The Wild Wild West : Synopsis, Pictures, Photos, Trivia, Filming Locations
The Wild Wild West - Trivia
The Night of the Sabatini Death contains several "Gilligan's Island" (1964) in-jokes. Both Jim Backus (Mr. Howell) and Alan Hale Jr. (the Skipper) are cast in the episode. At the end of the episode, when Hale's character departs on a vacation, he claims to be going off to a "deserted island." A bit of the Gilligan's Island theme is played in the background.
Charles Aidman was added to the cast to fill in while Ross Martin was off the show for a short time while recovering from a mild heart attack.
Rory Calhoun was originally cast to play Jim West.
We find out that Miguelito Loveless' middle name is Quixote.
Jim's birthday is 2 July 1842 and he was named after his father's brother.
Ross Martin was only seen from the waist up in "The Night of the Juggernaut," because he'd broken his leg while filming it.
Jim and Artie had two different trains. The first was a dark-paneled model used in the seasons the show was filmed in B&W. The second was a more functional model decorated in green and gold. It's this train, which houses the unique gadgets associated with the show, that most people remember.
Jim West was a captain in the army before he joined the Secret Service.
The series was ultimately canceled due to CBS being uncomfortable with the "excessive" violence of the series, rather than declining ratings.
Though Richard Markowitz wrote the theme, he wasn't credited for it on any episode of the series (or on the 1999 movie).
The name of Jim and Artemis's rail car was The Nimrod.
Miguelito means "little Michael".
Robert Conrad did all his own "fight choreography" - including the stunts - until he almost killed himself when one of them backfired. In "The Night of the Fugitives", West was supposed to sail off a balcony, grab a chandelier, and land on a bad guy below... only the timing was off, and he landed on his neck and head instead.
Robert Conrad (5'8") wore 3" heels as Jim West and the CBS casting office had orders not to hire any women over 5'6" for the show.
Ross Martin read the script. Then he did a pen and ink drawing of the character he was going to play, down to the last detail, glasses, mustached, clothes, posture, shoes, etc. Then he brought sketch to make-up man Don Schoenfeld, and together they molded his face until it looked like the drawing.
The only episode whose title doesn't begin with "The Night..." is "Night of the Casual Killer."