The Wild Wild West: Season 3, Episode 10

The Night of the Falcon (10 Nov. 1967)

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After witnessing the total destruction of a town called Tonka Flats, agents West and Gordon receive a further threat to destroy the city of Denver. Demanding a ransom, Dr. Horace Humphries,... See full summary »

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Dr. Horace Humphries
Lisa Gaye ...
Lana Benson
Kurt Kreuger ...
Alex Heindorf
John Alderson ...
Clive Marchmount
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Felice Munez
George Keymas ...
Silvio Balya
Edward Knight ...
General Lassiter
Gene Tyburn ...
Felton
Lynn Wood ...
Mother
Michele Tobin ...
Bonnie
Michael Shea ...
Boy
William Phipps ...
Marshal
Warren Hammack ...
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After witnessing the total destruction of a town called Tonka Flats, agents West and Gordon receive a further threat to destroy the city of Denver. Demanding a ransom, Dr. Horace Humphries, alias "The Falcon", plans to fire a single shell from a falcon-shaped cannon toward this western city. West and Gordon go to an underground hideout in search of the destructive cannon. But once inside, the agents discover syndicate leaders from foreign countries bidding to purchase the massive weapon for their own use. Written by Tiff Banks

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Doctor Humphries identifies Silvio Balya as a "...dealer in cocaine and opium...". In the 1870s, neither substance was illegal in the US and most other countries. Cocaine was widely used in patent medicines and was easily available without prescription. US sale and distribution was banned in 1914, but it did not become a controlled substance until 1970. Opium was also legal, though local restrictions took effect in California as early as 1875; import was not banned nationwide until 1909. Like cocaine, it did not become a controlled substance until 1970. Famously, Coca-Cola contained trace amounts of coca from 1886 to 1906, and cocaine was the drug of choice for the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. See more »

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A Direct Hit
21 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The agents must locate a super cannon capable of destroying an entire city.

A motley crew of international criminals bid on a megalomaniac's doomsday weapon. In order to crash the auction, Arte passes himself off as adeceased South American crime lord while West attempts to enter the Falcon's nest through a booby-trapped entrance.

As the smiling bad guy Felice Munez, Ross Martin displays both arrogant machismo as well as "extra-ordinary" charm. His fellow bidders include a monocle-wearing German munitions merchant, an Eastern opium pusher and a British gentleman thug with a switch blade in his walking stick. Playing the evil Falcon is none other than a pre-fame Robert Duvall. And though it doesn't have any lines, playing just as pivotal a role in this episode is the super cannon everyone wants to get their hands on. Few moments in the history of "Wild, Wild West" can match the impact of the moment in which the enormous weapon (beautifully designed in the shape of a giant falcon) makes it grand entrance trundling out from behind massive doors as assembled characters, quite appropriately gaze in awe of it's grandeur. Of all the props ever built for "Wild, Wild West", the falcon cannon is surely the most impressive.

While much of this big-scale episode works very well, there is the odd misstep here and there as when West knocks out a guard who appears for a moment to be unsure if he was supposed to go down while in another scene an aging bad guy shakes off two attacking henchmen with unlikely ease. Also, the sight of the Falcon's headquarters in flames looks terribly unconvincing by today's standards. However, such flaws do little to diminish the impact of this superior entry, and coming in a season where stories seemed to concentrate on western themes at the expense of the "wild" component, "The Night Of The Falcon" delivers both with pinpoint accuracy.


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