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Wild Wild West. ()IMDb h 41minX-Ray. US Marshall, Jim West, and inventor Artemus Gordon have been teamed up by President Ulysses S. Grant. Jetzt liegt alle Hoffnung von Präsident Grant auf dem erfindungsreichen U.S. Marshal Artemus Gordon und dem legendären Revolverhelden "West. Jim West"! Die beiden Agenten James West und der Marshal Artemus Gordon könnten unterschiedlicher nicht sein. Doch gemeinsam müssen sie dem US-Präsidenten helfen, das Verschwinden von mehreren Top-Wissenschaftlern aufzuklären. Sie stoßen auf den.

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Episodes Seasons. Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 nominations. Edit Cast Complete series cast summary: Robert Conrad Jim West episodes, Ross Martin Artemus Gordon episodes, Dick Cangey Learn more More Like This.

Action Adventure Comedy. Black Sheep Squadron — Action Adventure Drama. Comedy Western Adventure. Mission: Impossible — Action Adventure Crime.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea — The Man from U. Daniel Boone — Adventure Western. It Takes a Thief — Mannix — Action Crime Drama.

The Time Tunnel — Action Adventure Sci-Fi. The Rat Patrol — Action Drama War. Edit Storyline James West and Artemus Gordon are two agents of President Grant who take their splendidly appointed private train through the west to fight evil.

Taglines: Home on the range was never like this. In color. Edit Did You Know? Though several actors appeared in different villainous roles, only one other character had a second encounter with West and Gordon: Count Manzeppi, played flamboyantly by Victor Buono.

Buono played a different villain in the pilot episode. Manzeppi was a diabolical genius of "black magic" and crime, who—like Dr.

Loveless—had an escape plan at the end. Henry Messenger", a parody of Henry Kissinger. While the show's writers created their fair share of villains, they often started with the nefarious, stylized and sometimes anachronistic inventions of these madmen or madwomen , and then wrote the episodes around these devices.

Henry Sharp, the series' story consultant, would sketch the preliminaries of the designs eccentrically numbering every sketch "fig. Wells , and Jules Verne.

In Ratoff and Michael Garrison formed a production company to make a "Casino Royale" film, with Ratoff set to direct and 20th Century Fox set to distribute.

Production stalled when Ratoff and Garrison could not obtain financing. Western novelist and screenwriter Clair Huffaker also worked on the concept.

It was his idea, for example, to have a secret agent named Jim West who would perform secret missions for President Ulysses S.

Ralston later sued Warner Bros. As indicated by Robert Conrad on his DVD commentary, the show went through several producers in its first season.

This was apparently due to conflicts between the network and Garrison, who had no experience producing for television and had trouble staying on budget.

At first, Ben Brady was named producer, but he was shifted to Rawhide , which had its own crisis when star Eric Fleming quit at the end of the season.

Rawhide lasted another thirteen episodes before it was cancelled by CBS. The network then hired Collier Young. The Rogues , which he had produced, was about con men who swindled swindlers, much like the s series Switch.

Young also claimed to have added the wry second "Wild" to the series title, which had been simply "The Wild West" in its early stages of production.

Conrad was not sorry to see Young go: "I don't mind. All that guy did creatively was put the second 'wild' in the title. CBS did the right thing.

Young's replacement, Fred Freiberger , returned the series to its original concept. It was on his watch that writer John Kneubuhl , inspired by a magazine article about Michael Dunn , created the arch-villain Dr.

Miguelito Loveless. Phoebe Dorin, who played Loveless' assistant, Antoinette, recalled: "Michael Garrison came to see [our] nightclub act when he was in New York.

Garrison said to himself, 'Michael Dunn would make the most extraordinary villain. People have never seen anything like him before, and he's a fabulous little actor and he's funny as hell.

He came backstage and he told us who he was and he said he was going to do a television show called The Wild Wild West and we would be called.

We thought, 'Yeah, yeah, we've heard all that before. And that's how it started, because he saw the nightclub act. The character became an immediate hit and Dunn was contracted to appear in four episodes per season.

Because of health problems, however, Dunn only appeared in 10 episodes instead of After ten episodes 5—14 , Freiberger and executive producer Michael Garrison were, according to Variety, "unceremoniously dumped," reputedly due to a behind-the-scenes power struggle.

Garrison was replaced by Phillip Leacock, the executive producer of Gunsmoke , and Freiberger was supplanted by John Mantley, an associate producer on Gunsmoke.

