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The Green Hornet (1940)

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A newspaper publisher and his Korean servant fight crime as vigilantes who pose as a notorious masked gangster and his aide.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jones ...
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Anne Nagel ...
Phillip Trent ...
Jasper Jenks
Cy Kendall ...
Curtis Monroe
Stanley Andrews ...
Police Commissioner [Chs. 1, 5, 8, 9, 13]
Selmer Jackson ...
District Attorney [Chs. 4, 10]
Joseph Crehan ...
Judge Stanton [Chs. 1, 9, 10, 13]
Walter McGrail ...
Dean
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Corey
John Kelly ...
Pete Hawks
Eddie Dunn ...
D.H. Sligby [Ch. 7]
Edward Earle ...
Felix Grant [Ch. 1]
Ben Taggart ...
Phil Bartlett [Chs. 3-4]
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Faced with rising crime and increased racketeering activity, intrepid newspaper editor Britt Reid becomes the crime fighter the Green Hornet. Donning a disguise, the Hornet and his brilliant Korean inventor/sidekick Kato fight an infamous racket that's menacing their city. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Radio Drama More Vivid On Screen! (original poster)


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9 January 1940 (USA)  »

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El avispón verde  »

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(13 episodes) | (movie)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles: 1. The Tunnel of Terror, 2. The Thundering Terror, 3. Flying Coffins, 4. Pillar of Flame, 5. The Time Bomb, 6. Highways of Peril, 7. Bridge of Disaster, 8. Dead or Alive, 9. The Hornets Trapped, 10. Bullets and Ballots, 11. Disaster Rides the Rails, 12. Panic in the Zoo, 13. Doom of the Underworld See more »

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Britt Reid: You're a rotten shot, Michael!
Michael Axford: Ah, 'tis this reconditioned ammunition I'm usin'.
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Opening Credits include ropes, daggers, automatic pistol, blackjacks and airplanes. See more »

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another rich super hero
22 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"It's gone... like a spook! I've never seen a car move so fast." The two police officers who are constantly chasing the Green Hornet's car say that in almost every episode. Britt Reid (the Green Hornet) is a rich guy who like Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Lamont Cranston (The Shadow) has a secret identity that he uses to fight crime.

This serial is a lot of fun and like most serials ends each episode with an exciting cliff hanger. It suffers from the defects typical of serials of this era but also has the charm that is also typical of them.

Those of us who remember the Abbott and Costello Show will enjoy seeing Gordon Jones as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet. He was Officer Mike. Although Keye Luke (Kato) is no Bruce Lee he plays the part well. Those who enjoyed David Carradine as Caine in Kung Fu will enjoy seeing how Master Po (the blind monk who called Caine "grasshopper") looked as a young man.

Don't expect a sophisticated plot or deep character development. The dialog is corny but there is plenty of action and lots of fun.


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