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Old 05-12-2012, 06:49 AM   #1
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Default Every Martial Arts Movie That Ever Aired on TV: Black Belt Theater, Kung Fu Theater

Yeah, I watched the martial arts movies nearly every Saturday in the 80s. I had no idea the show I was watching was called Black Belt Theater. WNEW aired it as Drive-in Movie. It was not until long after FOX cancelled Drive-in Movie that I bought a copy of "Martial Arts Films: From Bruce Lee to the Ninjas" that I saw the first mention that those movies that began with the World Northal log were called Black Belt Theater. I wanted to buy all the movies I had watched growing up. World Northal released a few on home video through Embassy. And soon after that I discovered the Shaw Brothers bootlegs. But I wanted to know about the rest of the movies. What was the German one with the midget villain again? "Fear No Evil" or something? How about the one that took place in the old west? Or the Charlies Angels rip-off?

It was not until the Drive-in Movie article by Chris Poggiali that I found a complete list of all the movies that aired during Drive-in Movie, including all the Black Belt Theater films. The article even included a list of Black Belt Theater films that never aired on Drive-in Movie. But what about those movies from Channel 11? For a while there was a second channel in NYC that aired martial arts movies on Saturdays. Once again the Internet provided the answer. The show was called Fist of Fury Theater, and an article from Project A.K.A. listed some of the movies that aired on it. The link to that article is now dead.

Since the Project A.K.A. list was incomplete, I did some more digging on the Internet and discovered that USA Network had a program called Kung Fu Theater that was every bit as popular as Black Belt Theater. I did not have cable until the 90s, so I had no idea this show existed. I was intrigued. I did more investigating and found sites discussing other local stations that aired martial arts films. I began working on a master list of every martial film that ever aired on television.

Well, you can't always trust the Internet. I found a few online articles on USA Network's that claimed that Kung Fu Theater was was a syndicated show that USA Network picked up but was also available on local stations across the country. Based on that I compiled a list based from accounts of stations that also had weekend shows called Kung Fu Theater. A Youtube video had the host of the San Fransisco Kung Fu Theater introducing a movie that also aired on USA, so I assumed I was on the right track. Then I read some comments on this site refuting that the local and USA Kung Fu Theaters were the same. I forgot the golden rule, don't f*#%ing trust the Internet. Unlike The New York Times, no one fact checks the online articles. For every reliable article, like Chris Poggiali's well researched one on Drive-in Movie, there are another hundred other articles cobbled together from hacks looking to create quick content to sell to websites. And for every inaccurate online article there are hundreds of blog entries that are far worse. Even Wikipedia can not be trusted. I have a master list, but many of the films on it are suspect.

Here Is Where Everyone Can Help

I would still like to compile a master list of every martial arts movie that aired during the golden era for televised martial arts ( 1981 - 1995, depending where you lived. ) I know that other members here would like a list of every film that aired, especially on their local stations. We have many members here who watched those shows and who know what aired. I think together we all could come up with a complete list of not only every syndicated martial arts package like World Northal's Black Belt Theater, but perhaps even a complete list of every show that aired on most of the local stations that had their own weekend martial arts movie show.

Memories of watching these programs is acceptable, but I prefer proof. Needless to say, sometimes memories are not that good, especially in my case. But lets say you videotaped some of the movies, you still have those tapes lying around, and they still have the stations logo or some other identifying feature. ( WNEW usually had a voice over during the ending credits announcing what program was on next. There was also a mandatory FCC rule that the station's lD had to show up once an hour on the dot. ) Or lets say you have some old TV Guides gathering dust somewhere. Admit it. You were a huge A-Team fan at one time and saved the issue with the cast on the cover. Or maybe you were a Linda Carter fan and saved the cover with her. There had to be some TV Guide you kept, and perhaps forgot all about. Those old TV Guides are an invaluable resource that can tell you what aired locally, what aired on USA's Kung Fu Theater, and what may have aired late nights. If your local paper had daily television listings, another source of proof would be your local library's microfilms of their old news papers.

Here is what I am looking for. Conformation on films that aired on television. If possible, date, channel and time of movie broadcasts ( See Drive-in Movie list ). Name of program that movies aired on ( eg. Fist of Fury Theater, Samurai Sunday ). Broadcast history ( The year your local station began airing the movies, and the date they stopped ). Anything unique about your local broadcasts. ( Any host? I read somewhere that one of the shows was hosted by a puppet? Any unusual graphics during the opening sequence? ) If you taped it, I would like a screen capture of the opening to the martial arts movie show, if not already posted here. And anyone has any information on the individual syndication packages, such as exactly how many individual packages were syndicated by World Northal and which movies were in each. Also, any conformation on the rumored "lost" final Black Belt Theater package that supposedly aired in a few markets.