The exchange stunned both cast and crew. He turned the matter over to his attorneys. Freiberger said, "I was fired for accomplishing what I had been hired to do.

I was hired to pull the show together when it was in chaos. Let's face it, the show is healthy.

I think Fred Freiberger is totally correct in his concept of the show. It's an administrative change, for what reason I don't know.

Mantley produced seven 15—21 episodes then returned to his former position on Gunsmoke , and Gene L. Coon took over as associate producer.

By then, Garrison's conflict with CBS was resolved and he returned to the executive producer role.

Coon left after six episodes 22—27 to write First to Fight , a Warner Bros. Garrison produced the last episode of season one and the initial episodes of season two.

Garrison's return was much to the relief of Ross Martin, who once revealed that he was so disenchanted during the first season that he tried to quit three times.

He explained that Garrison "saw the show as a Bond spoof laid in , and we all knew where we stood.

Each new producer tried to put his stamp on the show and I had a terrible struggle. I fought them line by line in every script.

They knew they couldn't change the James West role very much, but it was open season on Artemus Gordon because they had never seen anything like him before.

On August 17, , however, during production of the new season's ninth episode, "The Night of the Ready-Made Corpse", Garrison fell down a flight of stairs in his home, fractured his skull, and died.

When he was tapped for The Wild Wild West, Lansbury was working with his twin brother, Edgar , producing legitimate theater on Broadway.

The first season's episodes were filmed in black and white, and they were darker in tone. The acre lot was formerly the home of Republic Studios , which specialized in low-budget films including Westerns starring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and Saturday morning serials which The Wild Wild West appropriately echoed.

In the mids the western streets and sets were replaced with new sound stages and urban facades, including the New York streets seen in Seinfeld.

In the lagoon set that was originally constructed for Gilligan's Island was paved over to create a parking lot.

Footage of this train, with a 5 replacing the 3 on its number plate, was shot in Jamestown, California.

When The Wild Wild West went into series production, however, an entirely different train was employed.

The locomotive, a named the Inyo, was built in by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. The Inyo, as well as the express car and the passenger car, originally served the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Nevada.

Footage of the Inyo in motion and idling was shot around Menifee, California , and reused in virtually every episode. Stock footage of Sierra No.

These trains were used only for exterior shots. Neither Stage 6 or the western streets still exist. The State of Nevada purchased the Inyo in ; it was restored to vintage, including a wider smoke stack and a new pilot cow catcher without a drop coupler.

The express car No. For its role as "The Wanderer" in the film, the engine was sent to the steam shops at the Strasburg Rail Road for restoration and repainting.

The Wild Wild West featured numerous, often anachronistic, gadgets. Some were recurring devices, such as West's sleeve gun or a breakaway derringer hidden in his left and right boot heels.

Others appeared in only a single episode. The main title theme was written by Richard Markowitz , who previously composed the theme for the TV series The Rebel.

He was brought in after the producers rejected two attempts by film composer Dimitri Tiomkin. That took it away from the serious kind of thing that Tiomkin was trying to do What I did essentially was write two themes: the rhythmic, contemporary theme, Fender bass and brushes, that vamp, for the cartoon effects and for West's getting himself out of trouble, and the heraldic western outdoor theme over that, so that the two worked together.

Markowitz, however, was never credited for his theme in any episode; it is believed [ by whom?

Markowitz did receive "music composed and conducted by" credits for episodes he'd scored such as "The Night of the Bars of Hell" and "The Night of the Raven" or where he supplied the majority of tracked-in cues for example in "The Night of the Grand Emir" and "The Night of the Gypsy Peril".

He finally received "theme by" credit on both of the TV movies, which were scored by Jeff Alexander rather than Markowitz few personnel from the series were involved with the TV movies.

The animated title sequence was another unique element of the series. The screen was divided into four corner panels abutting a narrow central panel that contained a cartoon "hero".

In the three seasons shot in color, the overall backdrop was an abstracted wash of the flag of the United States , with the upper left panel colored blue and the others containing horizontal red stripes.

Each episode had four acts. At the end of each act, the scene, usually a cliffhanger moment, would freeze, and a sketch or photograph of the scene faded in to replace the cartoon art in one of the four corner panels.

The style of freeze-frame art changed over the course of the series. In all first-season episodes other than the pilot, the panels were live-action stills made to evoke 19th-century engravings.

In season two the first in color the scenes dissolved to tinted stills; from "The Night of the Flying Pie Plate" on, however, the panels were home to Warhol -like serigraphs of the freeze-frames.

