The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 1 Episode 18

The Night of the Flaming Ghost

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Jan 21, 1966 on CBS
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The Night of the Flaming Ghost

Jim is assigned to stop abolitionist John Brown... who appears to have returned from the grave after being hung by the neck.

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    John Doucette

    John Doucette

    John Obediah Brown

    Guest Star

    Lynn Loring

    Lynn Loring

    Carma Vasquez

    Guest Star

    Karen Sharpe

    Karen Sharpe

    Barbara Bosley

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Disguises: whiskey peddler/smuggler R.P. McGuffy

      • Gadgets: trick packet with fluorescent powder, wire saw, smoke grenade

      • Although Artie is clean-shaven in all the preceding scenes, he goes to the compound posing as a bearded whiskey peddler. He invites Carma to pull on his beard to prove it's real and she does. Artie couldn't have grown a beard in the few hours between going to Carma's cabin and entering the compound.

      • When Brown's fire-cannon supposedly "burns" at the end, the superimposed fire is poorly done and the cannon shows no signs of fire damage.

      • For some reason, perhaps a blooper, the closing animated "bumper" showing the Wanderer departing is repeated at the start of the closing credits.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • John Brown: You gave me your word.
        Vasquez: I thought you understood--it was worthless.
        John Brown: Break your word with me and I'll bring down a vengeance upon you and your children and their children after them, to wander this earth until the end of time. If you think the dead can die again, shoot me, Vaszquez.

      • Artie: Well, Jim, we've still got three leads in that case. The girl, the copper, and the kerosene.
        Jim: Which means we have three separate ways to go.
        Artie: Uh-huh.
        Jim: I'll take the girl.
        Artie: Leaving the copper and the kerosene.
        Jim: Well, take your pick.
        Artie: You're too good to me.
        Jim: Artemus, at least I'm giving you a choice, aren't I?
        Artie: Between copper ingot and kerosene, it's hard to choose between two such exciting subjects. I'll take the kerosene.

      • Jim: I like women with good memories… among other things.

      • Artie: It's an ugly way to die, eh?
        Jim: Can you think of a pleasant way?

      • Carma: John Brown is going to attack and destroy the Army in the west. And when he's succeeded in doing that, he's going to seize and loot major cities.
        Jim: John Brown's dead.
        Carma: I know. That's what makes it so impressive.

      • Artie: I think I should warn you. The place is full of rattlesnakes.
        Thug: I don't see no snakes.
        Artie: All right, have it your way. When your tongue starts swelling up and your breath comes short, and you begin turning blue and your eyes start glazing over, I hope you look at one another and think, "He tried to do the fair and decent thing."

      • Jim: You'll fail, of course. You realize that.
        John Brown: Destruction can be an end in itself. The size of the deed and the name are all that matter.

    • NOTES (2)

      • After Jim tells Artie "Don't have too much fun while I'm gone," Artie responds but the scene changes and the audio was edited out.

      • Commercial breaks: ur: a silver anti-flame mask, ul: a guard knocks Jim off the wall, lr: Brown and his men, ll: the Wanderer departs

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