The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Vicious Valentine 

To warn some of the country's wealthiest men about recurrent murders, Agents West and Gordon visit Curtis Dodd, who could become the next victim. Dodd, who is playing the piano, is killed ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Emma Valentine
Elaine Dodd
Michele LeMaster
Paul J. Lambert
Col. Crockett
Shepard Menken ...
Itnelav (as Shephard Menken)
J. Edward McKinley ...
Curtis Langley Dodd
Don Dillaway ...
Griffin the Butler
Owen Cunningham ...
Aide (as Mitzie Evans)


To warn some of the country's wealthiest men about recurrent murders, Agents West and Gordon visit Curtis Dodd, who could become the next victim. Dodd, who is playing the piano, is killed as a lethal spear is fired from the piano keys. Through a series of clues, West and Gordon realize that murdered men were all married to younger women whose marriages were arranged by matchmaker Emma Valentine. Written by Anonymous

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10 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Some modern sources erroneously list Mickey Daniels as the (uncredited) Laughing Henchman, as a result of a faulty identification by an inexperienced researcher. The role in question is played by WWW regular Whitey Hughes (has since been corrected). See more »


The 2 cards where Jim and Arte discover the flawed serifs had the letter M 3 times, but only the 1st and 3rd were flawed. See more »


Emma Valentine: Well, Mr. West, I regard myself, not as a criminal, but as savior of all womankind.
Jim West: Interesting... and what do women have to be saved from?
Emma Valentine: From domination of the spirit, economic exploitation, annihilation of the mind - in brief, all the injustices wrought by men.
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Marriage means murder
2 December 2013 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

In Kansas City, millionaire 'Curtis Dodd' ( J.Edward McKinley ) is killed by an arrow whilst playing the piano at his home. His death is the latest in what has become known as the 'Alphabet' killings - rich, lonely men are being bumped off in alphabetical order. Dodd was letter 'D'. The common denominator is all that all the dead men had recently wed women they had met at 'Emma Valentine' ( Agnes Moorehead )'s society parties. The letter 'M' on a printed card leads Jim and Arte to the Friendly Card Company, where they are shot at by a stone cherub and attacked by ruffians, one of whom has a laugh like a hyena. Emma is a megalomaniac who dreams of becoming the first woman President in U.S. history...

This entertaining Leigh Chapman-scripted episode has a strong 'Avengers'-feel to it ( I'm talking about the British spy show, not the Marvel comic ). In particular, Tony Williamson's 'The Murder Market' which also had a marriage bureau being used as a front for a murder agency. Moorehead - best remembered as 'Endora' in 'Bewitched' - is excellent as 'Valentine'. She places Jim ands Arte in one of the most dangerous situations they have ever faced - tied to a stained glass chapel roof that will shatter as soon as the organist beneath them plays a high note, causing them to fall to their deaths. Diane McBain and Sherry Jackson ( both of whom appeared in 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' and 'Star Trek' ) provide the glamour.

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