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The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin 

The Hardy Boys stumble upon an ancient Asian jade statuette that gangsters are desperate to recover.


Stuart Margolin


Glen A. Larson (television developer), Edward Stratemeyer (books) (as Franklin W. Dixon) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Shaun Cassidy ... Joe Hardy
Parker Stevenson ... Frank Hardy
Pamela Sue Martin ... Nancy Drew (credit only)
Lisa Eilbacher ... Callie Shaw
Ed Gilbert ... Fenton Hardy (as Edmund Gilbert)
Edith Atwater ... Aunt Gertrude Hardy
Rosalind Chao ... Lily
Richard Loo ... Chen Lee
Herb Voland ... Chief Ezra Collig (as Herbert Voland)
David Chow David Chow ... Wang
Richard Lee-Sung ... Chu (as Richard Lee Sung)
Bill Saito Bill Saito ... Chao
Brendan Burns Brendan Burns ... Haverman


While scuba diving, Joe and Frank are surprised by a boat that dumps a large package overboard. Taking it home, they discover that it contains a jade figurine which may or may not be very valuable. The boys decide to investigate the origin of the "Jade Kwan Yin" which soon puts them in conflict with an Asian gang of thugs. Written by mikhail080

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Family | Mystery


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Joe and Frank vs Chinese Smugglers
20 June 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Joe and Frank get mixed up with a group of Chinese smugglers when they find a centuries old statue while out snorkeling. The statue was meant to be a gift to the Chinese people of Bayport, but was stolen off a ship in Boston. Before the boys can return the statue to its rightful owner, however, it's stolen from their house. Joe and Frank are now out to find the statue again and catch the thieves.

I know The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin has its detractors, but I think it's a fun episode. The mystery here is interesting with a few twists along the way. The twist at the end involving the brains behind the smuggling operation really sent me for a loop the first time I watched it. I didn't see that coming. There are a couple of tense moments along that way that worked for me - especially the bomb on the boat scene. And I thought the ending was nice. The idea that the jade statue was just a cover to smuggle gems was a good one.

There are also some things about this episode that I enjoy, but for all the wrong reasons. Tossing the jade back and forth like a football during the parade, the ridiculous fight scene in the kung fu studio, dusting everything in sight for fingerprints, the stolen box literally hitting the boys on the back while snorkeling, and those 70s outfits - all hysterical. However, all of this only adds to the entertainment I get out of The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin.

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15 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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