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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Cossacks

The royal family of Karovnia flees to the U.S. with a religious icon representing their family rulership. The person who forced them into exile and sent assassins after them, Count Balkovitch, needs the icon to assume power and only Jim and Artie stand in his way.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x22
Production Number: 3224-0625
Airdate: Friday March 21st, 1969

Director: Mike Moder
Writer: Oliver Crawford

Special Guest Stars
Nina FochNina Foch
As Duchess Sophia

Guest Stars
John van DreelenJohn van Dreelen
As Count Balkovitch
Donnelly RhodesDonnelly Rhodes
As Captain Zabroff
Mary FrannMary Frann
As Princess Lina (as Jennifer Douglas)
Norman LeavittNorman Leavitt
As Sheriff Corby
Guy StockwellGuy Stockwell
As Prince Gregor (Gregor Khuloff)

Co-Guest Stars
Oscar BeregiOscar Beregi
As Petrovsky
Ivan TriesaultIvan Triesault
As Bishop Kucharyk
Aliza GurAliza Gur
As Maria
Luis de CórdovaLuis de Córdova
As Priest (as Luis DeCordova)
Kay VojkovicKay Vojkovic
As Serving Girl
Sonny KleinSonny Klein
As Sorkhev
Nikita KnatzNikita Knatz
As Grobe
Timothy BurnsTimothy Burns
As Cossack #1
Michael KrissMichael Kriss
As Cossack #2

Dick CangeyDick Cangey
As Heavy
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Jim rides across the hills and spots a fire in the distance. Using a telescope, he confirms that Russians have established a camp. Meanwhile, a trio of Cossack horsemen approach him and tell him that it's forbidden to approach. Jim introduces himself and says that he's there to meet with Prince Gregor. Their leader doesn't care and orders his two Cossacks to charge at Jim. Jim rides at one, dismounting him, and avoids the other. He circles back and kicks the other one off his horse, and then lassos their leader and drags him off his horse. As Jim dismounts to check on the man, one of the men charges at him and the agent subdues him...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Left: Jim hears Maria's scream.
Upper Right: Jim trapped in a mine shaft above bubbling lava.
Lower Right: Balkovitch holds Lina and laughs..
Upper Left: Jim and Artie share a laugh.

The episode recycles footage of Jim's fall and escape from the pit from the third season's "The Night of the Arrow".

Episode Quotes
Prince Gregor: Bravo, sister. Your education in Vienna and Paris has not been wasted. You've learned how to make a servant girl cry.

Artemus: Tell me something, sheriff. If shooting did happen to break out, don't you think it just possible that some local people might get hurt?
Sheriff Corby: Well, now that's usually the case. Of course, if you got a victim and you show me the killer, I'll be happy to use the badge.
Artemus: Well, it's nice to know that you're really there when the chips are down.

Episode Goofs
When Artie lets the wind blow down the sheriff's house of cards and the sheriff tries to shelter them, it's clear that they're a glued-together structure because they bend when he pushes down on them rather than collapse.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingAl Onorato
Unit Production ManagerSam Manners
MusicJack Pleis
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 DirectorGordon A. Webb
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Vou Lee Giokaris
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