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

A religious fanatic (played by Ted Knight) warns passersby at the San Francisco harbor that the city will be destroyed because of its citizens' wild ways. When a kraken (a sea monster) ... See full summary »


Michael Caffey


Michael Garrison (creator), Stephen Kandel




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Jason Evers ... Cmdr. Beech
Ford Rainey ... Adm. Charles Hammond
Anthony Caruso ... Jose Aguila
Ted Knight ... Daniel
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Bartender #1 (as Gregg Martel)
Brent Davis Brent Davis ... Lt. Dave Bartlett
Claudio Miranda Claudio Miranda ... Bartender #2
Larry Grant Larry Grant ... Aide
Bill Baldwin ... Workman
Marj Dusay ... Dolores Hammond


A religious fanatic (played by Ted Knight) warns passersby at the San Francisco harbor that the city will be destroyed because of its citizens' wild ways. When a kraken (a sea monster) attacks at a pier, West tears off a piece of its tail, which is man-made. Gordon investigates by going undercover as an old salt, while West works with the U.S. Navy. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

1 November 1968 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Dodge City exterior set from Gunsmoke (1955) is unrecognizable in its redress as the San Francisco waterfront in the opening act. At least not until West enters the familiar Longbranch saloon interior. In one of the more creative uses of the Dodge City sets, a seedy waterfront bar is created using what appears to be the Dodge livery stable. See more »


After the 'missile' is launched, West is on the launch control platform, and escapes the bad guys by using a convenient rope to swing off the platform to the air-lock doorway. During the sequence shown through the air-lock door, West swings to a point above and to the right side of the door (from the viewer's point-of-view). However, when West drops down to escape, he comes from above and to the left side of the door - obviously a stuntman did the rope swing, and West dropped down from just above the door. See more »

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Watery West
1 May 2008 | by paulbraschSee all my reviews

I've always loved the stories of this show when they take place in San Francisco down on the water front. Of course it's not really San Francisco but a Paramount set in LA but the atmosphere they achieved was wonderful.

Add to that a sea monster destroying ships, Arte in his sea man disguise, West using ancient diving equipment and Ted Knight from the Mary Tyler Moore Show lurking around as a doomsayer and you've got yourself a wildly entertaining show.

The show was also written by Stephen Kandel who wrote episodes for just about every TV show that ever existed from Batman to The Incredible Hulk.

Unfortunately this was his only Wild Wild West script but it's a good one.

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