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
Coley Rodman
Robert Phillips ...
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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22 April 1966 (USA)  »

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The fort where much of the episode takes place was located near Vasquez Rocks, a geological formation north of Los Angeles; its distinctive 45-degree angle spire can be seen in the distance of a number of shots. Screen Gems Productions built the fort for Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956). The fort (and Vasquez Rocks) also showed up in other television productions during the 1960s, including Bonanza (1959), Mission: Impossible (1966), and Star Trek (1966). When Vasquez Rocks was purchased by Los Angeles County for a park, the fort was demolished; the parking lot occupies the area where the fort once stood. See more »


Artemus Gordon: [Artie and West enter a saloon where everyone is frozen solid like statues] I've heard of people being stoned, but this is ridiculous.
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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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