History Trivia / TheWildWildWest

11th Nov '17 12:53:40 PM Maddoxsort
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* CBS planned to do more than just two post-series movies with yearly revivals of the show, but unfortunately, Ross Martin's earlier heart attack was a sign of declining cardiac health and he suffered another one in 1981 after the previous film, this one being fatal, after pushing his luck during a tennis match with the knowledge his heart could give out, which it did. This caused CBS to scupper the idea, and Robert Conrad had noted that while he liked doing the films he didn't like how many restrictions that CBS placed on everyone and that they didn't reach the level of the original show.

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* CBS planned to do more than just two post-series movies with yearly revivals of the show, but unfortunately, Ross Martin's earlier heart attack was a sign of declining cardiac health and he suffered another one in 1981 after the previous film, this one being fatal, after pushing his luck during a tennis match with the knowledge his heart could give out, which it did. This caused CBS to scupper the idea, and Robert Conrad had noted that while he liked doing the films he didn't like how many restrictions that CBS placed on everyone and that they didn't reach the level of quality seen in the original show.
11th Nov '17 12:53:26 PM Maddoxsort
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* CBS planned to do more than just two post-series movies with yearly revivals of the show, but unfortunately, Ross Martin's earlier heart attack was a sign of declining cardiac health and he suffered another one in 1981 after the previous film, this one being fatal. This caused CBS to scupper the idea, and Robert Conrad had noted that while he liked doing the films he didn't like how many restrictions that CBS placed on everyone and that they didn't reach the level of the original show.

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* CBS planned to do more than just two post-series movies with yearly revivals of the show, but unfortunately, Ross Martin's earlier heart attack was a sign of declining cardiac health and he suffered another one in 1981 after the previous film, this one being fatal.fatal, after pushing his luck during a tennis match with the knowledge his heart could give out, which it did. This caused CBS to scupper the idea, and Robert Conrad had noted that while he liked doing the films he didn't like how many restrictions that CBS placed on everyone and that they didn't reach the level of the original show.
11th Nov '17 12:51:29 PM Maddoxsort
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* CBS planned to do more than just two post-series movies with yearly revivals of the show, but unfortunately, Ross Martin's earlier heart attack was a sign of declining cardiac health and he suffered another one in 1981 after the previous film, this one being fatal. This caused CBS to scupper the idea, and Robert Conrad had noted that while he liked doing the films he didn't like how many restrictions that CBS placed on everyone and that they didn't reach the level of the original show.
12th Mar '17 5:05:12 PM Eagal
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* TheEveryman: This was originally intended to be Artemus Gordon's role in the show; it was felt that a Franchise/JamesBond-type character in a continuing TV series wouldn't be relatable enough without some kind of audience surrogate. The surrogate could also be used to provide West with his supply of gadgets, killing two birds with one stone. However, as the series developed, so did Artie's character, and this particular trait went by the wayside.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: John Kneubuhl, one of the series' regular writers (in its first two seasons), wanted to write an episode specifically for Liberace to guest star in. Michael Garrison loved the idea - as did Liberace himself - but as Kneubuhl told Susan Kesler in her book about the series, "[[ExecutiveMeddling CBS killed the idea right then and there]]" (for reasons due to Garrison's homosexuality).

