schoenfeld
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyEdward R. Plante
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Film EditorByron Chudnow
Assistant DirectorChristopher Seitz
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Paula Giokaris
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 3 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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