The end credits were displayed over each episode's unique mosaic of scenes. In the final season, however, a generic design was used under the end credits.

Curiously, in this design, the bank robber is unconscious, the cardsharp has no card and the lady is on the ground, but the sixshooter in the upper left-hand panel has returned.

The freeze-frame graphics were shot at a facility called Format Animation. During the first season, the series title "The Wild Wild West" was set in the font Barnum, [34] which resembles the newer font P.

In subsequent seasons, the title appeared in a hand-drawn version of the font Dolphin which resembles newer fonts called Zebrawood, Circus, and Rodeo Clown.

Robert Conrad's name was also set in this font. Ross Martin's name was set in the font Bracelet which resembles newer fonts named Tuscan Ornate and Romantiques.

All episode titles, writer and director credits, guest cast and crew credits were set in Barnum.

The series is generally set during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant from —77; occasional episodes indicate a more precise date:. Some episodes were considered violent for their time and that, rather than low ratings ultimately was the series' downfall.

In addition to gunplay, there were usually two fight sequences per episode. After Conrad suffered a concussion falling from a chandelier in "The Night of the Fugitives," the network insisted that he defer to a stunt double.

Often, George would start a stunt, such as a high fall or a dive through a window then land behind boxes or off camera where Conrad was hidden and waiting to seamlessly complete the action.

This same ploy was often used by Ross Martin and Bob Herron. This common stunt technique is known by filmmakers as "The Texas Switch.

It was hazardous work. Hughes recalled, "We had a lot of crashes. We used to say, 'Roll the cameras and call the ambulances!

Robert Conrad: 6-inch fracture of the skull, high temporal concussion, partial paralysis. Ross Martin: broken leg. A broken skull for Red West.

Broken leg for Jimmy George. Broken arm for Jack Skelly. And Michael Dunn: head injury and a spinal sprain.

He did his own stunts. And on and on. Following the assassinations of Dr. One of the questions it tackled was if violence on television was a contributing factor to violence in American society.

This also included graphic news coverage of the Vietnam War. The television networks, anticipating these allegations, moved to curtail violence on their entertainment programs before the start of the season.

However, despite a CBS mandate to tone down the mayhem, "The Night of the Egyptian Queen" aired November 15, contains perhaps the series' most ferocious barroom brawl.

A later memo attached to the shooting script of "The Night of Miguelito's Revenge" aired December 13, reads: "Note to Directors: The producer respectfully asks that no violent acts be shot which are not depicted in the script or discussed beforehand.

Most particularly stay away from gratuitous ad-libs, such as slaps, pointing of firearms or other weapons at characters especially in close quarters , kicks and the use of furniture and other objects in fight scenes.

James West rarely wears a gun in these episodes, and rather than the usual fisticuffs, fight sequences involved tossing, tackling or body blocking the villains.

The most caustic of the commissioners, Rep. Hale Boggs D-La. Three months later, in March , Sen. John O. Pastore D-R.

Congress's concern was shared by the public: in a nationwide poll, After being excoriated by the two committees, networks scrambled to expunge violence from their programming.

The Wild Wild West received its cancellation notice in mid-February, even before Pastore's committee convened. It was seen by the network as a gesture of good intentions.

Conrad denounced Pastore for many years but in other interviews he admitted that it probably was time to cancel the series because he felt that he and the stunt men were pushing their luck.

He also believed the role had hurt his craft. I jumped off roofs and spent all my time with the stuntmen instead of other actors.

I thought that's what the role demanded. That role had no dimension other than what it was—a caricature of a performance. It was a comic strip character.

It was reasonably popular but has not been seen on British terrestrial television since the early s. Curiously, none of these featured Dr.

CBS-TV was never really very eager to cancel this series, since over a four-year run that began in the Wild Wild West had been a solid winner in the ratings.

Cancellation came mainly because CBS officials were concerned about the criticism over televised violence and to a lesser degree because Robert Conrad had grown slightly weary of the role of James West.

None of the replacements have done nearly as well and, as a result, all of the Friday programs suffered. That fall, CBS put the program into syndication , giving it new life on local stations across the country.

This further antagonized the anti-violence lobby, since the program was now broadcast weekdays and often after school. The suit said the series "contains fictionalized violence and horror harmful to the mental health and well-being of minor children", and should not air before 9 pm.

Corporan, was quoted as saying, "Since programs directed specifically at children are broadcast in the late afternoon by three other TV stations, it is our purpose to counter-program with programming not directed specifically at children.

