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The Night of the Tartar 

By order of President Grant, Agents James West and Artemus Gordon must bring Russian prisoner Rimsky to Vladivostok, Siberia, in exchange for American Vice Consul, Millard Boyer. When he ... See full summary »


Charles R. Rondeau (as Charles Rondeau)




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Jim West
Ross Martin ... Artemus Gordon
John Astin ... Count Nikolai Sazanov
Malachi Throne ... Kuprin
Susan Odin Susan Odin ... Anastasia Rimsky
Andre Philippe Andre Philippe ... Feodor Rimsky
Martin Blaine ... Millard Boyer
Walter Sande ... Col. Crockett
Chubby Johnson ... Prospector
Larry Anthony Larry Anthony ... Detective
Wendy Stuart Wendy Stuart ... Marsha
Nancy Dow Nancy Dow ... Tersa
Lola Bell Lola Bell ... Barber
Michael Panaieff Michael Panaieff ... Chekov
Louise Lawson Louise Lawson ... Miss Minnow


By order of President Grant, Agents James West and Artemus Gordon must bring Russian prisoner Rimsky to Vladivostok, Siberia, in exchange for American Vice Consul, Millard Boyer. When he tries to escape, Rimsky falls to his death forcing Gordon to disguise himself as Rimsky to complete the exchange. The Russian contact arranging the exchange has West and Gordon imprisoned with the Vice Consul instead. There, they learn that Rimsky should have returned with 5 million dollars in extortion money from wealthy Russian immigrants. Now, the corrupt Russians are waiting for Rimsky and their cut of the ill-gotten treasure. Written by Tiff Banks

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3 February 1967 (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?


West tells Sazanov "You can't send them to Alaska. You sold that to us 5 years ago.", that means the episode takes place in 1872. Alaska was purchased from Russia by the US in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. It was originally offered to the United States in 1859, but the purchase was delayed by the US Civil War. See more »


After Rimsky is kissed by Ana, Sazanov slaps Gordon/Rimsky across the face and asks where his $5M is at. Gordon fumbled with "Your $5M what?" Sazanov replies," I took great pains to free you from prison, cousin..." at which point he suddenly loses his Russian accent. He doesn't gain it back until halfway through the next sentence. See more »


Millard Boyer: [West is led into a cell of Sazanov's prison] Hello. I'm Millard Boyer, American Vice-Consul.
James T. West: I'm James West. I was sent by President Grant to rescue you.
Millard Boyer: I see. And who is the President sending to rescue you?
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Despicable Nicky
2 April 2013 | by ZebrafilSee all my reviews

John Astins character is the lowest and most glibly evil since Night of The Skulls. His noxious murder of Chekov as his sister in law dryly and amusedly looks on is infuriating. His death is a pleasure to watch but her hanging would have been nice to mention. Really this type of real evil set this show apart and may have gotten it canceled early. Nicky always bothered me a lot. Perhaps that is a compliment to his creators. Some depictions of evil haunt one for life because of what they represent. Astins Tour De Force performance does this incredibly well. So I love him and hate Nicky. Love hate syndrome. Anastasia is also a La Belle Dam Sam Merci from hell. S/M hits the prairie once more.

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