The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 4 Episode 4

The Night of the Sedgewick Curse

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Oct 18, 1968 on CBS
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The Night of the Sedgewick Curse

Investigating the disappearance of a government appropriations official with a rare disease, Jim and Artiestumble upon a bizarre family scheme. The local family physician has been kidnapping people with the similar disorder and using them to test a serum he has prepared to reverse the aging process. It is up to West and Gordon to stop his tests and bring him to justice.


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  • A senator disappears from a hotel room, and West and Gordon investigate.

    Great opening act as West obtains a signature from a Senator, and leaves him in his hotel room. As he's about to leave the lobby, he hears a bell ringing for help from that room. As he returns, and tries to knock on the door, two brothers (one of them Red West) ask what he might want with their mother. A fight ensues, West wins and opens the door – to find their mother in bed. Going downstairs to ask the desk clerk what happened to Mr. Redmond (Arthur Space), the clerk turns around – and it is a different one. West subsequently finds the original desk clerk – dead, but with a clue. While in the street, West hears a horse whining and runs to save a woman (beautiful Sharon Acker) in a carriage running wild in the street by a startled horse.

    West sees she needs more help, whistles for his horse to come, attaches him to her carriage, and takes her home. There, he matches the clue made by the dead room clerk with her family's motto.

    Artie learns that people missing from the hotel have a specific disease, so Artemus checks in wearing a disguise, citing the disease, and is promptly taken.

    A doctor tries to find a way to find a serum for a fountain of youth drug. Mr. Redman is found -- but he's at least 50 years older since West last saw him.

    The action at the house is very good, good combination of "what's happening?" and science-fiction -- this is quite an enjoyable episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Disguises: British patient Col. Doyle, French patient Henri Prechaud

    • Gadgets: trick cane with blade in the tip, plastic explosive in boot heel

    • When the carriage goes out of control in the first act, it's clear that the man who jumps on the horse is not Robert Conrad. The woman in the carriage is also not Sharon Acker, being noticeably broader and more muscular. When Jim brings the carriage to a stop, it is Robert Conrad, but the same stuntwoman is still in the carriage.

    • During the fight in the bedroom, Jim knocks one man back into a bedboard chest. In subsequent shots the chest is still damaged, but the man has disappeared and never participates in the fight or goes to warn anyone.

    • When Maitland explains his de-aging drug, Jessica says that one hour is like a year. However, Maitland then says that within two hours, a young man becomes middle-aged. A young man would only be two years older.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Artie: What did he say to you after that, Chester?
      Chester: He said, "I'm going to buy two tickets to Denver."
      Artie: Uh-huh. So naturally you said...
      Chester: I said, "If she was my wife, I'd buy one ticket to Denver and made sure I missed the train."

    • Lavinia: I don't know which is more terrible. Dying very young or growing very old.

  • NOTES (1)