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The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet
Movie: The Green Hornet(1940)[tt0031394] 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 byJeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>
Title The Green Hornet
Release Date 9 January 1940 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Adventure, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Production Companies Universal Pictures
Gordon Jones
Gordon Jones...
Britt Reid / ...
Wade Boteler
Wade Boteler...
Michael Axford...
Keye Luke
Keye Luke...
Kato...
Anne Nagel
Anne Nagel...
Leonore Case...
Phillip Trent
Phillip Trent...
Jasper Jenks...
Cy Kendall
Cy Kendall...
Curtis Monroe...
Stanley Andrews
Stanley Andrews...
Police Commissioner [Chs....
Selmer Jackson
Selmer Jackson...
District Attorney [Chs. 4...
Joseph Crehan
Joseph Crehan...
Judge Stanton [Chs. 1, 9,...
Walter McGrail
Walter McGrail...
Dean...
Gene Rizzi
Gene Rizzi...
Corey...
John Kelly
John Kelly...
Pete Hawks...
Edward Earle
Edward Earle...
Felix Grant [Ch. 1]...
Ben Taggart
Ben Taggart...
Phil Bartlett [Chs. 3-4]...

Reviews

cleavelin on 6 March 2003
The preceding commenter wasn't *too* far off, though; while Gordon Jones gets the official credit for playing The Green Hornet and his alter ego Britt Reid, the speaking voice of The Green Hornet (who wears a full facial mask in this one) was in fact dubbed by the actor who played the Hornet on the radio show for most of its original run.Anyway, this is at best an average to below average example of the classic movie serial which kept our parents or grandparents coming back to the movies week after week during the 30's and 40's. The complete running length is, of course, well over 4 hours, but the movie is divided into 13 discrete episodes lasting a bit under 20 minutes apiece, with each episode ending in a classic "cliffhanger" fashion (of course, if you're watching on video tape you can take breaks, which helps a lot; the movie can get to be a bit wearying if it's watched in sequence from beginning to end). All in all, it's pretty lame in production values and effects compared to more modern fare (I think it especially suffers compared to the 1966 Van Williams/Bruce Lee series, but I've always been a strong fan of that one). Recommended primarily for Green Hornet enthusiasts (like me--I have this one and all the episodes of the 1966 show on tape as well as cassettes of selected episodes of the radio show), and for film buffs interested in the serial genre or interested in the career of any of the actors (especially Keye Luke, who became one of the premier Asian actors of his generation).

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