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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27 September 1968 (USA)  »

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The film projector is referred to several times as a kind of advanced "kinetoscope," but the kinetoscope wouldn't even be conceived until at least 1888, while this episode takes place during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877). The kinetoscope was not capable of projection for multiple viewers, but required an individual to look through a window to see the film. See more »


Jim West: [offering a toast] To Baron Hinterstoisser: *wherever* he may *be*!
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Rotten to the "Kor"man
26 May 2008 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Probably the worst of the 104 episodes aired during the four year run of the series; if not actually the worst it is a worthy contender. In many ways a recycling of the first season's "The Night of the Glowing Corpse" but without an interesting villain like "Ironfoot".

Also inexplicably missing is any female eye candy, a device that could at least be counted on to serve as a pleasant distraction during other sub-par episodes of the series. Of course the series had incorporated an increasingly gay orientation by the final season.

It's more diplomatic intrigue, this time a conspiring European embassy official; an underplaying Harvey Korman in a straight role with a sometimes Germanic sometimes Slavic accent. The idea is to embarrass President Grant with a faked Kinescope showing him signing a treaty with a Fu Manchu like character.

Almost zero parody and an extremely lame and illogical collection of devices. These include the above-mentioned Kinescope, silhouettes of West and Gordon mounted on a moving toy train, the old moving wall and sloping floor trap, and the embassy's "safe" which is too silly to even bother describing.

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