The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of a Thousand Eyes 

After several ships are lost with all aboard, Jim and Arte's investigation leads them to a blind former river boat captain who wants complete domination of the American rivers.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeanne Vaughn ...
Poavey (as Donald O'Kelly)
The Proprietor (as E.J. Andre)
Captain Tenney
The Pilot (as Jack Searl)


After several ships are lost with all aboard, Jim and Arte's investigation leads them to a blind former river boat captain who wants complete domination of the American rivers.

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22 October 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Captain Coffin tells West, "You'll be amazed how blindness sharpens the other faculties..." Although this has been a popular notion for many years, it has been shown that, rather than actually having sharper senses, blind people adapt by learning to use their other senses more effectively. It is similar to a trained musician being able to pick up more nuances in a piece of music than a non-musician, even though both are receiving the same information.

"Sharpen" is often used as a synonym for "hone," as in "to hone one's skills/to sharpen one's skills." Hone is defined as "to make more acute, intense, or effective." Therefore, to sharpen one's senses is to make them mo re effective. To say that one is not sharpening, but adapting to use more effectively, is oxymoronic, as is the statement that something that has been a popular notion for many years when describing a scene set in the 1870s is somehow a character error (140 years later). This character could not have known then what is purported to be "known" now. See more »


Jennifer Wingate: So, I was wrong, darlings. But there must be some forgiverness in your hearts.
[Jim and Jennifer kiss]
Jennifer Wingate: Life?
James T. West: Ten years.
[kiss again]
James T. West: Five.
[both them kiss again]
James T. West: And of course time off for good behavior.
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The Blind Megolomaniac Captain
15 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

One of my favorite Wild Wild West episodes. Actually, all of the First Season(CBS) shows were my favorite. All in black-and-white, and all those shows are on a set now.

Action, suspense, comedy, mystery, sexy, super-criminal, drama. That sums up this show, and most of the Wild Wild West shows. Artie, Jim's partner is responsible for most of the humor, but much more. Artie is very intelligent, an explosives expert. Artie sadly is the SS agent who gets left out of the romance a lot, but not always. Jim is the one with the knack for the ladies. Although I like women, it is obvious that Robert Conrad is very virile. He worked out a lot, and developed quite a physique in a time when different drugs and drinks were not available on the market to make a man develop contour.

I am not going to tell you anything about the episode. It's a must see, almost a comic book story, but still a TV show with great story. Exceptional production and post-production, and desirable to older set, because the program was really a family show. There was not extreme violence or content. Plus these first shows, not to downplay the later episodes, were very well-made, to inspire interest. In that sense they remind me of The Avengers. Those very early shows starring Honor Blackman, that now command a very high price, were complex. But all the shows from both of the 60's programs were, at least to me, much more entertaining than hour TV adventures from later on.


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