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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Fugitives

Norbet Plank, the chief bookkeeper of a syndicate, is wanted for murder and flees to his boss' company town. Jim and Artie must get into the town, find the man, and get him out in one piece.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x7
Production Number: 3224-0376
Airdate: Friday November 08th, 1968

Guest Stars
Douglas HendersonDouglas Henderson
As Colonel James Richmond
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Diamond Dave Desmond
Charles McGrawCharles McGraw
As Sheriff Baggs (Joe Baggs)

Co-Guest Stars
Bill BaldwinBill Baldwin
As Hallelujah Harry
Gabriel WalshGabriel Walsh
As Shopkeeper
A.G. VitanzaA.G. Vitanza
As Grady
Susan HartSusan Hart
As Rhoda (Rhoda Ranson)
Larry DuranLarry Duran
As Mexican
Sid McCoySid McCoy
As Tod Warner
J.S. JohnsonJ.S. Johnson
As Norbet Plank

Jerry LaveroniJerry Laveroni
As Deputy
Red WestRed West
As Deputy
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


In San Francisco, Jim meets up with fellow agent Irv, who is watching the Star Warehouse. Irv has documented Syndicate members going in and out every 20 minutes, delivering money. Jim asks if Norbet Plank, murderer and the Syndicate bookkeeper, is inside and Irv confirms that he is. After telling Irv to notify Artie if he doesn’t come back, Jim takes out a guard and sneaks inside. He’s unaware that a Syndicate man has gotten the drop on Irv...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Right: Jim inside Plank's room.
Lower Left: Jim sighs in relief as the thugs leave the church.
Upper Right: Diamond Dave sighs in exasperation as Jim escapes.
Upper Left: The Wanderer departs.

This episode was originally filmed in the third season with Gunnar Hellstrom as director. Robert Conrad was badly injured during a fall from a chandelier (which can be seen in the initial barroom brawl). The episode was held up for twelve weeks and then final filming was completed by Mike Moder in the fourth season, where it aired. Only Moder got on-screen credit for the final result.

Episode Quotes
Colonel James Richmond: I have a strange feeling that, uh, ridiculous outfit has something to do with the whole thing.
Artemus: Well, it certainly does.
Colonel James Richmond: And just who are you going to be this time?
Artemus: An itinerant character I know named Hallelujah Harry. Hallelujah Harry’s my name, saving’s my game. And what I know of Diamond Dave Desmond, he’s going to need a lot of saving.

Diamond Dave Desmond: I like having talented people around me. How would you like to come to Epitaph?
Artemus: Epitaph, brother? That’s something we all got to come to sooner or later.

James: You want to help me?
Rhoda: Yes.
James: Why?
Rhoda: Well, you need horses to get out of town. I can get them for you.
James: Why?
Rhoda: When a girl, uh, does a favor, she should get a favor? Like they always say, “quid pro quo.”
James: I didn’t know that’s what they always said, but what exactly is it that you want?

James: Even Plank’s entitled to a fair trial.
Diamond Dave Desmond: No problem. I promise you that he’ll have a scrupulously fair hearing before he’s hanged.

Episode Goofs
The credits at the end identify the San Francisco agent as "Tod Warner"...

...but Jim calls him "Irv" twice.

Because of the tthree-month gap caused by Robert Conrad's accident, when Jim hits the ground after his fall...

The table that was behind Jim disappears and the unconscious Sheriff Baggs is there instead.

When Monk spots Jim at the hotel in the mirror, Jim runs out the door in the reflection...

But then the camera cuts to Jim behind and he runs out the door again.

Artie holds a candle flame beneath the pages to reveal any invisible ink in the long shots.

But in the closeups it's clear that a solid light is being used rather than a flickering flame.

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 PhotographyEdward R. Plante
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Assistant ProducerJoe Kirby
Film EditorAlan Jaggs
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Vou Lee Giokaris
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