Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The Hawaiian Connection: Part 1 

Luring Fred and Lamont to Hawaii, a trio of jewel thieves plot to make Fred their mule for smuggling stolen diamonds to California.


Alan Rafkin


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
David Huddleston ... First Cop
Barbara Rhoades ... Gladys
James Gregory ... Commander
Teddy Wilson ... Messenger (as Theodore Wilson)
Greg Morris ... Wills
Sheldon Leonard ... Davis
Fritzi Burr ... Woman on Plane
Frank Nelson ... Co-Pilot
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Suitcase Courier
Sandra Kerns ... Stewardess


Luring Fred and Lamont to Hawaii, a trio of jewel thieves plot to make Fred their mule for smuggling stolen diamonds to California.

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Release Date:

24 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The theme from Mission Impossible played while Willis played by Greg Morris made the switch of the suitcases. Greg Morris played in the Mission Impossible TV series. See more »


Lamont Sanford: [while on the beach, he hands Fred a bowl] Here, Pop. Try this.
Fred G. Sanford: What is it?
Lamont Sanford: Poi.
Lamont Sanford: [He takes a little with two fingers, licks it, then cringes, shaking his head] Poi oh boy!
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »


Hawaii Five-O Theme
Written by Morton Stevens
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Sixth season opener
19 November 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Hawaiian Connection" opened the sixth and final season, in the same location where THE BRADY BUNCH opened season four in 1972, syndicated in three parts, though the first two were originally broadcast in a one hour time slot. Fred is looking forward to attending his first junkman's convention in Hawaii, but Lamont laments that they don't have the resources to afford the trip. Meanwhile, jewel robbers Davis (Sheldon Leonard) and Freddy Wills (Greg Morris) are holed up in their Honolulu hotel room with beautiful moll Gladys (Barbara Rhoades), unable to unload their haul with every cop on the lookout. Wills remembers a junk man from his old L.A. neighborhood who should be stupid enough to provide the perfect pigeon to handle the goods, wonder who he was talking about? Two free tickets to the convention arrive by mail, the exasperated messenger (Theodore Wilson) expecting a nonexistent Sanford tip, and father and son board a plane for Honolulu, the familiar faces of battle axe Fritzi Burr (seventh of ten) and co-pilot Frank Nelson (third of six) a sure sign they might not make it! Once they're out of their $135 a day suite, Wills makes the diamond switch into their luggage (Greg Morris is backed by the theme from his previous series, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE). The fetching Barbara Rhoades sports a breathtaking bikini, James Gregory's Commander basically repeats his Inspector Luger role from BARNEY MILLER, and all the scenes of the authorities in action are accompanied by the HAWAII 5-0 musical theme.

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