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The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940)

A wealthy publisher uses a disguise and calls himself the Green Hornet to fight crime in his city.

Directors:

Ford Beebe, John Rawlins

Writers:

George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as Geo. H. Plympton), Basil Dickey (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Hull ... Britt Reid / Green Hornet
Wade Boteler ... Michael Axford
Anne Nagel ... Lenore Case
Keye Luke ... Kato
Eddie Acuff ... Lowery - a Reporter
Pierre Watkin ... Boss Crogan (as Pierre Watkins)
James Seay ... Bordine - a Gangster
Arthur Loft ... Tauer - Chief Gangster
Joe Devlin ... Joe Dolan - Henchman (as Joe A. Devlin)
William Hall ... Don DeLuca - Henchman
Dorothy Lovett ... Frances Grayson / Stella Merja
Jay Michael Jay Michael ... Foranti - Construction Racketeer
Charles Miller Charles Miller ... George K. Otterson
Jean Brooks ... Gloria Manning (as Jeanne Kelly)
Irving Mitchell Irving Mitchell ... Breedon
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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 duke1029@aol.com

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Based on the radio dramatic adventure serial by Fran Striker, entitled "The Green Hornet" owned and copyrighted by The Grenn Hornet, Inc. (original posters) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Avispón Verde vuelve al ataque See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When the radio series first premiered in 1936, Kato was Japanese, but by 1939 when the serials were shot, he was referred to as Korean. From 1941 to 1945, he became Filipino on the radio series. See more »

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Michael Axford: Nobody can walk through solid walls unless he's a spook, but he's done it.
Britt Reid: You think the Hornet is supernatural?
Michael Axford: 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 »

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Follows The Green Hornet (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
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(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Queen Liliuokalani
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A Fine Follow Up to the Original Serial
25 October 2016 | by caseynicholsonSee all my reviews

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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