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:
Dr. Raven
Martin Grevely
Martin Dexter (as Michael Road)
Archduke Maurice
Edward Baring
Steve Gravers ...
Harry Stimson
Gunther Pearse
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 »


One of the murder devices used is a bomb connected by a cable to an electric detonator. Detonators of this kind did not exist in this historical period. See more »


Maurice: As a novelist, I should think you would enjoy the gothic atmosphere here.
Edward Baring: Let me tell you something, Maurice. I have written a whole bookshelf full of books about characters whose lives are about to be dramatically or suddenly snuffed out. But I do not relish finding myself in a position where I do not know when or where death is suddenly to appear. Through the upholstery of a chair? Or from the depths of a crystal ball? Or yes, even from a wine glass.
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Exotic series
26 April 2017 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Since was watched the first episode of this series l found it the exotic and unique show also...James T. West and Artemus Gordon are partners together in adventures through President Grant's era....against all kind of enemies in this episode they are schedule to protect Dr. Raven until to get at Monterey to a meeting...but in the way and there have a lot of surprise to overcome....unforgettable Henry Darrow and Robert Emhardt are the famous guest in this episode.

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