The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Tottering Tontine 

Jim and Arte must protect a key member of a wealthy investment group whose surviving member stands to inherit the group's sizable assets.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Harry Townes ...
Dr. Raven
Mike Road ...
Martin Dexter (as Michael Road)
William Wintersole ...
Edward Baring
Steve Gravers ...
Harry Stimson
Gunther Pearse
Ted Stanhope ...
Lisa Pera ...
Amelia Maitland


Jim and Arte must protect a key member of a wealthy investment group whose surviving member stands to inherit the group's sizable assets.

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6 January 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Tontines were an investment instrument that used to be popular before 1900. People got together and pooled money, which was then invested to provide the promised dividends to the surviving investor(s). No dividends were paid until the end of the policy period, which might be anywhere from 10 to 25 years. Contrary to what is implied in the story, tontines did not automatically last until the last surviving member claimed the proceeds. They first gained popularity in Europe, where many governments used them to raise money without having to resort to more unpopular choices like raising taxes. After the late 1800's they fell out of favor, and are now outlawed in many countries. See more »


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Pyrotechnics Light Up The Screen
2 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is very strong in the special effects area. The sled to nowhere powered by rockets to the secret passageways are quite effective. The sequence with the whirring sharp blades coming from the ceiling down is more deadly looking than Poe's Pit & The Pendulum though it is definitely is inspired by the story.

This episode has a lot of entertaining sequences including Artie's panic after the rocket sled release only to have Jim show up. Where were you Jim? Just working on the railroad Artie.

Overall an effective and imaginative episode with a sharp ending. While the sequences are a bit choppy, they are good enough that it does not spoil the overall action on this episode.

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