The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Ready-Made Corpse 

Agents West and Gordon are assigned to guard foreign dictator Colonel Pellargo but are foiled by a clever assassin who himself shows up dead only a few days later. However, the ... See full summary »


Irving J. Moore


Michael Garrison (creator), Ken Kolb

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Carroll O'Connor ... Fabian Lavendor
Karen Sharpe ... Rose Murphy
Patricia Huston Patricia Huston ... Leda Pellargo
Paul Comi ... Col. Pellargo #2
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... Col. Pellargo #1
Gene Tyburn Gene Tyburn ... Finley
Jack Perkins ... Golo
Alan Bergmann Alan Bergmann ... Claudio Antille


Agents West and Gordon are assigned to guard foreign dictator Colonel Pellargo but are foiled by a clever assassin who himself shows up dead only a few days later. However, the disappearance of a local Irishman into Fabian Lavendor's funeral parlor piques the agents' curiosity -- and the cut-and-dried assassination becomes a far more complex intrigue. Written by Corgi

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25 November 1966 (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?


To this day Robert Conrad has bad memories of this episode, "The Night of the Ready-Made Corpse". Conrad, never the laid back type, resented the constant upstaging by Carroll O'Connor. See more »


In the fight in the funeral parlor near the end, as Gordon is being strangled, there was an obvious stunt double for Carroll O'Connor. The hair was wrong - no bald spot was visible. See more »


James T. West: I want to check the missing person file.
Artemus Gordon: All right, Jim, now it's my turn to ask. Why?
James T. West: Because, Artie... things aren't always what they seem to be.
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Remade as The Blacklist: The Alchemist (No. 101) (2014) See more »

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Before Archie Bunker ...
19 November 2016 | by tforbes-2See all my reviews

"The Night of the Ready-Made Corpse" remains an episode that Robert Conrad isn't fond.

And for what may be good reason. Happily, though, it's for the benefit of the viewers.

Carroll O'Connor was one busy actor before his signature role as Archie Bunker. He plays a cultured mortician who apparently has extracurricular activities that attract the attention of James West and Artemus Gordon.

This role shows how far removed Carroll O'Connor was from Archie Bunker, and how skilled an actor he was, right down to his mannerisms. I can see why Robert Conrad was concerned about being upstaged. The episode has other cast members who do a great job, and I can say that I have met one of them (Paul Comi) in person.

Overall, an excellent entry in the series.

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