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THE GREEN HORNET

Show Type: Crime Drama

First Telecast: September 9, 1966

Last Telecast: July 14, 1967

Created By: George W. Trendle (on radio in 1936)

Theme Music: An updated arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight Of The Bumble Bee," played by Al Hirt

Broadcast History:

September 1966 - July 1967, Friday 7:30-8:00 on ABC

Cast

Britt Reid/The Green Hornet..... Van Williams

Kato..... Bruce Lee

Lenore "Casey" Case..... Wende Wagner

Mike Axford..... Lloyd Gough

District Attorney F.P. Scanlon..... Walter Brooke

SYNOPSIS

"Faster, Kato!" Then, with a roar of Black Beauty's mighty engine and the squeal of tires, The Green Hornet strikes again!

The TV version of this radio classic of the 1930's and 1940's was launched close on the flying heels of Batman, in 1966, and was produced by the same production team. The plot outline was familiar: Britt Reid, crusading editor and publisher of The Daily Sentinel, fought crime in the secret guise of The Green Hornet. Only his faithful manservant Kato, his admiring secretary Casey, and the D.A. knew that Reid and the Hornet were one and the same. Others, including hard-nosed, crime reporter Mike, never made the connection.

Some changes were made in adapting The Green Hornet to television, and to the 1960's. In addition to The Daily Sentinel, Britt owned a TV station. The evil he fought often involved organized crime (not the bizarre villains of Batman), and of course, the crime-fighting gadgetry was brought up to date.

The chief piece of hardware was the Hornet's souped-up car, the Black Beauty (actually a 1966 Chrysler Imperial, rebuilt, at a cost of $50,000, by Hollywood customizer Dean Jeffries). Among its features were a built-in TV camera which could "see" four miles ahead, a kind of exhaust apparatus which spread ice over the road to foil pursuers, and brushes behind the rear wheels which lowered to sweep away tire tracks. For face-to-face combat, the Hornet had a special non-lethal gas gun which immobilized adversaries, and a sting gun which penetrated steel.

It's not generally known that The Green Hornet was directly related to George Trendle's other major hit, The Lone Ranger, whose plot is closely paralleled. In fact, Britt Reid was originally introduced to radio audiences as the son of Dan Reid, the Lone Ranger's nephew.

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