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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Camera

Jim and Jeremy get a new partner, timid Bosley Cranston, during their investigation of an opium-smuggling ring led by businessman Gideon Stix. Cranston's photographic memory proves invaluable when they must break into Stix's house and duplicate the man's records.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x10
Production Number: 3224-0616
Airdate: Friday November 29th, 1968

Director: Marvin Chomsky
Writer: Ken Pettus

Special Guest Stars
Charles AidmanCharles Aidman
As Jeremy Pike
Pat PaulsenPat Paulsen
As Bosley Cranston

Guest Stars
Walker EdmistonWalker Edmiston
As Langham (Leroy Langham)
Julio MedinaJulio Medina
As Don Carlos
Barry AtwaterBarry Atwater
As Gideon Stix
Marya ChristenMarya Christen
As Chinese Girl
As Mandarin
Rico CattaniRico Cattani
As Butler
Victor Sen YungVictor Sen Yung
As Baron Kyosai
Ken MendosoKen Mendoso
As Hatchetman
Joe CastagnaJoe Castagna
As Slicker

Sonny JonesSonny Jones
As Henchman
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West


In San Francisco, Jim is watching a funeral parlor at night as a carriage pulls up. A bespectacled little man carrying a case gets out and looks nervously around. After a moment he walks down the street and a man with a scarred face emerges and walks toward the newcomer... an then past him. Jim follows the scarred man and the newcomer loudly greets Jim by name. The scarred man starts running and Jim runs after him, pursuing him into a dead-end alley. The man jumps him from above and they fight while the newcomer comes over. He loosens a rope and drops a crate, and Jim rolls out of the way as it crushes the scarred man. Jim asks who the newcomer is and when he hesitates, the agent grabs him. The newcomer shows him identification confirming that he is Secret Service agent Bosley Cranston...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Right: Jim faces two Tong hatchetmen.
Lower Right: Langham successfully bids on the book.
Lower Left: Bosley tries not to sneeze.
Upper Left: Jim and Jeremy realize there's more to Bosley than there appears.

This is the first episode in air order to feature Charles Aidman as Jeremy Pike, although rather confusingly "The Night of Miguelito's Revenge" airs later but introduces him for the first time as it was filmed before this episode.

Episode Quotes
Bosley Cranston: I’m really sorry, Mr. West. It’s my first field assignment.
James: If you hadn’t told me that, I wouldn’t have guessed.

Episode Goofs
Although the book with the codes was supposedly written in 1575, the closeup shot of the writing shows references to Marshal Wyatt Earp and other figures of the 1870s.

The stunt double tossed out of the carriage clearly looks different than actor Walker Edmiston.

The stunt double who stands in for Barry Atwater during the final fight...

Has distinctly different hair than the actor in the preceding shot.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingAl Onorato
Unit Production ManagerSam Manners
Music SupervisorMartin L. Klein  |  Morton Stevens
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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