Hong Kong: Season 1, Episode 1

Clear for Action (28 Sep. 1960)

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Lloyd Bochner ...
Chief Inspector Neil Campbell
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Burt Brinckerhoff ...
Johnny McGuire
Robert Burton ...
Admiral
Noel Drayton ...
Governor
Harold Fong ...
Fong
Gerald Jann ...
Ling
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Frank Maxwell ...
Commander Harris
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Happy Cheung
Roy N. Sickner ...
Sailor
Leonard Strong ...
Intelligence Officer
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Captured by the Reds
4 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

HONG KONG – "Clear for Action" - 1960

Rod Taylor headlines this 1960-61 series as a newsman who is stationed in Hong Kong. Taylor is constantly in trouble with various shady types who are always involving him in their troubles. It usually takes several round of fisticuffs, a dead body or two and a gun battle before things get settled. This is the first episode.

Taylor is giving a party for some US Navy officers he knew from his days in the service. The one, Frank Maxwell, asks for a private talk after the party. Several minutes later Taylor's servant, Harold Fong answer a ring at the door. It is a sailor, Burt Brinckerhoff from Taylor's hometown paying a visit. Taylor asks the sailor to stay but all the officers scare him. The two agree to meet the next day and Taylor will show him the town.

After the party breaks up, Maxwell and Taylor have their chat. (Taylor had been in Naval intelligence during the Korean War) Would Taylor be able to help the Navy with a problem of they have. The Red Chinese have a missile-testing base just over the border. The US would love some close up photographs of the site.

Maxwell suggests that Taylor ask his servant, Fong to do the job. Fong is from a village near the site and visits family there once a week."Tell Fong there is $5000 in it for him." Of course Mr. Fong agrees to the mission. Maxwell supplies a small camera and a special lens for night shooting. Fong will hide the camera and lens in some foodstuffs he will take to his family. He will also take a case of pigeons with him. Homing pigeons, that is. He will take the photos, attach the film to a bird to return, then, bury the camera and lens.

The next day, Taylor takes sailor Brinckerhoff out to show him the sites. They stop at a club owned by Jack Kurschen. The club singer, France Nuyen, make quite the impression on the young man. Taylor arranges for Nuyen to join them after her set. Brinckerhoff and Nuyen strike it right off. They are both farm kids and love talking about the life. Nuyen asks the sailor and Taylor to join her when she visits her parent's farm later that week. The day comes and Taylor and company join Nuyen at the farm. The farm is only a couple hundred yards from the Red Chinese border. Taylor and Nuyen's dad have a game of Majong while the two kids go for a walk. On their walk they take along Nuyen's pet pig. Not really paying attention to where they are going, the two wander very close to a border checkpoint.

Nuyen's pig chooses that time to bolt out of her hands. The little rascal scoots right across the border with Brinckerhoff in pursuit. Nuyen yells for him to stop but the sailor crosses the frontier. The Red guards quickly grab him and hustle him into a jeep. Nuyen runs back to the farm for Taylor. The guards ignore all requests to return the sailor. Back to Hong Kong hurries Taylor.

Back on the Red Side, Fong has finished his picture taking and sent off the film. He is however somewhat reluctant to bury the camera equipment. He is sure he could sell it for a pretty penny in Hong Kong. He will just smuggle it back.

Taylor has by now reached the headquarters of the Hong Kong Police. He informs his friend, Chief Inspector, Lloyd Bochner of the incident. He gets on the phone to the Island's Governor. Taylor also contacts the Navy. Maxwell then informs the Fleet Admiral, Robert Burton. Phones to London and Washington are soon buzzing. Taylor returns to his apartment to wait for any news.

Several hours later three shipmates of Brinckerhoff show up at his door. The three, Wayne Tucker, Richard Baxter and Roy Sickner seem to know about the whole mess. "The Navy grapevine you know." Says Sickner. The three want to cross the border and break out their friend. Taylor talks them out of the idea. "Lets just wait and see what the bigwigs can do." Now Nuyen shows and begs Taylor to do something. Taylor loads everyone in his jeep and they set off to see Bochner at the border crossing.

Fong needless to say does not make it back over the border. The camera equipment is discovered and he is hauled off to the same stockade as Brinckerhoff. The sailor of course lets slip that he met Fong at Taylor's apartment. The Red in charge, Leonard Strong, decides he has caught some big fish. He is going to forward the pair to Peking.

When Taylor and his passengers are just about at the border, Nuyen jumps from the vehicle and climbs through the barbed wire. Silly Taylor chases her and the pair are soon snagged by the Red Chinese fence patrol. They are likewise taken to the stockade. While everyone is being loaded for the trip to Peking, Brinckerhoff manages to yank his guard's pistol out of the holster and crack him on the head. Taylor sees the play and slugs his own guard.

All four, Nuyen, Fong, Brinckerhoff and Taylor, grab the jeep and speed off for the border. Taylor drives the jeep right through the border fence and up to Chief Inspector Bochner. All then return to Hong Kong.

This neat episode was directed by actress, turned director, Ida Lupino. Lupino is well known to film noir fans from her roles in, PRIVATE HELL 36, ON DANGEROUS GROUND, BEWARE MY LOVELY, OUT OF THE FOG, HIGH SIERRA, ROADHOUSE, LUST FOR GOLD, WOMAN IN HIDING and WOMEN'S PRISON. She also helmed several feature films like, THE HITCH-HIKER and THE BIGAMIST.


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