The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Steel Assassin 

Jim and Arte must stop Torres - a dangerous man in black more metal than flesh, with superhuman strength, the power of hypnosis, and a taste for revenge - from killing President Grant.


Lee H. Katzin


Calvin Clements Jr. (teleplay) (as Calvin Clements), Steve Fisher (story) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... James T. West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
John Dehner ... Torres
Sue Ane Langdon ... Nina Gilbert
Arthur Malet ... Dr. Meyer
Allen Jaffe ... Lopez
Sara Taft Sara Taft ... Maria
John Pickard ... R.L. Gilbert
S. John Launer ... Mayor
Phyllis Davis ... Saloon Girl
Roy Engel ... President Ulysses S. Grant


Jim and Arte must stop Torres - a dangerous man in black more metal than flesh, with superhuman strength, the power of hypnosis, and a taste for revenge - from killing President Grant.

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7 January 1966 (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?


The title and opening credits normally appear immediately after the first commercial break. In this episode they appear later, after Torres has fled Col. Gilbert's shop. See more »


After West unlocks a door he is shown putting the passkey back into his lapel's hidden pocket. In the next shot he walks through the door and then once again puts the key into the secret pocket. See more »


Remade as Wild, Wild West: The Steel Assassin (1999) See more »


Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (uncredited)
Played on the soundtrack whilst Nina Gilbert approaches Mr. Torres' mansion.
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Tin Soldier
19 September 2007 | by a_l_i_e_nSee all my reviews

Col. Torres' shattered body is surgically repaired and reinforced with metal parts. Now endowed with super strength, the vengeful cyborg embarks on a quest to punish those from his regiment he holds responsible for his injuries. Among the names on his hit-list is President Ulysses S. Grant.

Technically quite superior for the time it was filmed, "The Night Of The Steel Assassin" features some outstanding makeup work including one particularly impressive shot in which Col. Torres receives a bullet to the face. Shockingly, the projectile tears a strip of flesh right off his forehead revealing nothing but metal beneath. Another effective touch is the weird electronic echo in Torres' voice that makes him sound as if he were speaking through a gramophone.

Col. Torres (played to grim perfection by John Dehner) plans to kill the visiting President Grant using guided missiles made to look like fourth of July sky rockets. West, despite being bound and hung from the ceiling, manages to divert the missiles' aim causing both rockets to spectacularly sail into the room where he is being held.

Though generally well directed by Lee H. Katzin, "...Steel Assassin" does at times suffer from an uneven sense of pace as in one plodding scene in which a miscast Sue Ann Langdon undergoes an all too lengthy hypnosis session, and a dance hall sequence also becomes rather tedious to watch. Still, the action sequences are very exciting; Col. Torres is both a menacing villain as well as a genuinely interesting character (sort of like a Dr. Loveless played without the humour); Richard Markowitz's music is superb and the episode's extensive model work, while not always completely convincing, is nevertheless always fun to inspect.

As first season episodes go, this one is, indeed, nicely forged.

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