The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Howling Light 

Jim and Arte must deliver a message of peace to Chief Ho-Tami, head of the Indian tribes. Dr. Arcularis captures Jim in an attempt to stop the treaty signing.


Paul Wendkos


Henry Sharp, Michael Garrison (creator)




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Sam Wanamaker ... Dr. Arcularis
Scott Marlowe ... Ahkeema
Ralph Moody ... Ho-Tami
E.J. André ... Hospital Superintendent
Ottola Nesmith ... Maggie Lafarge
Don Kennedy Don Kennedy ... Hale - Junior Officer
Robert Bice ... Captain
Dan Riss ... Naval Officer
Roy Barcroft ... Sikes
Linda Marsh ... Indra


Jim and Arte must deliver a message of peace to Chief Ho-Tami, head of the Indian tribes. Dr. Arcularis captures Jim in an attempt to stop the treaty signing.

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Release Date:

17 December 1965 (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 vase destroyed in this episode is identical to the one that is destroyed in The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Torture Chamber (1965). See more »


When West is handed the gun the first time by the doctor, he fires three times. On the first and third shot, the small explosion that happens at the end of the barrel when a round is triggered occurs. On the second shot, there is nothing that comes out the end of the barrel. Likely caused by a misfire, which no sound would have occurred. See more »


Dr. Arcularis: [Addressing the cornered James West] What are those lovely words from Ecclesiastes? I always forget them.
James T. West: "A time to weep, and a time to laugh"?
Dr. Arcularis: Ah. My favorite is, "A time to be born, and a time to die."
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The mad Pavlovian doctor
24 January 2013 | by souther02See all my reviews

I have this season on disc(25 shows) and this is one of Robert Conrad's favorite shows. It is also one of my favorite shows.

I want to point out that at the beginning of each show there is a little "debriefing" by James West himself. I also want to point out that if you do not want to know anything about the story, do not listen to Robert Conrad's introduction. In my mind, that intro is full of spoilers.

The madman in the "The Howling Light" is a scientist and technically a clinical psychologist. A cruel, sick, Pavlovian behaviorist. The other guest star is a Native American, most likely educated in American schools, yet a vehement man who does not like whites. Probably despises them, but does not like Ocularis much either.


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