Black clad men clamber over each other and up the wall to a high window, entering the United States Mint at Carson City. They plant a bomb and leave without taking any of the money. Jim ...
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Black clad men clamber over each other and up the wall to a high window, entering the United States Mint at Carson City. They plant a bomb and leave without taking any of the money. Jim West and Artemus Gordon must learn why they broken in and who masterminded the plot before economic chaos overtakes the United States. Written by
In the restaurant, Artemus mentions the smell of Prussic acid. This is an old term for hydrogen cyanide, the well-known poison. This term came about because hydrogen cyanide was first isolated from a dye known as Prussian Blue. See more »
After Jim rescues Corinne from the spinning torture wheel inside the circus tent, he begins talking to Warren (the archer). A large puff of smoke drifts in front of Warren, floating from the right to the left. The only source of smoke in the tent is a small flaming arrow being held by Jim, but he's standing on the left of Warren. Therefore the mystery smoke would not have come from the arrow Jim is holding. See more »
[Artemus taking a bobbypin from Janet's hair]
If I may, please. Thank you. Now, then... I ever tell you about the time I was locked in a hotel in New Orleans with nothing but a small field pack and a, uh bowie knife?
[Artemus opens the lock on the cage]
There we are. Thank you.
Why didn't you think of this two hours ago?
I did! Shall we dine, ladies?
[Artemus takes one girl each arm and exits the tent]
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Oliver Crawford's 'The Night Of The Sudden Death' opens with a daring raid by masked men on the U.S. mint in Carson City. The plates are substituted with counterfeits, thereby endangering the U.S. economy. Jim is attacked in his hotel room, and nearly poisoned by Prussic Acid. The only lead is the lovely 'Corinne Foxx' ( Julie Payne ), daughter of a guard at the mint who had collaborated with the raiders. She is used as a target in an archery act in Trevor's Wonderful Circus, owned by 'Warren Trevor' ( Robert Loggia ) who fancies himself as a big game hunter, and plans to manufacture enough money to buy himself an entire African country. A dancing girl takes Jim to what he believes to be a rendezvous with Corinne - in fact, he is pushed into a river containing a very hungry crocodile...
Another entertaining episode. Crawford was responsible for 'The Special One' episode of the original 'Outer Limits' and 'The Lost Bomb' for 'Voyage to The Bottom Of The Sea'. Speaking of bottoms, Antoinette Bower exhibits a very shapely one here ( it should have had a credit ), clad in incredibly tight trousers. She plays 'Janet Coburn', the animal trainer. Her character starts out bad, but when Trevor kills her beloved tiger, she switches sides. Arte poses as a clown, bless him.
Produced by Fred Freiberger, responsible for the mostly terrible 'Star Trek' Season 3 and horrendous 'Space: 1999' Season 2. There is nothing either terrible or horrendous about his 'Wild Wild West' work, however.
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