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

Jim and Arte decipher the meaning of a dying man's last words in order to stop an assassination attempt on the governor.


Gunnar Hellström (as Gunnar Hellstrom)


Michael Garrison (creator), Edward J. Lakso

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Jason Evers ... Christopher Kohner
Karen Arthur Karen Arthur ... Gerta
Maggie Thrett Maggie Thrett ... Dierdre
Laurie Burton Laurie Burton ... Alice
Britt Nilsson Britt Nilsson ... Joan
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Col. Dieboldt (as Oscar Beregi)
Dub Taylor ... Pete
Ken Swofford ... Sloan
John Pickard ... Gov. Ireland
Jerry Laveroni Jerry Laveroni ... Eli Bardhoom
Don Rizzan Don Rizzan ... Markham
Sherry Mitchell Sherry Mitchell ... Silva
Dante DiPaolo Dante DiPaolo ... Jeff Smith (as Dante D'Paulo)


Learning that Europe's most deadly assassin, a man known only as Enzo, has arrived in America, West and Gordon set out to stop him. Upon finding their first informant murdered, West joins up with Gordon in a wagon train heading west to Denver. Gordon is tracking a group of dancers, any one of whom may be Topaz, Enzo's girlfriend. But as the days pass, bodies begin to pile up, and it becomes clear that one of the wagon train's passengers must be the assassin himself. But whom? Before West and Gordon can uncover the identity of Enzo, the wagon train arrives in Denver. Fearing Enzo's target may be Colorado's governor, West and Gordon take steps to protect him. The simultaneous arrival of a European colonel brings a vital clue to Enzo's target. Written by Christopher D. <>

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15 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While playing poker with Jim, Artie bangs his fist on the card table causing the tabletop to swivel, showing the brandy service on the other side. The chips and cards, however, do not slide off the tilted table, suggesting that they are fastened in place. However, when Artie returns the table to its original position, he picks some chips off his pile and throws them in the pot, when, in fact, all the chips should be in a heap under the table. See more »


Put the Blame on Mame
by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Performed by Ross Martin on accordion
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West Tangos With Several On Way To Silver City
28 July 2009 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

This episode starts with West visiting a hotel to meet a contact only in the dark hotel room he is nearly choked to death by the man who just killed his contact. The contact utters as his dying words "Enzo, silver", at least that is what West hears.

Then West joins up with two covered wagons heading for Denver, Colorado with a strong man, a midget(CoCo), a gambler, a casino owner, 4 women, and Jonathan Ashley Kingston (Artemus) aboard. The driver is a well known character actor from films & television & is there too.

Along the trail to Denver, a couple of folks are murdered. West & Artie are sure that Enzo, the famous European killer, is aboard the wagons & desperately try to find him before they arrive in Denver. Failing that, the plot thickens when they arrive in Denver.

Interesting that Ross Martin would use the same character name he has here in his disguise as the killer in an upcoming Columbo episode. This episode runs short even though it gets a lot of plot done in 50 minutes. When everything is wrapped up, there is a short comedy blackout with West & Artemus riding on the train playing chess. This episode does try to surprise the viewer & if you have not already seen it, the final revealing of who Enzo is might surprise you.

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