Pat Allen, a Daily Sentinel reporter, is mysteriously killed by a leopard. While cleaning out his desk, Britt Reid discovers a large diamond that turns out to be a perfectly-manufactured fake, and wonders if Allen uncovered something bigger than he expected. He also finds a transmitter that emits a supersonic tone - the type audible to cats. Britt Reid suspects the leopard must have been trained by someone to kill at that signal. Donning his Green Hornet gear, he sets out to visit Frank Miller, a shady gemologist, for clues leading to Pat Allen's death. Written by
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It is generally believed that this was the series pilot, despite being aired third. Fans point out that the masks the Hornet and Kato wear here have an angular style to them, while in the rest of the run they are molded to the actors' faces (Bruce Lee
DOES wear this same mask in "Crime Wave" as well, leading to the theory that it was filmed first in the regular weekly run). The fact that "Programmed for Death" comes up first in the syndication package is also cited as supporting the pilot status. See more