(?) signifies unconfirmed movies. If someone can confirm or prove they aired, then please do so.
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Default Syndication Packages

Black Belt Theater


Distributor: World Northal
Aired on: WNEW-5 New York City; WTAF-29 then moved to WWSG/WGSB-57 Philadelphia; WTXX-20 Waterbury Conn. ( where else? )


5 Masters of Death
18 Fatal Strikes
A Hard Way to Die
A Man Called Tiger
Avenging Eagle
Avenging Warrior of Shaolin
Bloody Avengers
Bruce Lee: His Last Days, His Last Nights
Challenge of the Masters
Challenge of the Ninja
Chinatown Kid
Daredevils of Kung Fu
Deadly Angels
Deadly Mantis
Death Chambers
Disciples of Death
Demon Fist of Kung Fu
Destroyers
Dirty Ho
Duel of the Iron Fist
Dynamo
Dynasty of Blood
Executioners of Death
Fists of the White Lotus
Five Deadly Venoms
Five Fingers of Death
Flying Guillotine
Four assassins
Four Invincibles
Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment
Incredible Kung Fu Master
Instructors of Death
International Assassin
Incredible Kung Fu Brothers
Invincible One
Iron Chain Assassin
Iron Fingers of Death
Jade Claw
Karate Exterminators
Kid with the Golden Arm
Killer Army
Killer From Shangtung
Kung Fu Conspiracy
Kung Fu Executioner
Kung Fu Hellcats
Kung Fu Instructor
Kung Fu Invaders
Kung Fu Killers
Kung Fu Warlords
Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu
Manhunt
Masked Avengers
Master Avengers
Master Killer
Master of Kung Fu
Mortal Combat
Ninja Warlord
Powerforce
Return of the Master Killer
Revenge of the Patriots
Roar of the Lion
Roots of Evil
Savage 5
Seven Soldiers of Kung Fu
Shaolin Hand Lock
Shaolin Martial Arts
Shaolin Masters
Shaolin Plot
Slaughter in San Fransisco
Slice of Death
Spearmen of Death
Stoner
Street Gangs of Hong Kong
Strike 4 Revenge
Stroke of Death
Super Ninjas
Super Power
Superfighters
Tattoo Connection
Tattooed Dragon
Ten Tigers of Kwangtung
The Three Avengers
Three Evil Masters
Thunderbolt Fist
Two Champions of Death
Unbeatable Dragon
Warrior of Steel
When Tae Kwon Do Strikes


These films allegedly were part of a final Black Belt Theater "lost" package and are rumored to have aired in a few markets. ( any conformation? )
The Bastard Swordsman
Battle For Shaolin
Boxer From the Temple
Breaking Sword of Death
Claw of the Eagle
Disciples of the Master Killer
House of Traps
Invincible Pole Fighter
Lightning Fists of Shaolin
My Young Auntie
Naked Fists of Terror


Here are a few movies without martial arts that World Northal syndicated in other packages and occasionally aired on the same time slot as Black Belt Theater
Black Magic: Shaw Brothers horror film with Ti Lung being cursed by a witch doctor
Bullet Train: Japanese disaster movie where terrorists rig a train to explode if it drops below 80mph
Goliathon: Shaw Brothers version of King Kong
Revenge of the Zombies: Lo Lieh is another witch doctor who specializes in turning people into zombies.


Fist of Fury Theater (?) ( possible name of martial arts movie package that aired on WPIX )

Distributor: Unknown
Aired on: WPIX-11 New York City ( where else? )

The Amsterdam Connection
The Bloody Fight
The Bloody Fists
Bruce Lee Against Supermen (?)
Bruce Lee We Miss You
Bruce Lee's Secret
Cantonen Iron Kung Fu
Crack Shadow Boxers (?)
Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger (?)
Fists of Vengeance
Kung Fu Commandos
Moonlight Sword and Jade Lion
Northern Kicks and Southern Fist (?)
Revenge of the Dragon
Shaolin Kung Fu Mystagogue (?)
Story in Red Temple Lily
Struggle Through Death
Superdragon
Tiger's Claw
True Game of Death