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John Kneubuhl, one of the series' regular writers (in its first two seasons), wanted to write an episode specifically for Liberace to guest star in. Michael Garrison loved the idea - as did Liberace himself - but as Kneubuhl told Susan Kesler in her book about the series, "[[ExecutiveMeddling CBS killed the idea right then and there]]" (for reasons due to Garrison's homosexuality).homosexuality).
** Artemus Gordon's role in the show was originally intended to be TheEveryman; it was felt that a Franchise/JamesBond-type character in a continuing TV series wouldn't be relatable enough without some kind of audience surrogate. The surrogate could also be used to provide West with his supply of gadgets, killing two birds with one stone. However, as the series developed, so did Artie's character, and this particular trait went by the wayside.
12th Mar '17 5:04:01 PM Eagal
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* TheCastShowoff: Robert Conrad really (and often literally) threw himself into the fight scenes, so much so that he was prone to splitting his pants (something not always fixed in the editing room - see "The Night of the Pistoleros"). Ross Martin actually called his own role "a showoff's showcase."
3rd Apr '16 8:01:56 AM Tarlonniel
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** A large number of recognizable faces turn up in guest roles during the course of the series, often as the VillainOfTheWeek or the GirlOfTheWeek. Among those that appear are Michael Dunn, Richard Kiel, Victor Buono, Suzanne Pleshette, Robert Loggia, Jeff Corey, Creator/LeslieNielsen, Katherine Ross, Elisha Cook Jr., Martin Landau, Burgess Meredith, Creator/YvonneCraig, Richard Jaeckel... and that's just the first season.
** Messrs. Loggia, Corey and Jaeckel turn up in later seasons as well.
** Also, Jackie Coogan (''Series/TheAddamsFamily'''s Uncle Fester) is a cowardly sheriff and a hypnotised Mayor ("The Night of the Cut-Throats" and "The Night of the Winged Terror, Part 1" respectively).
** Yes, that's a young Creator/RichardPryor as one of Count Manzeppi's henchmen in "The Night of the Eccentrics."
7th Mar '16 4:17:27 PM MarkLungo
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** There's an in-universe example with Sammy Davis Jr.'s character in "The Night of the Returning Dead," who ostensibly speaks with a Barbados accent on his first appearance - except that, well... see Creator/RicardoMontalban above.

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** There's an in-universe example with Sammy Davis Jr.'s Creator/SammyDavisJr's character in "The Night of the Returning Dead," who ostensibly speaks with a Barbados accent on his first appearance - except that, well... see Creator/RicardoMontalban above.
7th Mar '16 4:00:48 PM Exxolon
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** All over the place, particularly Filipina actress Pilar Seurat as a very un-Chinese-looking Chinese princess in "The Night The Dragon Screamed," Paul Wallace doing an [[FakeBrit English accent]] that isn't even good enough to be called excruciating in "The Night of the Eccentrics" and Ricardo Montalban as a Confederate Army colonel in "The Night of the Lord of Limbo." (And this being Ricardo Montalban, [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent he doesn't even bother with an accent]].)
** There's an in-universe example with Sammy Davis Jr.'s character in "The Night of the Returning Dead," who ostensibly speaks with a Barbados accent on his first appearance - except that, well... see Ricardo Montalban above.

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** All over the place, particularly Filipina actress Pilar Seurat as a very un-Chinese-looking Chinese princess in "The Night The Dragon Screamed," Paul Wallace doing an [[FakeBrit English accent]] that isn't even good enough to be called excruciating in "The Night of the Eccentrics" and Ricardo Montalban Creator/RicardoMontalban as a Confederate Army colonel in "The Night of the Lord of Limbo." (And this being Ricardo Montalban, Creator/RicardoMontalban, [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent he doesn't even bother with an accent]].)
** There's an in-universe example with Sammy Davis Jr.'s character in "The Night of the Returning Dead," who ostensibly speaks with a Barbados accent on his first appearance - except that, well... see Ricardo Montalban Creator/RicardoMontalban above.
15th Jan '16 3:04:36 AM Anddrix
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** Ross Martin was sadly never allowed to ''fully'' unleash his MasterOfDisguise skills, thanks to [[ViewersAreMorons worries about "confused" viewers]].

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** Ross Martin was sadly never allowed to ''fully'' unleash his MasterOfDisguise skills, thanks to [[ViewersAreMorons worries about "confused" viewers]].viewers.
13th Jan '16 8:16:56 PM ultimomant
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** A large number of recogizable faces turn up in guest roles during the course of the series, often as the VillainOfTheWeek or the GirlOfTheWeek. Among those that appear are Michael Dunn, Richard Kiel, Victor Buono, Suzanne Pleshette, Robert Loggia, Jeff Corey, Creator/LeslieNielsen, Katherine Ross, Elisha Cook Jr., Martin Landau, Burgess Meredith, Yvonne Craig, Richard Jaeckel... and that's just the first season.

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** A large number of recogizable recognizable faces turn up in guest roles during the course of the series, often as the VillainOfTheWeek or the GirlOfTheWeek. Among those that appear are Michael Dunn, Richard Kiel, Victor Buono, Suzanne Pleshette, Robert Loggia, Jeff Corey, Creator/LeslieNielsen, Katherine Ross, Elisha Cook Jr., Martin Landau, Burgess Meredith, Yvonne Craig, Creator/YvonneCraig, Richard Jaeckel... and that's just the first season.
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