The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Torture Chamber 

Governor Bradford of California dispatches a letter to President Grant. He requests assistance, and Grant obliges by dispatching his two top agents, West and Gordon. It seems there is a ... See full summary »

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Governor Bradford of California dispatches a letter to President Grant. He requests assistance, and Grant obliges by dispatching his two top agents, West and Gordon. It seems there is a conspiracy to take over the state government and the governor needs protection to stay alive long enough to discover and punish the perpetrators. But as time goes by and attempts are made against the agents' lives and not the governor's, Jim begins to smell a rat. There's something about the painting that hangs on the wall behind the governor's desk, and when Jim realizes what it is, he instantly knows his problems are much worse than he thought. Written by CommanderBalok

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10 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Alfred Ryder also played a guest character with the first name of "Horatio" in The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Deadly Bubble (1967). See more »

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Just past 31 minutes, Jim West throws the guard head first into the brick wall; when the guard falls away, a large dent is left in the brick wall. See more »

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A 19th Century Art Collector?
29 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a run - of - the - mill WILD WILD WEST episode, but it is amusing because of a current art scandal going on today in California and Italy. If you have not been following the newspapers The Getty Museum has been negotiating with the Italian Government (while legal action is going on in the Italian courts) regarding a large number of stunning acquisitions in Etruscan, Roman, and Italian art that were bought over a decade or so by the Getty for its collections. Most of these items were stolen or gotten from people with "illegal" title to them. It looks like the Getty will be returning most of these.

This particular episode recalls the Getty mess because it deals with a Governor of California (Henry Beckman) who is manipulated into handing over the treasury of the state to one Professor Horatio Bolt (Alfred Ryder). Ryder is trying to build up the greatest art collection in the world for California - he's purchasing art for millions of dollars of public money.

Don't ask...that's the evil plot of the episode! At least the Getty is privately financed. This plot is ridiculous.

The conclusion, a confrontation between Ryder and James West (Robert Conrad) deals with Ryder holding a weapon at Conrad's body, but Conrad picks up the one painting of all (you guessed it: THE MONA LISA) that he knows Ryder would never risk damaging. More artistically sensitive than Burt Lancaster or Paul Schofield in THE TRAIN, Ryder reluctantly surrenders his weapon because he loves art too much! Apparently he never heard of art restoration.


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