The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Eccentrics 

Agents West and Gordon are notified by another agent about an assassination plot against President Juarez of Mexico. Later, they find the agent dead with a knife in his back through a flyer... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Sparr

Writers:

Charles Bennett, Michael Garrison (creator)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Victor Buono ... Count Carlos Manzeppi
Richard Pryor ... Villar
Paul Wallace ... Tony
Anthony Eisley ... Deadeye
Legrand Mellon Legrand Mellon ... Miranda (as Le Grand Mellon)
Roy Jenson ... Vance Markham
Harry Ellerbe ... Col. Armstrong
Frank Sorello ... President Juarez
Michael Masters ... Titan (as Mike Masters)
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Storyline

Agents West and Gordon are notified by another agent about an assassination plot against President Juarez of Mexico. Later, they find the agent dead with a knife in his back through a flyer for the Echo Amusement Park. When West arrives at the deserted amusement park, he meets Count Manzeppi, master of trickery and corruption. Manzeppi captures West and force him to help kill the Mexican President. First, he must kill his partner and best friend, Artemus Gordon. Written by Tiff Banks

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Figure maker John Turner created the ventriloquist figure, i.e., "dummy," carried by Richard Pryor. Its heavy paint is not original. See more »

Goofs

Count Manzeppi offers, as the prize for defeating Titan, the "...crown of Roman emperor Heroditus..."

Heroditus was a Grecian historian; there was no roman emperor named Heroditus; furthermore, the "crowns" bestowed upon Romans were either wreaths of laurel leaves or replicas of the same. See more »

Quotes

Count Carlos Mario Vincenzo Robespierre Manzeppi: Now you are in the cradle of Limbo. Suspended halfway betwixt Elysium and Hades.
James T. West: Oh. I always did want to get away from it all.
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Referenced in The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Assassin (1967) See more »

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Aleister Crowley's Dream
28 April 2019 | by timothylane-22717See all my reviews

In this episode (the first of the second season), Victor Buono (perhaps most famous as BATMAN villain King Tut) plays a villain who's everything Aleister Crowley wanted to be: a magician with genuine ability who glories in being evil. He also heads a gang of assassins of varied talents (including Richard Pryor as a ventriloquist, although he has about one line and I think someone else voiced the dummy, who did most of their speaking) aptly known as the Eccentric. Their target is President Juarez, who got mentioned a lot in the series. Manzeppi was also one of the few villains who got away, and even came back in a later episode. Unfortunately, he didn't come back again, unlike Dr. Miguelito Loveless (who admittedly was a greater villain, perhaps the best I've seen on TV).


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