Kung Fu: Season 3, Episode 3

A Small Beheading (21 Sep. 1974)

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A swashbuckling sea captain (WILLIAM SHATNER) and his wife (FRANCE NUYEN) involve Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) in a macabre plot to return him to China and certain death.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Capt. Brandywine Gage
Lady Chi Ching
Ellie Crowell
Philip Ahn ...
Master Kan (as Phillip Ahn)
Ywang Kyu
Kenji Shibuya ...
Pan Chao (as Kinji Shibuya)
Jeanne Joe ...
Ta Hsia
Yuki Shimoda ...
Frances Fong ...


A swashbuckling sea captain (WILLIAM SHATNER) and his wife (FRANCE NUYEN) involve Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) in a macabre plot to return him to China and certain death.

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This episode reunites William Shatner and France Nuyen, 16 years after they co-starred on Broadway in "The World of Suzie Wong" (neither was cast in the film version), and six years after their memorable Star Trek episode "Elaan of Troyius". It also inspired Shatner's short-lived 19th Century TV series Barbary Coast (1975). See more »

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Superb episode -- and a piece of film history...
31 January 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Let's step into our time travel machine. In the current millennium Shatner is honored as one of the major figures of the last century. (See the two hour 2005 production HOW WILLIAM SHATNER CHANGED THE WORLD -- an impressive addition to any resume!) However back in 1974 his career arc was by no means fixed. The handsome young Canadian actor who had impressed so many with his brief but memorable appearance in JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, and had gone on to create the iconic Captain Kirk in the short-lived STAR TREK, was in limbo at his point of his career. And from that limbo we witness the creation of an Irish sea captain with a hair and fiery beard so intense that, unless you are on "red alert," you might even miss the actor behind the role. It is an excellent performance and it hints at where Bill might have gone without the Star Trek persona to weigh him down. As for the episode itself, it is pitch perfect, a wonderful blend or mysticism, philosophy and common sense. It is as watchable today as when first set to celluloid.

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