The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Puppeteer 

The mad puppeteer Zachariah Skull re-creates a courtroom drama, using life-size puppets, to seek revenge on both Jim and the Supreme Court Justices who sentenced him to death.

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Zachariah Skull
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Justice Vincent Chayne
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The mad puppeteer Zachariah Skull re-creates a courtroom drama, using life-size puppets, to seek revenge on both Jim and the Supreme Court Justices who sentenced him to death.

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25 February 1966 (USA)  »

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According to the introductory comments by Robert Conrad on the DVD set, the stark look of this episode (shot mostly on a dark soundstage with spotlights illuminating the action and highly stylized sets for the bench and jury box) was the vision of director Irving J. Moore. See more »

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The Supreme Court of the United States is, strictly speaking, an appeals court, and does not commonly pass verdicts in the ordinary sense of the word. Instead, it upholds or overturns the decisions of lower courts. While it is true that overturning Skull's conviction in a lower court would have nullified the death sentence, the Supreme Court did not pass the sentence, although both Skull and Justice Chayne incorrectly spoke as if this were the case. (The possibility also exists for the Supreme Court to overturn a sentence while upholding a conviction; however, cases such as these only affect a sentence already passed by a lower court, so even in these examples, it is also not accurate to speak of the Supreme Court "passing sentence"). See more »

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Best of the "West"
16 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I have a sincere affection for every episode of this series featuring Michael Dunn as Dr. Miguelito Loveless, "The Night of the Puppeteer" is hands-down my favorite episode, for a variety of reasons. The story is intriguing, as is the concept. The stage design, lighting and sound is exceptional; this episode has a different look from every other installment of the series. There's poetry in the writing, and a villain, marvelously portrayed by Lloyd Bochner, who is urbane, smooth and ruthless. Add to that an amazingly gentle, flowing score from the great Dave Grusin, a terrific disguise for Ross Martin, and a surprisingly nuanced performance by Robert Conrad, and you have an exceptional visit to "The Wild Wild West."


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