The Green Hornet
is a television series on the ABC US television network that aired for
the 1966 – 1967 TV season starring Van Williams as the Green Hornet /
Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato.
Hornet followed the adventures
of playboy-media mogul Britt Reid, the owner and publisher of the Daily
Sentinel. As the masked vigilante Green Hornet, Britt fights crime with
the assistance of his martial-artist partner Kato, Britt's valet, and
his weapons-enhanced car the Black Beauty with license plate V-194. On
police records, the Green Hornet is a wanted criminal, but in reality,
the Green Hornet pretends to be a criminal in order to infiltrate and
battle the criminal gangs, leaving them and the incriminating evidence
for the police's arrival. Britt's dual identity is known only to his
secretary at the Sentinel, Lenore "Casey" Case and the
District Attorney Frank P. Scanlon.
this premiere episode, Dave Bannister is shot at a funeral with 20
witnesses present and not a shot was heard, not even from the Green
Hornet's friend, the District Attorney, who was also attending. A
messenger from a Brokerage House, carrying $5000 in negotiable bonds, is
the Silent Gun's second victim. The Green Hornet and Kato respond in the
infamous Black Beauty and hit the streets to track down the villainous
'Em Enough Rope"
Sweek, waiting to meet Sentinel reporter Mike Axford to sell him
photos proving an insurance claim to be fraudulent, is manipulated into a
nearby warehouse and murdered by a man in black swinging from a rope. The
Green Hornet plans a surprise visit to the claimant, Alex Colony, to
propose a partnership with him in his "accident" racket.
After reporter Pat Allen is killed in the
Daily Sentinel 's eighth floor city room by a leopard, Britt Reid
finds a transmitter in a cigarette box. Later, D.A. Scanlon informs Britt
of the discovery of a perfect diamond on Allen's desk. Digging around,
Reid suspects that the gemologist had been working on producing synthetic
diamonds, and the Green Hornet takes an interest in him.
Although the third episode aired by ABC,
this is generally believed to be the series' original pilot, in part due
to the fact that stars Van Williams and Bruce Lee wear angularly stylized
masks rather than those molded to their faces seen in other episodes.This
episode was also released as a ViewMaster stereoscopic set.
scientist predicts crimes with a computer that implicates the Green
Frog is a Deadly Weapon"
Private Investigator Nat Pyle informs
Britt that he has proof, for a fee, that presumed dead racketeer Glen
Connors is still alive. Shortly later, Nat is found floating dead in the
harbor from a possible boating accident. The Green Hornet thinks otherwise
and has a special interest, because... Glen Connors framed Britt Reid's
Hollywood veteran Victor Jory plays the
Drink, and Be Dead"
illegal bootleg liquor ring devised by Henry Dirk forces a stronghold on
bars in the town to buy from them. As reporter Mike tries to follow a lead
to the racketeers, he becomes kidnapped. To get in and save Axford, the
Green Hornet approaches Dirk for a cut of his action. The bootlegger and
his helicopter, from which he drops bombs on his non-conformants, is a
challenge to the Black Beauty.
Dreamer" — Part 1
that wealthy and prominent members of the community have been executing
crimes and then forgetting that they ever happened. Eventually the
District Attorney and the Green Hornet find that Peter Eden, owner of the
very high class spa called the Vale of Eden, has been implanting
"suggestions" into his clients' subconscious minds via his
Dreamer" — Part 2
two picks up with a Green Hornet visit and proposition for Peter Eden,
owner of the Vale of Eden. After Peter uses Vanessa Vane in an almost
successful attempt to double-cross the Hornet, the Hornet re-visits Eden
and uses his own dream machine on Peter to foil the last crime for the
evening and get him to confess everything to the police.
Ray is for Killing"
charity art auction of fine paintings at Britt Reid's home is interrupted
on live television by three masked, gun-toting criminals. The police,
nearby, manage to wound one of the thieves, but before they can arrest the
other two, a laser ray is unleashed on their squad car with devastating
results. The Green Hornet and Kato find themselves in quite a
confrontation against this portable killing machine.
crime's "Protection" Boss Duke Slate decides it's time to
acquire "the city's Chinatown district" and uses Low Sing's tong
to handle his influence. Low Sing, a martial arts professional, instructs
his craft to his gang using the actions of a caged Praying Mantis,
analogizing its intricate moves to proper Kung-Fu application. After a
kidnapping engineered by Low Sing, a challenge between Low Sing and Kato
Hunters and the Hunted"
game hunters are using mobsters as quarry but their next target may be
their most dangerous game yet, the Green Hornet.
a rash of wealthy homes are burglarized shortly after reporter Mike Axford
writes a feature on them, he becomes so suspicious he places himself at
the next possible home to be targeted, only to find himself being arrested
and put behind bars, for suspicion of murder when the home's butler is
killed in the robbery. D.A. Scanlon is so convinced of Axford's guilt that
only the Green Hornet is willing to investigate Mike's photographer.
