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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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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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(13 episodes) | (movie)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chinese-born Keye Luke did a Japanese accent for his role as Kato. 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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Not the radio show, but based on it.

The preceding commenter wasn't *too* far off, though; while Gordon Jones gets the official credit for playing The Green Hornet and his alter ego Britt Reid, the speaking voice of The Green Hornet (who wears a full facial mask in this one) was in fact dubbed by the actor who played the Hornet on the radio show for most of its original run.

Anyway, this is at best an average to below average example of the classic movie serial which kept our parents or grandparents coming back to the movies week after week during the 30's and 40's. The complete running length is, of course, well over 4 hours, but the movie is divided into 13 discrete episodes lasting a bit under 20 minutes apiece, with each episode ending in a classic "cliffhanger" fashion (of course, if you're watching on video tape you can take breaks, which helps a lot; the movie can get to be a bit wearying if it's watched in sequence from beginning to end). All in all, it's pretty lame in production values and effects compared to more modern fare (I think it especially suffers compared to the 1966 Van Williams/Bruce Lee series, but I've always been a strong fan of that one). Recommended primarily for Green Hornet enthusiasts (like me--I have this one and all the episodes of the 1966 show on tape as well as cassettes of selected episodes of the radio show), and for film buffs interested in the serial genre or interested in the career of any of the actors (especially Keye Luke, who became one of the premier Asian actors of his generation).


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