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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Avaricious Actuary

Someone is selling "insurance" to rich businessman... and using a giant tuning fork to destroy their businesses with sound waves when they refuse to pay.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x11
Production Number: 3224-0615
Airdate: Friday December 06th, 1968

Director: Irving J. Moore
Writer: Henry Sharp

Guest Stars
Harold GouldHarold Gould
As John Taney (Dr. Tebor Kovacs)
Steve GraversSteve Gravers
As Durkin
Tol AveryTol Avery
As Asa Dempster
Lou KrugmanLou Krugman
As Maitre D'Hotel
Judi ShervenJudi Sherven
As Cora Lister
Sharon CintronSharon Cintron
As Girl #1
Barbara HemmingwayBarbara Hemmingway
As Fat Lady (Miss Litefoot)
Emily BanksEmily Banks
As Arden Masterson
Ross ElliottRoss Elliott
As General Caswell
Jenny MaxwellJenny Maxwell
As Billie
Sydney SmithSydney Smith
As Tycoon
Fritz FeldFritz Feld
As Chef (Marcel)
Linda Cooper (2)Linda Cooper (2)
As Girl #2 (Dee)
Frank SimonettiFrank Simonetti
As Fat Man #1
Bennett KingBennett King
As Fat Man #2
Jack SprattJack Spratt
As Fat Man #3
Ray DaweRay Dawe
As Fat Man #4

Red WestRed West
As Thug With Shotgun
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Financier John Taney is at home in his study when Jim and Artie barge in. As the clock starts to strike one, the agents tell him to order everyone out of the house. Taney refuses and draws a derringer on them, but hesitates when the teacup on his desk starts to rattle. Artie tells him that it’s a special kind of earthquake as the room begins to shake. Windows shatter and the chandelier begins to fall. Jim and Artie go to the window and see a giant tuning fork on a wagon across the street. Jim goes after it while Artie gets Taney out. Thugs jump Jim as he approaches the wagon and he knocks them out, but the person manning the wagon directs the tuning fork at Jim, causing him to pass out from the pain...

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Episode Notes
Ross Martin injured his leg during the shooting gallery scene. A stand-in actor filled in as Artie disguised as the gas meter man. Martin's injury was carefully concealed during subsequent episodes until he recovered.

Corner slides:
Upper Left: Jim faces three of Singleton's thugs.
Upper Right: An arcade repairman watches Jim.
Lower Right: Artie disguised as a gas inspector.
Lower Left: The Wanderer.

Episode Quotes
John Taney: What the devil...?
Artemus: No, sir. Secret Service.

Artemus: You know, you gentlemen are all like the young lady from Niger who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
Asa Dempster: What kind of nonsense is that?
Artemus: They returned from the ride with the lady inside, and a smile on the face of the tiger. Have a pleasant ride, gentleman.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingWilliam J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerChristopher N. Seiter
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 EditorByron Chudnow
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Vou Lee Giokaris
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