Secret of the Sally Bell"
Sally Bell," a cargo ship with $2 million in narcotics en route to
the U.S. from Hong Kong, is initially lost with her crew at sea, now
mysteriously shows up at a salvage yard. The only survivor, Gus Wander,
knows "The Secret" of her special cargo with only one big
problem — he's currently unconscious due to a blast from the Hornet
Reid orders Mike Axford to team up with the Green Hornet to uncover the
ringleader in an insurance scam. Mike reluctantly agrees, but later tries
to expose the ringleader alone, leaving it up to the Green Hornet &
Kato to save him before it is too late.
the Best Man Lose"
Robert Guy Barrows
election time again and District Attorney Scanlon is running although
someone wants to permanently remove him from the ballot.
Hornet and the Firefly"
arsonist wreaks havoc setting fire to buildings at the stroke of midnight.
The Green Hornet and the District Attorney work behind the scenes to aid
the Commissioner to put a stop to this hot situation. The
commissioner refuses to enlist the aid of a retired top arson investigator
because his work previously cost him an eye, but reporter Mike Axford
suggests to Britt Reid that the Sentinel can put him to work.
Unfortunately, Mike is in for a very big surprise.
Stalk and Destroy"
tank crew who served together in Korea steals a tank to free their former
captain from prison before he is executed for the murder of their
ex-commanding officer. It's up to the Green Hornet & Kato to stop them
before they can accomplish their goal, and uncover the real killer.
of the Year" — Part 1
carbon copy of the Green Hornet's Black Beauty attacks a Daily Sentinel
delivery truck and terminates its driver right in front of Britt Reid.
Then the Sentinel offices have an explosive visit from a Green
Hornet impostor, leading the real Hornet on a cat and mouse chase of his
shadow car disrupting Sentinel deliveries. Celia Kaye guest stars
as Melissa Neal.
of the Year" — Part 2
another death—of Simon Neal, publisher/owner of the Daily Express—by
the phony Green Hornet, part 2 begins with Britt Reid bringing on-board
the Express 's previous employee, Dan Scully, to help investigate
Simon's termination. After finding out from Sabrina Bradley, Managing
Editor of the Daily Express, that Simon had a copy of Black Beauty
produced for the Press Club's Masquerade Ball, the real Green Hornet sets
a trap with her help.
in the Hole"
Mike Axford unexpectedly shows up at a meeting of mobsters Phil Trager,
Steve Gant and...the Green Hornet, he gets shot. The Hornet fools the
other two into believing Mike has been killed and tries to manipulate them
into taking each other out. The plan may fail and cost Axford, the Green
Hornet, and Kato their lives when the reporter reveals that he is still
very much alive.
Bet on a 459-Silent"
Robert Guy Barrows
Reid must figure out how to get medical attention for a wound he received
as the Green Hornet, as well as how to stop two cops who are using silent
alarm calls for their own profit.
for Prince Charming"
the Green Hornet prevents the assassination of Prince Rafil, his blonde
American fiancée Janet Prescott is kidnapped and the prince is ordered to
abdicate in order to save her.
When a wax museum's figure of The Scarf,
an infamous strangler from 20 years ago, is replaced in the center display
spot by effigies of the Green Hornet & Kato, the waxen form of Scarf
seemingly comes to life and starts attacking people. Using the museum
researcher's manuscript about the Scarf, the Green Hornet & Kato
attempt to snare the killer before he claims any more victims.
Horror film star John Carradine plays the
||March 3, 1967
As a surprise birthday party begins for
Britt, a handgun given as a present to Britt seemingly discharges itself,
fatally shooting ex-employee Eddie Rech. In a reverse of his usual
situation, Britt Reid hides from the police by becoming the Green Hornet.
There is no "Produced by..."
credit on this episode.
from Outer Space" — Part 1
||March 10, 1967
arrival of visitors from outer space seemingly coincides with an Air Force
convoy transporting top secret electronic equipment and an H-Bomb missile
warhead. Having Britt's secretary Casey taken hostage makes the situation
very touchy. Brett King guest stars in this episode, his last screen role,
as Major Jackson.
from Outer Space" — Part 2
||March 17, 1967
2 begins with the Green Hornet using his tracking signal to close in on
the visitors from outer space and their mystery.
This is the last episode.
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