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The Night of the Burning Diamond 

Jim and Arte investigate the disappearance of the Kara diamond. They discover a sinister plot by Morgan Midas to use the stone to create an invisibility potion.





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Episode complete credited cast:
Morgan Midas
Lucretia Ivronin
Dan Tobin ...
Thaddeus Baines
Vito Carbonara ...
Serbian Minister
Whitey Hughes ...


Jim and Arte investigate the disappearance of the Kara diamond. They discover a sinister plot by Morgan Midas to use the stone to create an invisibility potion.

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8 April 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The "chirping" noise sound effect that represents the speech of the slow moving people at the diamond exhibition is the same effect used for the communicators on Star Trek (1966). See more »


Just before the final fistfight between West and Midas (Robert Drivas), West asks Lucretia (Christiane Schmidtmer) to toss him a pistol. She does so, however, just as West and Midas begin to "accelerate," and the pistol appears to become frozen in midair. When the effects of the acceleration wear off, the pistol simply drops to the floor immediately where it supposedly became "frozen." From West's point of view, however, the pistol should have continued on its arc from where Lucretia tossed it to where West had originally been standing. See more »


Thaddeus Baines: Oh by the way, where is West today? I was told you two always work together.
Artemus Gordon: Well, we always do work together. Separately.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Wink of an Eye (1968) See more »

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The Series Hits Its Stride
28 April 2007 | by (Burlington, VT) – See all my reviews

I always found the first season of WWW to be bit dull. I used to think it might be because it was in black & white, but on reviewing the DVDs I think the show was still waiting to find its tone. This episode shows the series definitely hitting its stride, with science fiction, action, mystery, international intrigue, and disguises wrapped around the story of a man who can steal diamonds without being seen - and beat up James West at the same time.

Best of all, they finally figured out how to handle Artemus Gordon's character. For a good portion of early episodes Ross Martin would hang around the edges of the story. Here he gets almost equal time with Conrad, and he does what he's supposed to do. He assumes disguises. He sets high-tech traps. He arranges diversions. They even know what he doesn't do. Arty has little taste for his partner's specialties like fighting outnumbered or pulling daring stunts. But they both do what they have to do to get the job done.

A stand-out is the performance of Robert Drivas as the boyishly handsome but coolly confident Morgan Midas.

Thrills and spills all the way!

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