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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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James T. West
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Artemus Gordon
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Zachariah Skull
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Justice Vincent Chayne
Imelda De Martin ...
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Dr. Lake
Sara Taft ...
Mrs. Chayne
Lennie Rogel ...
Sign Man (as Len Rogel)
Janis Hansen ...
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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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Although listed in the cast only as "Butler (uncredited)", the character played by Jack Tygett is referred to as "Pitney" by both Skull and West. The Waitress, played by Janis Hansen, says her name is Wilbur, but this name does not appear in the credits either. See more »

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The marionettes are strung with monofilament fishline, a material invented in the first half of the twentieth century. See more »

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Best of the "West"
16 January 2017 | by 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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