When masterfully forged bills appear in circulation, West and Gorden must catch the forgers to prevent the collapse of the U.S. economy from a flood of nearly perfect counterfeit bills.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Abner Lennox
Paul Comi ...
Bert Farnsworth
Doc Keyno
Florence Sundstrom ...
Mrs. Moore
Colonel Housley
Harry Holmes
Judi Sherven ...
Priscilla Goodbody
Merri Ashley ...
Sharon Cintron ...
Ernest Misko ...
Guard (as Ernie Misko)
Barbara Hemingway ...
Lola (as Barbara Hemmingway)
John Armond ...


When masterfully forged bills appear in circulation in several Western towns, West and Gordon must catch the forgers to prevent the collapse of the U.S. economy from a flood of nearly perfect counterfeit bills. The trail leads to an emporium and a dead circus performer with a suitcase full of counterfeit bills, and to Harry Holmes, a master forger supposed dead eight years. Written by Christopher D.

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3 November 1967 (USA)  »

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Paper currency issued by the U.S. government was generally considered unconstitutional before the time of Pres. Grant. The U.S. Constitution only allows Congress to "coin" money and only allows legal tender coin to be used for legal payment. Before then, only paper currency issued by private banks (hence the term banknote) were circulated. Once the Civil War broke out, the U.S. government resorted to printing paper currency (the original greenback) in order to help pay the enormous cost of prosecuting the war. The presumed unconstitutionality of the greenback was temporarily ignored until the war was over. Once Grant was President, he nominated two judges to the Supreme Court whom he knew would rule in favor of the constitutionality of paper money, much as abortion is the litmus test for the nomination of a judge now. It was the issuance of paper currency by the US government, and the problem of counterfeiting, that led to the creation of the Secret Service, an agency of the Treasury Department. See more »


About halfway through the episode, West is accused of libel for making the claim that counterfeiters are being supplied with paper. Libel is written defamation; the accusation should be slander, which is spoken. But, in either case, slander and libel cannot be made to the one who is accused - it must defame them, which it cannot, if made to the accused. See more »


James T. West: You've changed my whole life through dynamic numerology.
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I was not impressed by the 'counterfeiting' scenario
13 December 2012 | by (working in Movieland) – See all my reviews

*Spoiler/plot- TNOT Circus of Death, 1967, Our agents infiltrate a traveling circus to stop counterfeiting plan before it devastates the U.S. economy.

*Special Stars- Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Philip Bruns, Arlene Martel.

*Theme- Counterfeiting is an art form and a crime.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Air date 11-3-67. Takes place in Denver Co. Mr. Conrad's short stature/height for a leading man (5'7") was compensated for with shoe 'lifts' in his boots, casting short stunt people, and short leading ladies. In fact his show was known for needing so many short stature love-interest roles for women among females actresses, it became a staple for actresses in Hollywood. I own the clown costume that Mr. Martin wore in this and another episode of W3, 'TNOT Sudden Death'. his costume is FOR SALE, all serious bids considered. You can own a piece of W3.

*Emotion- I was not impressed by the 'counterfeiting' scenario plot line. The guest star lead villain's performance is forgettable.....many time villain roles fail to deliver enough 'gravitas' to balance with the strong leads of Conrad and Martin. The inclusion of circus and ti's performers spiced-up the drama. This is not vintage W3.

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