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...
Britt Reid, daring young owner/publisher of "The Daily Sentinel," dons a mask and fights crime as The Green Hornet. While the police and public believe the Hornet to be a ruthless criminal, the District Attorney knows Reid's secret identity, and welcomes his assistance in fighting racketeers and criminals. Also assisting Reid in his crusade are his secretary, Lenore Case, and his faithful valet, Kato, who is a kung fu expert and who drives the sleek "Black Beauty," the Hornet's well armed car.Written by
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Kato is a Japanese name, as in the 1936 radio show Kato was Japanese. This was changed in 1939 due to world events. Kato briefly became Korean before settling on Filipino for nearly all of the 1940s. By the 1960s, he was regarded as a generic Asian, enabling Chinese-American Bruce Lee to be cast. Kato is also Chinese in Seth Rogen's The Green Hornet (2011) as a tribute to Lee, but post-1967-pre-2011 adaptations in other media such as comic books, frequently restore the Japanese origin. See more »
A mistake which runs throughout all Green Hornet incarnations is pronouncing the Japanese name Kato as Kayto rather than the correct Kahto. See more »
Another challenge for the Green Hornet, his aide Kato, and their rolling arsenal, the Black Beauty. On Police records a wanted criminal, Green Hornet is really Britt Reid, owner-publisher of the Daily Sentinel, his dual identity known only to his secretary and to the district attorney. And now, to protect the rights and lives of decent citizens, rides THE GREEN HORNET."
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Episodes were edited together to form movies for video/DVD release in Asia. See more »
This show had much going AGAINST it: A network that would not allow the show to go one hour (for artistic reasons); an Asian star (racism was prevalent in 1967); and resentment in ABC against the producer, William Dozier (for his success on Batman).
Which is ridiculous!
The Green Hornet not only won its time slot, but it actually proved itself better than its contemporary, Batman, in that it had more serious plot lines, and a truly awesome cast chemistry. Yes, Bruce Lee did a great job. However, the other cast members-Van Williams, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough and Walter Brooke-were truly fantastic! The plots were excellent, given the limitations of the series. Watching it for the first time since 1967, I find the show holds up quite well. An added bonus is the Billy May music, as well as the Al Hirt theme, which gives the show some real spirit.
The end result? A series that had tremendous potential to be a great series, but which did not make it beyond its premiere season due to petty problems. Still, it makes for great viewing!
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