The Green Hornet is a short film based upon characters from the popular radio and pulp series. The Green Hornet is actually Britt Reid, fearless newspaper publisher, who hides behind the ... See full summary »
Mandrake and his assistant Lothar are working the cruise lines and make the acquaintance of Professor Houston who has developed a radium energy machine, which is much coveted by a masked Crime Lord known as "The Wasp".
Wealthy publisher Britt Reid and his trusted Asian servant disguise themselves as the super-hero The Green Hornet and his faithful servant Kato as they battle the growing power of a ruthless secret crime organization that deals with foreign powers. The identity of the syndicate's leader remains a mystery.Written by
Rackets taken on by the Green Hornet and run by Crogan's crime syndicate include, in roughly chronological order: attempted murder, lotteries, munition production for a 'foreign power'; impersonation of an heiress, sabotage of an electrical company, smuggling guns across a border, secret development of an anti-aircraft bomb at a steel factory, kidnapping of a scientist, taking an heiress hostage to extort money from her, sabotage in the building construction industry, truck hijacking, car thefts in aid of procuring a special type of motor, arson perpetrated as part of an insurance fraud scheme, and the export of explosives to a foreign power. See more »
When the unconscious bad guy DeLuca is dragged to the car by other henchmen, his feet drag on the ground. But when the knocked-out crook gets to the car, his feet can be seen stepping up on the running board and into the car. See more »
Nobody can walk through solid walls unless he's a spook, but he's done it.
You think the Hornet is supernatural?
I wouldn't put it past him, and to think I was face to face with him and me without a gun!
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Opening credits consist of daggers, bullets, planes and blackjacks. See more »
I'm giving this serial, "The Green Hornet Strikes Again", the same score that I gave its predecessor, the original "Green Hornet" serial movie--7/10 stars. Opting for the same score is an easy call since this serial follows the exact same formula as the original, albeit with a different actor assuming the lead role.
The gist of the film is that Brit Reid is a newspaper editor who assumes the mantle of a vigilante crime fighter, the Green Hornet. Armed with only his wits, a mask, and a gas gun that puts people to sleep upon firing, the Hornet fights lots of adventures, all related to one devious racketeer scheme. Each episode ends with a cliff hanger scene, and each new episode begins with the previous chapter being resolved, usually because something fortuitous happened that wasn't shown at the close of the previous episode.
I have to say that I did find these stories to grow on me a fair bit as I watched these two serials. One thing that came to mind is that the Green Hornet is essentially a very similar character to DC Comics' Golden Age Sandman--at least in terms of the crime fighter himself, although the alter ego is a bit different. The Hornet was first a radio serial starting in 1936, while the Sandman made his debut in comic book form in the summer of 1939. The first of these two serials was released in 1940, so it's a curious thought as to how much the Sandman character took its cue from the Hornet radio show, as well as how much these Hornet movie serials may have been influenced by the Sandman comics.
Whatever the case, all in all I'd give this serial 7/10 stars. Like the original, it's extremely well made and fun. The only reservation I have is that it does get a bit repetitive, and that despite its fun it's certainly a niche product that won't appeal to just anyone in a modern audience.
Oh, and before you go spending money on this serial, look for it on YouTube. I watched the entire fifteen chapters there for free!
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