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:
Priscilla Ames
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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The worst of the series?
27 November 2006 | by (TCM's Basement) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's just me but I found this entire episode just dreadful. From the laborious "Dickens-esque" opening that featured the future Mr. Roper in fake beard seemingly awaiting to go on stage to play Scrooge, to the sickening sweet Priscilla (volunteer social worker) whose father was a toymaker but has no clue as to what's going on even though she lives above the toy store. Voltaire, who has been mute to this point, suddenly can speak and Loveless doing his usual song and dance routine on a toy carousel, not to be outdone by Artemus who also decides to sing in this episode. It's never explained how Loveless and Voltaire can continuously break out of prison. I think this was the fourth time the did just that this season. Just bad.

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