The Wild Wild West: Season 1, Episode 28

The Night of the Sudden Plague (22 Apr. 1966)

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As Jim West and Artemus Gordon ride into the mysteriously quiet town of Willow Springs, they notice that the citizens are all paralyzed and the bank has been robbed. When they visit a ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Kirby
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Eddie Durkin ...
Frank Doyle
Harvey Levine ...
Governor Marcus Hawthorne
Theodore Marcuse ...
Dr. Vincent Kirby (as Theo Marcuse)


As Jim West and Artemus Gordon ride into the mysteriously quiet town of Willow Springs, they notice that the citizens are all paralyzed and the bank has been robbed. When they visit a nearby town to investigate this bizarre occurrence, the agents discover a mad professor breeding bacteria for a serum that causes temporary paralysis. Written by Anonymous

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This was the last episode of The Wild Wild West (1965) broadcast in black and white, before the series moved to color. See more »


James T. West: [Jim's patience is wearing thin with a pompous governor who a barber is shaving in the governor's office] I know how to shave myself.
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The night the town stood still
19 November 2013 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Ken Kolb's 'The Night Of The Sudden Plague' was the last 'Wild Wild West' episode to be made in black and white, and saw a return for producer Michael Garrison. 'Jim West' ( Robert Conrad ) and 'Artemus Gordon' ( Ross Martin ) ride into the small town of Willow Springs only to find the inhabitants in a state of paralysis and the bank vaults empty. Deranged scientist 'Dr.Vincent Kirby' ( Theo Marcuse ) has developed a new type of bacteria, and a gang of outlaws - led by 'Coley Rodman' ( H.M. Wynant ) - are putting it in the water supplies of towns which they then rob. Jim follows them to their hideout - a desert fort

  • and, with the aid of the lovely 'Anna' ( Nobu McCarthy ) - learns

that Kirby's next big target is none other than San Francisco.

A good season finale. Marcuse' bald head and commanding voice made him ideal for playing Bondian villains ( he was 'Dr.Gamma' in the 'Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea' pilot ). H.M. Wynant was the 'Askoy Brothers' ( see it and you'll understand ) in the 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' two-parter 'The Prince Of Darknness Affair'. Elliott Reid plays 'Governor Marcus Hawthorne', a man so snobbish as to defy description. When Jim threatens him with a knife, its a great moment! Jim has a dandy way of breaking out of a locked room; simply draw an outline of Artemus on the door, apply an explosive substance, stand well back and kick it down! You have to admire a man who can look cool even falling through a hole in the ceiling!

A similar story idea was later done in the British spy series 'The New Avengers' in the episode called 'Sleeper'.

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