Court of Appeals upheld the district court decision dismissing the suit on the grounds that FIT had not exhausted the administrative remedies available to them.

By then, WTOP had stopped broadcasting the series altogether. In Los Angeles, such shows opened with a cautionary announcement: "Parents — we wish to advise that because of violence or other possible harmful elements, certain portions of the following program may not be suitable for young children.

By then The Wild Wild West was running on 99 local stations. By the spring of the original series was still carried on 74 local stations.

In the late s the series was still seen on local stations in Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, among other cities.

Significantly, WGN Chicago , which carried the show at 10 a.

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Action Adventure Comedy. Black Sheep Squadron — Action Adventure Drama. Comedy Western Adventure. Mission: Impossible — Action Adventure Crime.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea — The Man from U. Daniel Boone — Adventure Western. They knew they couldn't change the James West role very much, but it was open season on Artemus Gordon because they had never seen anything like him before.

On August 17, , however, during production of the new season's ninth episode, "The Night of the Ready-Made Corpse", Garrison fell down a flight of stairs in his home, fractured his skull, and died.

When he was tapped for The Wild Wild West, Lansbury was working with his twin brother, Edgar , producing legitimate theater on Broadway.

The first season's episodes were filmed in black and white, and they were darker in tone. The acre lot was formerly the home of Republic Studios , which specialized in low-budget films including Westerns starring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and Saturday morning serials which The Wild Wild West appropriately echoed.

In the mids the western streets and sets were replaced with new sound stages and urban facades, including the New York streets seen in Seinfeld.

In the lagoon set that was originally constructed for Gilligan's Island was paved over to create a parking lot. Footage of this train, with a 5 replacing the 3 on its number plate, was shot in Jamestown, California.

When The Wild Wild West went into series production, however, an entirely different train was employed. The locomotive, a named the Inyo, was built in by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia.

The Inyo, as well as the express car and the passenger car, originally served the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Nevada. Footage of the Inyo in motion and idling was shot around Menifee, California , and reused in virtually every episode.

Stock footage of Sierra No. These trains were used only for exterior shots. Neither Stage 6 or the western streets still exist.

The State of Nevada purchased the Inyo in ; it was restored to vintage, including a wider smoke stack and a new pilot cow catcher without a drop coupler.

The express car No. For its role as "The Wanderer" in the film, the engine was sent to the steam shops at the Strasburg Rail Road for restoration and repainting.

The Wild Wild West featured numerous, often anachronistic, gadgets. Some were recurring devices, such as West's sleeve gun or a breakaway derringer hidden in his left and right boot heels.

Others appeared in only a single episode. The main title theme was written by Richard Markowitz , who previously composed the theme for the TV series The Rebel.

He was brought in after the producers rejected two attempts by film composer Dimitri Tiomkin. That took it away from the serious kind of thing that Tiomkin was trying to do What I did essentially was write two themes: the rhythmic, contemporary theme, Fender bass and brushes, that vamp, for the cartoon effects and for West's getting himself out of trouble, and the heraldic western outdoor theme over that, so that the two worked together.

Markowitz, however, was never credited for his theme in any episode; it is believed [ by whom? Markowitz did receive "music composed and conducted by" credits for episodes he'd scored such as "The Night of the Bars of Hell" and "The Night of the Raven" or where he supplied the majority of tracked-in cues for example in "The Night of the Grand Emir" and "The Night of the Gypsy Peril".

He finally received "theme by" credit on both of the TV movies, which were scored by Jeff Alexander rather than Markowitz few personnel from the series were involved with the TV movies.

The animated title sequence was another unique element of the series. The screen was divided into four corner panels abutting a narrow central panel that contained a cartoon "hero".

In the three seasons shot in color, the overall backdrop was an abstracted wash of the flag of the United States , with the upper left panel colored blue and the others containing horizontal red stripes.

Each episode had four acts. At the end of each act, the scene, usually a cliffhanger moment, would freeze, and a sketch or photograph of the scene faded in to replace the cartoon art in one of the four corner panels.

The style of freeze-frame art changed over the course of the series. In all first-season episodes other than the pilot, the panels were live-action stills made to evoke 19th-century engravings.

In season two the first in color the scenes dissolved to tinted stills; from "The Night of the Flying Pie Plate" on, however, the panels were home to Warhol -like serigraphs of the freeze-frames.

The end credits were displayed over each episode's unique mosaic of scenes. In the final season, however, a generic design was used under the end credits.

Curiously, in this design, the bank robber is unconscious, the cardsharp has no card and the lady is on the ground, but the sixshooter in the upper left-hand panel has returned.

