The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

The Night of the Deadly Bed (24 Sep. 1965)

TV Episode   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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West arrives to meet an informant. Before he can, an attempt is made on his life and the informant is blown up! The man's dying word, "Flory," is West's only clue to a plot that just might ... See full summary »


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15 August 2009 | a_l_i_e_n
JD Cannon plays Gen. Flory, a sadistic French soldier with a Napolean complex who builds an armoured battering ram capable of knocking any train right off the tracks. Using enslaved Mexican coal miners to keep his "monster" running, Flory plans to acquire a section of U.S. territory in which to establish his own Napoleanic rule.

Interestingly shot by director William Witney and director of photography Todd Voitlander, this one contains quite a number of long, gorgeous, if oddly distracting closeups of the cast. One action sequence features Robert Conrad aiming blows directly at the camera as if they were trying to shoot a fight in 3-D. Also noteworthy: West lashed to a giant gong alarm clock is good enough to be an iconic image for "WWW". The real highlight, however, might just be the scene in which a train rolls out of a tunnel, it's engines pulsing to the familiar sound of the Martian war machines from "War Of The Worlds". Searching for it's prey, the "monster" rams a U.S. military train right off the line and into a ravine before rolling back into the shadowy tunnel. The camera then pulls back to reveal West and Flory standing next to what turns out to be an expansive artificial terrain that would make any model train enthusiast drool.

Though the title spotlights a bed over the much niftier train ("Night Of The Iron Horse" might have seemed a better name), on a whole this episode is really quite a fun ride. So all aboard for the oddly-named "Night Of The Deadly Bed".

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