70s TV show about a gang of kids called "The Red Hand Gang". Each episode was an exciting tale about various adventures and escapades that the gang encountered. Everything from Cops 'n ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Matthew Labyorteaux ...  Frankie 12 episodes, 1977
J.R. Miller J.R. Miller ...  J.R. 12 episodes, 1977
Jolie Newman Jolie Newman ...  Joanne 12 episodes, 1977
Johnny Brogna Johnny Brogna ...  Lil Bill 12 episodes, 1977
James Bond III ...  Doc 12 episodes, 1977
Johnny the Dog Johnny the Dog ...  Boomer 12 episodes, 1977
Robert Ahlers Robert Ahlers ...  Johnny 5 episodes, 1977
Maureen Arthur ...  Lola - Kidnapper 5 episodes, 1977
James Hampton ...  Tosca - Kidnapper 5 episodes, 1977
Anthony Zerbe ...  Marco - Kidnapper / ... 5 episodes, 1977
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70s TV show about a gang of kids called "The Red Hand Gang". Each episode was an exciting tale about various adventures and escapades that the gang encountered. Everything from Cops 'n Robbers to "Strange & Creepy" folks and goings on. Enjoyment for everyone aged 5 to 55 from all walks of life, all wrapped up nicely with a funky theme tune. Written by Martin Ekert

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Adventure | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La gang della mano rossa See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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'Famous Five' from across the pond.
18 December 2004 | by juho69See all my reviews

I loved watching 'The Red Hand Gang'! The three series were shown several times during the late 1970s and early 1980s. One involved a chimpanzee, the second the kidnapping of a rich boy and the third the capture of a famous footballer as part of a plan to steal jewellery. I enjoyed the children's adventures more each time I watched them.

The 'Gang' consisted of four boys - Frankie (the leader), J.R., Little Bill (Frankie's younger brother) and Doc - and one girl, Joanne. All the children were highly observant, imaginative and capable of taking the initiative. These skills were invaluable in their pursuit and outwitting of the crooks - and, usually, very successful. One such comical episode during the third series was when they kept disturbing one of the crooks in his hotel room by sending up services he didn't want, including Doc dressed as a singing telegraph boy!

The series was quite 'Enid Blyton-ish' in its form of a club of children discovering mysteries, outwitting the crooks and everyone receiving his or her just deserves at the end. This was one of the reasons it appealed to me. Also, it was cleverly written in that each episode ended with a cliff-hanger, making young viewers want to watch on. There was also the catchy theme music, with the children jumping in on trampolines (presumably!) and its montage of their adventures.

Simply but effectively made, 'The Red Hand Gang' deserves to be repeated - or, at least, remade and updated - so that it can be enjoyed by today's children.


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