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The Green Hornet (1966 - 1967)

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:06 pm    Post subject: The Green Hornet (1966 - 1967) Reply with quote

"The Green Hornet"was a 30-minute ABC Television Network series that ran from 1966~1967 for a total of 26 episodes.

The character was created by George Trendle & Fran Striker in 1936 as a radio series.

The TV show was produced by William Dozier who also produced the "Batman" TV series.

Fortunately WD had TGH show done as a serious dramatic series and not at like the camp & comedic style of "Batman."

WD also did the opening narration used each week for the show explaining the premise for the series.

Britt Reid(Van Williams)is the crusading publisher of the newspaper known as the Daily Sentinel.

In order to stop the rampant crime in his city Reid creates the Green Hornet. Reid's plan is that the GH appears as a mastermind criminal to the public at large in order to infiltrate organized mobs and break them up from within.

Crucial to Britt's covert operations is his friend Kato(Bruce Lee)who is a superb martial artist.

Britt & Kato's secret identities are only known to Reid's secretary Lenore "Casey"Case(Wende Wagner)and D.A.Frank P.Scanlon.

The GH & Kato ride in their rolling arsenal known as the Black Beauty"which is equipped with numerous weapons such as rockets that can be launched from both the front and the rear of the deadly sedan.

The BB also has a drop down nozzle on the from grill which emits a knockout gas.
On the rear of the limo is a rod that extended outwards can spray out a smokescreen or oil slick.

Housed in the trunk of the auto is the Hornet Scanner which is a drone that can fly and transmit pictures back to the television in the BB.

The Black Beauty was a 1966 Imperial Crown sedan customized by Dean Jeffries. Two were created for the TV show.

In addition,the GH also has 2 weaons he carries with him at all times.

The Hornet Sting is a telescoping gadget that is capable of sending out sonic disruption waves that can blast through steel.

The Hornet Gas Gun spews out a green colored knockout gas that renders its victims unconscious.

The theme song is the classic Flight of the Bumblebee and is performed by jazz legend Al Hirt.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Green Hornet as conceived by Fran Striker was a modern day version of THE LONE RANGER.
Actually, The Hornet, Brit Reid was the great nephew of John Reid, The Lone Ranger.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

l built a model of the Black Beauty back when I was a kid.

https://images.app.goo.gl/QKxB7MPPK4Wj5xNx9


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Additional GH Fun Facts } Britt's garage had a revolving floor.
On on the top side he would park his white convertible in a normal fashion.

When the BB was needed,Kato would operate some buttons on a tool board on the wall of the garage.

That would cause clamps to rise from the floor in the front & back of Britt's car & lock onto it.
The floor would then rotate with the BB having been stored on the underside of the floor.

Once the clamps came off the BB,Kato,with Reid in the back seat,would wait for the back wall of the garage that had a planter attached to it rise upwards so that the BB could exit the garage covertly.

A large candy billboard in an alleyway would then separate vertically from the middle and allow the BB through it & into the alleyway and then onto the city streets.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a kid, I liked this show over "BATMAN". I have a green Fedora because of the show.

Dean Jefferies was given the job of creating the Black Beauty, because he had the job of creating the Batmobile taken away. He had started modifying a 1959 Cadillac, getting as far as removing the roof and front and rear end, when he was told that the car was needed in two weeks, instead of six.

The Black Beauty had two sets of headlights. Regular lamps and green lamps. The green lamps were to be a form of night vision. There was a green clear panel above he steering wheel which could high-lite the green light. There was a clothing closet built into the back of the front passenger's seat. In addition to the drone, the trunk held a mortar.

The Black Beauty had many features that were never shown. Brushes could be lowered from the rear end to obliterate tire marks in dirt. There were small doors on either side of the rear window, so the Green Hornet could fire out of them.

There were three Black Beauties. A hero car. A car that was filled with all the mechanisms needed for the different devices. And a static car that had no engine, which was used just of scenes of the car just sitting there. I have now idea why it didn't have an engine. You would think that, that would make it easier to move around, than just pushing it.

