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The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 3 Episode 18

The Night of the Vipers

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Jan 12, 1968 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Night of the Vipers

The Vipers are a gang of ruthless crooks who have been looting a string of Kansas towns, robbing banks and killing citizens. They even robbed the Cottonwood bank while James West was trying to convince the sheriff of the danger. Now the trail leads to Freedom, Kansas, where Jim and Artie must stop the Vipers before the Vipers stop them.


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    Nick Adams

    Nick Adams

    Sheriff Dave Cord

    Guest Star

    Donald Davis

    Donald Davis

    Mayor Vance Beaumont

    Guest Star

    Sandra Smith

    Sandra Smith

    Nadine Conover

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Gadgets: smoke bomb, windup lockpick, exploding boot heel

      • During the fistfight with Klaxton, Jim's shirt is ripped on his left side. In most of the scenes it stays ripped, but when he knocks out a cowboy and steals his horse, the shirt is intact.

      • At the end of the episode, Cord says that Jim has killed his last two deputies. However, the only credited deputy (played by Whitey Hughes) is never accounted for. The last time he's seen is the previous night when Jim punches him unconscious.

      • When the stuntman playing Sheriff Cord is "shot" and jumps out of the tower at the end, it's clear that he's making a carefully controlled jump and pushing himself off with his arms out, rather than clutching at his stomach and falling over the edge.

      • Disguises: reporter Ned Buntline

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Sheriff Cord: Well, back as a simple question, it appears you never answered, Mr. West.
        James: I didn't give you an answer, Sheriff.
        Jim: I didn't give you an answer, Sheriff.
        Sheriff Cord: The question was, what's a government agent doing out our way?
        Jim: You might say I'm Viper hunting.
        Sheriff Cord: Vipers are pretty dangerous, they tell me. Specially them two-legged kind.
        Jim: Yeah, that's what I've heard.

      • Sheriff Cord: Mr. West, you're under arrest.
        Jim: Is there any particular reason?
        Sheriff Cord: How's this for a starter. Disturbing the peace, fighting in a municipal area, endangering citizens' safety, and inciting a riot.
        Jim: What happened to littering, loitering, and singing off key?

      • Nadine: Vance Beaumont?
        Jim: He's the head of the Viper gang.
        Beaumont: Don't listen to them, Nadine, they're insane.
        Artie: No we're not, we're just in a hurry.

    • NOTES (1)

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