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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Sedgewick Curse

A man Jim is assigned to meet mysteriously disappears at the Sedgewick Hotel. Jim and Artie determine he was suffering from a rare disease, and track him to the Sedgewick Manor, where a mysterious Dr. Maitland is working on a cure for a genetic disease that plagues the Sedgewick family.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x4
Production Number: 3224-0610
Airdate: Friday October 18th, 1968

Director: Marvin Chomsky
Writer: Paul Playdon

Special Guest Stars
Sharon AckerSharon Acker
As Lavinia (Lavinia Sedgewick)

Guest Stars
Arthur SpaceArthur Space
As Redmond (A.T. Redmond)
William ChalleeWilliam Challee
As Prisoner #1
Robert L. McCordRobert L. McCord
As Porter #1
Red WestRed West
As Man #1
Dick CangeyDick Cangey
As Man #2
Tommy J. HuffTommy J. Huff
As Man #3
Jay RobinsonJay Robinson
As Dr. Maitland
Maria LennardMaria Lennard
As Jessica
Richard HaleRichard Hale
As Sedgewick (Phillip Sedgewick)
Lee WeaverLee Weaver
As Desk Clerk #2
Arthur AdamsArthur Adams
As Desk Clerk #1 (Hiram Gilbert)
Kathryn MinnerKathryn Minner
As Old Lady
Gene LeBellGene LeBell
As Felix
Anthony JochimAnthony Jochim
As Prisoner #2
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim rides into the town of Sedgewick and meets with a government official, A.T. Redmond, to have the man sign some appropriation papers. Richmond is eager to go to the famed Sedgewick Spa and checks in at the hotel. The clerk gets him the key for his usual room, #12, and Jim accompanies him upstairs. Redmond signs the papers and Jim leaves. As he goes out the front, he hears the bell ring but sees no sign of the clerk. When he checks the board, Jim discovers that the bell in #12 is ringing and goes back to Richmond’s room. Two men stop him, saying that #12 belongs to their mother. Jim insists that they’re making a mistake and tries to go in, but the two men attack him. The agent easily disposes of them and goes into #12, only to discover an elderly woman in the bed who demands to know what Jim is doing there...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Right: A disguised Artie in danger in the steam room.
Upper Right: Jessica steps out of the secret passage.
Lower Left: Jim finds the now-elderly Redmond.
Upper Left: Jim and Artie have a health-food lunch.

Episode Quotes
Artemus: What did he say to you after that, Chester?
Chester the Dummy: He said, “I’m going to buy two tickets to Denver.”
Artemus: Uh-huh. So naturally you said...
Chester the Dummy: I said, “If she was my wife, I’d buy one ticket to Denver and made sure I missed the train.”

Lavinia: I don’t know which is more terrible. Dying very young or growing very old.

Episode Goofs
During the sequence where Lavinia's carriage goes out of control, it's clear that stunt people are filling in for Robert Conrad and Sharon Acker.

When the carriage draws to a halt, Robert Conrad is on the horse, but Sharon Acker still has a stand-in.

When Jim fights the thugs in the bedroom, he throws one into a chest.

The man disappears without a trace for the rest of the fight.

Jessica says that the aging rate of the drug is one year for every hour. However, seconds later, Maitland says that the drug causes a young man to become middle-aged in two hours.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingWilliam J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerSam Manners
MusicRichard Shores
Music SupervisorMartin L. Klein
Make-upKen Chase
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyEdward R. Plante
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Assistant ProducerJoe Kirby
Film EditorByron Chudnow
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesVou Lee Giokaris  |  Jack Muhs
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