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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Gruesome Games

A vial with a volatile germ is stolen and Jim and Artie track it to a party hosted by an eccentric millionaire, Rufus Kraus, with a penchant for lethal games. The germ will release at midnight and the agents have that long to find it and survive Kraus' "entertainment."

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x5
Production Number: 3224-0606
Airdate: Friday October 25th, 1968

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Guest Stars
William Schallert
As Rufus Kraus
Sherry Jackson
As Lola Cortez
Robert Ellenstein
As Dr. Raker (Dr. Theobald Raker)
Ken Drake
As General Crocker
Jacquelyn Hyde
As Marquesa Bellini
Gregg Palmer
As Bartender
Helen Page Camp
As Charity (Charity Witherly)
Lee Kolima
As No-Fun
Reggie Nalder
As Count Zendar
I. Stanford Jolley
As Town Doctor
Astrid Warner
As Gilda Novak
As The Ballerina (Ludmila)
Adolph Caesar
As Vidoq (Innocent Vidoq)
Robert Patten
As Dr. De Forest (Dr. Walter De Forest)

Red West
As Kraus' Servant
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim is riding after Dr. Raker, who is heading toward Angel’s Gap. Raker finally gets off his horse, grabs a case from off of his saddle, and runs into the woods. He then opens the case, revealing a miniature rocket launcher which he aims at the approaching Jim. Finally Raker takes the string attached to the rockets’ triggers and strings it across the road before riding off. Jim arrives and his horse hits the wire, and he hits the ground as the missiles fire overhead. Raker assumes that he’s dead, briefly checks on a toxic vial he’s carrying in a small case, and rides off. Meanwhile, Jim recovers and continues his pursuit...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Right: The clock chimes 8:30.
Lower Left: Jim trapped in a heated cage.
Upper Right: A sword hits the wall next to Jim's head.
Upper Left: Jim and Artie toss Kraus' party-game book out the door.

As Jim rides into town, a wagon for the Double Tree Farm can be seen. The wagon is a reused prop from "The Night of the Doomsday Formula," and the Double Tree Farm was General Kroll's base of operation.

Episode Quotes
Dr. Raker: And if I don’t hand it over you would shoot me, just like that?
James: What do you think?
Dr. Raker: I don’t think you would.
James: Try me.
Dr. Raker: I can’t believe that you have the talent for killing in cold blood. But, uh, you are a creature of surprises and contradictions, West, and I do want to live.

James: He’s dead?
Town Doctor: Man stops breathing, his heart don’t beat, that’s generally what we call it around here.

Episode Goofs
The drawers that Jim throws one of the servants into is clearly a fake with no actual drawers inside.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingWilliam J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerChristopher N. Seiter
MusicJack Pleis
Music SupervisorMartin L. Klein (1)
Make-upKen Chase
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyEdward R. Plante
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Assistant ProducerJoe Kirby
Film EditorAlan Jaggs
Assistant DirectorGordon A. Webb
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesVou Lee Giokaris  |  Jack Muhs
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 4 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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