The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Headless Woman 

West and Gordon investigate a plot by an international cotton syndicate to decimate America's cotton crops using boll weevils.


Alan Crosland Jr.


Michael Garrison (creator), Edward J. Lakso


Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
Richard Anderson ... Commissioner James Jeffers
John McLiam ... Tucker
Theodore Marcuse ... Abdul Hassan (as Theo Marcuse)
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Ringo
Harry Lauter ... Marshal
Quentin Sondergaard Quentin Sondergaard ... Driver (as Quent Sondergaard)
Don Rizzan Don Rizzan ... Grooves
Pepe Callahan Pepe Callahan ... Jon
Marlene Tracy Marlene Tracy ... Joanne
Sandra Wells ... Mary
Marina Ghane ... Fatima
Lou Straley Lou Straley ... Swanson
Dawn Wells ... Betsy Jeffers




When a lady passenger on a stage turns out to be a mannequin full of boll weevils, agents West and Gordon investigate. West finds the man behind the operation - Abdul Hassan - who reveals he is spreading the weevils throughout the country to ruin the nation's cotton crops and replace them with his own, thereby controlling the cotton market. The abduction of the San Francisco Commissioner of Harbors' daughter complicates things further, and West and Gordon search the docks for clues to the syndicate's secrets. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Sadly, actor Theo Marcuse (Abdul Hassan) did not live to see this episode broadcast. The 47-year-old actor died in a car accident on November 29, 1967. See more »


In the fight scene during Jim's initial escape referred to earlier, he is fighting with one hand because he's holding on to some papers. Then he's at the cupola without the papers and his bolero jacket is too short to have concealed them in an inside pocket. He is also now wearing his hat. Then when he rides down the zip line he no longer has it. See more »

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Theo Marcuse's final performance.
13 April 2010 | by zorob1-1See all my reviews

A sad piece of trivia. Theo Marcuse was killed in a car wreck during production of this episode on 11-29-67. It is obvious it a different actor in several scenes as a stand in Mr. Marcuse did not complete. A talented versatile actor. Everyone involved in episode does admirable job in their roles. Amazing to see similar sets used on several different westerns at the time. Gunsmoke, Big Valley, even Gilligans Island were all filmed on same lot. Dawn Wells proved she looked hot in anything she wore in any period piece. Could see the development of Conrad's talent during run of the series. He continued to improve as an actor. Ross Martin along with Martin Landau from MISSION IMPOSSIBLE were in my opinion the two best actors on television at the time.

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5 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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