Golden Harvest

Distributor: Paragon (?)
Aired on: WNEW-5 New York City ( where else ? )

The Chinese Connection
Fists of Fury
Game of Death
Game of Death II
Return of the Dragon
Winners and Sinners
Young Master


Cinema Shares

Distributor: Cinema Shares
Aired on: WNEW-5 New York City ( where else ? )

Bruce Lee the Invincible
Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth
Dynasty ( 2D version )
Fists of Bruce Lee
Killing Machine
Kung Fu Gold
Soul Brothers of Kung Fu

Warner Television

Distributor: Warner Television
Aired on WPIX-11 ( where else ? )

Kung Fu ( pilot movie )
The Big Brawl
Enter the Dragon
Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
The Protector
The Ultimate Warrior


Harmony Gold (?) One message board claimed that USA Network aired the following movies in the mid 90s. Can someone confirm?

Duel of the Ultimate Weapons (?)
Fury in the Shaolin Temple (?)
Invincible Obsessed Fighter (?)
The Shaolin Incredible Ten (?)

Ocean Shores (?)
Can anyone confirm if an Ocean Shores syndicated package existed? Rumors of this exist, but they may be thinking of the Cinema Shares package.

National Telefilm Associates
Blind Fist of Bruce (?)
Dragon on Fire
Dragon's Inferno
Golden Dragon, Silver Snake (?)
Return of the Kung Fu Dragon (?)
Heroes of Shaolin (?)


Other Martial Arts Movies in Syndication Between 1980 and 1995
Anyone remember any others?

A Force of One
An Eye For An Eye ( Embassy )
Breaker! Breaker! ( AIP )
Bushido Blade ( Rankin/Bass )
Circle of Iron ( Embassy )
Code of Silence ( Orion )
Dynasty ( 3D Version ) ( 3D Madness )
Enter the Ninja ( Cannon )
Forced Vengeance ( MGM/UA )
Golden Needles ( AIP )
Good Guys Wear Black
Infra Man
The Karate Kid ( Columbia )
The Karate Kid II ( Columbia )
Kill or Be Killed
The Last Dragon ( Tri-Star )
Lone Wolf McQuade
Marlowe ( MGM/UA )
Master Ninja ( Viacom )
The Octagon
Sword of the Ninja ( a.k.a. The Challenge ) ( Embassy )
That Man Bolt ( Universal )
Three the Hard Way

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Kung Fu Theater


9/4/83 1pm Incredible Master Beggars ( 1980 ) Liang Hsiao, Ku Feng, Han Kuo Tsai; 7pm Renegade Monk ( 1980 ) John Liu, Ko Shou Liang

9/11/83 12pm Renegade Monk ( 1980 ) John Liu, Ko Shou Liang; 7pm Two Graves of Kung Fu ( 1980 ) Lau Ka Wing

9/9/84 1pm The Japanese Connection ( 1978 ) Cheun Lik, Hsia Wen, Yukio Fomeno; 7pm Magnificent Wonderman From Shaolin ( 1979 ) Ying Hau, Chau Lin

9/15/85 1pm Flying Claw vs. 14 Demons ( 1981 ) Chia Ling, Kam Kang

Also:
3 Evil Masters
A Gathering of Heroes (?)
Amsterdam Connection (?)
Avenging Warrior of Shaolin
The Brave Lion (?)
Bruce and Shao - Lin Kung Fu (?)
Cobra (?)
Deadly Strike (?)
Dynasty of Blood
Enter the Game of Death (?)
Enter the Panther (?)
Heroes of Shaolin (?)
Kung Fu Commandos (?) ( May have aired under the title "Incredible Kung Fu Mission" )
Kung Fu Inferno (?)
Kung Fu Instructor (?)
Kung Fu Zombies (?)
Magnificent Kung Fu Warriors
Ninja Exterminators (?)
Shaolin Drunkard (?)
Shaolin Kung Fu Mystagogue (?)
Showdown at the Equator (?)
Snake Fist Fighter (?)
Snake-Crane Secret (?)
Tower of the Drunken Dragons (?)
Warriors Two (?)
Writing Kung Fu (?)



Kung Fu June ( 1990 )
Fist of the White Lotus
The Invincible One
Return of the Master Killer
Super Ninjas

Late Night Mid 90s (?) ( can someone confirm these and other Harmony Gold films aired during the late night time slot? )

Dreadnought Rivals
Duel of the Ultimate Weapons (?)
Fury in the Shaolin Temple (?)
Invincible Obsessed Fighter (?)
Secret Executioner
The Shaolin Incredible Ten (?)

