The Wild Wild West (1969)

The Night of the Bubbling Death

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/8/67
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  • Episode Description
  • When Victor Freemantle, a dangerous revolutionary, steals the U.S. Constitution, agents James West and Artemus Gordon are sent by the government to the Panhandle Strip in Texas to recover it.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harold Gould

    Victor Freemantle

  • Bruce Lansbury

  • Leonard Katzman

  • William Schallert

    Silas Grigsby

  • Richard L. Rawlings

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • (while being searched) Jim: There's a Gatling gun in my left boot.

    • Carlotta: Move away from that window, please.
      Jim: I was all wrong. The boots, the riding crop. You were made to wear silk.
      Carlotta: And you were made for a form-fitting pine box.

    • (Jim tosses the unconscious Carlotta on her bed) Artie: Well, the story of my life. I touch 'em and they faint.

    • Carlotta: At the count of three, gentlemen.
      Jim: Well, if you can shoot like you kiss, I'm in real trouble.

    Notes (2)

    • Commercial breaks: ul: Jim under the wagon, lr: Carlotta unconscious, ur: Freemantle, ll: Jim and Artie

    • First acting role of Timothy (Timmy) Brown, who receives an "Introducing" credit.

    Trivia (6)

    • Gadgets: exploding whiskey bottle, whiskey bottle releasing smoke, miniature grappling cannon with chemical leech and mechanized winch, whiskey bottle with spring snake containing fireworks, explosive putty, pocket safecracking kit, thermite strip, grappling dart fired from derringer and sleeve roller, glass-cutter ring and suction cup holder, smoking-emitting backpack, mounted pistols rigged to fire at an intruder

    • Disguises: squint-eyed outlaw, whiskey drummer

    • When Grigsby first peers at the Constitution, there is a glint indicating that it's under a sheet of glass. However, when Grigsby says he must touch it, Freemantle nods, and Grigsby immediately reaches into the box. There's no indication of glass being removed.

    • After Jim sneaks into the compound, he comes around to the front gate to let Artemus in. He then walks over to a guard he had obviously knocked out previously and drags him out of the way. The "unconscious" man holds his head up off the ground.

    • When Jim starts to cross back over the acid after recovering the Constitution, it's clear that he has moved several feet beyond the edge. The camera then cuts away to Freemantle and his men approaching. When the camera cuts back to Jim, he's just starting over the far edge again.

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