Kung Fu (1972–1975)
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King of the Mountain 

Caine looks after a newly orphaned boy and a young, pretty rancher while a bounty hunter atop a nearby mountain silently observes his opportunity to pounce.


Jerry Thorpe


Ed Spielman (creator), Herman Miller

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Carradine ... Kwai Chang Caine
Brandon Cruz ... Peter Gideon
Lara Parker ... Amy Allender
John Saxon ... Raven
Philip Ahn ... Master Kan
Keye Luke ... Master Po
Ken Lynch ... Percy McCoy
Mills Watson ... Turpin
Radames Pera ... Young Caine
Bob Hoy ... Curry McCoy (as Robert Hoy)
Mark Allen ... Postmaster
Ivy Bethune Ivy Bethune ... Jennie McCoy
Gary McLarty Gary McLarty ... Frankie McCoy
Paul Harper Paul Harper ... Amos
Larry Finley ... Blacksmith


Caine looks after a newly orphaned boy and a young, pretty rancher while a bounty hunter atop a nearby mountain silently observes his opportunity to pounce.

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Release Date:

14 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guest star John Saxon was originally offered the lead role of Kwai Chang Caine but declined. The role went to David Carradine. See more »


John Saxon's fake mustache changes lengths in the final fight scene. Before the fight, it's much longer on the left side on his face, during the fight that side shortens until it's even and then unbalanced to the right later in the fight. See more »


Kwai Chang Caine: Master, our bodies are prey to many needs. Hunger, thirst, the need for love.
Master Kan: In one lifetime, a man knows many pleasures: A mother's smile in the waking hours, a young woman's intimate searing touch and the laughter of grandchildren in the twilight years. To deny these in ourselves is to deny that which makes us one with nature.
Kwai Chang Caine: Shall we then seek to satisfy these needs?
Master Kan: Only acknowledge them and satisfaction will follow. To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance.
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First episode sets the (high) standard for the series
21 June 2010 | by kevin olzakSee all my reviews

The pilot established the character of Kwai Chang Caine, and the reason why he wanders the American West of the 1870s. This being the first actual series episode (Oct 1972), the audience is introduced to new characters each week, with different ideas and stories focusing on Caine's reactions, supported by occasional flashbacks to his days as a student/disciple at the Shaolin Temple in Northern China, detailing the training and philosophy of the resident priests. Carrying on from the pilot, Caine is forced to move constantly due to the $10,000 bounty on his head imposed by the Emperor of China, coming upon the burned-out remains of a frontier home attacked by Indians, with the father dead, the mother carried off, and only Peter Gideon (Brandon Cruz from THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER), the 10-year-old son, left behind. Caine accompanies the boy to the home of his uncle, Percy McCoy (Ken Lynch), who shows interest only in Peter's nonexistent wealth. When Caine also proves to be penniless, the greedy McCoy clan decide to call in a professional bounty hunter, Raven (John Saxon), to lay claim to the Emperor's reward for the priest that killed his nephew. By this time, Caine and Peter have found a home with Amy Allender (Lara Parker), who has offered Caine a job tending her ranch. Peter adopts many of Caine's habits, such as not eating meat, and the lonely Amy is impressed by Caine's tireless efforts on her behalf, and puzzled by his lack of interest in the money he earns. The patient Raven bides his time, until his threat to destroy the ranch forces Caine into the inevitable showdown. The obvious attraction between Caine and the young beauty, well conveyed by the underrated Lara Parker (DARK SHADOWS), is never overstated, a shame since so much more could have been made, just not in a one hour program. The second episode would flesh out the premise that would carry the show to the very end.

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