The Wild Wild West: Season 1, Episode 5

Night of the Casual Killer (15 Oct. 1965)

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John Maxwell Avery advised the President and led powerful men in Washington. Then he was discovered to be a political opportunist and a scoundrel. He fled Washington and rumor has it the ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Maxwell Avery
Laurie Morgan
Charles Davis ...
Mort Mills ...
Chuck Harper
Bill Williams ...
Marshal Kirby


John Maxwell Avery advised the President and led powerful men in Washington. Then he was discovered to be a political opportunist and a scoundrel. He fled Washington and rumor has it the President helped him do it. He has killed many many to keep his freedom. To avert a scandal the President sends Jim and Artie, the only men who can capture Avery and return him for trial. Written by CommanderBalok

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15 October 1965 (USA)  »

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This is the only The Wild Wild West (1965) episode whose title doesn't begin with "The Night...", instead it is simply "Night of the Casual Killer" omitting the first "the". See more »


When Artemus tricks the guard, he repeats a common error in quoting William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" Act 5 Scene 1. "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well". The correct line is "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio." See more »


[last lines]
James T. West: Now with all that settled we're on our way to Chicago, right?
Laurie Morgan: Wrong. I'm heading the other way. You see gentlemen like you still confuse me. Oh!
[Laurie kisses Jim]
Laurie Morgan: I guess simple girl like me should just never leave home. Bye.
[Laurie leaves and Jim waves goodbye]
James T. West: Artemus, it's going to be a long trip to Chicago.
[Artemus play "Annie Laurie" on his violin]
Artemus Gordon: James my boy, you just can't win them all.
[Jim turns to leave and Artemus plays a taunting glissando]
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One of the better Episodes that has no Lovelass
19 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode features John Dehner as Maxwell Avery and he plays a bad guy very well in this particular episode. Dehner is a very good actor who did a lot of roles in his career. This plot is one of the better ones.

It involves saving President Grant from certain scandal as a result of Avery's calculated plot. West & Gordon come after Avery but it seems no matter what they do, Avery is always one step ahead of their chase. The chase theme is what makes this a stronger plot than most episodes. Avery here is almost as adept as Lovelass is at making West & Gordon keep trying but gasping for air trying to catch him.

The final sequence is quite clever filming for a 1960's TV series. It involves a mine, mine cars, and dynamite in quite an elaborate sequence.

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