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"The Green Hornet" (1940 Serial)
"The Green Hornet Strikes Again!" (1941 Serial)
"The Green Hornet" (2011 Film)
Hornet Strikes Again!
(1941): This is a
good serial. It's not the all-time best serial I've ever
seen. On the whole scale of things, not much happens to
15 chapters. 12 would have been more than enough.
presentation is great. And it's a must-see for anyone
in the Green Hornet character.
This is a good show, but not as good as the
series. The 1966 show, with Van Williams as Green Hornet
Bruce Lee as Kato, really knocks it out of the park. It
much sets the standard for Green Hornet's look and feel.
you open your mind, you will find that this 1941 serial has
What makes this serial different from the
- Green Hornet's mask covers
face; not just his eyes and nose.
- Kato is
sidekick, but doesn't really fight or do much.
a regular car,
although made to look a bit odd; it's not a "rolling
- The only
Hornet seems to use
is a stun gas gun.
has a thick Irish
accent; is a former police officer.
The advantages of this show?
- I like how Green Hornet
looks in both
shows. I must admit the mask that covers the whole
face is a much
more plausible idea than the mask in the TV show. I
someone gets a good look at Hornet's face, they'll realize
Reid eventually. No one could ever tell by the mask
used in this
lovely as Casey.
I'm also a great fan of Wende Wagner as Casey in the TV
think Wende's portrayal might be a bit better, but mostly
was given more to do than Anne. But they're both
Michael Axford is
funny and likable. The Mike Axford of the TV series
too, but he was a pain in the butt. The Axford of
isn't so harsh.
The weaknesses of this show?
What about the actors?
Let alone fight very much. And he always takes more
he delivers. This sucks. You've got to
that martial arts in movies at this time was
nonexistant. It was
barely prevalent in the 1960s. Bruce Lee is the one
defined Kato as a kick-butt karate dude. But Keye
Luke is a
wonderful Asian actor who I've always enjoyed. He's
a good ally
for the Green Hornet.
- A big
the Green Hornet's
appeal, even before this in radio, was his use of
only uses a stun gas gun in this serial. His car is
"rolling arsenal" we want to see.
aim from one chapter
to another. It's just one little adventure after
another and they
decided to end it after 15 chapters. The bad guy
finally gets it
in the last chapter. He could have gotten it any
this. Not much changes from chapter to
chapter. No new plot
twists or character development. I'm disappointed
more of a romance between Britt and Casey.
- The major
villain was not that
cool. He's a shadowy figure of a crime
syndicate. You would
think he'd be masked or a bit more mysterious. He's
ordinary old guy. They really didn't build up any
him. He was always just right out there. A
always needs an equally great villain.
- Warren Hull is great as Green Hornet/Britt
Reid! He's a very smooth-looking guy.
you'd call a pretty boy. But that's what Britt Reid
to be. He's a pampered millionaire and the publisher
of a major
newspaper. On top of all that, Warren is just a
on screen. I can believe he's a good guy. I'd
like to hear
from anyone who knew Warren Hull in any way.
- Keye Luke is a fine actor. I've
enjoyed his work. It's neat that they made him Green
Kato. As great as he is, I wish they would've made
his Kato stand
out more. Here, Kato is basically a
man-servant. But he's
very likable and he's convincing.
- Anne Nagel is cute as Casey. She has
of a funny voice, but she's cute just the same. And
she's a great
actress. I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who knew Anne
Nagel in any
- Wade Boteler made a fine portrayal of
Axford. In this serial, Mike has a thick Irish
accent and we're
told he was a former police officer. He still
Hornet, but he's not out on a crusade to get the
funny and likable.
- Eddie Acuff as Lowery was great. He
Axford's reporter rival at the Sentinel. It was a
rivalry, though, so you could still like him. This
was a nice
touch; giving Axford someone to bounce off of. The
didn't have a Lowery and it would've benefitted from
- Dorothy Lovett played a dual role as
Grayson and her look-alike Stella Merja. It was a
bit part, but
she stands out. Dorothy is lovely. She played
both good and
bad with such conviction. I'd really like to learn
more about her.
- Jean Brooks (Jeanne Kelly in this serial)
Gloria, Britt Reid's fling in the first two chapters of
serial. She's another one I wanted to see more
was just a really likable woman.
- I like all the actors in this
of them were bad or "hacky". But the bad guys don't
out for me. It's not their fault, but it's hard to
anonymous thugs with a stand-out hero like the Green
think the makers of this film should have given some of
- I would love to hear from anyone who knew
involved with the cast or crew of this serial. PLEASE
Green Hornet (2011): I had my doubts about
the film before I saw the trailer. Then I still had
my doubts until I watched the movie. This movie is
AWESOME! One thing that got a lot of heat from
critics, and even I was skeptic, was the casting of Seth
Rogen as Green Hornet. I enjoy Seth in his movies,
but as a suave crimefighter? No way. How did
it work? The Green Hornet, himself, was far from
being cool or perfect. He has to grow up in this
film and learn from his mistakes. We NEVER see this
in any other Green Hornet live-action attempt. Britt
Reid/Green Hornet was always slick and smooth in every
single show. Then again, no other Green Hornet show
gave an origin story for the heroes of Green Hornet and
Kato. This is the only live-action outing that
delivers a story about how Green Hornet and Kato meet, and
how they took to fighting crime. More important, we
learn how they came across the idea of posing as criminals
in order to fight crime.
The acting, action, special effects,
and story for this movie is incredible. You'd have
to be a rock-hard fudgee not to enjoy something about this
movie. This movie did make a good profit in
theaters. It didn't make "Batman" money, but I chalk
that up to two factors. One: The Green Hornet
has not been an A-list superhero since the 1960s.
Most people simply didn't know what Green Hornet was when
this movie came out. Two: People that DO know
Green Hornet will automatically try to compare this film
to the classic TV series, which is still the best-known
form of "Green Hornet" media. And that's because
Bruce Lee played Kato in that series before he reached
super-stardom. Why do I think this movie was a
decent commercial success? Probably because most
people didn't know what Green Hornet was.
Ironic! To the vast majority of movie goers, Green
Hornet and Kato were new characters and the filmmakers had
a lot of room to play around.
I'm not trying to say this movie is so
incredibly different from previous Green Hornet media that
it's unrecognizable. Far from it. The look of
the heroes, and the Black Beauty, is retained. The
idea of what Green Hornet does and how he operates is the
same. I'd say that this movie simply fleshes out the
personalities of the characters and gives us a bigger and
better story than "Green Hornet" ever had before.
It's a very respectable film.
Jay Chou is excellent as Kato.
Bruce Lee was an incredible Kato before him but, in all
respect, Jay gives the character more personality.
In this film we know Kato is a person and not a machine or
a man-servant. I guess Cameron Diaz was alright as
Lenore "Casey" Case, but I think SHE was miscast.
Diaz is quite a bit older than Seth Rogen, and in all
Green Hornet media the characters of Britt Reid and Lenore
Case are supposed to be somewhat close in age and a
potential couple. I'm not convinced in this film
that they could ever be a couple. That is the only
thing about this movie that doesn't jive with me.
Diaz gave a great acting performance, but they really
should have cast someone a bit younger and more in-sync
with Britt Reid and Kato.