Hawaii Five-O

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  • Hawaii Five-O was created by Leonard Freeman as a series that not only featured law and order issues but also presented the beauty of the Hawaiian islands.The original cast featured Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, head of Hawaii Five-0, with James McArthur playing Danny Williams (replacing Tim O'Kelley from the pilot), Zulu as Kono Kalakaua and Kam Fong as Chin Ho Kelly. At the end of the 1971-72 season, Zulu left the series after a disagreement and was replaced by Al Harrington as Ben Kokua. After Leonard Freeman died, Al Harrington was dropped with no reason given, after 10 appearances in the 1974-75 season although his episodes were scattered throughout the year. Douglas Mossman helped to replace the 'Ben' role in later episodes as Frank Kemana. By the 1976-77 season, supporting character Duke Lukela, played by Herman Wedemeyer, was so popular that he was given star billing on the show, following Kam Fong. When CBS delayed making a decision on the show's future at the end of the 1978-79 season due to falling ratings and the perception of poorly executed stories, James MacArthur took the opportunity to leave the series after 11 years. The 1979-80 season saw major changes in the show. William Smith, as James 'Kimo' Carew, was bought in to replace James MacArthur, and the producers also added a new female Five-0 member, Sharon Farrell as Lori Wilson. Completing the new line-up were existing Five-0 member Duke, and Moe Keale as Truck Kealoha. CBS finished Hawaii Five-0's prime-time run on April 5, 1980 ===============Other Info Pilot (Coccoon) only 1. Company credits Production Companies * CBS Television * Leonard Freeman ProductionDistributors * CBS Television (original airing) * Paramount Pictures ------- 2. Awards Emmy Awards 1969 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition -- Morton Stevens (composer) ------ 3. Filming Locations: Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA ------ 4. Release dates: USA -- 20 September 1968======================Other Info Series 1. Company credits Production Companies * CBS Television * Leonard Freeman ProductionDistributors * CBS Television * Independent Television (ITV) * Paramount Television * ViacomOther Companies * Ford Motor Company consideration furnisher * Polifroni/Sabba casting ------ 2. Awards American Cinema Editors, USA 1976 -- Nominated -- Best Edited Episode from a Television Series -- Jack Gleason [For episode "Turkey Shoot".] 1974 -- Nominated -- Best Edited Episode from a Television Series -- Jack Gleason [For episode "One Big Happy Family".] Edgar Allan Poe Awards 1974 -- Nominated -- Best Television Episode -- Jerome Coopersmith [For episode "Here Today, Gone Tonight".] 1973 -- Nominated -- Best Television Episode -- Will Lorin [For episode "Bait Once, Bait Twice".] Emmy Awards 1976 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series -- Helen Hayes [For episode "Retire In Sunny Hawaii... Forever".] 1974 -- Won -- Best Music Composition - For a Series, a Single Program of a Series -- Morton Stevens (composer) [For episode "Hookman".] 1970 -- Won -- Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - For a Series or a Single Program of a Series (In Its First Year Only) -- Morton Stevens (composer) [For episode "A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead".] ------ 3. Release dates USA -- 26 September 1968 Netherlands -- 19 April 1969 UK -- 19 July 1970 West Germany -- 30 April 1971 France -- 15 July 1973 ------ 4. Filming LocationsHawaii Film Studio - 18th Avenue & Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA (studio)Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA O`ahu, Hawaii, USA========================Literature: Monographic related book: Rhodes, Karen. Booking Hawaii Five-0: An Episode Guide and Critical History of the 1968-1980 Television Detective Series. McFarland & Company, Inc. (Jefferson, North Carolina), 1997, ISBN: 0786401710======================Series Trivia * Gregory Peck was offered the lead role of McGarrett. He turned it down. * Kam Fong, who played Det. Chin Ho Kelly (1968-78), was an actual officer with the Honolulu Police Department who served from 1946 to his retirement in 1962 to take up a career in real estate. * Other than Wo Fat, other notable adversaries for McGarrett that appeared in more than one episode included mob bosses Henore Vaschon (played by Harold Gould) and Tony Alika (played by Ross Martin), pimp Big Chicken (played by Gavin MacLeod) and the Robin Hood-like Lewis Avery Filer (played by Hume Cronyn). * Jack Lord was the only member of the cast to stay with the series during it's entire 12 year run. Kam Fong (Chin Ho Kelly) left after the 10th season. James MacArthur (Danny Williams) left after the 11th season. * At the end of the episode "A Death In The Family", where Chin Ho Kelly was murdered, Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) books the suspect himself, saying, "Chin