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Default New York City

Drive-in Movie WNEW-5

3pm - 5pm Saturdays, beginning at 1pm on double feature days.

Drive-in Movie was not specifically a martial arts showcase. It's opening segment and bumpers was a montage of scenes from a 50's drive-in theater with 50's music playing in the background. It was conceived as a program to feature the grind house movies the channel had the broadcast rights to. A mixture of Hammer horror films, biker films, teen comedies, and other exploitation films. The films of Black Belt Theater were suppose to be just part of the mix. When ratings for martial arts movies outperformed everything else, Black Belt Theater films began to dominated Drive-in Movie on a weekly basis. Unfortunately WNEW also had a contract with SFM Holiday Network to air their boring 'G' rated family films which would preempt Drive-in Movie a few times each year. Very disappointing. Briefly in 1983 around the time of NYC's televised martial arts peak [ see below ] Drive-in Movie was renamed Black Belt Theater. Live segments were shot at a Karate school with one of the teachers as the host [ I do not remember the guy's name ] who introduced the movie and demonstrated a few martial arts moves during some of the commercial breaks. The first of these Black Belt Theater segments aired July 9, 1983. Alexander Fu Sheng had just died a few days earlier, so the live segments paid tribute to him. It was just a matter of extreme coincidence that the movie scheduled that day was "Chinatown Kid". The live segments lasted at least two weeks before WNEW reverted back to calling it Drive-in Movie and returning to the original bumpers. Aside from World Northal's Black Belt Theater, Drive-in Movie aired martial arts movies from other distributors. Golden Harvest/Paragon distributed the Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan films, while API was the distributor on the Chuck Norris CB film "Breaker! Breaker!". Cinema Shares began adding martial arts films to one of their B movie packages, most of which ended up on Drive-in Movie. The final martial arts movie that aired in the Drive-in Movie time slot was "Dynasty" distributed by 3D Madness. The Bruce Lee films debuted in prime time on week nights before they aired on Drive-in Movie. Thanks to the article by Chris Poggiali that provided the air dates for this list.

