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 ...
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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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 »


When West looks at the picture with a magnifying glass, he holds it within a couple of inches of the picture, and holds the picture and glass at arm's length. This would give almost no magnification. One wants to hold the glass about halfway between the eye and picture for maximum magnification. See more »


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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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All the President's Men
29 April 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Conrad and Ross are back again for more weird western tales in this the forth season's opening episode and quite an entertaining one it is as well. We get to see the two federals protecting President Grant from harm when he is threatened by a pre Mel Brooks Harvey Korman.

Robert Conrad shows us that the fighting is going to be as intense as ever( this was before he was nearly injured and killed in a stunt gone wrong in the upcoming,'The Night of the Fugitives)

And Ross Martin shows us his brilliant comic touch, particularly in the climax to the show.

A wonderful start to what would be a troubled final season for The Wild Wild West.

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