would have liked that." It was the only time during the series that McGarrett personally booked a suspect. * The character of Duke Lukela first appeared as an HPD sergeant before becoming a Hawaii Five-O investigator. * The syndicate that Tony Alika headed was called "Kumu". * McGarrett finally caught Wo Fat in the final episode of the series. However, at the end of the episode, Wo Fat can be seen digging into his boot and taking out a file leaving it open for a possible reunion episode. * "Magnum, P.I." (1980) began production soon after this series wrapped its last episode. In order to keep some sort of continuity, reference to characters from this show were included in early episodes of Magnum. However, a plan to have Jack Lord appear as McGarrett never came to pass. Lord retired from acting after the series went off the air. * Chin Ho Kelly (Kam Fong) was the only member of the cast to be "killed off". He was murdered in the episode "A Death in the Family" while investigating a protection racket. * McGarrett was a Naval Intelligence officer before he became head of Five-O. In fact, he was in the reserves and went on active duty from time to time to assist the Navy on special cases. * In the episode "The Singapore File" McGarrett flies to Singapore to retrieve a witness, and returns to Honolulu. Singapore was actually downtown Honolulu. At the end of the episode, they are at a temple in Manila; they were actually at the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, Hawaii. * McGarrett actually caught Wo Fat in one encounter, but was forced to give him up because the Chinese government wanted him back in trade for a downed U2 pilot. * Zulu (Det. Kono) was the first of the regular cast to depart the show. He left in the 4th season. * McGarrett has a sister that lives in California. * Like McGarrett, Jack Lord was in the Navy. He was a public affairs officer, attaining the rank of lieutenant. * Before joining Five-O, Danny attended the University of Hawaii and then transferred to the University of California where he graduated with a degree in Criminology. * McGarrett often referred to Kono as "Big Kanaka". * McGarrett often referred to his secretary, May, as "Love". * McGarrett was a Korean War veteran. * McGarrett supposedly had his office in Iolani Palace, the actual palace used by the last kings and queens of Hawaii. This building was in danger of being leveled for a parking lot, but today it has been restored and can be toured for a $20 fee. It has never been used by the state police. * Besides government intelligence chief Jonathan Kaye, another recurring character was policewoman Sandy Welles. * "Danny" was played by a different actor in the pilot. * Several actors played different roles in various episodes before becoming recurring cast members. * Chin Ho (Kam Fong) smoked a pipe. * Al Harrington and Herman Wedemeyer both appeared in different roles on the show before assuming the roles of Ben and Duke respectively. Wedemeyer was in the very first episode playing Honolulu police Lt. Balta. * Despite the attention that Hawaii Five-0 brought to Hawaiian state law enforcement, Hawaii is the only state that has no state police agency. * The hula dancer in the opening montage is played by Helen Kuoha-Torco, now a professor at Windward Community college.=====================Continuity Goofs for Series *In some earlier episodes, McGarrett can be seen leaving his headquarters in a 1967 Mercury 2 door sedan. When he reaches his destination, he's driving a 1968 Mercury 4 door sedan. *After the original 1968 Mercury was retired, and replaced with a '74 Marquis Brougham 4-door hardtop, some stock footage was used of the '68 passing or in traffic. *From 1970 to 1976, Al Eben played Doc Bergman. In one episode, "A Bullet for McGarrett", his name is Doc Abraham.====================Rockford Judged Top TV Detective: 4 July 2000 (StudioBriefing) The Rockford Files (1974) Jim Rockford has topped a TV Guide survey in which readers were asked to name their favorite TV detectives ever. The magazine commented, "The crimes he solved were hardly complex. And his detective work was rudimentary at best. But from the moment he told a client, 'I get 200 dollars-a-day, plus expenses,' you were hooked." Columbo placed second in the survey, but Jessica Fletcher of the long-running Murder, She Wrote did not even make the top 10, coming in at 13. The top ten are: 1. James Garner as Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files (1974) 2. Peter Falk, Columbo 3. Andre Braugher as Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street 4. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless in Cagney and Lacey 5. Telly Savalas, Kojak 6. Tom Selleck, Magnum P.I. 7. Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect 8. Cybil Shepherd and Bruce Willis as Maddie Hayes and David Addison in Moonlighting 9. Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-0 10. Dennis Franz as Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue.moreless