5/2/81 3pm BRUCE LEE: HIS LAST DAYS, HIS LAST NIGHTS
6/6/81 3pm THE MASTER KILLER
7/11/81 3pm THE THREE AVENGERS
7/25/81 3pm DUEL OF THE IRON FIST
8/8/81 3pm THE CHINATOWN KID
9/12/81 3pm EXECUTIONERS OF DEATH
9/25/81 3pm DYNAMO
10/3/81 3pm THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
10/10/81 3pm THE SAVAGE FIVE
10/31/81 3pm THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM
11/21/81 3pm THE TATTOO CONNECTION
1/9/82 3pm BRUCE LEE: HIS LAST DAYS, HIS LAST NIGHTS
1/16/82 3pm THE MASTER KILLER
1/30/82 3pm THE THREE AVENGERS
2/6/82 3pm DUEL OF THE IRON FIST
2/20/82 3pm TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG
2/27/82 3pm THE CHINATOWN KID
3/20/82 3pm EXECUTIONERS OF DEATH
4/17/82 3pm DYNAMO
5/8/82 3pm STREET GANGS OF HONG KONG
5/15/82 3pm FIVE MASTERS OF DEATH
5/22/82 3pm SHAOLIN HANDLOCK
6/12/82 3pm THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
7/10/82 3pm CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS
7/17/82 3pm THE UNBEATABLE DRAGON
7/24/82 3pm THE MASTER OF KUNG FU
7/31/82 3pm KILLER FROM SHANTUNG
9/11/82 3pm THE TATTOO CONNECTION
9/18/82 3pm THE SAVAGE FIVE
9/25/82 3pm THE FOUR INVINCIBLES
10/2/82 3pm THE TATTOOED DRAGON
10/9/82 3pm A MAN CALLED TIGER
10/23/82 3pm STONER
11/6/82 3pm SLAUGHTER IN SAN FRANCISCO
11/20/82 3pm ROOTS OF EVIL
12/11/82 3pm AVENGING EAGLES
12/18/82 3pm DEATH CHAMBER
1/15/83 3pm FIVE MASTERS OF DEATH
1/22/83 3pm STREET GANGS OF HONG KONG
2/5/83 3pm THE DEADLY ANGELS
2/12/83 3pm KUNG FU CONSPIRACY
2/19/83 3pm A HARD WAY TO DIE
2/26/83 3pm THE NINJA WARLORD
3/5/83 3pm BRUCE LEE: HIS LAST DAYS, HIS LAST NIGHTS
3/12/83 3pm THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM
3/19/83 3pm JADE CLAW
4/2/83 3pm SUPER POWER
4/16/83 3pm THE MASTER KILLER
4/23/83 3pm THE FOUR ASSASSINS
5/7/83 3pm CHALLENGE OF THE NINJA
5/14/83 3pm THE FLYING GUILLOTINE
6/4/83 1pm SLAUGHTER IN SAN FRANCISCO; 3pm DUEL OF THE IRON FIST
6/11/83 1pm STREET GANGS OF HONG KONG
6/25/83 1pm THE SAVAGE FIVE
7/2/83 3pm THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
7/9/83 1pm CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS; 3pm THE CHINATOWN KID
7/16/83 1pm THE UNBEATABLE DRAGON; 3pm THE THREE AVENGERS
7/23/83 1pm THE MASTER OF KUNG FU; 3pm EXECUTIONERS OF DEATH
7/30/83 1pm STONER; 3pm THE BLOODY AVENGERS
8/6/83 3pm AVENGING EAGLES
8/13/83 3pm DYNAMO
8/20/83 3:15pm THE TATTOO CONNECTION
8/27/83 1pm TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG
9/3/83 1pm DEATH CHAMBER; 3:15pm THE TATTOOED DRAGON
9/17/83 1pm THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM; 2:45pm THE SPEARMAN OF DEATH
9/24/83 3pm THE DEADLY ANGELS
10/1/83 1pm KUNG FU EXECUTIONER; 3pm A HARD WAY TO DIE
10/8/83 1pm A MAN CALLED TIGER; 2:30pm THE BULLET TRAIN
10/15/83 1pm THE FOUR ASSASSINS
10/22/83 1pm SUPER POWER; 3pm KOWLOON ASSIGNMENT
11/5/83 1pm KILLER FROM SHANTUNG; 3pm WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES
11/12/83 1pm THE NINJA WARLORD; 3pm THE RETURN OF THE MASTER KILLER
11/19/83 1pm THE DESTROYERS
11/26/83 1pm KUNG FU CONSPIRACY; 2:45pm TWO CHAMPIONS OF DEATH
12/3/83 1pm JADE CLAW
12/10/83 1pm BRUCE LEE: HIS LAST DAYS, HIS LAST NIGHTS
1/7/84 2pm THE TATTOO CONNECTION
1/14/84 3pm AVENGING EAGLES
1/21/84 3pm FIVE MASTERS OF DEATH
2/4/84 3pm FISTS OF THE WHITE LOTUS
2/11/84 3pm MASKED AVENGERS
2/18/84 3pm INSTRUCTORS OF DEATH
2/25/84 3pm CHALLENGE OF THE NINJA
3/3/84 3pm STREET GANGS OF HONG KONG
3/31/84 3pm KUNG FU EXECUTIONER
4/21/84 3pm THE FLYING GUILLOTINE
5/5/84 3pm DIRTY HO
5/12/84 3pm SLICE OF DEATH
5/26/84 3pm MORTAL COMBAT
6/2/84 3pm WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES
6/9/84 3pm ROOTS OF EVIL
6/30/84 2:30pm THE SPEARMAN OF DEATH
7/7/84 3pm DUEL OF THE IRON FIST
7/14/84 3pm THE MASTER KILLER
7/21/84 3pm TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG
7/28/84 3pm CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS
8/4/84 3pm THE FOUR ASSASSINS
8/11/84 3pm THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
