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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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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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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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9 January 1940 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

When the Black Beauty is moving on screen, the soundtrack contains the sound of a buzzing hornet. See more »

Goofs

Chapter four: Bartlett, unconscious, wraps his arms around The Green Hornet's shoulders. 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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Opening Credits include ropes, daggers, automatic pistol, blackjacks and airplanes. See more »

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Smashing The Rackets, Superhero Style
5 December 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Through thirteen chapters in this serial The Green Hornet manages to discover and eliminate a number of various criminal enterprises that are plaguing his city. Playing The Green Hornet in this version is a younger and leaner Gordon Jones who was best known for being Mike the Cop on the Abbott and Costello show. Keye Luke plays his sidekick and chauffeur Kato who because of the impending war was changed from Japanese to Korean for this serial.

Not that this serial is all that much better though it is a cut above most of them, but one of the things that struck me was that each chapter stood more on its own than you would normally have. The premise here is that the various rackets are controlled by a city syndicate of twelve and the Green Hornet as himself and in his real identity of Britt Reid, millionaire publisher of a crusading newspaper the Sentinel, systematically exposes each racket in each chapter and eliminates the head through death or imprisonment.

The obvious comparison is to Batman, but The Green Hornet relies a whole lot less on gadgetry than most superheroes. His car, 'the Black Beauty' is really a souped up hotrod, nothing unique about it in any other way. He's not got the variety of gadgets that Batman or most of his other peers seem to have.

He even has a gas gun that shoots small gas pellets and when they hit the target they merely disable. Fran Striker who created The Green Hornet also created the Lone Ranger and the Ranger's creed was always to shoot to wound. Modern technology has given the Green Hornet a weapon that will do nothing else. In fact The Green Hornet is the grand nephew of The Lone Ranger.

A cut above maybe, but The Green Hornet is as dated as all those other serials that the Saturday afternoon kids used to enjoy.


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