The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Human Trigger 

Jim and Arte investigate a rash of earthquakes. They discover a mad scientist named Professor Orkney Cadwallader is using nitroglycerin to set off the disasters.


Justus Addiss


Norman Katkov, Michael Garrison (creator)




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Burgess Meredith ... Orkney Cadwallader
Kathie Browne ... Faith Cadwallader
Gregg Palmer ... Thaddeus
Robert Phillips ... Sam
Michael Masters ... Hercules (as Mike Masters)
Virginia Sale ... Aunt Martha
C. Lindsay Workman ... Bartender (as Lindsay Workman)
Hank Patterson ... Porter Richards
William Henry ... Sheriff
Vernon Scott Vernon Scott ... Clerk


After two Wyoming towns suffer devastating earthquakes, Jim and Artie travel to Sentinel, where fliers have circulated warning of the next quake. When that quake strikes as predicted, the agents realize that someone can create earthquakes whenever and wherever he wishes. They must discover who and how before the madman levels the Wyoming territory! Written by CommanderBalok

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Release Date:

3 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?


This episode contains much more humor than the other ones of the entire show. See more »


In a scene near the beginning West refers to the cavalry as the "calvary." See more »


Orkney Cadwallader: I hate clever men!
Faith Cadwallader: I hate you, father!
Orkney Cadwallader: That's a very healthy symptom, my daughter! When you can transfer those violent emotions from me to a suitable young man, your future happiness will be assured.
Faith Cadwallader: [Exasperated] Father!
Orkney Cadwallader: You know, earlier you were Antigone, and now you've become Electra. You've run the whole gamut of Greek drama!
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Edited from Conquest of Space (1955) See more »

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Falls Flat
1 May 2016 | by uber_geekSee all my reviews

Even Burgess Meredith can't help this one.

Meredith plays an absent-minded heavy who is saddled with two sons who are dumb as a box of rocks. As much as I normally love WWW's crazy plot twists with megalomaniac world conquerors, this one falls as flat as Orkney Cadwallader (Meredith)'s plot to seize control by causing earthquakes.

In addition to his sons, he has a daughter who is clever, but is also preoccupied with finding a proper suitor. She spends most of her time either fawning over West or wanting to kill him. There's no love lost on her father, either, whom she sees a limiting the number of potential beaus.

Most of the early episodes were well written, but this one fizzles out like wet dynamite.

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