8/18/84 3pm THE MASTER OF KUNG FU
9/1/84 3pm THE UNBEATABLE DRAGON
9/8/84 3pm THE THREE AVENGERS
9/15/84 3pm THE DESTROYERS
9/22/84 3pm THE DEATH CHAMBER
9/29/84 3pm KILLER ARMY
10/13/84 3pm KUNG FU KILLERS
10/20/84 3pm THE DEADLY MANTIS (1978)
11/10/84 3pm SUPER NINJAS
11/17/84 3pm WINNERS AND SINNERS
11/24/84 3pm THE INVINCIBLE ONE
12/8/84 3pm STONER
12/15/84 3pm THE BLOODY AVENGERS
12/29/84 3pm KILLER FROM SHANTUNG
1/5/85 3pm THE YOUNG MASTER
1/12/85 3pm RETURN OF THE MASTER KILLER
1/19/85 3pm RETURN OF THE DRAGON
1/26/85 3pm THE CHINESE CONNECTION
2/9/85 3pm THE GAME OF DEATH
2/26/85 3pm GAME OF DEATH II
2/23/85 3pm THE TATTOOED DRAGON
3/2/85 3pm BREAKER! BREAKER!
3/16/85 3pm SUPER POWER
3/30/85 3pm A HARD WAY TO DIE
4/13/85 3pm THE CHINATOWN KID
5/4/85 3pm FIVE MASTERS OF DEATH
5/11/85 3pm FISTS OF FURY
5/25/85 3pm SLAUGHTER IN SAN FRANCISCO
6/15/85 3pm THE DEADLY ANGELS
6/29/85 3pm KUNG FU CONSPIRACY
7/6/85 3pm JADE CLAW
7/20/85 3pm GOLIATHON
7/27/85 3pm THE SAVAGE FIVE
8/3/85 3pm STREET GANGS OF HONG KONG
8/10/85 3pm DUEL OF THE IRON FIST
8/17/85 3pm THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM
8/31/85 3pm KUNG FU EXECUTIONER
9/7/85 3pm EXECUTIONERS OF DEATH
9/21/85 3pm CHALLENGE OF THE NINJA
9/28/85 3pm AVENGING EAGLES
10/5/85 3pm KUNG FU WARLORDS
10/12/85 3pm ROAR OF THE LION
10/19/85 1pm DISCIPLES OF DEATH
10/26/85 3pm TWO CHAMPIONS OF DEATH
11/2/85 2:45pm KARATE EXTERMINATORS
11/9/85 3pm LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF KUNG FU
11/30/85 2:45pm INVINCIBLE KUNG FU BROTHERS
12/14/85 3pm INSTRUCTORS OF DEATH
12/21/85 3pm DIRTY HO
12/28/85 3pm SLICE OF DEATH
1/4/86 3pm WINNERS AND SINNERS
1/11/86 3pm BRUCE LEE: THE MAN, THE MYTH
1/18/86 3pm SHAOLIN HANDLOCK
1/25/86 3pm IRON FINGERS OF DEATH
2/1/86 3pm STROKE OF DEATH
2/8/86 2:45pm THE MASTER KILLER
2/15/86 3pm SEVEN SOLDIERS OF KUNG FU
2/22/86 3pm STRIKE 4 REVENGE
3/1/86 3:15pm BRUCE LEE: THE LEGEND
3/8/86 3pm SHAOLIN MARTIAL ARTS
3/15/86 3pm IRON CHAIN ASSASSIN
3/29/86 3pm POWERFORCE
4/5/86 3pm THE FLYING GUILLOTINE
4/12/86 3pm THE SPEARMAN OF DEATH
4/19/86 3pm KILLER ARMY
4/26/86 3:30pm THE NINJA WARLORD
5/3/86 3pm THUNDERBOLT FISTS
5/10/86 3pm DAREDEVILS OF KUNG FU
5/24/86 3pm KUNG FU HELLCATS
5/31/86 3pm THE DEADLY MANTIS (1978)
6/7/86 3pm FISTS OF THE WHITE LOTUS
6/14/86 3pm MORTAL COMBAT
6/21/86 3pm THE INVINCIBLE ONE
7/26/86 3pm THE UNBEATABLE DRAGON
8/16/86 3:15pm KUNG FU KILLERS
8/23/86 3pm CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS
8/30/86 2:45pm THE FOUR ASSASSINS
9/6/86 3pm THE FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH
9/20/86 3:15pm SUPERFIGHTERS
9/27/86 3pm DEATH CHAMBER
10/4/86 3pm SHAOLIN MASTERS
10/11/86 3pm WARRIOR OF STEEL
10/18/86 3pm KUNG FU GOLD
10/25/86 3pm POWERFORCE
11/1/86 3:15pm THE KILLING MACHINE
11/8/86 3pm KUNG FU INVADERS
11/22/86 3:15pm DEMON FIST OF KUNG FU
12/13/86 3pm THE DESTROYERS
12/20/86 3pm THE RETURN OF THE MASTER KILLER
12/27/86 3pm TEN TIGERS OF KWANGTUNG
1/3/87 3pm THE BLOODY AVENGERS
1/10/87 3pm SOUL BROTHERS OF KUNG FU
1/17/87 3pm THE MASTER OF KUNG FU
1/24/87 3pm SHAOLIN HANDLOCK
1/31/87 3pm KILLER FROM SHANTUNG
2/7/87 3pm THREE EVIL MASTERS
2/14/87 2:45pm DYNASTY OF BLOOD
2/21/87 3pm THE KUNG FU INSTRUCTOR
2/28/87 2:45pm AVENGING WARRIORS OF SHAOLIN
3/7/87 2:45pm STONER
3/14/87 3pm WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES
3/21/87 3pm CHALLENGE OF THE NINJA
4/11/87 3pm A HARD WAY TO DIE
4/18/87 3pm INSTRUCTORS OF DEATH
4/25/87 3:30pm SUPER POWER
5/2/87 3:30pm SLAUGHTER IN SAN FRANCISCO
5/16/87 3pm KUNG FU WARLORDS
5/23/87 1pm LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF KUNG FU
6/13/87 3pm KOWLOON ASSIGMENT
6/20/87 2:45pm THE FLYING GUILLOTINE
7/11/87 3:15pm KUNG FU CONSPIRACY
7/18/87 3pm THE SPEARMAN OF DEATH
8/15/87 3:30pm THE NINJA WARLORD
8/22/87 1pm KUNG FU EXECUTIONER
8/29/87 3pm ROOTS OF EVIL
9/5/87 3pm AVENGING EAGLES
9/12/87 3pm THE DEADLY MANTIS (1978)
12/5/87 3pm DYNASTY ( 3D Madness version )


