Longstreet (1971–1972)
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The Way of the Intercepting Fist 

Mike Longstreet enlists the Teachings of martial arts expert Li Tsung in order to defend himself despite his blindness.


Don McDougall


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Episode complete credited cast:
James Franciscus ... Mike Longstreet
Marlyn Mason ... Nikki Bell
Peter Mark Richman ... Duke Paige
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Sergeant Cory (as Lou Gossett)
John Milford ... Jim Bolte
Bruce Lee ... Li Tsung
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Kingston
Johnny Haymer ... Harv
Del Monroe Del Monroe ... Gunman
Brett Pearson Brett Pearson ... Pete
Bruce Kirby ... Truck Driver
Eugene Peterson Eugene Peterson ... Arvin
Ray Galvin Ray Galvin ... Pier Guard


Mike has been investigating a series of hijackings of high valued goods that have just come off the docks. Mike believes that a man named Arvin is behind the hijackings, but he has no proof yet. But when he is attacked one night by three men telling him to stay off the docks, Mike knows he must be close to nailing Arvin. The only reason why Mike was not more severely beaten is that a third party intervened to save him, namely a Chinese man named Li Tsung. Li was able easily to fend off the three men using a form of martial arts, translated into English called Way of the Intercepting Fist. Li is the only eyewitness who would be able to identify the men. Mike is hoping that Li will be able to do two things, first identify the men so that he can tie them back to Arvin in some manner, and second teach him the Way of the Intercepting Fist. Although Mike believes that learning the martial art form will eventually help him catch the three thugs and thus Arvin, he has ulterior motives in that... Written by Huggo

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Action | Crime | Drama






English | Cantonese

Release Date:

16 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of this episode, "The Way of the Intercepting Fist", is the English translation of the Cantonese phrase "Jeet Kune Do,' which was the name Bruce Lee chose for his own hybrid style of martial arts. See more »


Mike Longstreet: Why don't I stand in front of Bolte and recite that to him, maybe he'll faint or drown.
Li Tsung: When is it?
Mike Longstreet: Tomorrow.
Li Tsung: You are not ready.
Mike Longstreet: I know.
Li Tsung: Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win. But never to accept the way to lose. To accept defeat, to learn to die is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying... May it be well with you Mike.
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