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The Night of the Whirring Death 

Jim and Arte serve as couriers, delivering bribes to save California from bankruptcy. Problem is, Doctor Loveless is killing the benefactors and stealing their money.

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Jim and Arte serve as couriers, delivering bribes to save California from bankruptcy. Problem is, Doctor Loveless is killing the benefactors and stealing their money.

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18 February 1966 (USA)  »

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The third appearance of 7-foot-tall Richard Kiel as Voltaire, assistant of tiny Dr. Miguelito Loveless. For the first time, he speaks, which even draws a comment from Artemus Gordon. In his two previous appearances, Voltaire appeared to be mute, communicating entirely through gestures and facial expressions. See more »

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One of the toys Loveless has lying around his lair (in 1874) is a "Raggedy Andy" plush doll. Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy were created in 1915 by cartoonist Johnny Gruelle. See more »

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Priscilla Ames: You know, for a man who's always getting blown up, you have very soft skin.
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Wild, Wild Christmas
13 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

A Dr. Loveless episode...set at Christmas...directed by Mark ("On Golden Pond" & "The Cowboys") Rydell? Sure sounds like it couldn't miss. Unfortunately, all these promising elements were not quite in proper alignment when it came time to make "The Night Of The Whirring Death". Granting the up-until-then mute Voltaire a voice was pointless, and only served to remove a layer of mystery from this character's intimidating presence. The opening sequence in which a pile of money is stolen from a Scrooge-like misanthrope takes way too long to set up, too.

Still, "...Whirring Death" does succeed in the action department with a well-staged fight between West and a group of bodyguards and the foiling of an assassination plot is quite exciting, too. Plus, you gotta' love the little wind-up time bombs.

Shoulda' been outstanding, but this one does at least have a few saving graces.


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