Fist of Fury Theater WPIX-11

1pm - 3pm Saturdays around 1983
In 1983 WPIX decided that they too would air martial arts on Saturday afternoons. Fist of Fury Theater was never as popular as Drive-in Movie, and was gone by the next year. WPIX would later air other martial arts films, mostly American productions and including "Enter the Dragon", but randomly on week nights.

9/3/83 1pm Revenge of the Dragon ( 1981 ) Wang Chung
9/10/83 1pm Struggle Through Death ( 1981 ) John Liu, Jennifer Wang

Also:
The Amsterdam Connection
The Bloody Fight
The Bloody Fists
Bruce Lee Against Supermen (?)
Bruce Lee We Miss You
Bruce Lee's Secret
Cantonen Iron Kung Fu
Crack Shadow Boxers (?)
Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger (?)
Fists of Vengeance
Kung Fu Commandos
Moonlight Sword and Jade Lion
Northern Kicks and Southern Fist (?)
Shaolin Kung Fu Mystagogue (?)
Story in Red Temple Lily ( a promo for this movie ran, but the movie itself was preempted and possibly never aired. )
Superdragon
Tiger's Claw
True Game of Death


WWHT-68/60

10/3/83 3:30pm Two Champions of Death

1983

In 1983 televised martial arts movies peaked in New York City. The Saturday Drive-in Movie on WNEW-5 had gone from airing one Black Belt Theater film a month, to nearly every week during Drive-in Movie, to finally extending Drive-in Movie to a double feature with an earlier 1pm slot added to the 3pm slot, booth usually airing Black Belt Theater films. Around the same time WPIX-11began airing Fist of Fury Theater Saturdays at 1pm. And I finally found proof that WWHT-68 was also airing Shaw Brothers movies the same year. I found a TV guide with a listing for "Two Champion's of Death" on 10/3/83 @ 3:30 PM. WWHT was a UHF station that offered a prime time premium service that played unedited movies. Their signal was scrambled and could only be unscrambled with a box you rented from them. It was initially so successful that WWHT expanded the service over the weekends and eventually took over the entire day, cancelling all their regular programming including "The Uncle Floyd Show" which had just gone into syndication that year*. Because WWHT was a subscription channel, it created a technicality that allowed World Northal to sell it the same Shaw Brothers movies that were already airing in the same market on a different channel. Those who claimed they saw Shaw Brothers movies on WWHT also claimed they were letterboxed, suggesting they were unedited and not part of the Black Belt Theater package.

