Kung Fu: Season 1, Episode 11

Chains (29 Mar. 1973)

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Shackled to a brute of a man thirsting for his enemies' blood, Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) probes the cause of his hatred and leaves him transformed in the wilderness.

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Shackled to a brute of a man thirsting for his enemies' blood, Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) probes the cause of his hatred and leaves him transformed in the wilderness.

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This was the only episode in which the unbilled Keith Carradine reprised his role as the Middle Caine, previously seen in the original pilot, also unbilled. All other entries in which he appears utilize archive footage shot for the pilot. See more »

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Episode 11 features Michael Greene and Keith Carradine
8 July 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Seeking to find his brother Danny, Caine visits the imprisoned Huntoon (Michael Greene), a hulking brute believed to have murdered his mining partner after they had found the gold. Caine's brother was also a partner, and Huntoon offers to take Caine to find him if he helps him to escape the hangman, but Sergeant E. T. Bedford (Warren Vanders), having seen Kwai Chang's 'Wanted' poster, decides to keep them chained together in the same cell. Their successful nighttime escape induces Bedford to follow, since he's due to retire and the reward money sounds a lot better than his meager Army pension. Huntoon admits to killing people for laughing at him, but not the murder of his mining partner, who never mistreated him. Danny Caine is nowhere to be found, but there is evidence of Ute Indians in the area, and a cache of gold left behind. The Utes inspired the name of Utah, the place where they had lived for 1000 years, so Caine's travels have taken him far from California. I first saw Michael Greene as the star of "The Clones" (1973), a low budget sci-fi chase thriller with Gregory Sierra and John Drew Barrymore. Greene, later seen in the episode "The Demon God," was a close friend of David Carradine (supplying the many flutes used during the show's run), and it was probably due to their being out on location North of Hollywood that explains the one-time-only return (still unbilled) of Keith Carradine as the Middle Caine, during the Shaolin flashbacks opposite Keye Luke and Philip Ahn. Geoffrey Lewis also appears briefly as Huntoon's brother-in-law, mistakenly thought to be responsible for his sister's accidental death. Warren Vanders would do one future episode, "In Uncertain Bondage."


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