The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Inferno 

President Grant, beset by problems, recalls his top troubleshooter James West to service. West and his partner Artemus Gordon must discover why Juan Manolo has staged a series of raids in ... See full summary »


Gilbert Ralston, Michael Garrison (creator)




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Suzanne Pleshette ... Lydia Monteran
Victor Buono ... Juan Manolo
Nehemiah Persoff ... Gen. Andreas Cassinello
James Gregory ... President Ulysses S. Grant
Tom Reese ... The Driver
Walter Woolf King ... Col. Kelly Shear
Phil Chambers ... Train Captain
Warren Parker Warren Parker ... The Engineer
Alberto Morin ... The Majordomo
Clint Ritchie ... The Lieutenant
Bebe Louie ... Mei Mei


President Grant, beset by problems, recalls his top troubleshooter James West to service. West and his partner Artemus Gordon must discover why Juan Manolo has staged a series of raids in the southwest territories. Sending the army might cause a war, but a pair of low key troubleshooters might be able to solve the problem. Written by CommanderBalok

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Release Date:

17 September 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?


Robert Conrad does not take his shirt off in this episode but he does appear once in an unbuttoned shirt which reveals a generous amount of bare chest. He also appears in two scenes wearing handcuffs. See more »


When Colonel Shear is briefing West, he indicates a map of New Mexico and refers to it as "The Southwest Teritory". Although the borders changed a number of times, the only part of the current US that was ever called the Southwest Territory (officially "Territory South of the River Ohio") is the current state of Tennessee. See more »


James T. West: What are you going to do with the girl?
Gen. Andreas Cassinello: When you talk, I will decide.
James T. West: When you decide, I will talk.
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First Draw - Spoof Which Led To Western Bond
16 April 2009 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

This pilot has a solid guest cast with Suzanne Pleschette & Victor Buono. According to legend there are 2 different versions of this pilot show around. I have seen only one even though I have a VHS version & the Season 1 DVD version, they seem to be the same.

The plot involves an 1870's scenario where the Southwestern United States is in danger of leaving the United States because of a band of revolutionaries led by a seeming Mexican leader. It introduces a large Chinese man & Pleschette's character in a mansion with an arsenal in the basement. This theme is used in other episodes of the series including at least one Dr. Lovelass episode.

James Gregory appears as President Grant and gives West the train to travel for his mission. The train is there for the rest of the series as home base for some great shows over the next 4 seasons.Arte shows up in disguise early on before we find out he is West's partner. "How about them boots, you won't be needing them," makes its first time use in this show. The same line is used in at least one or more later episodes.

The gadgets are introduced early on in this episode, and West's armory on the train is quite impressive as well. There are some crude sequences but overall this show is a good start. Victor Buonos multiple roles are very impressive to support the start of what would turn into a very good series.

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