The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Bleak Island 

On Bleak Island, James West travels to retrieve to a diamond that was left to the National Museum and teams up with his former associate Sir Nigel Scott of Scotland Yard to defeat a master criminal named Calendar.

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)

Writers:

Michael Garrison (creator), Robert E. Kent
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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... James T. West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon (credit only)
John Williams ... Sir Nigel Scott
Beverly Garland ... Celia Rydell
Robert H. Harris ... Steven Rydell
Richard Erdman ... Mordecai Krone
James Westerfield ... Ronald McAvity
Jana Taylor Jana Taylor ... Alicia Crane
Gene Tyburn Gene Tyburn ... Mark Chambers
Lorna Lewis Lorna Lewis ... Helen Merritt
Pat O'Hara Pat O'Hara ... Jarvis
Jon Lormer ... Boatman
Robert V. Barron ... Servant #2 (as Christian Anderson)
Yvonne Schubert Yvonne Schubert ... Nancy Conrad (as Yvonne Shubert)
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On Bleak Island, James West travels to retrieve to a diamond that was left to the National Museum and teams up with his former associate Sir Nigel Scott of Scotland Yard to defeat a master criminal named Calendar.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1969 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After braving the storm and the wind Jim and the other 3 passengers are all dry when they dock at the island yet moments before they were fighting the rain and waves in the boat See more »

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James West refers to working with Sir Nigel 5 years ago in London. This is the 4th year of the series and the fin the beginning introduces West as starting with the Secret Service after serving with the Union Army in the Civil War that had just ended, so he couldn't have been in London. See more »

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Bad Dog!
9 May 2008 | by a_l_i_e_nSee all my reviews

A rockin' good fourth season episode, "The Night Of The Bleak Island" has West traveling to the island of a deceased millionaire who has bequeathed to the government one of his most prized possessions, the Moon Diamond. Upon his arrival, West learns of the island's legendary reputation as the hunting ground for a blood-thirsty spectral dog, and if this is starting to sound a lot like "The Hound Of The Baskervilles", wait'll you hear about the Sherlock Holmes-like British detective who arrives just in time for all the fun. Borrowing quite liberally from Arthur Conan-Doyle's classic story, Robert E. Kent's script entertainingly poses the question "what if agent James West were to join forces with a character very much like Conan-Doyle's famous detective?" Nicely played by the actor John Williams, British sleuth Sir Nigel Scott arrives on the trail of one Dr. Jacob Calendar, a faceless Prof. Moriarty facsimile who he believes is also on the island. When a butler is murdered and the diamond is stolen, West and Sir Nigel attempt to determine which among a group of greedy inheritors is responsible. Robert Conrad and John Williams display a surprising chemistry as an oddly-matched crime fighting team, and the perfectly cast Williams is easily the best of the guest partners brought in to sub for an ailing Ross Martin who'd suffered a heart attack during the 4th season.

This is a twisty tale, eerily enhanced by a continually howling wind, punctuated occasionally with the howls of the titular demonic dog. It's an episode that's difficult to find any real fault with- although, when he finds himself trapped in a dry well, West's rock climbing hooks seem a tad too convenient to just happen to have up his sleeves. Also, sharp-eyed baby-boomers will find themselves taken out of the story for a moment when they surely recognize that the boat West uses to get to the island is the S.S. Minnow from "Gilligan's Island". Just the same though, if "Wild, Wild West" producers could borrow from Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, then why not also Sherwood Schwartz?


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