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.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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