The Wild Wild West: Season 2, Episode 23

The Night of the Surreal McCoy (3 Mar. 1967)

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Agents West and Gordon are guarding a museum containing the famous Herzberg jewels but someone still manages to steal the gems. Afterwards, a famous painting of Western scene is removed ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Axel Morgan
Ivan Triesault ...
John A. Alonzo ...
Lightnin' McCoy (as John Alonzo)
Noel Drayton ...
Museum Director
Quintin Sondergaard ...
Gunman (as Quinton Sondergaard)
Jorge Moreno ...


Agents West and Gordon are guarding a museum containing the famous Herzberg jewels but someone still manages to steal the gems. Afterwards, a famous painting of Western scene is removed from the museum by its wealthy rancher-owner. Gordon becomes suspicious and notifies West who discovers that the rancher is partners with Miguelito Loveless, the evil inventor-doctor. Written by Anonymous

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3 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Surrealism is a movement that began in the 1920s, expressed in many different forms including literature, art, music, photography, film and theater. It is characterized by apparent paradoxes and conflicts between perceived and actual reality. Among the most famous of the surrealists were painters René Magritte and Salvador Dalí and photographers Man Ray and Ralph Meatyard. Surrealism is also considered to have been on strong influence on animated cartoons, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and many others. Its influence on popular culture has declined since the 1960s saw the death of a number of the movement's major figures. Dr. Loveless' brand of surrealism here anticipated the artistic movement by about fifty years. The word "surrealism" first appeared in English in 1925. See more »


[West and Gordon are holed up behind a wagon, firing at a bunch of Loveless's men]
Jim West: Know where the ambassador is?
Artemus Gordon: Yeah, saloon basement. He's all right.
Jim West: Think you can find him?
Artemus Gordon: What? And leave you here all alone?
Jim West: There's only four of them.
[Artemis shoots]
Artemus Gordon: Three. Hardly seems worth your while.
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References The Real McCoys (1957) See more »

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If a picture paints 1000 deaths..
31 December 2013 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

John Kneubuhl's 'The Night Of The Surreal McCoy' is unique in two respects; firstly, there is no female lead, and secondly, it presents possibly the most outrageous concept ever seen in the series. The Herzburg Crown Jewels are stolen from a Denver gallery, a guard murdered, and yet there is no sign of a break-in. Jim and Arte are baffled. Noticing that a painting in the gallery is fake, they follow the owner - 'Axel Morgan' ( John Doucette ) - to his ranch. His safe contains the stolen jewels. Jim is attacked by three men who have apparently appeared out of nowhere. Arte escapes, but Jim gets captured and taken to Morgan's boss - Dr.Loveless!

The evil cherub has found a way - using sound waves - to transmit people into old paintings, and by donating these to galleries can pull off amazing robberies. Jim must battle a gang of gunfighters inside a painting of a deserted western town, while Arte tries to pass himself off as the legendary 'Lightning McCoy' ( John Alonzo ). It is the outrageousness of the central premise - almost Pythonesque - that makes this so much fun to watch. I bet no-one would have the nerve to do anything like it today.

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