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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Big Blackmail

The evil Baron Hinterestoisser plans to humiliate President Ulysses S. Grant by showing a fake kinetoscope film of Grant signing a shady deal with a foreign power. Hinterestoisser has the film hidden in the German embassy under heavy guard and only Jim and Artie can get to it.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x1
Production Number: 3224-0602
Airdate: Friday September 27th, 1968

Guest Stars
Martin KosleckMartin Kosleck
As Count Hackmar
Roy EngelRoy Engel
As President Grant
Wilhelm Von HomburgWilhelm Von Homburg
As Hess
Jerry LaveroniJerry Laveroni
As Ziegler
Harvey KormanHarvey Korman
As Baron Hinterstoisser
Ronald RichRonald Rich
As Dick January (as Ron Rich)
Alice NunnAlice Nunn
As Hilda
Gilchrist StuartGilchrist Stuart
As Gruber (as Gil Stuart)

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


In Washington, DC, Jim is at the German Embassy suspended outside a chamber where President Grant and Artie are watching a fencing match for the President’s Cup. Jim continues up to the window where a German messenger is carrying a mysterious black box. On the next floor, Jim slips in through a window...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Left: Jim and Artie. "That ought to lend a certain interest to the proceedings, sir."
Lower Right: Someone holding a knife.
Lower Left: Jim and Artie. "I don't think we could pry this open with an elephant."
Upper Right: Jim and Artie discuss the future of the kinetoscope.

Episode Quotes
Baron Hinterstoisser: I also want you to bring your associate, uh, ... by the way, where is Mr. West?
President Grant: Well, Gordon?
Artemus: Well, sir, last time, I saw him he was heading for the garden.
President Grant: What the devil for?
Artemus: Well, sir, he said something about wanting to show the Big Dipper to the daughter of the Lithuanian Ambassador.
President Grant: Oh, I see...

President Grant: In the past three months, seven of our personnel have gone into that embassy for one security errand or another. Not one of them has returned. They must be presumed dead.
James: That ought to lend a certain interest to the proceedings, Sir.

Artemus: Did it ever occur to you that red might mean danger? For instance, red for fire, fire of explosion?
James: What would they want to explode?
Artemus: People who fool around with their levers.

Artemus: Listen, I've been giving that a lot of thought.
James: Hmm?
Artemus: Yeah. You know, you remember how everyone was laughing when I pretended to be the President. Even I thought it was funny.
James: It was funny. So?
Artemus: Well, I've been thinking. Suppose, now, just suppose, that I made another kinetoscope, only longer this time, eh? And we rented a hall. I betcha people would pay money to see that.
James: Pay money to see it? Oh, come on, Artie.
Artemus: A dime? A nickel?
James: Artie, here, have another champagne.
Artemus: It was just a thought.
James: I'm glad it was just a thought, Artie.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingWilliam J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerChristopher N. Seiter
MusicRichard Shores
Music SupervisorMartin L. Klein
Make-upKen Chase
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyRichard L. Rawlings
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Assistant ProducerJoe Kirby
Film EditorFrank Capacchione
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Vou Lee Giokaris
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