The Wild Wild West: Season 1, Episode 26

The Night of the Burning Diamond (8 Apr. 1966)

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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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Lucretia Ivronin
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Vito Carbonara ...
Serbian Minister
Calvin Brown ...
Clive
Whitey Hughes ...
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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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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 »

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A diamond does not burn as such; if one is exposed to a temperature of approximately 1300 °F in air, (3,600 °F in vacuum or oxygen-free atmosphere), it turns to graphite, a form of carbon that is one of the softest minerals known. At a temperature of 6600 °F, it goes directly from a solid to a gaseous state. There is nothing special about the physical properties of a diamond that would make it impossible to use another form of carbon for a chemical reaction. Hence, Morgan Midas could have as easily obtained the carbon he needed for his elixir from pencil lead, since the temperatures he uses (4000 °F) would change the diamonds to graphite anyway as a byproduct of his process. See more »

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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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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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