The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Avaricious Actuary 

When vibrations from a giant tuning fork destroy the palatial homes of extremely wealthy businessmen, Jim and Artie are called in to investigate.


Irving J. Moore


Michael Garrison (creator), Henry Sharp




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Harold Gould ... John Taney
Emily Banks ... Arden Masterson
Ross Elliott ... General Caswell
Jenny Maxwell ... Billie
Steve Gravers ... Durkin
Tol Avery ... Asa Dempster
Sydney Smith ... Tycoon
Lou Krugman Lou Krugman ... Maitre d'Hotel
Fritz Feld ... Chef
Judi Sherven Judi Sherven ... Cora Lister
Sharon Cintron Sharon Cintron ... Girl #1
Linda Cooper Linda Cooper ... Girl #2
Barbara Hemingway Barbara Hemingway ... Fat Lady


When vibrations from a giant tuning fork destroy the palatial homes of extremely wealthy businessmen, Jim and Artie are called in to investigate.

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Release Date:

6 December 1968 (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?


While filming and rehearsal the episode, Ross Martin tosses the rifle aside to run, but the rifle hit the wall and bounced back into his path. He tripped over the rifle and broke his leg. He was quickly replaced by someone else, who finished his scene. See more »


When West is attacked in the Arcade Warehouse, the tight black pants of one of the thugs rip straight up the rear, revealing his white underwear. See more »


John Taney: What the devil...?
Artemus Gordon: No, sir. Secret Service.
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West's Big Fork
2 May 2008 | by paulbraschSee all my reviews

A giant fork is destroying mansions and the boys become involved trying to figure out who's behind it. A great episode with Ross Martin shining as an uppity waiter carving tooth picks for an unsavory guest.

Harold Gould who would later go on to be the bad guy in Mel Brook's 'Silent Movie', is the guest villain and we also get a terrific appearance from Fritz Feld who gets to pop his mouth like in every other TV show he appeared in such as Lost in Space.

The action skips around and West and Arte get to go on a date at the end. Watch for the henchman rip his pants right up the backside as West punches him.

You can't miss it.

Unfortunately Gordon would injure himself in this episode and miss a few episodes

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