The peak happened when a fourth station, WWOR-9, also began airing martial arts movies on Saturday. For two weeks they aired Anglo produced ninja movies, starting with "Enter the Ninja". WWOR never went beyond their two week experiment. Fist of Fury Theater lasted about a year on WPIX, then was gone for good. They simply could not match the success that WNEW had with the same genre. Even WNEW could not match their own success. The double feature, which began the first week of June, ended the last week of November. The double feature returned in 1985, but this time only the second feature was a martial arts film. In 1986 WNEW mixed in martial arts movies from Cinema Shares along with the regular Black Belt Theater movies, suggesting the genre was still pulling high ratings. The final Black Belt Theater movie to air on Drive-in Movie was in September of 1987, preempted a week later by sfm Holiday Network "How Green Was My Valley". When Drive-in Movie returned it was no longer airing martial arts movies, possibly because of a directive from the new FOX network, the new owners of the channel. A few weeks later 3D Madness, a weekly show that aired 3D movies requiring blue/red glasses, began it's brief two week run in the Drive-in Movie time slot. The second film was "Dynasty", the final martial arts movie to ever air on Saturday afternoon on WNEW. Both the Black Belt Theater and Cinema Shares movies were moved to 12 midnight where they both aired until the Black Belt Theater package expired. Cinema Shares also disappeared, but then reappeared for a week or two at 3 am on week nights.

* Uncle Floyd was just picking up a national cult following when his show was abruptly cancelled, in turn effectively cancelling his syndication deal. The premium movie service failed shortly after 1983 as cable television expanded into the rest of the New York City area. WWHT then became a popular music video channel U68, but after a year was sold to Home Shopping Network who used the signal to simulcast their channel.

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Super 66 Samurai Sunday WGBO-66


Anyone from the Chicago area know what films aired?

WGN-9

King Boxer


Detroit

Martial Arts Theater WXON-20

Dragon Lord (?)
Infernal Street (?)
Challenge of Death (?)

WKDB-50
Aired Black Belt Theater packages

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Kung Fu Theater KTSF-26

Channel 26's Kung Fu Theater originally opened with a montage of photos from old Hollywood movies accompanied by Glen Miller's "In The Mood", apparently the same generic opening for all the channels movies. Eventually the channel went for something more original by building a set and hiring martial art Master Tat Mau Wong as the weekly host. Not only did he introduce films, but gave demonstrations, and even invited guest martial artists from surrounding schools to give their own demos.

Known to have aired:
Bloody Fist
Secrets of the Snake & Crane
Kung Fu of Tai Kwan Do
Dragon Force Operation

Anyone know more about this show, or what other movies aired?
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Black Belt Theater (?) Kung Fu Theater (?) WTAF-29

Boxer Rebellion
Challenge of the Masters
Dreadnaught
Executioners from Shaolin
Invincible Shaolin
Shaolin Martial Arts
Shaolin Temple

Samurai Sunday WWSG/WGBS-57 ( Philly 57 )

Anyone from Philadelphia know what films aired on each?

WPHL-17 (?)
Blind Fist of Bruce (?)
Dragon on Fire (?)
Dragon's Inferno (?)
Golden Dragon, Silver Snake (?)
Return of the Kung Fu Dragon (?)
Heroes of Shaolin (?)

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Black Belt Theater (?) Kung Fu Theater (?) WTAF-29


Anyone from Philadelphia know what films aired on each?
These films I recall from WTAF....

Boxer Rebellion
Challenge of the Masters
Dreadnaught
Executioners from Shaolin
Invincible Shaolin
Shaolin Martial Arts
Shaolin Temple

More when I think of them....
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Holy shit!!!!!!!!!!! Mind blown!!!!!!!!!!!!
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"What was the German one with the midget villain again? "Fear No Evil" or something? How about the one that took place in the old west? Or the Charlies Angels rip-off? "

ROOTS OF EVIL , the greatest movie ever made. A HARD WAY TO DIE, the second greatest movie ever made. DEADLY ANGELS, the 798the best movie ever made.

I do think Golden Harvest handled much of their own tv syndication, and did a rather poor job of it. I always heard about YOUNG MASTER and DRAGON LORD playing on channels in the Northeast in the 80s. Never saw them on tv south of the Mason Dixon Line. Golden Harvest had an L.A. office back then, but they never seemed to do much other than signing a weird deal with Cinema Group Home Video.

Philly 57 aired INVINCIBLE KUNG FU BROTHERS and DEADLY ANGELS in 1992. With World Northal logos. One presumes they possibly knew WN was gone and the tapes were in the public domain. Strange because both titles were scarce at the time among VHS traders. I had the only copy of DEADLY ANGELS, because the kung fu collectors didn't care about it!

There is an issue of Martial Arts Movie Associates that lists every title in every BBT package, including the phantom "unsyndicated" 5th package(except for two titles that showed up on LA tv).. If I dig it up in the next month or so, I'll post the titles. But others may have it.
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