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"The Wild Wild West" The Night of the Sedgewick Curse (TV Episode 1968) Poster

Goofs

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Factual errors 

When Artie is locked in the steam room, Artie acts as if the doorknob is very hot. Based on where the steam vents are (on the other side of the room), if the knob had become as hot as it appeared to be, Artie would probably already have been burned to death.
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Redmond was said to have a rare blood disorder named "Lubbock's Distemper," named for the Swedish scientist who isolated the disease about 25 years prior to the era of the episode. Lubbock's Distemper is, in fact, a non-existent condition.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the bedroom fight, Jim throws one thug into a chest at the foot of the bed, breaking the chest and knocking the thug out. The thug disappears for the rest of the fight, although the chest remains damaged.

The thug with the light tan pants and black vest is kicked and falls unconscious into the broken chest, lid open, falling closed (at 35:33); after another thug is knocked across the bed and falls over the broken chest, lid now closed (at 35:47), Jim moves the chest (at 35:49) and the thug's boot and pant leg are clearly visible within the broken chest (for a full 2 seconds). He quite CLEARLY has NOT disappeared. He's in the chest, visible the entire scene.
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Revealing mistakes 

When practicing his ventriloquism, Artie was not really speaking for the dummy. Most of the time, his mouth is completely closed - when speaking for their dummies, ventriloquists must still have their lips open in order for the words to come out clearly enough for listeners to understand.
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During the stunt where Jim rescues Lavinia in the runaway carriage, it is clear that stunt people are standing in for both actors, being noticeably larger and heavier.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When Maitland explains the aging effects of the drug to Jim, Jessica says that one hour is like a year. However, Maitland then says that a young man becomes middle-aged in two hours. Two hours would not make a young man middle-aged.
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When Artie feigned being drugged, the henchmen loaded him into a harp case, with his back against the open (angled) side - not the hinged side. When they loaded the case onto the wagon, they loaded it with the hinged side down, which would have (if he had really been drugged) caused him to fall face-down against the hinged side of the case. If they wanted to be sure he remained alive, they would have loaded the case onto the wagon with in such a way that Artie would have been on his back. The way they loaded the case onto the wagon would have risked him suffocating, because he could have fallen forward in such a way as to cut off his ability to breathe.
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Continuity 

In the closing scene, when Jessica wheels out the aged Lavinia, it is really the younger (Sharon Acker) in aged make-up. When they show her close up, it is another, older actress, Almira Sessions.
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Factual errors 

People "suffering" from Lubbock's Distemper causes a blood condition identical to Ephemerida, another fake disease where the sufferers age rapidly, "old and useless 40, and death follows shortly after."
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