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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Doomsday Formula

A scientist and his daughter are kidnapped by a cavalry officer turned arms dealer who wants the scientist's "doomsday formula": a massive explosive that he can sell to the highest foreign bidder.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x2
Production Number: 3224-0601
Airdate: Friday October 04th, 1968

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Guest Stars
E.J. Andre
As Dr. Crane
Gail Billings
As Verna Scott
Vince Howard
As Bartender
Fred Stromsoe
As 2nd Guard
Dick Cangey
As 1st Guard
Red West
As 3rd Guard
Tommy J. Huff
As 4th Guard
Kevin McCarthy
As General Kroll (Major General Walter Kroll)
Melinda Plowman
As Lorna Crane
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim rides off from the Wanderer and heads into Denver...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Left: Jim hides in the Double Tree Farm wagon.
Lower Right: Lorna balanced on a platform, surrounded by flames.
Upper Right: Artie in disguise comes through the window.
Upper Left: The Wanderer continues on its way.

Episode Quotes
Lorna Crane: Well, all I really know is he received this message from an agent named, uh... West.
James: Not James West?
Lorna Crane: Well, yes. Do you know him?
James: He's a colleague of mine.

James: You're going to hand over your formula, doctor? Doctor, you know you can't do that.
Dr. Crane: I am doing it.
James: We tested the explosive you left behind in the laboratory in Denver. "Doomsday formula," you call it in your letter to President Grant. Whose doomsday, doctor? Your country's?

James: Artie. No one sings off-key like you.

Episode Goofs
When James tells Artemus about the 7th Cavalry, Robert Conrad pronounces the word "Calvary."

When Jim supposedly fires the dart into the fire chamber wall, the notch is there before it hits the wall. The director filmed the shot by having the dart already in the wall, pulling it out quickly, and filming in reverse.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingWilliam J. Kenney
MusicRobert Prince
Music SupervisorMartin L. Klein (1)
Make-upKen Chase
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyRichard L. Rawlings
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Assistant ProducerJoe Kirby
Film EditorByron Chudnow
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesVou Lee Giokaris  |  Jack Muhs
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 4 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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