The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth
Original air date: October 1, 1965
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Waiting to blow up the professor: Dr. Loveless awaits with his pea-shooter and can say "Peter Piper picked a peck..." with the pea-sized explosive in his mouth. "Hey, don't point that thing at me boss!" Well, he really doesn't talk, but we might guess that's what Voltaire (the giant actor Richard Kiel) was probably thinking. Jim West is posing as a traitor and sitting with Greta, who is a traitor. West must first listen to Loveless and Antoinette sing a duet before gaining information. Though West seems too preoccupied to enjoy the song, Voltaire seems to enjoy their singing just fine, --as evidenced by his snacks and toe tapping.
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Thanks to Miss Piecemeal, West's cover is blown and is taken captive in a stagecoach. Fortunately it was rigged by Artemus Gordon allowing West to... ...with a flip of a lever, this henchman gets the clamp that comes out of the wall. ...And with another console gadget, West ejects the stagecoach driver out of the seat... (ouch) and the third captor is ejected through the coach's sunroof. However, it's all for naught as Voltaire is there to prevent West from escaping.
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West gets the trapped floor treatment upon being returned to Dr. Loveless Only West's charm toward Greta could get him out of this mess. To the doctor's demise, Greta sets him free, and begins a moral inventory of her life. Surely these are the things that inspire ballads. Dr. Loveless isn't all bad. Earlier he rescued a fly when it fell in his soup, and has a pet snake named Marsha. However, he will blow-up So. California if the governor doesn't hand the region over to him. As well, this 1870's mad doctor shows West his blueprint of an airplane, as well as his invention of penicillin and the precursor to radio airwaves.
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West climbs to stop the clock in the church bell tower so to prevent the explosives from going off. Dr. Loveless is none too happy about this and calls West a meddler. Then he really gives West a piece of his mind: "Darn you! Darn you!!" After saving Southern California, Artemus and Jim are reunited back on the train. Artie is delighted that a smorgasbord is prepared. But first, West offers his gratitude to Greta (Leslie Parrish) for turning her life around, and for doing a great job on supper.

.*After the Wild Wild West cast had their weekly football game they would, at times, go to the "Out of Sight" Club where Robert Conrad, Michael Dunn, and other team members would sing the 'ol tunes, like "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Robert admired Michael's singing, noting his friend's strong, ranging voice . In addition, Phoebe Dorin and Michael Dunn opened for Robert Conrad's 1500 Bay Road nightclub in Miami.

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Michael Dunn Web site: Includes an extensive medical & personal biography; film & stage credits; photos of his college days at the University of Miami; photos of his gravesite at Lauderdale Memorial Park; Loveless-Antoinette lyrics & audio files of the duets heard on The Wild Wild West; and photos & captions from Life Magazine.

Tom Weaver's interview with Phoebe Dorin: In this exclusive interview, Dorin candidly recounts the highs and lows of her very special friendship with Michael Dunn, the actor with whom she shared stage, nightclub, and TV spotlights. (Includes additional sound clips and photos of Dr. Loveless & Antoinette.)

Shadoe Steele's April 2007 interview with Robert Conrad: Robert Conrad recounts his life and the various career projects he was part of, including the role of James West and offers behind-the-scene insights.

Robert Conrad Page: --includes personal insights from singer Richard Marx along with a photo of Richard and Robert taken in August 2000. Also includes photos of Christian & Shane Conrad & Leonard Falk (Robert's father), along with sound clips of Robert Conrad's recorded songs

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