The Green Hornet (1940)

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A newspaper publisher and his Korean servant fight crime as vigilantes who pose as a notorious masked gangster and his aide.


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6 March 2003 | cleavelin
Not the radio show, but based on it.
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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