The freeze-frame graphics were shot at a facility called Format Animation. During the first season, the series title "The Wild Wild West" was set in the font Barnum, [34] which resembles the newer font P.

In subsequent seasons, the title appeared in a hand-drawn version of the font Dolphin which resembles newer fonts called Zebrawood, Circus, and Rodeo Clown.

Robert Conrad's name was also set in this font. Ross Martin's name was set in the font Bracelet which resembles newer fonts named Tuscan Ornate and Romantiques.

All episode titles, writer and director credits, guest cast and crew credits were set in Barnum. The series is generally set during the presidency of Ulysses S.

Grant from —77; occasional episodes indicate a more precise date:. Some episodes were considered violent for their time and that, rather than low ratings ultimately was the series' downfall.

In addition to gunplay, there were usually two fight sequences per episode. After Conrad suffered a concussion falling from a chandelier in "The Night of the Fugitives," the network insisted that he defer to a stunt double.

Often, George would start a stunt, such as a high fall or a dive through a window then land behind boxes or off camera where Conrad was hidden and waiting to seamlessly complete the action.

This same ploy was often used by Ross Martin and Bob Herron. This common stunt technique is known by filmmakers as "The Texas Switch.

It was hazardous work. Hughes recalled, "We had a lot of crashes. We used to say, 'Roll the cameras and call the ambulances!

Robert Conrad: 6-inch fracture of the skull, high temporal concussion, partial paralysis. Ross Martin: broken leg. A broken skull for Red West.

Broken leg for Jimmy George. Broken arm for Jack Skelly. And Michael Dunn: head injury and a spinal sprain. He did his own stunts. And on and on.

Following the assassinations of Dr. One of the questions it tackled was if violence on television was a contributing factor to violence in American society.

This also included graphic news coverage of the Vietnam War. The television networks, anticipating these allegations, moved to curtail violence on their entertainment programs before the start of the season.

However, despite a CBS mandate to tone down the mayhem, "The Night of the Egyptian Queen" aired November 15, contains perhaps the series' most ferocious barroom brawl.

A later memo attached to the shooting script of "The Night of Miguelito's Revenge" aired December 13, reads: "Note to Directors: The producer respectfully asks that no violent acts be shot which are not depicted in the script or discussed beforehand.

Most particularly stay away from gratuitous ad-libs, such as slaps, pointing of firearms or other weapons at characters especially in close quarters , kicks and the use of furniture and other objects in fight scenes.

James West rarely wears a gun in these episodes, and rather than the usual fisticuffs, fight sequences involved tossing, tackling or body blocking the villains.

The most caustic of the commissioners, Rep. Hale Boggs D-La. Three months later, in March , Sen.

John O. Pastore D-R. Congress's concern was shared by the public: in a nationwide poll, After being excoriated by the two committees, networks scrambled to expunge violence from their programming.

The Wild Wild West received its cancellation notice in mid-February, even before Pastore's committee convened. It was seen by the network as a gesture of good intentions.

Conrad denounced Pastore for many years but in other interviews he admitted that it probably was time to cancel the series because he felt that he and the stunt men were pushing their luck.

He also believed the role had hurt his craft. I jumped off roofs and spent all my time with the stuntmen instead of other actors. I thought that's what the role demanded.

That role had no dimension other than what it was—a caricature of a performance. It was a comic strip character.

It was reasonably popular but has not been seen on British terrestrial television since the early s. Curiously, none of these featured Dr.

CBS-TV was never really very eager to cancel this series, since over a four-year run that began in the Wild Wild West had been a solid winner in the ratings.

Cancellation came mainly because CBS officials were concerned about the criticism over televised violence and to a lesser degree because Robert Conrad had grown slightly weary of the role of James West.

None of the replacements have done nearly as well and, as a result, all of the Friday programs suffered. That fall, CBS put the program into syndication , giving it new life on local stations across the country.

This further antagonized the anti-violence lobby, since the program was now broadcast weekdays and often after school.

The suit said the series "contains fictionalized violence and horror harmful to the mental health and well-being of minor children", and should not air before 9 pm.

Corporan, was quoted as saying, "Since programs directed specifically at children are broadcast in the late afternoon by three other TV stations, it is our purpose to counter-program with programming not directed specifically at children.

Court of Appeals upheld the district court decision dismissing the suit on the grounds that FIT had not exhausted the administrative remedies available to them.

