The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night That Terror Stalked the Town 

Dr. Loveless imprisons Jim and surgically creates his double called a doppelganger, code-named Janus. Arte must find Jim and uncover the truth behind the warped scheme.

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James T. West
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Dr. Miguelito Loveless
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Dr. Loveless imprisons Jim in an abandoned mining town that Loveless has "repopulated" with wax figures. There the evil scientist intends to surgically create a perfect duplicate of Jim, who will do his bidding. He plans to kill the original Jim West and use the duplicate to destroy the Secret Service and much of Washington, D.C. Written by Moved from "outline" and expanded.

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The tombstone that Dr. Loveless has prepared for James West gives West's birth date as July 2, 1842. Because West and Artemus Gordon were depicted as working for President Ulysses Grant, whose administration ran from 1869-1877, West would have been between 27 and 35 during The Wild Wild West (1965). See more »

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When West and his impersonator talk in the bedroom about the cup of coffee, their shadows disappear on the floor at the point of the split screen. See more »

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One West, Two Wests, One Janus, Two Janus
10 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The second Dr. Loveless episode of this series is directed by Alvin Ginzer whose first work behind the camera appears to be Million Dollar Legs starring Betty Grable no less. Ginzer is a veteran director with a lot of television under his belt by the time he directs here. He has already tackled episodes of Gunsmoke & Half Gun Will Travel, as well as other shows.

This episode is about Loveless trying to create his own West to take care of the real West & Artie so that Loveless can then get back into his plotting to take over the world. This one employs some tricky camera work in that Conrad has 2 roles. Artie intervenes in the last part to help sort things out only to confront West & Janus and get confused too.

Richard Kiel is along for his second outing. Overall, you can't lose if you catch the good Doctor trying to finish off West in any episode of this series.


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