The Green Hornet: Season 1, Episode 10

The Preying Mantis (18 Nov. 1966)

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When a Tong war breaks out in Chinatown, Britt and the paper investigate and think that it's actually a protection racket moving into Chinatown. When someone calls him telling him is he ... See full summary »

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When a Tong war breaks out in Chinatown, Britt and the paper investigate and think that it's actually a protection racket moving into Chinatown. When someone calls him telling him is he wants to know what's going on he will send someone to a restaurant in Chinatown. When they get there they find a man knocked out in front of the restaurant and the place trashed and the owner beaten up. Britt tells Scanlon he has to find the man, Jimmy Kee cause he knows what's going on. Later Mike discovers that a known protection man meeting with one of the Tongs. Later a friend of Jimmy's tells Britt where he will be. They go there and find him. They're about to bring him to Scanlon when they learn that Jimmy's friend was kidnapped. They decide to hold Jimmy and go to the boss and offer Jimmy in exchange for money and the girl. But at the exchange, the Tong leader reneges and is challenged to fight Kato to the death. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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In this episode, Bruce Lee is a Chinese actor playing a Japanese character and Mako is a Japanese actor playing a Chinese character. See more »

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In a scene in the middle of the story, when the Green Hornet and Kato visit Low Sing and Slate to suggest a prisoner exchange, Kato and Low Sing square off in kung fu stances. First, in a medium shot, Low Sing's right hand is more or less straight out and at chest level; the camera then cuts to a close shot in which the same hand is at shoulder level and cocked; then the camera cuts back to the medium shot in which the hand is again straight and level with his chest. See more »

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Kato: You know, if we ever meet up with that masked gung fu man again... I want him.
Britt Reid: You got him.
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Edited into The Green Hornet (1974) See more »

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A memorable GH episode for the right reasons
11 May 2011 | by (Seattle WA USA) – See all my reviews

while i'm not pretending this is great - in the Green Hornet context - and more importantly - in the context of martial arts in western films and TV - it is one of the most famous and inspiring shows

it has martial Asians against martial arts Asians - one of the first - if not the first - example in on US television

of course Mako wasn't a barehands fighter - what little he had to do passed muster simply cuz it was so little - and at the climactic fight

  • Bruce Lee's student Danny Inosanto stood in - producing a whale of a


fight scene

we even get to see Bruce wield several different weapons - giving western audiences their first glimpse of these exotic devices

my only regret is that the standards of TV back then didn't allow more time for Bruce and Mako - they were both magnetic actors - and would brought the intensity level up several notches - instead - they played lap dogs to the white guys - which was a little demeaning - but made up for by the importance of the martial arts skills their characters brought


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