The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 1 Episode 3

The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Oct 01, 1965 on CBS
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The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth
West tries to protect Prof. Nielsen, a demolitions expert, but he fails as Prof. Nielsen is blown up by the evil Dr. Miguelito Loveless. The evil doctor doesn’t consider himself evil, he just wants what is rightfully his...California.

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  • Dr Loveless I presume...

    This episode marks the first time that we as an audience get to meet West and Gordon's arch rival Dr. Miguelito Loveless. He is a little man with a big mission. He wants to reclaim what is rightfully his, part of California, and turn it into a place where children can grow up without any worry. However, he can't do it alone and feels that his only hope is to talk the respectable James West into helping him accomplish his dream. Also having a secret explosive helped in the negotiation.

    This Loveless episode is a good episode to introduce the doctor that everyone wants to see. While Artemus is loss in the shuffle in this episode, Jim shows the audience that he can handle his own. It's exciting till the very end and you can't help wondering whether or not Jim will make it in time to stop the murder of 5,000 people. And for all of you who are wondering...he does!

    Even though it is still in the early stages of its life on television, the show still seems to be handling its own and we can only wait for what is yet to come.moreless
William Mims

William Mims


Guest Star

Harry Bartell

Harry Bartell

Professor Nielsen

Guest Star

Sigrid Valdis

Sigrid Valdis

Miss Piecemeal

Guest Star

Michael Masters

Michael Masters

Wrestler (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn

Dr. Miguelito Loveless

Recurring Role

Phoebe Dorin

Phoebe Dorin


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The final line of the episode appears to have been dubbed since Ross Martin's lips hardly move at all.

    • The shot of Dr. Loveless's carriage escaping after shooting an arrow at West is the same shot as Artie's carriage turning the corner (after picking up Jim), except reversed and shown at faster speed.

    • When Jim puts Dr. Loveless's walking stick in the clock, it is clearly not Jim's hand. Jim is wearing long sleeves while the arm that puts the walking stick in the clock is not.

    • After Jim uses the gadgets in his carriage to get rid of Loveless's men, the carriage is still shaking as if it is moving, but when Jim leaves the carriage the carriage is not moving at all.

    • The scene of Dr. Loveless pulling back the string on the bow and arrow to prepare it for West is shown twice.

    • Character "Professor Nielsen" is spelled Neilsen on end credits.

    • The final shot of the train pulling away abruptly goes from day-for-night to an actual day shot just before the freezeframe (explaining, perhaps, why later night shots of the Wanderer like in "The Night of the Two-Legged Buffalo" and "The Night That Terror Stalked The Town" were prepared).

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Loveless: (waiting for his victim) Come on, Neilsen! If there's anything I can't stand, it's a dawdler!!

    • Jim: Everything go all right?
      Artie: Oh, fine, fine. He's in jail. Strange, little sensitive man. You know, he walked into that cell carrying just one thing--this oddly shaped glass tube. Couldn't get it out of his hands.
      Greta: Oh, yes, that's another of his inventions.
      Jim: What was it?
      Artie: I don't know. He kept saying given enough time he could send pictures through the air, catch them in that tube. Have you ever heard of anything that silly?

    • Loveless: You meddler! You interfering meddler! You... vile... egregious... Secret Service man!

    • Loveless: By 12:00 tonight, 5,000 people will be dead because you betrayed me. The blood of 5,000 people on your hands.

    • Loveless: Oh,how I hate any twisted thing, Mr. West. (breaks beaker) I've lived so long with pain, I no longer feel it.

    • Loveless: That's lovely, Antoinette. She has such a delicate touch, you know, like tickling.

    • Jim: What happened to you?
      Greta: Oh, I was, uh, frightened. I ran to get help.
      Jim: Like an undertaker?
      Greta: No, I... I could see that you were in trouble. I didn't want you to get hurt.
      Jim: Not to be made a monkey out of.

    • Artemus: All right, you make your point. But I'm not letting you out of my sight.
      Jim: Oh, yes you are.
      Artemus: Uh-uh
      Jim: You've got to check out the railroad station. I'm going to take the professor and his secretary to the hotel, and then we will leave in the morning as scheduled.
      Artemus: Will you at least let me escort you to the carriage?
      Jim: You worry too much Artemus. Now, get moving.
      Artemus: It's not you I'm worried about... I just don't like to break in a whole new partner.

    • Miss Piecemeal: Why don't you find me amusing?
      Jim: Because you're eighty percent water.

    • Jim: (to Artie after being shot at) What do they think this is, hunting season?
      Artie: You'd look pretty funny stuffed over a mantel piece. Get in!

    • Loveless: Ah, Greta. You've done what I was unable to do. You brought Mr. West, but with one serious oversight. You've brought him alive.

    • Jim: It is not my life I am worried about, Artemus. With an explosive like that in the wrong hands, one man, just one man can bring a whole nation to its knees.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Corner Slides
      Bottom Left: Artemus's special coach turns the corner and races away.
      Upper Right: Loveless delivers an ultimatum.
      Lower Right: Caged West
      Upper Left: The Wanderer pulls away.

    • Since Michael Dunn was only three feet ten inches tall, Dunn had to stand on a box or something high when doing a scene with someone of average size to allow the director to get descent shot.

    • The man ejected from the carriage is Hal Needham, who is now a famous director and has directed such films as Smokey and the Bandit.

    • The name Miguelito came from both Micheal Dunn and Mike Garrison's names.

    • Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) is only seen at the beginning of the episode, when he picks up West in the gadget-filled carriage, and at the episode's conclusion. His presence is lacking during the action sequences of the episode.

    • Phoebe Dorin was Michael Dunn's nightclub partner, which accounts for the beautiful duets she sings with the actor here and in her other appearances as Antoinette.

    • Richard Kiel returns as Voltaire in "TN the Terror Stalked the Town" and "TNOT Whirring Death." His alleged personality clashes with Michael Dunn probably led to the end of his run.


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