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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Diva

Jim meets with a newly-returned Artie in New Orleans, and Gordon has to accompany a temperamental Italian diva. Jim takes on Artie's duties but they're attacked at the opera and soon find that two other divas have disappeared within the opera house.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x20
Production Number: 3224-0623
Airdate: Friday March 07th, 1969

Director: Herb Wallerstein
Story: Alf Harris
Teleplay: Ken Pettus

Special Guest Stars
Beverly ToddBeverly Todd
As Angelique

Guest Stars
Martin KosleckMartin Kosleck
As Igor
Patrice MunselPatrice Munsel
As Rosa Montebello
Patrick HorganPatrick Horgan
As Max Crenshaw

Co-Guest Stars
Douglas HendersonDouglas Henderson
As Colonel Richmond (James Richmond)
Patricia DunnePatricia Dunne
As Ellen Collingwood
Lester FletcherLester Fletcher
As Karl Crenshaw
Geraldine BaronGeraldine Baron
As Caroline Mason
Margery MackayMargery Mackay
As First Diva
Jorge Ben-HurJorge Ben-Hur
As Bartender (Armaud)
Khalil BezaleelKhalil Bezaleel
As Deluc (Pierre Deluc)
David ConstantineDavid Constantine
As Messenger

Dick CangeyDick Cangey
As Thug
Fred StromsoeFred Stromsoe
As Supernumerary
Red WestRed West
As Thug
Tommy J. HuffTommy J. Huff
As Supernumerary
Whitey HughesWhitey Hughes
As Thug
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


The Wanderer pulls into New Orleans and Jim greets it at the train station... unaware that two men are watching him from a carriage. When he enters the train, he hears woman complaining and finds a woman, Rosa Montebello, complaining to Artie, recently returned from his Washington assignment. Once Rosa storms off, Jim checks on his partner and discovers that he's wearing earplugs to block out Rosa's complaints. Artie explains that Rosa is the famous Italian diva and the niece of the Italian Minister. She's booked to perform the opera Lucia di Lammermoor in New Orleans and Grant suggested that Artie give her a ride in the train. Rosa spent the entire trip complaining and now Grant wants Artie to act as an official escort during her three-day performance...

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Episode Notes
This episode (in production order) marks Ross Martin's return to the series after his heart attack. He is noticeably thinner and has a different hairstyle.

Corner slides:
Upper Right: Igor watches from the balcony.
Lower Right: Angelique hears someone coming.
Upper Left: Artie and Ellen pass out from the gas.
Lower Left: Jim gets up for stew.

Episode Goofs
After his fight in the alleyway in New Orleans, Jim mounts up in front of an office for the Ford County Cattleman's Cooperative. Louisiana has parishes, not counties, and there is neither a Ford Parish or County in Louisiana.

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 EditorFrank Capacchione
Assistant DirectorGordon A. Webb
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesVou Lee Giokaris  |  Jack Muhs
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