Caine's Flute -
On the western
adventure KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75 David Carradine
played Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin Priest who
wandered the Old West in search of his brother.
In between fighting bad guys, Caine would take a
moment to practice his flute which he carried
over his shoulder.
Over the life of the series, Caine used four
flutes ranging from a very small one to a larger
one with a bend in the middle to a full length
flute which Caine carved during one of the
episodes and finally a fourth and tiny flute.
Since actor David Carradine was a musician, he
decided it appropriate for his character to
carry a flute with him.
Some of the flutes used on the series were
made by actor Michael Greene who carved the
instruments from pieces of bamboo grown in a
The tiny flute used at the end of the series
was actually made for Carradine by his friend's
Jose Feliciano and Cannonball Adderly.
Flute on His Back
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