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The Green Hornet (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 9 January 1940 (USA)
A newspaper publisher and his Korean servant fight crime as vigilantes who pose as a notorious masked gangster and his aide.

Directors:

Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jones ... Britt Reid / The Green Hornet
Wade Boteler ... Michael Axford
Keye Luke ... Kato
Anne Nagel ... Leonore Case
Phillip Trent ... Jasper Jenks
Cy Kendall ... Curtis Monroe
Stanley Andrews ... Police Commissioner [Chs. 1, 5, 8, 9, 13]
Selmer Jackson ... District Attorney [Chs. 4, 10]
Joseph Crehan ... Judge Stanton [Chs. 1, 9, 10, 13]
Walter McGrail ... Dean
Gene Rizzi ... Corey
John Kelly ... Pete Hawks
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... D.H. Sligby [Ch. 7]
Edward Earle ... Felix Grant [Ch. 1]
Ben Taggart ... Phil Bartlett [Chs. 3-4]
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Storyline

Faced with rising crime and increased racketeering activity, intrepid newspaper editor Britt Reid becomes the crime fighter the Green Hornet. Donning a disguise, the Hornet and his brilliant Korean inventor/sidekick Kato fight an infamous racket that's menacing their city. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El avispón verde See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes) | (movie)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rackets tracked down and eliminated by the Green Hornet, Kato and The Sentinel include: faulty materials used in bridge construction, the same scam in tunnel construction, insurance fraud at a flying school, sabotage of a bus line and then of a trucking company, protection payments demanded through extortion of a dry cleaning business, election fraud, gun running, and protection payments again demanded, this time from the operator of a local zoo. The final criminal activity thwarted is the planned bombing of the newspaper offices of Britt Reid's The Sentinel. See more »

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'Black Beauty' is driven forward into the secret garage. Ensuing shots when driven out of the garage, it is facing outwards. See more »

Quotes

Britt Reid: You're a rotten shot, Michael!
Michael Axford: Ah, 'tis this reconditioned ammunition I'm usin'.
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Crazy Credits

Opening Credits include ropes, daggers, automatic pistol, blackjacks and airplanes. See more »

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Kato's Heritage
19 October 2006 | by DrGroodSee all my reviews

Mr. Watson is correct. Green Hornet radio programs aired up to at least 1938 and earlier which still exist describe Britt Reid's chauffeur as his "Japanese valet." When international tensions subsequently increased, in 1939 or 40, the announcer's line was changed so the phrase became "trusted valet," which Kato remained throughout the majority of the the war years. In wartime programs his nationality was simply not mentioned in the show's opening or anywhere else during the program. After the war, in 1945, the opening was changed again, and announcers begin to refer to Kato as Britt Reid's "Filipino valet," and that is how openings were recorded till the end of the series. So the change didn't happen overnight, but in fact took at least five years, and the "Pearl Harbor" comment is an oversimplification, but the general idea is correct. The idea that this is all an urban legend arises mainly from the posting on urban legend website snopes.com, which is wrong about a lot of other things too and apparently more interested in perpetuating legends than publishing facts. Also, later syndications of Green Hornet radio programs consisted primarily of later broadcasts which would have for the most part included the description of Kato as Filipino. It is also correct that in the movie serials Kato, played by Keye Luke, is identified as Korean, and in the first serial Britt Reid and Kato discuss how they first met -- Britt saved Kato's life in Shanghai. In comic books published by NOW in the 1980s and authorized by the Green Hornet Inc., the situation is rectified and Kato's Japanese heritage fully acknowledged. Perhaps the truth of it all is that Mr. Reid told people his friend was something other than Japanese during the war to protect him from being taken to an interment camp.


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