The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Bogus Bandits 

The miniature maniacal Miguelito Loveless is landing his bandits into small bank robberies, then he burns the money. It seems Loveless has bigger plans and is only using these stunts as ... See full summary »


Irving J. Moore


Michael Garrison (creator), Henry Sharp

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Michael Dunn ... Dr. Miguelito Loveless
Marianna Hill ... Belladonna
Patsy Kelly ... Mrs. Bancroft
Grace Gaynor Grace Gaynor ... Pearline Hastings
Don 'Red' Barry ... Rainey (as Donald Barry)
Walter Sande ... Col. Crockett
Roland La Starza ... Joe Kirby
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Vance Rawlinson
William Challee ... Fargo
Murray Alper ... Bartender
Troy Melton ... Whaley
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Drunk
Jack Orrison Jack Orrison ... Mr. Butcher


The miniature maniacal Miguelito Loveless is landing his bandits into small bank robberies, then he burns the money. It seems Loveless has bigger plans and is only using these stunts as training for his gang. When one bandits spends some of the charred money, agents West and Gordon are sent to investigate. West follows the clues back to Loveless who brags about his big plans by showing West his training models. An arsenal, a prison and a U.S. Treasury Office are his real targets! Written by Tiff Banks

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Release Date:

7 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The town of Turquoise is actually Dodge City from another popular contemporary CBS western, Gunsmoke (1955). Both the exterior and interior sets for the Dodge City jail and Miss Kitty's Longbranch saloon are prominently featured and easily recognizable as they are only slightly altered. See more »


Around 49 minutes, West shoots a hole in the key plate to open a door. Moments later (from inside view), as he bursts through the door, that same key plate is undamaged. See more »


Dr. Miguelito Loveless: [after his henchmen practice a bank robbery, which failed] Pitiful. Absolutely pitiful! I introduce one little element of surprise, and what happens? Weeks of rehearsal go up in smoke.
Rainey: Sleight you an upstage left was kind of unexpected, Professor.
Dr. Miguelito Loveless: Stage left, stage right, center, what difference does it make? If that had been the real West instead of an incompetent look-alike, you'd have been in a lot more trouble!
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References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

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Upsetting The Chess Board With Zapping Effect
13 September 2009 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

Irving J Moore directed a lot of episodes of Wild Wild West. This Dr. Loveless episode is one of the under rated ones by many. It starts with a shocking bank robbery being pulled off by a phony funeral set up. The opening is set up for shock value quite effectively.

Artemus gets a lot of work in this episode as he gets shot at one point in the episode, and towards the end he gets shocked by a large electrical jolt.

Once again, Dr. Lovelass is going to try and take over the western part of the United States. This time he is training an army of his own to perform the take over. West & Artemus blunder into his plot entirely by accident because of some robbery money which one of Loveless army members mistakenly spends. The mystery for West & Artie is that in spite of a huge series of robberies by these bogus bandits, this one bill is the only one which has shown up to be spent anyplace.

This is a solid effort & the Loveless escape at the finish is a light humored touch.

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