The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Fatal Trap 

Jim goes undercover as an outlaw to stop Mexican bandits, led by the ruthless Colonel Vasquez, from terrorizing US towns along the border.


Richard Whorf

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Joanna Moore ... Linda Medford
Ron Randell ... Col. Francesco Vasquez
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Tennyson
Joseph Ruskin ... Viper Black
Donald Briggs ... Sheriff Cantrell (as Don Briggs)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Sgt. Gomez (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Walker Edmiston ... Charlie
Paul Barselou Paul Barselou ... Bank Teller (as Paul Barselow)


Jim goes undercover as an outlaw to stop Mexican bandits, led by the ruthless Colonel Vasquez, from terrorizing US towns along the border.

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Release Date:

24 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is the last of Charles Davis' four appearances as Tennyson, the English manservant of Jim West and Artemus Gordon, who in addition to acting as their valet occasionally (as in this episode) assisted them in their missions. See more »


A newspaper clipping in Linda's possession is used as a plot device to reveal that the undercover West's true identity is in jeopardy. The clipping shown is a modern style newspaper clipping that includes a casual snapshot of a smiling and laughing West and his date at a Washington gala. Completely atypical of period newspapers and print photographs. Photographs were rarely used in period newspapers, being reserved mostly for important events and even then, the photograph would have the characteristics of the stern stark portraiture common to this period. See more »

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Is it really a Wild Wild West episode?
7 February 2019 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

This is far from the best of the series. We don't have here any trace of the usual ingrédients of the show which usually bring its trade mark. No sci fi, nor weird elements. Which trap? This is a pure western topic, but after all W W W TV show is a western, isn't it? From time to time, I know there will be some episodes like this one.

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