The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Circus of Death 

When masterfully forged bills appear in circulation, West and Gordon must catch the forgers to prevent the collapse of the U.S. economy from a flood of nearly perfect counterfeit bills.


Irving J. Moore


Michael Garrison (creator), Arthur Weingarten

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Conrad ... James T. West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Philip Bruns ... Abner Lennox
Arlene Martel ... Erika
Paul Comi ... Bert Farnsworth
Arthur Malet ... Doc Keyno
Florence Sundstrom Florence Sundstrom ... Mrs. Moore
Dort Clark ... Colonel Housley
Morgan Farley ... Harry Holmes
Judi Sherven Judi Sherven ... Priscilla Goodbody
Merri Ashley Merri Ashley ... Girl
Sharon Cintron Sharon Cintron ... Secretary
Ernest Misko Ernest Misko ... Guard (as Ernie Misko)
Barbara Hemingway Barbara Hemingway ... Lola (as Barbara Hemmingway)
John Armond John Armond ... Bronzini


When masterfully forged bills appear in circulation in several Western towns, West and Gordon must catch the forgers to prevent the collapse of the U.S. economy from a flood of nearly perfect counterfeit bills. The trail leads to an emporium and a dead circus performer with a suitcase full of counterfeit bills, and to Harry Holmes, a master forger supposed dead eight years. Written by Christopher D.

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Release Date:

3 November 1967 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This "night" is notable for a stab at historical accuracy: seeking out counterfeit money on the Treasury's behalf was the original prime directive of the United States Secret Service. See more »


When West is in the storage room trapped under the large crate, he uses his double-barreled Derringer to first fire the barb device over the beam, then uses it to fire the barb into the crate itself, thus creating a crude pulley to lift the crate. But when he fires the barb device both times, he uses the top barrel of the Derringer - without reloading. See more »


Erika: [West is fighting a lion in a cage] When did Col. Housley hire you?
James T. West: He didn't.
Erika: He didn't? You'll be killed!
[gives West a whip]
Erika: Here, use this.
[West cracks the whip two times]
Erika: Just crack the whip in front of his face, but don't hit him.
[after cracking the whip a couple of times, West successfully gets the lion back in his cage]
Erika: [enters the cage] Are you alright?
James T. West: I'm alright, thank you. Uh...
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