The Green Hornet (1966-1967)

USA, 1966-1967
1 series, 26 episodes, average 30m each
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American fantasy television series based on the radio series. Two feature films, The Green Hornet (1974) and Fury of the Dragon (1976), were compiled from various episodes for theatrical release in the 1970s.

Premise

Wealthy media mogul Britt Reid teams up with martial artist Kato to fight crime as the masked vigilante Green Hornet.

Credits

Regular Crew
Greenway Productions, 20th Century-Fox Television
Created by: George W. Trendle, Fran Striker
Executive Producer: William Dozier
Produced by: Richard M. Bluel, Stanley Shpetner
Based on the Radio Series by: George W. Trendle

Regular Cast
Van Williams (Britt Reid/Green Hornet)
Bruce Lee (Kato)
Wende Wagner (Lenore “Casey” Case)
Lloyd Gough (Mike Axford)
Walter Brooke (District Attorney Frank P. Scanlon)
William Dozier (the narrator)

Episodes

The Silent Gun (9 September 1966)
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Written by: Ken Pettus

Give ‘Em Enough Rope (16 September 1966)
Directed by: Seymour Robbie
Written by: Gwen Bagni, Paul Dubov

Programmed for Death (23 September 1966)
Directed by: Larry Peerce
Written by: Lewis Reed

Crime Wave (30 September 1966)
Directed by: Larry Peerce
Written by: Sheldon Stark

The Frog Is a Deadly Weapon (7 October 1966)
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Written by: William L. Stuart

Eat, Drink, and Be Dead (14 October 1966)
Directed by: Murray Golden
Written by: Richard Landau

Beautiful Dreamer: Part 1 (21 October 1966)
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Written by: Lorenzo Semple Jr, Ken Pettus

Beautiful Dreamer: Part 2 (28 October 1966)
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Written by: Lorenzo Semple Jr, Ken Pettus

The Ray Is for Killing (11 November 1966)
Directed by: William Beaudine
Written by: Lee Loeb

The Preying Mantis (18 November 1966)
Directed by: Norman Foster
Written by: Charles Hoffman

The Hunters and the Hunted (25 November 1966)
Directed by: William Beaudine
Written by: Jerry Thomas

Deadline for Death (2 December 1966)
Directed by: Seymour Robbie
Written by: Ken Pettus

The Secret of the Sally Bell (9 December 1966)
Directed by: Robert L. Friend
Written by: William L. Stuart

Freeway to Death (16 December 1966)
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Written by: Ken Pettus

May the Best Man Lose (23 December 1966)
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Written by: Judith Barrows, Robert Guy Barrows

The Hornet and the Firefly (30 December 1966)
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Written by: William L. Stuart

Seek, Stalk and Destroy (6 January 1967)
Directed by: George Waggner
Written by: Jerry Thomas

Corpse of the Year: Part 1 (13 January 1967)
Directed by: James Komack
Written by: Ken Pettus

Corpse of the Year: Part 2 (27 January 1967)
Directed by: James Komack
Written by: Ken Pettus

Ace in the Hole (3 February 1967)
Directed by: William Beaudine
Written by: Stan Silverman, Robert Lees

Bad Bet on a 459-Silent (10 February 1967)
Directed by: Seymour Robbie
Written by: Judith Barrows, Robert Guy Barrows

Trouble for Prince Charming (17 February 1967)
Directed by: William Beaudine
Written by: Ken Pettus

Alias The Scarf (24 February 1967)
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Written by: William L. Stuart

Hornet Save Thyself (3 March 1967)
Directed by: Seymour Robbie
Written by: John Tait

Invasion from Outer Space: Part 1 (10 March 1967)
Directed by: Darrell Hallenbeck
Written by: Arthur Weingarten

Invasion from Outer Space: Part 2 (17 March 1967)
Directed by: Darrell Hallenbeck
Written by: Arthur Weingarten

Extracts included in
Action Heroes of Movies & T.V.: A Campy Compilation (1989)
Bruce Lee: In His Own Words (1998)
Bruce Lee: The Legend Lives On (1999)
Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie (2011)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999)
I Am Bruce Lee (2012)
The Slanted Screen (2006)
Television: The First Fifty Years (1999)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004)
TV’s Illest Minority Moments Presented by Ego Trip (2004)
The Unbeatable Bruce Lee (2001)

See also
Batman: The Spell of Tut (1966)
Batman: The Impractical Joker (1966)
Batman: A Piece of the Action (1967)
Batman: Batman’s Satisfaction (1967)
Fury of the Dragon (1976)
The Green Hornet (1974)
The Green Hornet (2011)
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

References

Periodicals
Castle of Frankenstein no.11 p.47
Cinema Journal vol.49 no.2 (Winter 2010) pp.63-85 – illustrated article (Batman versus The Green Hornet: The merchandisable TV text and the paradox of licensing in the classical network era by Avi Santo)
Cinema Retro no.1 (January 2005) pp.60-61 – illustrated article (The Green Hornet by Martin Gainsford)
Classic Images no.379 (January 2007) pp.6-12 – illustrated interview with Van Williams (Green Hornet & Surfside 6 star: Van Williams by Michael Barnum)
Classic Images no.410 (August 2009) pp.78-83 – illustrated article (Serial days: The Green Hornet serials by Don Creacy)
Infinity no.39 (2021) pp.24-31 – illustrated article (Green for danger! by Mark Phillips)
Music from the Movies no.50/51 (2006) p.104 – soundtrack review (Film music review: Re-recordings: Billy May – The Green Hornet by Andrew Keech)
Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) pp.44-46 – illustrated article (Television fantasy by Stan Nicholls)
TV Zone no.220 (October 2007) pp.58-59 – illustrated article (Retro: The Continuing History of Television: Swatted! by Jon Abbott)

Books
The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television by John Kenneth Muir pp.307-314