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The Night of the Steel Assassin 

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:
Nina Gilbert
Dr. Meyer
Sara Taft ...
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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1.33 : 1
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Torres uses wireless remote control to control his lethal rockets. While this is one of those fun anachronisms of the series, it is interesting to note that while wireless remote control was a capability in the 1960s, it wasn't widely used. Outside of radio controlled toys and novelties, wireless mechanical control isn't even widely used today. Hardwired and not wireless electromechanical controls remain the most common and economical technology to mechanically control devices. See more »


West breaks into the home of Torres only to set off what appears to be a fairly modern alarm system - featuring a panel of zone entry warning lights using flashing miniature electric light bulbs accompanied by the unmistakable sound of an intermittent buzzing sound generated by an electromagnetic speaker. Torres (and Miguelito Loveless) beat out Thomas A. Edison and Alexander Graham Bell by decades. 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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