Kung Fu: Season 3, Episode 18

Barbary House (15 Feb. 1975)

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Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) becomes a Barbary Coast prizefighter in an effort to locate his brother before he's killed. First part of a four-part episode. Leslie Nielsen guest stars.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim McIntire ...
John Blyth Barrymore ...
John Lupton ...
Valentin de Vargas ...
Mendoza (as Val De Vargas)
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Omar (as Ji Tu Cumbuka)
Ted Gehring ...
Al Checco ...
Omar's Mother
Barry Cahill ...
Luisa (as Diedre Hall)
Ray Ballard ...


Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) becomes a Barbary Coast prizefighter in an effort to locate his brother before he's killed. First part of a four-part episode. Leslie Nielsen guest stars.

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Part one - Leslie Nielsen features in all four chapters
29 August 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Season 3 Episode 21- "Barbary House" begins the final go-round for KUNG FU, with Caine's arrival in San Francisco in search of his brother Danny (Tim McIntire), seen fleeing after winning a brief altercation with his unforgiving partner, Vincent Corbino (Leslie Nielsen). Corbino runs the Barbary House, den of gambling and bare-knuckle brawling, keeping a watchful eye on Zeke Caine (John Blyth Barrymore), Danny's teenage son, in the hope that the boy will lead him to his father. Entering the picture is Delonia Cantrell (Lois Nettleton), Zeke's long lost mother, whose General father forced a quick end to her marriage to Danny, who received custody of the baby in exchange. Caine gets a job in Corbino's kitchen, learns the identity of his nephew, and agrees to fight in the ring to stay close to the boy. When Zeke receives word from his father, his uncle and mother accompany him to the town of Orion to find Daniel Caine. The backstory provided for Daniel Caine is not consistent with the shiftless drifter and thief that we have been told about, nor did the grandfather, Henry Raphael Caine, mention that there was a great grandson (then again, in the episode "Dark Angel," he admitted that Danny's letters were never answered). Scriptwise, there is a definite overdose of sentimentality, and some poor casting choices result in weak acting. 20-year-old John Blyth Barrymore, grandson of the great John Barrymore, son of John Drew Barrymore (and older step-brother of actress Drew), never displayed the talent of the rest of his family, and is easily the weakest link in the entire four-part storyline (his career quickly petered out). And, while Tim McIntire isn't a bad actor, he had already played two different characters in the episodes "An Eye for an Eye" and "The Well." Only 10 years older than young Barrymore, and a full 8 years younger than David Carradine, whose Kwai Chang is supposed to be the younger of the two, the bearded actor remains unconvincing, through no real fault of his own. The entire affair is poorly conceived, with all sorts of new family members turning up in the same place at the same time, it's no wonder that the whole thing never catches fire. Next up- "Flight to Orion"

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