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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