The Wild Wild West: Season 1, Episode 14

The Night of the Howling Light (17 Dec. 1965)

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Jim and Arte must deliver a message of peace to Chief Ho-Tami, head of the Indian tribes. Dr. Arcularis captures Jim in an attempt to stop the treaty signing.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Arcularis
Scott Marlowe ...
Ralph Moody ...
E.J. André ...
Hospital Superintendent
Ottola Nesmith ...
Maggie Lafarge
Don Kennedy ...
Hale - Junior Officer
Robert Bice ...
Dan Riss ...
Naval Officer
Roy Barcroft ...
Linda Marsh ...


Jim and Arte must deliver a message of peace to Chief Ho-Tami, head of the Indian tribes. Dr. Arcularis captures Jim in an attempt to stop the treaty signing.

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The vase destroyed in this episode is identical to the one that is destroyed in The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Torture Chamber (1965). See more »


At one point during his conditioning, West breaks free long enough to send a signal using a blanket held in front of the lighthouse's light. A sailor on a passing ship reports, "Captain, this is strange, I've picked up a blinker SOS." His captain responds, "What's so strange about a ship in distress Mr. Hale?". "The Wild Wild West" was set during the administration of Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877). "SOS" did not become a standard for international distress calls until 1905, and even then it took some time for it to replace the older "CQD" signal. Not only was "SOS" anachronistic, "CQD" did not come into use as a nautical distress signal until around 1904 when its use was suggested by Guglielmo Marconi. See more »


Artemus Gordon: What are they doing?
James T. West: They're trying to break out and get to the doctor. I guess they want to kill him. We'd better go down and stop them.
Artemus Gordon: Ahhh... Why?
James T. West: Must be some reason.
Artemus Gordon: I can't think of any.
James T. West: It is a problem.
Artemus Gordon: Um-hmmm...
[the door burst open. Arcularis begins to cry out and scream]
James T. West: Say... do you suppose that woman could be conditioned so that she'd never nag, never complain, never be anything but sweet and warm and understanding? Kind?
James T. West: You've got a reasonal.
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The mad Pavlovian doctor
24 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have this season on disc(25 shows) and this is one of Robert Conrad's favorite shows. It is also one of my favorite shows.

I want to point out that at the beginning of each show there is a little "debriefing" by James West himself. I also want to point out that if you do not want to know anything about the story, do not listen to Robert Conrad's introduction. In my mind, that intro is full of spoilers.

The madman in the "The Howling Light" is a scientist and technically a clinical psychologist. A cruel, sick, Pavlovian behaviorist. The other guest star is a Native American, most likely educated in American schools, yet a vehement man who does not like whites. Probably despises them, but does not like Ocularis much either.


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