The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 2 Episode 2

The Night of the Golden Cobra

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Sep 23, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Night of the Golden Cobra

A maharajah needs a tutor in the fine art of killing for his sons... and kidnaps Jim West to handle the job.

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  • I wanted to like this episode because it featured Boris Karloff but, alas, it was a ho-hum installment will a ridiculous gorilla scene.

    This episode very much had the feel of a Ray Harryhausen SINBAD movie minus the cool stop-motion creature animation. Boris Karloff doesn't play much of villian, but he delivers well-articulated dialogue. The dance number feels like padding and the gorilla costume and body movements are groan inducing. The fight scenes aren't choreographed as well as in other episodes. It's a shame Boris Karloff didn't have much of a chance to shine here. It's especially disappointing since he might have been more memorable in "The Night Of The Big Bang" as a mad scientist and Ida Lupino might have worked out less campy in this show. I'm sure Karloff appreciated being cast against type for "The Night Of The Cobra", but he merely does a servicable job on this character.moreless
Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff

Mr. Singh

Guest Star

Audrey Dalton

Audrey Dalton

Veda Singh

Guest Star

Simon Scott

Simon Scott

Col. Stanton Mayo

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Artie: Well, Henrietta, my fine feathered darling, what little message are you bearing?
      Jim: From the look on Henrietta's face, it's probably a bill from my tailor.

    • Veda: Are you all right, Mr. West?
      Jim: I always feel a trifle faint when I'm bitten by... a cobra? Shouldn't I be dead?

    • Singh: Oh, come come come, Mr. West. Surely you must be aware that your reputation has preceded you.
      Jim: Has it? What is my reputation?
      Singh: Oh, an admirable one. You have a talent--I might almost say a genius--for survival?
      Jim: Oh, you flatter me, Mr. Singh. But survival embraces so many areas. And many so dull.
      Singh: Quite true, quite true. Begging for mercy, hiding, running away. None of which my boys are interested in. Which effectively narrows it down to the one area in which they are interested. The gentle art of killing.

    • Jim: Or maybe this innocent little box contains...
      Chandra: What?
      Jim: X-51!
      Mr. Singh: Oh ripping, Mr. West, ripping. One of those ultra-ultra weapons your chaps are always so keen on developing, uh?

    • John: Never mind. Maybe perhaps you win next game.
      Artie: For the last time, John, if I seem a little bit irritated, it's not because I have lost two games of checkers in a row.
      John: Three, was it not?
      Artie: All right, three!

    • Singh: As our guest he should be here enjoying the entertainment.
      Chandra: That's true, Papa, but perhaps Mr. West is... indisposed.
      Singh: Nonsense. He always struck me as the kind of man who refused to be indisposed.

    • Jim: Whatever you do, don't go in there. There's a tiger in there.
      Artie: Awww… (opens door) There's a tiger in there!
      Jim: Nooo…

    • Artie: Ohhh, the noble horse, man's best friend. (sees Jim kissing Veda) Well, maybe second best.

    • Singh: Are you threatening me? Oh dear, I'm much too old for that.
      Jim: Not too old to die.
      Singh: Oh, come now. There's so little of me left to snuff out, why bother?

    • Mayo: To a man, they deeply respect and trust a certain James West. How did you ever manage to gain that status with them?
      Jim: Not by swindling them.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Commercial breaks: lr: Veda after she darts Jim, ur: Singh through the cell bars, ll: Jim lying on the ground, lr: the Wanderer departs.

    • A greater effort was made to attract big-name guest stars to the West set. The second season would see, in addition to Karloff, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Robert Duvall, Ida Lupino and Agnes Moorehead, among others.

    • With the addition of color came enhancements to Conrad and Martin's wardrobes.

    • An escape route was also installed into the train car. The fireplace rigging was installed.

    • The agents' train was modified for the second season. A large metal structure that held the lights was removed. This was in place to hold the lights steady while the illusion of movement was created by jiggling the set. It was special effects man Tim Smyth who decided to simulate the movement henceforth simply by jiggling fishing line connected with the curtains.

    • This was the first episode of West shot in color. In the opening montage, the theme song is updated slightly, and the cowboy is now considerably less polite to the dagger-wielding damsel in the lower right-hand corner.