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

After witnessing the total destruction of a town called Tonka Flats, agents West and Gordon receive a further threat to destroy the city of Denver. Demanding a ransom, Dr. Horace Humphries,... See full summary »

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)

Writers:

Michael Garrison (creator), Robert E. Kent
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Robert Duvall ... Dr. Horace Humphries
Lisa Gaye ... Lana Benson
Kurt Kreuger ... Alex Heindorf
John Alderson John Alderson ... Clive Marchmount
Joseph Ruskin ... Felice Munez
George Keymas ... Silvio Balya
Edward Knight Edward Knight ... General Lassiter
Gene Tyburn Gene Tyburn ... Felton
Lynn Wood ... Mother
Michele Tobin Michele Tobin ... Bonnie
Michael Shea Michael Shea ... Boy
William Phipps ... Marshal
Warren Hammack Warren Hammack ... Soldier
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After witnessing the total destruction of a town called Tonka Flats, agents West and Gordon receive a further threat to destroy the city of Denver. Demanding a ransom, Dr. Horace Humphries, alias "The Falcon", plans to fire a single shell from a falcon-shaped cannon toward this western city. West and Gordon go to an underground hideout in search of the destructive cannon. But once inside, the agents discover syndicate leaders from foreign countries bidding to purchase the massive weapon for their own use. Written by Tiff Banks

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1967 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Robert Duvall, who plays "The Falcon", threatens to fire the cannon to blow up Denver, Colorado, which during the era this show is set, went from 4,759 people in 1870 to 35,629 ten years later, making it the 50th largest city in the United States. Lisa Gaye (Lana Benson) was born in Denver. See more »

Goofs

When West fires his Derringer to string the wire during the 'negotiations', it made no noise. In reality, they would have heard the shot and realized he was in the room. See more »

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A Direct Hit
21 January 2008 | by a_l_i_e_nSee all my reviews

The agents must locate a super cannon capable of destroying an entire city.

A motley crew of international criminals bid on a megalomaniac's doomsday weapon. In order to crash the auction, Arte passes himself off as adeceased South American crime lord while West attempts to enter the Falcon's nest through a booby-trapped entrance.

As the smiling bad guy Felice Munez, Ross Martin displays both arrogant machismo as well as "extra-ordinary" charm. His fellow bidders include a monocle-wearing German munitions merchant, an Eastern opium pusher and a British gentleman thug with a switch blade in his walking stick. Playing the evil Falcon is none other than a pre-fame Robert Duvall. And though it doesn't have any lines, playing just as pivotal a role in this episode is the super cannon everyone wants to get their hands on. Few moments in the history of "Wild, Wild West" can match the impact of the moment in which the enormous weapon (beautifully designed in the shape of a giant falcon) makes it grand entrance trundling out from behind massive doors as assembled characters, quite appropriately gaze in awe of it's grandeur. Of all the props ever built for "Wild, Wild West", the falcon cannon is surely the most impressive.

While much of this big-scale episode works very well, there is the odd misstep here and there as when West knocks out a guard who appears for a moment to be unsure if he was supposed to go down while in another scene an aging bad guy shakes off two attacking henchmen with unlikely ease. Also, the sight of the Falcon's headquarters in flames looks terribly unconvincing by today's standards. However, such flaws do little to diminish the impact of this superior entry, and coming in a season where stories seemed to concentrate on western themes at the expense of the "wild" component, "The Night Of The Falcon" delivers both with pinpoint accuracy.


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