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The Green Hornet (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 9 January 1940 (USA)
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

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Wade Boteler ...
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Phillip Trent ...
Jasper Jenks
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Curtis Monroe
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Police Commissioner [Chs. 1, 5, 8, 9, 13]
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District Attorney [Chs. 4, 10]
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Judge Stanton [Chs. 1, 9, 10, 13]
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Dean
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Corey
John Kelly ...
Pete Hawks
Eddie Dunn ...
D.H. Sligby [Ch. 7]
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Felix Grant [Ch. 1]
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Phil Bartlett [Chs. 3-4]
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Storyline

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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Runtime:

(13 episodes) | (movie)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the actions of Japanese Prime Minisger Hideki Tojo, et. al., made the concept of a Japanese hero--even as a sidekick--box-office poison, Kato was quickly changed from Japanese to Filipino by the producers of the original radio show. Hollywood apparently had greater foresight, however, and herein made him a Korean. See more »

Goofs

'Black Beauty' is driven forward into the secret garage. Ensuing shots when driven out of the garage, it is facing outwards. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Britt Reid: The Green Hornet is gone. He said his job was finished.
Leonore Case: I don't believe he's gone. I believe he's just been too clever for us. And he's probably someplace close right now, laughing at us all for our stupidity.
Britt Reid: Miss Case, you're positively psychic!
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Crazy Credits

Opening Credits include ropes, daggers, automatic pistol, blackjacks and airplanes. See more »

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Britt Reid Gets A Terrific "Buzz" Out Of Fighting Crime
14 December 2014 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Let me tell ya - In spite of its many-many flaws, its b-grade visual effects, its laughable dialogue, etc., etc., etc. - This vintage, b&w serial from 1940 (presented in 13 thrill-packed episodes) was still definitely about 10 times more entertaining and exciting to watch than was the likes of (that doofus) Seth Rogen's disgustingly dismal and completely contemptible feature film adaptation of the Green Hornet character in 2011.

I really liked Gordon Jones as the Britt Reid/Green Hornet character. It certainly didn't matter to me that this character had no superpowers to speak of. I found that the Hornet's bare-knuckle brawling with the bad guys was satisfactory enough for me.

*Note* - Prior to becoming an actor, Gordon Jones (a real beefy dude) was a promising football player known as "Bull" Jones. Jones was 29 years old when he played the Green Hornet character. He died in 1963, at the age of 52.


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