As a promotion for the movie, on Tuesday, Syfy is showing all 26 episodes of the 1966 TV series with Van Williams and Bruce Lee from 10 AM to 11 PM. I never seen any of them, just the Batman  guest appearances. I wonder if they're included? I'm going to tape some of it. Anyone else?

BTW, did you know that the original Green Hornet was the grand-nephew of the Lone Ranger and the inspiration for DC's Crimson Avenger and the Sandman?

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...Has it been mentioned

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here . ) that , IIRC , that , at least in the earlier days of the radio series , there was a periodic character that appeared on both series - the Hornet's uncle?? , anyway an older mentor of some sort...Who appeared on the Lone Ranger's series as the Ranger' nephew ? ( I'm not sure if it was played by the same actor...)

  Remember , in the 1930s it was still very plausible indeed for an elderly person to have lived through the Old West !

FOR THOSE INTERESTED:

Sci-Fi (I just can't bring myself to use that "trademarkable" name) Channel is rerunning some of those Green Hornet episodes again tomorrow (Friday).

Check local listings for times and cable channel.

I had an episode list lying on the coffee table the other day***, and Action Lad was intrigued by the photos of the Green Hornet and Kato. I was trying to describe the Hornet's topcoat, and rather than get bogged down in menswear details, I turned on an episode ("The Silent Gun") and fastforwarded to a scene where the Hornet's outfit was easily seen. The Lad got wrapped up in the show, and the next thing we knew he'd watched the whole thing.

He's now declared that he wants to watch every episode with me. Although he inherited my geek gene -- and he does like some comic book art -- this is the first "genre" show he's shown an interest in. So ... Yay!

***In typical geeky anal-retentive mode, I'm insisting on watching all of the episodes in order. (Production order, of course.)

Lee Houston, Junior said:

FOR THOSE INTERESTED:

Sci-Fi (I just can't bring myself to use that "trademarkable" name) Channel is rerunning some of those Green Hornet episodes again tomorrow (Friday).

Check local listings for times and cable channel.


Thanks for the heads-up, Lee. I had a DVR conflict during the marathon a couple of weeks ago, and didn't catch all the episodes. I think I have all these, but now that I know SyFy may be re-running them (at least while the film is still in theaters), I'll re-set my Season Pass to see if I can catch the ones I missed.

...Is there any truth to the rumors that there have been , STRICTLY unauthorized , HIGHLY not-legal, and so , kept away from likely being seen ( to any great extent ) by Westerners " Batman and the Green Hornet...and Kato " comic books/publications issued , again , highly unauthorized and not by the owning-the-concepts companies , in the " Far East " ( China , Hong Kong , Singapore , etc....) ?

( It has been pointed out that we Americans took over the usage of " The Near/Middle/Far East " from Great Britain , where it makes a litle more sense , especially from California in the U. S. A. , where I sit typing this now . But anyway . )

  While looking up the various Green Hornet films on IMDB , I saw that there was an apparently authorized " Green Hornet " movie made for the Hong Kong/Eastern market earlier in the 21st Century , which , however , actually focuses on the Asain Kato character , focusing upon him as " the latest generation of Katos..." .

  Also , some years back , when I saw the US-released dubbed Asian film ( by Dimension/the Weinstiens ) " Black Mask " , acharacter in it made a joky feference to " a retro Green Hornet look " at one point (!) .

"It has been pointed out that we Americans took over the usage of " The Near/Middle/Far East " from Great Britain , where it makes a litle more sense , especially from California in the U. S. A. , where I sit typing this now . But anyway ."

 

I don't know about that. You can't be much further East from California than China. "Far East" sure sounds better than "Kinda Near West," too.

I passed the half-way mark over the weekend. One of the episodes I watched featured Jeffrey Hunter, in some scenes sporting a pair of thick-rimmed glasses, and it struck me: he would have made and ideal Superman/Clark Kent!

