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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

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

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