Hawaii Five-O: Season 9, Episode 12

The Bells Toll at Noon (6 Jan. 1977)

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After a young woman has died from a drug overdose, Johnny Kling moves to avenge the death by killing those who sold and distributed the drugs. Kling performs the killings in such a way to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Williams
Kam Fong ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Johnny Kling
Milton Selzer ...
Jimmy Borges ...
Tommy Saito
Kevin O'Connor ...
Charlie Hazard
Harry Endo ...
Johnny Walker ...
Pete Holloway
Connie Kissinger ...
Movie Attendant
Terry Plunkett ...
Apartment Manager
Jorie Remus ...
Mrs. Cramer
Pauly Gardener ...
Ramona (as Pauly Gardner)


After a young woman has died from a drug overdose, Johnny Kling moves to avenge the death by killing those who sold and distributed the drugs. Kling performs the killings in such a way to evoke scenes from old movies. For his final target, he intends to copy the explosive ending from "White Heat." Written by Bill Koenig

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An odd but worthwhile episode...
17 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show starts with a drug dealer being assassinated by a guy (Rich Little!) with a rifle and scope. Then later, this movie buff begins killing people just like he saw James Cagney do in his films. Why the first killing ISN'T from a Cagney film did baffle me, though it was cool seeing the guy trussed up like Cagney was at the end of "The Public Enemy" as well as a take-off on the crazy finale of "White Heat".

This is an unusual episode because unlike most, the guest star is a bit bigger than life and just doesn't seem to fit into the story quite as well as the usual guests. After all, how can you use Rich Little AND his mimicry talents and make the show seem believable? Well, it ISN'T totally believable and the plot seems to have enough for two episodes but it still manages to work...not great...but it works.

Had I done this episode, I think I might have used Little as a movie buff and mimic who decides to copy the killings from Cagney movies. And, the rest of the plot involving killing drug dealers in retribution for the death of a vivacious young female junkie, I would have used this in another show--it just seemed like too much AND it was hard to imagine Little as a gun expert, movie buff, recovering addict, etc., etc. all in the same show. A truly weird episode throughout...but not bad. It was surprising, however, to see an actor as famous as Mel Ferrer in such a small role as the priest at the beginning of the episode.

By the way, considering that I have a bazillion movie reviews to my credit, you STILL do not need to worry about me imitating Cagney films...I'm more of a Humphrey Bogart fan!

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