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The Wild Wild West (1965 - 1969)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool to see on episodes of TWWW, how many times they utilize the exterior set and interior set of the Barkley Manor featured on The Big Valley (1965~'69) TV western show.

Also used from time-to-time was the sound stage western town of Dodge City from Gunsmoke. Matt Dillon's jail set, and the Long Branch Saloon also pop up on TWWW episodes.

But it was the Barkley mansion that was used the most over the four-season run of TWWW.
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Just watched "The Night of the Sedgewick Curse" today from October 18, 1968; Season # 4/ Episode #4.

This remains one of my favorites episodes from the series. It has all the great WWW elements: a scary mansion, heavy wind and rain storm to add to the spooky setting, secret passages, Arty in disguises, a beautiful female guest star with Sharon Acker, and of course some wonderful fistfights for agent Jim West.

It is also notable for having two other terrific guest stars on this episode. Jay Robinson plays an unctuous and deadly medical doctor attempting to stop an aging disease at the expense of anyone else.

Jay gave a powerhouse performance as the mad emperor Caligula in "The Robe" (1953), and its sequel "Demetrius and the Gladiators." He stole both films with his stunning acting; not an easy feat when you have scenes with Richard Burton & Victor Mature.

'Judo' Gene LeBell is another marvelous guest star on this episode. Gene is an ex-world champion in wrestling and judo. Gene originated a number of the grappling techniques that are still utilized today.

He became close friends with Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.

Gene learned Jeet Kune Do from his friend Bruce; and Gene taught Bruce grappling moves.

Gene became an ace stuntman in both films and television.

He was on a film that starred martial artist Steven Seagal. He was upset at Seagal's abuse of the stunt crew on the film and confronted him about it.

Seagal was furious and attacked Gene.

Gene put Seagal into a a choke hold until Seagal was rendered unconscious. Gotta admire the hell out of Gene for that, I know that I do.

The Dodge City street set from "Gunsmoke" (1955~1975) was used as the town of Sedgewick for this episode.

The Dodge Hotel was the Sedgewick Spa where nefarious kidnappings occurred.
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