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Jack Lord

    Steve McGarrett

  • James MacArthur

    Danny "Danno" Williams (Seasons 1-11)

  • Kam Fong

    Chin Ho Kelly (Seasons 1-10)

  • Zulu

    Kono Kalakaua (Seasons 1-4)

  • Al Harrington

    Ben Kokua (Seasons 5-7)

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  • Quotes (176)

    • Chin: And the great Chin Ho Kelly strikes again! McGarrett: (on the phone) Shut up and sit down, huh?

    • McGarrett: Kono? Kono: Blanksville. McGarrett: Danno? Danno: Double blanksville. Chin: Chin Ho Kelly strikes again! McGarrett: Shut up and sit down.

    • (McGarrett and HPD trap an intelligence agent who tailed McGarrett on Brent’s orders) McGarrett: Book him. Agent: Wait a minute. You can’t do that! McGarrett: Book him! (McGarrett drives off) Officer: (grinning) Mister, right now I’d hate to be your boss.

    • Attorney General: You have any idea of the red tape involved in getting an out-of-state body exhumed for autopsy? McGarrett: Yes, sir. That’s why I came directly to the Attorney General. Attorney General: In that case, the difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes us a little longer. McGarrett: How much longer? Attorney General: McGarrett, at times I get the distinct impression you think I work for you. McGarrett: Oh no, sir. Attorney General: You’re certain? McGarrett: Oh yes, sir. Attorney General: I’m glad one of us is.

    • McGarrett: You know, it's a funny thing. I'm used to Intelligence playing it cool. Really cool. But you seem more interested in a quiet funeral than in finding out who killed your man. Brent: You go ahead and think what you like, McGarrett. McGarrett: Thanks. I usually do.

    • Miller: Everybody knows that Steve McGarrett only takes orders from the Governor and God -- and occasionally even they have trouble.

    • (Governor sees McGarrett in dirty work clothes) Governor: What’s the get-up for? McGarrett: Well, sir... Governor: Don’t tell me. Keep those work clothes handy. You may need them on your next job.

    • Rosemary: Well, what shall we drink to, Steven? McGarrett: You name it, huh? Rosemary: To cops. McGarrett: To hippies. Rosemary: Peace? McGarrett: Peace.

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    Notes (568)

    • Tim O'Kelly was mistakenly credited as Tim O'Kelley in the closing credits.

    • McGarrett's first words are spoken in Chinese to the tour guide who is aboard the bus in front of Iolani Palace.

    • The official syndication production number for this episode is 6824.

    • "Cocoon" was the first videotape in a ten-tape VHS release of the series by Columbia House in the late 1990s. Unlike other Columbia House Hawaii Five-O releases, "Cocoon" had footage that had long been missing in syndication broadcasts. The footage occurs after the teaser. McGarrett arrives at Iolani Palace, greets a tour bus driver, walks up the Iolani Palace stairs and greets his secretary with a birthday lei. McGarrett then enters his office and goes through the mail while downing a snack-pack box of Corn Flakes and coffee. Danno (Tim O'Kelly in the pilot) enters with news that a federal agent has been found dead. McGarrett races out of his office and down the Iolani stairs past some tourists. The syndication broadcast version resumes at this point. The 2007 DVD release includes this extra footage as well.

    • The pilot movie "Cocoon" included several elements found in the James Bond movie series. Among the similarities were the hidden identity of a main villain while speaking onscreen (like the Blofeld character in the Bond movies), the large-scale battle near the end of the story, a Chinese villain (like Dr. No), a tropical setting (like Jamaica from Dr. No and the Bahamas from Thunderball), and the steely, no-nonsense presence of Jack Lord. Lord appeared as CIA agent Felix Leiter in the first James Bond movie Dr. No. Lord's version of Felix Leiter was very similar to the character of Steve McGarrett.

