James West is dispatched to a town after the U.S. receives a warning of an impending catastrophe. The Secret Service agent is unable to prevent the town's mayor from blowing up a new ...
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James West is dispatched to a town after the U.S. receives a warning of an impending catastrophe. The Secret Service agent is unable to prevent the town's mayor from blowing up a new railroad trestle. West is assigned to work with agent Frank Harper on the case. Harper arrives too late to prevent a museum official from slashing paintings and destroying other artwork. President Grant departs Washington to personally brief the agents about the case, in which prominent people inexplicably commit acts of destruction. West arrives just in time to stop a dedicated sheriff from releasing a vicious gang from his jail. The sheriff, like the other prominent people involved, had received a free pair of spectacles from a Dr. Occularis. It turns out there are at least two doctors dispensing the free spectacles. Harper takes the place of a mayor who is scheduled for a visit from Dr. Occularis and he nearly kills West. The Secret Service man is captured and is informed by Professor Toombs that a ... Written by
Throughout the presidency of Ulysses Grant, the capital of the Arizona Territory was Tucson; in 1877 the territorial government was moved to Phoenix. Previous capitals were Tucson (under the Confederacy), Fort Whipple and Prescott (until 1867). (see also Goofs) See more »
At the opening, West and Harper split up, with Harper heading for the "state capitol". They're operating in Arizona, which was the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted (14 February 1912). At the time of these events, it was Arizona Territory (proclaimed 24 February 1863), with a territorial capital (see also Trivia). See more »
Prof. Thaddeus Toombs:
You have been brought here for one purpose - to carry a message to President Grant. You will tell President Grant there is no defense against Raven. Tell him we demand unconditional surrender!
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This two part episode comes closest in my opinion to a 'Bond' film. We have at least three different villains including a diabolical big headed mastermind who is intent on destroying the good ol' U S of A with hypnosis and assassination who lives in a vast underground hide-out that is destroyed in the end. We have great guest actors like Harry Lauter who was in just about every TV show made including Robert Conrad's 'Hawaian Eye'.
We get Bernard Fox from Hogan's Heroes as one Dr Occularis who kills himself with a backward firing gun and Robert Ellenstein who was so memorable in North by North West as another Dr Occularis.
Jackie Coogan, the former child star, shows up as the mayor and William Schallert who had been in two previous Wests plays Jame's assistant Frank Harper
He's no Arte, who is still missing in action, but his performance is to be admired. This would be the only two part Wild and a good time is had by all. Most enjoyable.
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