By then, WTOP had stopped broadcasting the series altogether. In Los Angeles, such shows opened with a cautionary announcement: "Parents — we wish to advise that because of violence or other possible harmful elements, certain portions of the following program may not be suitable for young children.

By then The Wild Wild West was running on 99 local stations. By the spring of the original series was still carried on 74 local stations.

In the late s the series was still seen on local stations in Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, among other cities.

Significantly, WGN Chicago , which carried the show at 10 a. The series was dropped from WGN soon after. Hallmark Channel aired the series in as part of its slate of Saturday afternoon Westerns but dropped it after only a few weeks.

While the series became scarce on television, each season was released on DVD, beginning with season one in and concluding with the final season early in see below.

In it was announced that the series was being prepped for Blu-ray. On January 1, , MeTV began running the series weekday afternoons again, starting with second season color episodes.

It no longer airs on MeTV as of September It also airs in the United Kingdom as of on the Horror Channel on Sky channel , Virgin channel , Freeview channel 70 and Freesat channel Michael Dunn, who played Dr.

Loveless in the original show, had died in Loveless planned to substitute clones for the crowned heads of Europe and the President of the United States.

This plot is similar to the second-season episode "The Night of the Brain". Most of the exterior filming took place at Old Tucson Studios where there were still many "Old West" buildings and a functioning steam train and tracks.

Ross Martin said, "We worked on a lot of the same sets at the studio, including the interiors of the old train. The script, unlike the old shows, is played strictly for comedy.

It calls for us to be ten years older than when we were last seen. There are a lot more laughs than adventure. Paradine planned world conquest using a formula for invisibility recalling the first-season episode "The Night of the Burning Diamond".

Both films were directed by veteran comedy Western director Burt Kennedy and written by William Bowers in the latter case with Tony Kayden, from a story by Bowers ; neither Kennedy nor Bowers worked on the original series.

Beauchamp of a short story by Beauchamp. Conrad was later quoted in Cinefantastique about these films: "We all got along fine with each other when we did these, but I wasn't happy with them only because CBS imposed a lot of restrictions on us.

They never came up to the level of what we had done before. Warner Bros. Finally in , a theatrical feature-length film loosely based on the series was released as Wild Wild West without the definite article used in the series title.

Co-produced and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld , the film made substantial changes to the characters of the series, such as re-imagining James West as a black man played by Will Smith and Artemus Gordon played by Kevin Kline as egotistical and bitterly competitive with West.

Additionally, significant changes were made to Dr. Loveless played by Kenneth Branagh. No longer a dwarf, he was portrayed as a double amputee with no legs and confined in a steam-powered wheelchair similar to that employed by the villain in the episode "The Night of the Brain".

Loveless' first name was changed from Miguelito to Arliss and was given the motive of a bitter Southerner who sought revenge on the North after the American Civil War.

Robert Conrad was reportedly offered the role of President Grant, but turned it down. He was outspoken in his criticism of the new film, which was now little more than a comedic Will Smith showcase with almost nothing in common with the original action-adventure series.

In a New York Post interview July 3, , Conrad stated that he disliked the film and that contractually he was owed a share of money on merchandising that he was unpaid.

He also had a long-standing feud with producer Jon Peters , which may have colored his opinion. He was also offended at the racial aspects of the film, as well as the casting of Branagh as a double amputee, rather than a little-person actor, in the role of Loveless.

Conrad took special delight in accepting the Golden Raspberry Awards for the film in I made a mistake on Wild Wild West.

That could have been better. And now I get it. It's like, 'That's my baby! I put my blood, sweat and tears into that!

Conrad for that because I didn't realize. I was young and immature. So much pain and joy went into [my series] The Fresh Prince that my greatest desire would be that it's left alone.

Although it was touted as a special 40th anniversary edition, it appeared 41 years after the show's debut.

Robert Conrad recorded audio introductions for all 28 first-season episodes, plus a commentary track for the pilot.

The second season was released on DVD on March 20, ; the third season was released on November 20, ; and the fourth and final season was released on March 18, None of the later season sets contained bonus material.

A disc complete series set was released on November 4, On May 12, , CBS Home Entertainment released a repackaged version of the complete series set, at a lower price, but did not include the bonus disc that was part of the original complete series set.

All of the episodes are presented in English with French subtitles, and several episode titles differ in translation from the original English titles.

Both TV movies are included as extras, but only in French-dubbed versions. A sequel to the TV series, it involved Dr.

Loveless in a conspiracy to assassinate President Grant and the President of Brazil and put the Knights of the Golden Circle into power.

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