When the cars were delivered they had a hand-applied black lacquered finish. Van Williams said it was the most beautiful finish he had ever seen, it really looked like a Hood's car. On the first night of filming, they rolled the car out...And it reflected EVERY light for miles around. They rolled the car into the Fox paint shop and gave it a flat-black finish.

When they filmed the pilot, for the gas gun they used colored gas. The problem was that in low light, the gas was invisible. They switched to colored powder, so you could see the "gas".

The Hornet Sting also had problems. They used a powerful spring to open the Sting, and in most cases, the Hornet Sting flew apart in Van William's hand when opened. After a few episodes they took the spring out, and Van Williams would open it with a flick of his wrist.

Bruce Lee was VERY competitive, and was always trying to get people to arm wrestle him. Van Williams always refused, but finally relented. Wan Willams grew-up wrangling Horses, and so had very powerful arms. He beat Bruce Lee and promptly regretted it. Bruce Lee was always bugging him for a rematch.

They had a problem with Bruce Lee on his fighting scenes. He was too accurate, and they couldn't convince him that they didn't actually have to come that close to the actor. They could fix it all with the blocking and camera angles. He was always practicing, and a person would feel something tickle their earlobe. That was Bruce Lee kicking them. One day as he did that, the person unexpectedly turned, and he broke the mans jaw. Bruce Lee was shocked and inconsolable that he actually injured someone. He listened to them on filming the fights after that.

Because of the Hornet's costume, green suit, fedora and overcoat, combined with the California climate, Van Williams lost three to five pounds in water weight every episode.

The show did well in the ratings, and was renewed. The problem was that the production wanted to move to an hour long show. They were having problems doing thirty minute shows. The Network wanted to keep it at thirty minutes. Because of this the deal fell apart.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More GH Fun Facts } Britt can signal D.A.Scanlon via Reid's pocket watch. When the watch is pressed a small antanna pops up and sends a buzzing sound that emits from the temple of Scanlon's glasses.

The pocket watch also is a audio communication device that allows Britt as the GH to speak & hear Kato when Kato is in the Black Beauty operating the hand radio.

Whenever Frank Scanlon was covertly meeting Britt and Kato at Reid's residence he would park his car in an alley by the home.

Exiting the vehicle,Frank would push aside a section of a wooden fence.

Inside Britt's home there would be a sound signalling that Scanlon was now in the hidden elevator which when it arrived the living room fireplace would rise upwards revealing the entryway for Frank.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Original soundtrack:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5_qDrlDqoE

The "Green Hornet" scene from Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4cvTaP7RS8
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Black Beauty Intel } Bulletproof.

Front Rockets Total : 16. Rear Rockets Total : 20.

Speaker & Recorder:Back seat. Speaker & Intercom:Front seat.

P.A. System Loudspeaker : Heard through the BB's front grill.

Telephone:Backseat.

Remote Control:Operates an unmanned BB via a handheld gold-colored electronic box.

Hornet Mortar : A powerful cannon which would rise up from the trunk.
Note from me : The HM was used on only one episode,"Freeway To Death,"but how was it able to be located in exactly the same spot inside the trunk as the Hornet Scanner? Both gizmos rose up out of the same slot.

Magnesium Wheels.



Silent Mode: Allows the BB to operate in silent running.

Oscilloscope.

Ice Spreader : On Exhaust.

Rear Oil Slick Gun.

Foam Spray Nozzle : Emerges from the back of the BB just below the trunk link.

Revolving License Plate.
Note from me :How was this feature of any real use to Britt & Kato?
Were they expecting to get into some kind of trouble that different license plates would resolve for 'em? After all,the GH&K are already notorious & wanted criminals.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pow wrote:

Hornet Mortar : A powerful cannon which would rise up from the trunk.
Note from me : The HM was used on only one episode,"Freeway To Death,"but how was it able to be located in exactly the same spot inside the trunk as the Hornet Scanner? Both gizmos rose up out of the same slot.


Possibly some type of turntable system, that car had an ENORMOUS trunk, no telling what else was in it. The Mortar makes sense, some of the projectiles could have had smoke, or Hornet gas payloads.

The Black Beauty had no door handles. Handy for keeping unwanted people out of the car.

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