    • The pilot movie introduced characters who would re-appear on a recurring basis in several seasons. Wo Fat, the arch-nemesis of McGarrett, would always be played by Khigh Dhiegh. However, the role of intelligence agent Jonathan Kaye would be played by several different actors throughout the series' 12-season run. James Gregory played the role only in the pilot, although he later appeared in the Season Two episode "All the King's Horses" as Mike Finney. The attorney general was played by Philip Ahn in the pilot. Morgan White and Glenn Cannon appeared as the attorney general in the regular episodes. McGarrett's secretary May was played by Mitzi Hoag in the pilot. Maggi Parker took over the role for the 1st season. Peggy Ryan and Laura Sode appeared in later seasons as secretaries or receptionists at the Five-O offices. The pinned guide in the forum provides a more complete list of seasons and episodes in which the various recurring actors appeared.

    • This story originally aired as a 2-hour television movie under the name of "Hawaii Five-O-Cocoon" on September 20, 1968, six days before the first regular episode was broadcast. According to the 2007 DVD set, this was an unusual practice at the time. "Cocoon" was later re-edited and split into two one-hour episodes. Part 1 aired on June 4, 1969. Part 2 aired on June 11, 1969.

    • Audiences disliked Tim O'Kelly in the Danny Williams role, so series creator Leonard Freeman replaced him with James MacArthur. Lew Ayres played the Governor but decided not to continue with the role in the series. Richard Denning took over the character once the series began. However, Ayres made two guest appearances, as Dr. Elias Haig in the Season 6 episode "Anybody Can Build a Bomb" and as Commander Reginald Blackwell in the Season 8 episode "Legacy of Terror."

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    Trivia (256)

    • Wo Fat claims that normal skin temperature is 94.2 degrees Fahrenheit. However, normal skin temperature varies depending on the surrounding environment and any recent contact with hot or cold items such as food and drinks.

    • When Danny is in Reese's cabin and finds the poison, in the close-up it is a white capsule but in the long shot it is a black pill.

    • The Governor states that Hawaii attracts 2 million tourists annually. According to Aloha-Hawaii.com, Hawaii now receives 7 million visitors each year (as of April 2007).

    • McGarrett explains that "Mahalo" means "Thank you" in Hawaiian.

    • At the end of the first act when McGarrett answers a call in his car, his car radio has a receiver that actually looks like a telephone receiver. This is the only appearance of that prop in the series.

    • Kono's hair in the final scenes of this episode reveal sloppy editing. When he's shown in a shot with McGarrett, his hair is in disarray. When he is shown in a close-up where he quotes the episode's title, his hair is combed. The final shot shows Kono with McGarrett and again his hair is disheveled.

    • The flight attendants on and around the United Airlines plane can be seen wearing white hats that resemble tall versions of baseball caps as part of their uniforms.

    • In the first courtroom scene, the attorney general (Morgan White) mistakenly refers to Tokura as Tokuru.

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    Allusions (14)

    • Chin Ho: (to McGarrett) Some day you'll get Doc so steamed, he'll go out and discover the Lost Chord. Chin is referring to the famous song, "The Lost Chord," written by Arthur Sullivan in 1877 while at his dying brother's bedside. The lyrics are from the poem "A Lost Chord," written by Adelaide Anne Proctor in 1858. While playing on the keyboard of an organ, the narrator in the song struck a magnificent chord "Like the sound of a great Amen," but was unable to duplicate the sound again.

    • Full Fathom Five The title of the episode comes from Shakespeare's supernatural play The Tempest. After disposing of a victim during the teaser, Nora asks Victor to recite "their" poem. The poem is a modified version of a song of the spirit Ariel in Act I, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's play. The original song was as follows: Full fathom five thy father lies Of his bones are coral made Those are pearls that were his eyes Nothing of him that doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange. Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell Hark! now I hear them —- ding-dong, bell. Victor's version is as follows: Full fathom five the widow lies And of her bones are coral made Those are pearls that were her eyes Nothing of her now doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange. Sea-nymphs hourly ring her knell Hark! Now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.

    • McGarrett: (to Big Chicken) Ain't no big thing, brother. "Ain't No Big Thing" was almost an unofficial second theme song for the first season. It was written by Kui Lee and recorded by many performers, including Don Ho, the Brothers Cazimero and Kawika Crowley. Sal Mineo sang the song as Bobby George in "Tiger By The Tail." Tommy Sands sang the song as Joey Rand in the "No Blue Skies" episode. Finally, Gavin MacLeod sang the song in the shower as the character Big Chicken in the episode "The Box."

