The Wild Wild West: Season 1, Episode 16

The Night of the Steel Assassin (7 Jan. 1966)

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Jim and Arte must stop Torres-a man more metal than flesh, with superhuman strength and a taste for revenge-from killing President Grant.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sue Ane Langdon ...
Nina Gilbert
Dr. Meyer
Sara Taft ...
John Pickard ...
R.L. Gilbert
S. John Launer ...
Saloon Girl
Roy Engel ...


Jim and Arte must stop Torres-a man more metal than flesh, with superhuman strength and a taste for revenge-from killing President Grant.

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7 January 1966 (USA)  »

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The title and opening credits normally appear immediately after the first commercial break. In this episode they appear later, after Torres has fled Col. Gilbert's shop. See more »


In the opener West shoots a portion of the forehead skin from Torres' skull revealing steel beneath it. Afterwards over the course of days, weeks or even months later when Nina arrives in town and goes out to his house, the wound to Torres' forehead is no longer visible. While Torres is quite the genius inventor, one thing that is apparently beyond his years of laboring is the mastery of plastic surgery - evidenced by the steel plates and scars along the side of his face. Yet in weeks or possibly months, he has chosen to repair that one spot while with years to work on it, the rest of his face is a mess. See more »


Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (uncredited)
Played on the soundtrack whilst Nina Gilbert approaches Mr. Torres' mansion.
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Skyrocketing A President Grant Who Artie Shows
10 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Dehner is good in this, but his second episode of West doesn't measure up to the Night Of The Casual Killer. Even though he appears to be ahead of the game some in this, he is not smart enough here to play cat & mouse with West & Artie like he did in the first show.

Technically, this show is very good, but the script does not give the acting the kind of stuff the earlier episode has in it. It is worth watching for West fans as even some of the worst first season episodes of this series are better than other shows being made at the time.

A veteran TV crew behind the cameras here as usual in most episodes is one of the reasons this show is consistently entertaining even though it gets obvious when you watch enough of these that the shoe string budget they were shot with required using the same sets in multiple shows.

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