Glenn Evans

Unique for its setting, television's Hong Kong (1960, ABC) starred Rod Taylor as GLENN EVANS, a "two-fisted American correspondent" assigned to cover the Orient. In pursuit of the story, Taylor bashed his way through pushers, killers, spies and smugglers, not to mention countless slinky babes who were always disappearing behind beaded curtains counting on the aid and support of pals Police Chief Campbell and Tully, owner of the Golden Dragon, the swanky nightclub in which Glenn hung out.

Local colour was provided by Glenn's Asian houseboy called Fong, who was later replaced by one called Ling. And by the end of its run, a hostess at the Golden Dragon, Ching Mei, was added to the cast.

By all accounts, it was a pretty good show. Great location shots, an exotic setting, a ruggedly heroic lead, and some impressive behind-the-camera talent, including writers Jonathan Latimer and Donn Mullally, directors Boris Sagal, Stuart Rosenberg and Ida Lupino and music by Lionel Newman.

The show was based (loosely) on Soldier of Fortune, a 1955 adventure film based on Ernest K. Gann's novel of the same name, about the rescue of an American held prisoner in the People's Republic of China, directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Clark Gable and Susan Hayward.

TELEVISION

  • HONG KONG!
    (1960-61, ABC)
    Writers: Robert Buckner, Art Wallace, Jonathan Latimer, Donn Mullally
    Directors: Boris Sagal, Stuart Rosenberg, Walter Doniger, Ida Lupino
    Music by Lionel Newman
    Starring Rod Taylor as GLENN EVANS
    with Lloyd Bochner as Chief Campbell
    Jack Kruschen as Tully
    Harold Fong as Fong
    Gerald Jann as Linn
    and Mai Tai sing as Ching Mei
  • "Clear for Action1 1-01 4103 28/September 28, 1960)
  • "Murder Royal" (October 5, 1960)
  • "Pearl Flower" (October 12, 1960)
  • "Freebooter" (October 19, 1960)
  • "The Jade Empress" (October 26, 1960)
  • "The Jumping Dragon" (November 2, 1960)
  • "Blind Bargain" (November 9, 1960)
  • "Colonel Cat" (November 16, 1960)
  • "The Turncoat" (November 23, 1960)
  • "To Catch a Star/" (November 30, 1960)
  • "Nine Lives" (December 7, 1960)
  • "The Dragon Cup" (December 14, 1960)
  • "When Strangers Meet" (December 21, 1960)
  • "Suitable for Framing" (January 4, 1961)
  • "Lesson in Fear " (January 11, 1961)
  • "The Survivor" (January 18, 1961)
  • "Night Cry/" (January 25, 1961)
  • "Double Jeopardy" (February 1, 1961)
  • "Lady Godiva" (February 8, 1961)
  • "The Hunted/" (February 15, 1961)
  • "With Deadly Sorrow" (February 22, 1961)
  • "Murder by Proxy" (March 1, 1961)
  • "The Woman in Gray" (March 8, 1961)
  • "Love, Honor, and Perish" (March 15, 1961)
  • "The Innocent Exile" (March 22, 1961)
  • "The Runaway" (March 29, 1961)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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