The Wild Wild West (1969)

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Quotes (584)

  • Malone: Artemus Gordon for the last six months has been with a traveling show called the Deadwood Shakespearean Strolling Players. With assorted jugglers, fire-eaters, and three--count them--three beautiful live girls. As opposed, I guess, to three ugly dead girls.

  • Malone: How did he get in the Secret Service?
    Joseph: He's your wife's nephew, sir.
    Malone: I thought we had a gentleman's agreement never to mention that!

  • Hugo: Unless it's because they feel that Dr. Miguelito Loveless is behind all this. I believe you two had some experiences with him.
    Jim: Oh, we had some experiences. But I happen to know that Miguelito Loveless has been dead for five years.
    Hugo: Well, evidently, you didn't know that he had a son, Michelito Loveless Jr.
    Jim: Of course I know that he had a son. I've known him since he was that big.
    Hugo: He's still that big.

  • Artie: You didn't knock that guy more than twelve feet. I'm afraid all those years of soft living has dulled the edge of your skills. Well, don't you worry, from here on out I take over your training. In one month from now, you'll either be in top shape or two weeks' dead.

  • Michelito: My father died of ulcers. Ulcers brought on by the two of you constantly interfering with his plans!
    Carmelita: Our father was the greatest man in the world.
    Michelito: He was the greatest man who ever lived. Till I was born, of course.

  • Jim: Junior, you're crazier than your father ever was.
    Michelito: Did it ever occur to you that my father was, and I am, complete sane, and the two of you and the rest of the world are mentally deficient?
    Jim: No. that never occurred to me. Did it ever occur to you, Artie?
    Artie: Never.
    Michelito: Did it occur to you that my father was normal-sized and the two of you might be throwbacks to caveman types?
    Artie: Now that occurred to me.

  • Artie: What did you expect? The major powers of the world to roll over and play dead? All because of threats from some little pipsqueak?
    Michelito: Pipsqueak?!? Pipsqueak?!? Which one of them called me a pipsqueak?
    Artie: All of them.
    Michelito: Ah. I have their monarchs and heads of states in custody, I can wipe out any city with a wave of my hand. Does that sound like the work of a pipsqueak?
    Artie: Well, it sounds like the work of a sort of powerful pipsqueak, yeah.

  • Artie: And as for you! You are the most contemptible, lowest, deceitful, treacherous, disordered, malignant... you want to add anything?
    Jim: No, I think you covered it all, Artie. Artie always did have a way with words.

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Notes (246)

  • The opening credits give the actors first and then do the traditional four-frame intro. However, they use the first season sequence where The Figure punches the woman, instead of causing her to swoon.

  • Commercial breaks: ll: Jim running after the train, ul: Carmelita, ur: Artie, lr: Artie in a dress, ll: Jim, Artie, and Edney, ur: Michelito

  • The commercial break acts do not "accumulate" (possibly because there are six of them but only four squares), but each one appears on it's own, only once. The standard four squares then reset for the next commercial break.

  • Injoke: Loveless' "$600 people" is a play on The Six Million Dollar Man, a popular series of the time that features a cybernetically-enhanced man.

  • Commercial breaks: ll: a nuclear explosion, ur: Jim and Artie, lr: Jim and Artie, suspended upside down

  • Commercial breaks: ul: Yvonne, ll: Jim and Artie, ur: Jim and Artie running out of the basement

  • Injoke: Jim's comment, "Paradine just thinks off them as hulks," and Artie's response, "Incredible!," along with the green skin and purple jeans that the hulks wear, is a reference to the comic book character The Incredible Hulk. CBS was running the series at the peak of its popularity when this TV movie premiered.

  • Injoke: Artie hums the series theme song as he puts on his ambassador's disguise.

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Trivia (443)

  • Dr. Loveless died of ulcers caused from frustration at West and Gordon constantly thwarting his schemes. This gives conflicting information about the date of his death--Loveless Jr. speaks of it as "five years ago", which would be 1880, but the dates on Loveless's tomb are "1848-1883."

  • Disguises: saloon girl

  • Gadgets: spring-out knife in boot toe

  • Disguises: snake charmer Gunga Din, Ambassador of Lichtenstein

  • In the final credit "A Michael Garrison Production In Association with the CBS Television Network," the word television is misspelled.

  • After Jim runs into Lydia, she gets angry with him and shoots at him with her pistol. When she fires at him she fires seven bullets, but she is shooting with a standard six chamber pistol, which means she should have only six bullets.

  • In the opening credits, we see Jim kissing the woman who attempts to knife him, but she remains standing. At the end of act 1, we see her sitting on the floor. How did she get there? [The original opening showed West punching her, knocking her to the floor, but this was changed before broadcast. The artwork at the end of act 1 was not changed to match it.]

  • When Jim throws the exploding billiard ball at Juan Manolo, the pool cue has already turned into the hidden spear, but after Jim throws the billiard ball there is a closeup of Jim turning the pool cue into the spear.

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Allusions (23)

  • Flory: Do not ask for whom the bell tolls This quote, used by Flory in connection with his water clock death trap, comes from a John Dunne poem. Dunne wrote the line to suggest the essential connection men have to each other, but Flory does not use it that way here. The line is quoted often because of the imagery it conjures.

  • Jim: As it smokes...I turn into Aladdin. Aladdin is a reference to an old Arabic tale of a young man who retrieves a magic lamp that has a genie inside.

  • Janus: The Roman god of doors, doorways, and gates, is usually depicted as having two faces on one head, each opposite the other.

  • Artie: Stone walls may possibly a prison make, but iron bars not necessarily a cage.
    Referencing the poem "To Althea, From Prison," written by Richard Lovelace (1618-1657). Artie is paraphrasing the last stanza, "Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage."

  • Loveless: Those whom the gods will destroy, they first make mad. Referencing the ancient Greek play Phrixus by Euripedes. The original quote is "Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad."

  • Artie: Ah, the Ghosts of Christmas Past.
    Referencing Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, immortalized on stage and screen, which tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

  • Dr. Loveless: We may have miles to go before we sleep.
    Referencing Robert Frost's 1922 poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Written in iambic tetrameter, the poem was used as an eulogy for both John F. Kennedy and Pierre Trudeau.

  • Jim: The best laid plans of mice and men...
    Referencing the poem "To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough" by Robert Burns, written in 1785. The original line is "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley," but "schemes" is often paraphrased as "plans."

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