Happy New Year, everybody! Let’s kick off 2015 by taking another look at the Kung Fu episode “Ambush,” first airing on April 4, 1975. Grumpy outlaw Bix Courtney is after a stash of silver in the possession of saloon owner Jennie Malone (Rhonda Fleming).
One of the most beautiful and talented stars ever to grace film and television screens, Ms. Fleming, a Los Angeles native, was seemingly born to be in pictures. The story goes that the cameraman on one of her films decided to play a little joke and deliberately photograph her badly, just to see if it could be done. Apparently, it couldn’t. No matter how much he screwed it up, the red-headed star still came out looking amazing. She is also quite a good singer.
Our pic for today (don’t forget to click to embiggen for all the pics) is another view from the Kung Fu episode “Ambush,” which first aired on April 4, 1975. Timothy’s bad guy Bix Courtney may spend the bulk of the episode in Jennie Malone’s (Rhonda Fleming) saloon, lying in wait like a grumpy spider in his web, but he still takes a moment to flirt with one of the saloon gals.
Courtney is so dour throughout the episode that it’s rather startling to see him light up like this, if only for a moment. Shockingly, a video of this episode still remains on YouTube, so I urge you to check it out while it’s still there.
EDITOR’S NOTE 09/18/13: Another one lost to copyright infringement. My apologies, gang.
This week’s video is more of Tim on television in the 70s! We present the Kung Fu episode “Ambush,” first broadcast on April 4, 1975. It was directed by Gordon Hessler, who also directed Tim in the CHiPs episode “Kidnap” (1/26/80). Co-starring are Rhonda Fleming, John Carradine and Pat Morita.
There are several parts, so be sure to catch them all. Tim is especially mean, sullen and grumpy in this episode.
Thursday’s pic comes your way from the Kung Fu episode “Ambush,” first airing on March 22, 1975. Tim is mean, grumpy and glowering as Bix Courtney, lying in wait for a chance to relieve Rhonda Fleming of a stash of silver.
This was one of Tim’s last appearances in anything with a Western theme. It was also the last appearance on Kung Fu for John Carradine, father of its star David, as the wily blind preacher Serenity Johnson.