The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 4 Episode 1

The Night of the Big Blackmail

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Aired Friday 7:30 PM Sep 27, 1968 on CBS
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The Night of the Big Blackmail
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While President Grant attends an event at the German Consulate, Baron Hinterstoisser invites him to a special reception, explaining he has something interesting for the president to see. Suspicious, agent James West retrieves the mysterious box the Baron refers to and finds a kinetoscope of a fake depiction of President Grant signing a secret agreement with the unscrupulous government of another nation. If the film is shown for the heads of other countries, Grant will suffer terrible indignation and upset international relations. If the film is not replaced, however, the Baron will accuse the U.S. of stealing on consulate soil, a far greater crime.

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  • Harvey Korman portrays a German military officer who attempts to bring down President Grant with some 1800's styled propaganda.

    8.8
    Harvey Korman and the ensemble of actors portraying the elegant, dastardly and debonaire Germans attempting to bring down the president were excellent. The wardrobe department did a great job on the uniforms, boots and presentation. The plot was tense and Artie and James did a great job undermining the plot. The fight scene in the boiler room toward the end was intense, followed up by a great ending that was stupendous. The supporting characters, especially the German's military police officer who grew wise to James and Artie, were well-casted and very believable. It was like watching a German WWII movie taking place in the Wild West!moreless
  • As already described.

    9.6
    This episode, the fourth season opener, is a perfect example of why this show was so good. Jim and Artie work together to save the President from embarrassment, by replacing a fake kinetoscope (film) of him signing a secret agreement with another power.



    The music is great, and provides excitement to match the action the screen. Tense, tight scenes within the foreign embassy as West searches for and retrieves the original film for Artie to insert his own comedy pieces to discredit the local representative, played by a very good Harvey Korman. A part that could be played way over the top, is not.



    President Grant (Roy Engel) returns again as the President, and looks like the definitive version of this well-known president.



    West has his usual fight with a gang of thugs, and also single handedly (literally) keeps another strong looking group under control as he helps Artie access a major vault to return the "revised" film for viewing.



    Trying to return in time for viewing of the film with the President, Jim makes a miraculous escape by standing on pipe with explosives that shoots him up through an opening in the ceiling, and out into a porch which grabs to conclude his flight. He's never looking up as he shoots upwards – you'd have to be to grab hold as he did, so he's big blooper, and a "slightly" unbelievable escape.



    The tag features Artie wondering out loud to Jim about the possibility of making a longer film, renting a hall, and charging a fee. People would come. Jim puts him down, and Artie concedes.



    A great season opener for my favourite season.moreless
Harvey Korman

Harvey Korman

Baron Hinterstoisser

Guest Star

Ron Rich

Ron Rich

Dick January

Guest Star

Martin Kosleck

Martin Kosleck

Count Hackmar

Guest Star

Roy Engel

Roy Engel

President Ulysses S. Grant

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Hinterstoisser: I also want you to bring your associate, uh... by the way, where is Mr. West?
      Grant: Well, Gordon?
      Artie: Well, sir, last time, I saw him he was heading for the garden.
      Grant: What the devil for?
      Artie: Well, sir, he said something about wanting to show the Big Dipper to the daughter of the Lithuanian Ambassador.
      Grant: Oh, I see...

    • Grant: In the past three months, seven of our personnel have gone into that embassy for one security errand or another. Not one of them has returned. They must be presumed dead.
      Jim: That ought to lend a certain interest to the proceedings, sir.

    • Artie: Did it ever occur to you that red might mean danger? For instance, red for fire, fire of explosion?
      Jim: What would they want to explode?
      Artie: People who fool around with their levers.

    • Artie: Listen, I've been giving that a lot of thought.
      Jim: Hmm?
      Artie: Yeah. You know, you remember how everyone was laughing when I pretended to be the President. Even I thought it was funny.
      Jim: It was funny. So?
      Artie: Well, I've been thinking. Suppose, now, just suppose, that I made another kinetoscope, only longer this time, eh? And we rented a hall. I betcha people would pay money to see that.
      Jim: Pay money to see it? Oh, come on, Artie.
      Artie: A dime? A nickel?
      Jim: Artie, here, have another champagne.
      Artie: It was just a thought.
      Jim: I'm glad it was just a thought, Artie.

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