The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Steel Assassin 

Jim and Arte must stop Torres - a dangerous man in black more metal than flesh, with superhuman strength, the power of hypnosis, and a taste for revenge - from killing President Grant.


Lee H. Katzin


Calvin Clements Jr. (teleplay) (as Calvin Clements), Steve Fisher (story) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
John Dehner ... Torres
Sue Ane Langdon ... Nina Gilbert
Arthur Malet ... Dr. Meyer
Allen Jaffe ... Lopez
Sara Taft Sara Taft ... Maria
John Pickard ... R.L. Gilbert
S. John Launer ... Mayor
Phyllis Davis ... Saloon Girl
Roy Engel ... President Ulysses S. Grant


Jim and Arte must stop Torres - a dangerous man in black more metal than flesh, with superhuman strength, the power of hypnosis, and a taste for revenge - from killing President Grant.

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Release Date:

7 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Torres uses wireless remote control to control his lethal rockets. While this is one of those fun anachronisms of the series, it is interesting to note that while wireless remote control was a capability in the 1960s, it wasn't widely used. Outside of radio controlled toys and novelties, wireless mechanical control isn't even widely used today. Hardwired and not wireless electromechanical controls remain the most common and economical technology to mechanically control devices. See more »


The burn rate of the fuses together with their length and distance from the rockets is such that it would be impossible for Torres and West to have such a lengthy conversation without the rockets igniting. As a result, the same footage of the burning fuses is looped over and over again between shots - the fuses never ending up any closer to the rockets during their conversation. Later when West is psyching out the henchman left to guard him, new footage of the fuses is inserted. Now the fuses can be seen clearly reaching the rockets, but they do not ignite because that footage is looped a few times until the henchman flees the room and West makes his move. See more »


Referenced in Wild, Wild West: The Steel Assassin (1999) See more »


Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (uncredited)
Played on the soundtrack whilst Nina Gilbert approaches Mr. Torres' mansion.
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Skyrocketing A President Grant Who Artie Shows
10 September 2009 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

John Dehner is good in this, but his second episode of West doesn't measure up to the Night Of The Casual Killer. Even though he appears to be ahead of the game some in this, he is not smart enough here to play cat & mouse with West & Artie like he did in the first show.

Technically, this show is very good, but the script does not give the acting the kind of stuff the earlier episode has in it. It is worth watching for West fans as even some of the worst first season episodes of this series are better than other shows being made at the time.

A veteran TV crew behind the cameras here as usual in most episodes is one of the reasons this show is consistently entertaining even though it gets obvious when you watch enough of these that the shoe string budget they were shot with required using the same sets in multiple shows.

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