    • Portsmouth Naval Prison Joseph Trinian was incarcerated in Portsmouth Naval Prison before coming to Hawaii. Portsmouth was located on Seavey Island, Maine. It was part of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and was nicknamed "The Castle." The prison was also known as the "Alcatraz of the East" because no prisoner ever escaped. Portsmouth was in operation from 1908 to 1974. As of May 2007, the building is no longer in use and has fallen into a state of disrepair.

    • Kamehameha Day parade The parade was featured prominently in this episode. Kamehameha Day is a state holiday in Hawaii, observed on June 11 in honor of Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who unified the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1795. It is the only public holiday in the U.S. to honor a monarch. A floral parade begins at Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu and ends at Kapiolani Park. The Kamehameha Statue at Ali'iolani Hale and Iolani Palace on King Street is draped in leis. The statue was shown covered in leis in the episode. A similar celebration is held on the Big Island of Hawaii in the community of North Kohala, the birthplace of King Kamehameha.

    • Brigham Young University Hawaii, The Polynesian Cultural Center, and The Pacific Institute The Pacific Cultural Institute in this episode appears to be based on three related organizations, all of which are located in Laie on the north (windward) coast of Oahu. Brigham Young University Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii) is an undergraduate university affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As of June 2007, the institution enrolls 2,400 students from 70 different countries, primarily from Asia, the Pacific islands, and the U.S. At the time of this episode, it was known as the Church College of Hawaii. The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) was created by the LDS Church to preserve Polynesian culture, to provide a forum for sharing that culture with visitors, and to offer job opportunities to students at BYU-Hawaii so that they could pay their own way through school. The dedication ceremony was held on October 12, 1963, with hundreds of dignitaries, media, and visiting Polynesians on hand. This was the inspiration for the fictional dedication ceremony of the Pacific Cultural Institute that McGarrett described in the episode. Although the Center initially attracted relatively few visitors, as of 2007 it had become Hawaii's most popular paid tourist destination. Between 1963 and 2007, the Center had attracted over 32 million visitors. The Pacific Institute is a research organization operated by BYU-Hawaii and partly funded by the PCC. The institute publishes the quarterly journal Pacific Studies, promotes research on Polynesian cultures, and helps to ensure the authenticity of the various Polynesian presentations staged at the PCC. The organization was founded in 1959 as "The Polynesian Institute." In 1964, the name was changed to the "Institute for Polynesian Studies." This was the name used at the time this episode was filmed (1968). In the 1990s, the organization became known as "The Pacific Institute," which remains the current name (as of June 2007). Thus, the fictional Pacific Cultural Institute pre-dated the real-life Pacific Institute. (Thanks to Ms. Toluono at The Pacific Institute for providing historical information about the organization.)

    • Timothy Leary The character of Professor David Stone is based on the real-life professor and personality Timothy Leary, famous and notorious for his advocacy of LSD use. He received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He lectured at Harvard University until he was dismissed in May 1963 for his experiments with hallucinogenic drugs (although a different official explanation was given for the firing). Leary continued his experiments at a private mansion and campaigned for the widespread acceptance of LSD. He coined the phrase "Tune in, turn on and drop out" to help promote the supposed benefits of LSD. He was later convicted of drug-related offenses although at the time this episode was filmed and broadcast, Leary had only just begun to experience legal problems from his possession and use of controlled drugs. In later decades, Leary became a pop celebrity and a lecturer on space colonization and altered states of consciousness. He continued to use illegal drugs until his death in 1996.

    • Real-life serial killers Danno and McGarrett mention three historical serial killers. None of those cases were convincingly resolved. Jack the Ripper killed at least five women, all prostitutes, in or near the Whitechapel district of London's East End in the fall of 1888. The Cleveland Torso Murderer was active between 1935 and 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio. Body parts of 12 victims were found, most of them dismembered and all of them decapitated. Frank Dolezal confessed to one of the murders but his statement may not have been made voluntarily. He died while in the custody of the County Sheriff Martin O’Donnell. Safety Director Eliot Ness was never able to identify a suspect. The purported Boston Strangler murdered at least 11 women in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964. Although Albert DeSalvo confessed to the murders and was convicted of sexual assault for some of the crimes, many continue to question whether he was the Boston Strangler or whether all the crimes were really committed by just one killer.

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  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • This was much better than the remake

    By Mphil1985, Nov 15, 2015

  • H5O is still great.

    By suetamburino, Apr 21, 2015

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