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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Spanish Curse

Townspeople in New Mexico are under attack by bandits... who appear to be the ghosts of Cortez and his Conquistadores.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x14
Production Number: 3224-0603
Airdate: Friday January 03rd, 1969

Director: Paul Stanley (2)
Writer: Robert Kent

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Guest Stars
Thayer David
As Cortez (William Landon)

Co-Guest Stars
Toian Matchinga
As Cosina (Cosina Ramirez)
Pepe Callahan
As Officer Rojas
Ted de Corsia
As 1st Elder
Jon Lormer
As 2nd Elder
Fred Stromsoe
As Conquistador #2
Jorge Moreno
As Proprietor
Richard Angarola
As Allesandro
Edward Colmans
As Juan (Juan Ramirez)
Gil Serna
As Fernandez
Fred Villani
As Morales
Joe Pepi
As Guard #1
Lou Peralta
As Conquistador #1

Red West
As Cortez Thug
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


A group of men wearing the uniforms of Spanish Conquistadors prepare to fire a cannon at the nearby town of Solidad. Meanwhile, Jim meets with the elders of Solidad and warns them that their town is all but defenseless. The elders warn that the men who attack them are ghostly conquistadors who follow Cortez and disappear as mysteriously as they come. Jim points out that for ghosts, they have a very real interest in robbing banks, and asks how many men can handle guns. The elders assure him that they have sentries on every road but Jim tells them that they have to defend the town from within...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Left: Jim rides after Cosina.
Upper Right: Jim and Artie watch Cortez.
Lower Left: Cortez drops Jim through a trapdoor.
Lower Right: The volcano explodes.

Episode Quotes
James: My partner and I are trying to find out where the raiders are coming from.
1st Elder: They come from the past, from the shadows of history.
James: Well, if that’s where they come from, that’s where we’ll find them.

Proprietor: You wish something, señor?
James: I’d like some food.
Proprietor: It is siesta. No one eats during siesta in Mexico.
James: My stomach has insomnia.

(in disguise)
Artemus: Hey, you’re a stranger in San Pedro, are you not, señor? Then why do you not encourage me to play for you?
James: Consider yourself encouraged.
Artemus: Hey! For that kind of money, señor, I’ll even play for you in tune.

Officer Rojas: I have tried to warn you--I can do no more. It is quite likely, Señor West, that you're a very brave man. It is most unfortunate that in addition, you're also very stubborn.

Episode Goofs
As the thugs fight Jim in Cortez's main hall, they slide him across the table. One thug continues attacking Jim, while a second thug casually turns and strolls away and a third thug takes the time to adjust his tunic.

As Jim fights with the thugs, there's a candelabra on the table. Despite the fact that hot wax is dripping down all of the candles, none of it falls off as the table is bumped hard several times.

When Cortez grabs the candelabra and throws the switch to open the trapdoor, the candles are a dull yellow in the closeup.

However, they are much brighter in the previous and subsequent shots.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingWilliam J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerChristopher N. Seiter
MusicJohnny Parker
Music SupervisorMartin L. Klein (1)
Make-upKen Chase
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyEdward R. Plante
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Assistant ProducerJoe Kirby
Film EditorByron Chudnow
Assistant DirectorGordon A. Webb
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Vou Lee Giokaris
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 4 episode 14 guide may contain spoilers
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