I've still got about a half dozen episodes to watch, but here's something that's been bugging me. When Britt Reid is in his study at home and someone comes down in the elevator hidden behind the fireplace, where are they coming down from? He's apparently on the ground floor because the large window or sliding door behind his desk looks out the the patio. Also, nect to the patio is the door to the garage where the Black Beauty is kept, but in the opening credits, after Kato pulls the car out of the garage (which is apparently on the ground level), the Black Beauty is shown coming down a ramp from behind the billboard. I'd really like to see those blueprints!

He must have set up one really complicated elevator system if the DA is coming from his office!

There is probably a tunnel connecting Brott's neighborhood to the warehouse with the billboard. He must own a lot of under-developed property!

But he liked these unusual architecture as he had a news studio next to his office, complete with a huge window!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

I've still got about a half dozen episodes to watch, but here's something that's been bugging me. When Britt Reid is in his study at home and someone comes down in the elevator hidden behind the fireplace, where are they coming down from? He's apparently on the ground floor because the large window or sliding door behind his desk looks out the the patio.


Yes, Yes, YES! That's been driving me crazy, too.

I think Philip's hit on the basic answer, though.

I watched an episode this weekend (can't remember which one) in which DA Scanlon is seen sneaking into the warehouse next to the billboard. Then we cut to the mystery elevator descending into Reid's study. My theory is that Reid's house isn't so much "ground level" as it is built into a hillside. The elevator goes up into the hill above the house and connects with a (maybe very long) tunnel to the warehouse.


Doctor Hmmm? said:
Jeff of Earth-J said:

I've still got about a half dozen episodes to watch, but here's something that's been bugging me. When Britt Reid is in his study at home and someone comes down in the elevator hidden behind the fireplace, where are they coming down from? He's apparently on the ground floor because the large window or sliding door behind his desk looks out the the patio.


Yes, Yes, YES! That's been driving me crazy, too.

I think Philip's hit on the basic answer, though.

I watched an episode this weekend (can't remember which one) in which DA Scanlon is seen sneaking into the warehouse next to the billboard. Then we cut to the mystery elevator descending into Reid's study. My theory is that Reid's house isn't so much "ground level" as it is built into a hillside. The elevator goes up into the hill above the house and connects with a (maybe very long) tunnel to the warehouse.
...Might some of this be made a little bit more specific/grounded in the , as I said , what I assume might well have been several minutes of footage cut to fit a modern-day cable TV minutes-of-commercial0to-minutes-of-show , as opposed to more regulated 1960s broadcast TV , ratio ?????????
I don't think anything was cut from the shows for the marathon broadcast. SyFy ran promos during the end credits which ran immediately into the the next episode. this they did all day long, and the musical stings and fade-ins and fade-outs were all intact. "Invasion From Outer Space" was about the worst of the lot; it skipped Batman right into Lost in Space territory. Speaking of Batman, I was expecting an actual guest appearance at some point, but apart from cameos (of the show itself playing on TV) in two episodes, Batman did not cross over.

I'm pretty sure that there must have been interior, syndication cuts.  I can't give you any specific examples because my brain is old and tired, but there's been more than one time when I've thought to myself "OK, they just referred to something that wasn't shown." 

Actually, I just thought of an example.  In "The Frog is a Deadly Weapon", a PI is murdered after he offers to sell Britt Reid proof that notorious racketeer Glen Connors is alive and back in town.  Reid sends Casey to the murdered man's office to hunt for whatever evidence he may have had.  Later, the Green Hornet and Kato go to the PI's office and find that it's been tossed.  They also find one of Casey's shoes, which leads them to conclude (rightly) that Casey was nabbed by Connors' goons.  The key point here is that we don't see Casey from the time she leaves Reid's office until later, when the goons are escorting her into the cabin of Connor's boat.  It's inconceivable to me that there wasn't a brief intervening scene where we see Casey being caught by the goons and losing her shoe.  (For that matter, I also can't recall an in-story explanation for why the Hornet felt the need to go to that office, when he'd already sent Casey there -- and didn't, at that point, have reason to think she was in trouble and wouldn't be coming back with a report.  Possibly another trim.)

At a minimum, just given the style of these shows -- and of mid-60's TV generally -- any time a scene opens without a leisurely pan around the room and a little mood music, I assume that it got trimmed for syndication.

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