The Wild Wild West: Season 4, Episode 1

The Night of the Big Blackmail (27 Sep. 1968)

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While President Grant attends a fencing contest at the German consulate, he is invited by Baron Hinterstoisser to a reception and special presentation afterward. Agent West learns that the ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Baron Hinterstoisser
Ron Rich ...
Dick January
Count Hackmar
Roy Engel ...
Alice Nunn ...
Wilhelm von Homburg ...
Herr Hess
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Gruber (as Gil Stuart)
Jerry Laveroni ...


While President Grant attends a fencing contest at the German consulate, he is invited by Baron Hinterstoisser to a reception and special presentation afterward. Agent West learns that the Baron plans to show a bogus kinetoscope film (see Goofs) revealing Grant signing a secret agreement with a nation of questionable character. Because an embassy is considered protected foreign soil, West and Gordon need to disrupt the Baron's plot by substituting their own fake film without being discovered, thereby causing an international incident. Written by Tiff Banks

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soil | kinetoscope | german | embassy | wine | See more »







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27 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Another new score was written for the final season. The theme music was again rearranged, removing the guitar part and assigning more prominence to the parts for brass. See more »


The recording of West's and Gordon's voices being used to deceive the Baron's men is playing on a disc. The phonographic disc was not developed until the late 1880s and did not become a standard until some fifteen years later. See more »


Artemus Gordon: Did it ever occur to you that red might mean danger? For instance, red for fire, fire of explosion?
Jim West: What would they want to explode?
Artemus Gordon: People who fool around with their levers.
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Crazy Credits

In the final season, the closing credits freeze frames are taken from the opening credits animation sequence, not from the ends of the four acts. See more »

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CBS Executives Start Getting Wish
22 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To put this episode in historic context, CBS execs were getting an ear full of complaints about Wild Wild West being too violent. Because of this the opener here in season 4 is actually a kinder and milder West than the previous seasons. In fact, this whole season starts to seem that way. It is unfortunate as CBS execs were not very smart in this era as CBS set still standing records between 1968 and 1971 in canceling more popular series than any other network.

This show is kind of a departure from earlier ones. In the last season, Conrad & Martin are trying to tone down the violence and replace it with more light comedy & acting. This episode is an example of this.

With the recent death of Harvey Korman, it is an interesting footnote that he plays it more or less straight in this show. Martin really gets to ham it up in the silent film sequence and especially in the ending where he suggests to Jim that maybe the type of thing he had just done might be worth a nickle.

History is distorted here, but then history is not what this show was about. The toned down violence of season 4 is definitely one of the reasons this is by far the weakest year of West in addition to Martin being missed in some episodes.

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