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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Baron Hinterstoisser
Ron Rich ...
Dick January
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Count Hackmar
Roy Engel ...
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Hilda
Wilhelm von Homburg ...
Herr Hess
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Gruber (as Gil Stuart)
Jerry Laveroni ...
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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 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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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 »

Goofs

When West is catapulted up through the "abandoned" well shaft he is seen looking downward as he approaches the Gazebo roof structural support beams. Anyone hurling upward would be looking up to avoid crashing into the roof structure and see when to grab on to the beams. Obviously this was filmed with Robert Conrad hanging from the beam and letting go so that when played backwards provides the illusion of moving upward. To do this properly he really should have been looking up when letting go of the beam and remain that way as he fell past the camera view, completely trusting the crash pad below would cushion his fall. See more »

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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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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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