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"Kung Fu" Alethea (1973)

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Ed Spielman (creator)
Herman Miller (developer)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
22 March 1973 (Season 1, Episode 10)
Seeing is believing. Or is it? A young girl's eyewitness testimony leads to a priest being tried for murder and sentenced to death by hanging. | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Carradine ... Kwai Chang Caine

Jodie Foster ... Alethea Patricia Ingram

Charles Tyner ... Larraby

Kenneth Tobey ... Sheriff Ingram
Khigh Dhiegh ... Shang Tzu

Byron Mabe ... Cranch
William Mims ... Jezdale

Keye Luke ... Master Po

Radames Pera ... Young Caine
Lee J. Lambert ... Tork Wittner
R.L. Armstrong ... Clancy Pratt

Regis Cordic ... Stoddard (as Regis J. Cordic)
Dale Ishimoto ... Chinese Sergeant

Frank Wilcox ... Judge Moon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Anderson ... Deputy (uncredited)
Jimmie Booth ... Juror (uncredited)
Bob Bralver ... Crowder (uncredited)

Jerry Brown ... Townsman (uncredited)
Donald Chaffin ... Juror (uncredited)
Rudy Doucette ... Juror (uncredited)

Chester Hayes ... Deputy (uncredited)
Alex Henteloff ... Abner Tutt (uncredited)

Rod McGaughy ... Deputy (uncredited)
George Tracy ... Townsman (uncredited)
William Vaughn ... Sampler Harte, Coach Driver (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Badham 
Writing credits
Ed Spielman (creator)

Herman Miller (developer)

William Kelley (written by)

Produced by
Alex Beaton .... associate producer
Jerry Thorpe .... producer
Original Music by
Jim Helms 
Cinematography by
Richard L. Rawlings (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Rawlins  (as David E. Rawlins)
Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié  (as Gene Lourie)
Set Decoration by
Antony Mondello 
Makeup Department
Mary Keats .... hair stylist
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Edward Haldeman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound
Special Effects by
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects (as Joe Unsinn)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry Salley .... wardrobe
Music Department
Jim Helms .... conductor
Steve Livingston .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
David Chow .... advisor: kung fu
David Chow .... technical advisor
John Furia .... executive story consultant (as John Furia Jr.)
Lloyd Richards .... assistant: producer
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

49 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

An early credit for director John Badham (and his only "Kung Fu" episode), who went on to do Saturday Night Fever (1977).See more »
Anachronisms: As Caine is on the gallows and the camera pans around a high voltage line tower can be seen on a ridge in the background above the town just above the Hangman's hand.See more »
Alethea Patricia Ingram:If I never lie again, can't I be the same me as I was before?
Kwai Chang Caine:Each waking moment is as a rung on an endless ladder. Each step we take is built on what has gone before.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) (TV)See more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Jodie Foster Raises Caine, 24 July 2008
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Entranced by her mandolin playing, Caine accompanies little Jodie Foster (as Alethea Patricia Ingram) to a waiting stagecoach. When the coach arrives, an unwelcome gunfight results in Ms. Foster mistakenly believing she sees Caine shoot an innocent man to death. Foster's testimony results in Caine being convicted as a murderer. Although she likes Caine (she cannot understand why he did it), Foster is compelled to tell the truth. And, Caine supports her honesty. Will it result in Caine's death by hanging?

Carradine and Foster are excellent; they make the somewhat uncertain story believable. Perhaps the oddest moment is when Carradine seems to sigh regretfully when a "lie" saves his life. The episode challenges perceptions about truth. At least, it ends well; how could it not? Of the fine "Kung Fu" supporting cast, Radames Pera (as the younger Caine) is featured well. With Foster and Pera highlighted, grasshoppers rule the day.

****** Alethea (3/15/73) John Badham ~ David Carradine, Jodie Foster, Radames Pera

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