The Wild Wild West: Season 1, Episode 20

The Night of the Whirring Death (18 Feb. 1966)

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Jim and Arte serve as couriers, delivering bribes to save California from bankruptcy. Problem is, Doctor Loveless is killing the benefactors and stealing their money.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremiah Ratch
Jesse White ...
Governor Lewis
John Crane
Jason Wingreen ...
Sam Flint ...
Richard Reeves ...
Bailey (as Dick Reeves)
Chanin Hale ...
Elaine Martone ...
Hostess (as Elena Martone)


Jim and Arte serve as couriers, delivering bribes to save California from bankruptcy. Problem is, Doctor Loveless is killing the benefactors and stealing their money.

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The third appearance of 7-foot-tall Richard Kiel as Voltaire, assistant of tiny Dr. Miguelito Loveless. For the first time, he speaks, which even draws a comment from Artemus Gordon. In his two previous appearances, Voltaire appeared to be mute, communicating entirely through gestures and facial expressions. See more »


When West goes to visit Crane he is playing with an electric toy train set. The earliest electric trains, when not powered by batteries, were most often run on three-rail tracks. Two-rail tracks did not come into use until the early years of the 20th century. In 1874, model trains were usually powered by clockwork springs. Unlike the various mad scientists and their anachronistic inventions that became the trademark of The Wild Wild West, Crane is merely one of the victims of Dr. Loveless. See more »


Artemus Gordon: Come out, I am not going to hurt you.
Voltaire: No, I hurt you.
[Puch Artemus in the face]
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Wild, Wild Christmas
13 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A Dr. Loveless episode...set at Christmas...directed by Mark ("On Golden Pond" & "The Cowboys") Rydell? Sure sounds like it couldn't miss. Unfortunately, all these promising elements were not quite in proper alignment when it came time to make "The Night Of The Whirring Death". Granting the up-until-then mute Voltaire a voice was pointless, and only served to remove a layer of mystery from this character's intimidating presence. The opening sequence in which a pile of money is stolen from a Scrooge-like misanthrope takes way too long to set up, too.

Still, "...Whirring Death" does succeed in the action department with a well-staged fight between West and a group of bodyguards and the foiling of an assassination plot is quite exciting, too. Plus, you gotta' love the little wind-up time bombs.

Shoulda' been outstanding, but this one does at least have a few saving graces.

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