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?
Thanks for posting that, Jeff. In a fortunate fashion, it serves as a good post script to the Deck Log Entry I have just submitted.
It was also enjoyable to read Van Williams' remarks. There aren't many folks in or from Hollywood who I would ever care to meet, but Williams is one of them.
I did notice in one of the episodes I’ve seen so far that the Green Hornet wore a different style mask, one with “expression lines.” I hope that one didn’t last long.
This is probably more suitable for the thread about favourite bits of business from movies and television, but the mention of The Wild, Wild West and the fight scenes reminded me of one moment when the show poked fun at itself.
Usually, I can quote episode and airdate for these kind of things, but this one just eludes me. Even when I consult Susan E. Kesler's book on the series, I find no mention of the scene I am about to describe. All I can tell you is that it was from one of the seasons filmed in colour and it is probably the last season, because as I recall, it was when Robert Conrad changed his hairstyle from being swept back to a low part.
I do remember the scene quite well, though. It was a situation in which the show was going to make fun of the fact that, in almost every episode, it seemed, there was a scene in which Jim West would duke it out with several foes at once.
Jim West is chasing a suspect down a western city street and the suspect rounds a corner. West follows and comes face to face with a half-dozen or so tough guys, all pointing their six-shooters at Jim.
West throws up his hands in capitulation, but before any unpleasant shooting can take place, Artemus Gordon steps out of a near-by alley, with his own gun pointed at the outlaws. "Drop 'em!" says Artie, and the toughs all toss their pistols away. Jim looks at his partner with relief and gratitude.
At that point, Artie holsters his own weapon, then nods to West and the crooks and says "O.K., gentlemen, have at it!"
Jim gives Artie a double-take, and then the fight is on---while Gordon stands back and watches.
Many thanks for posting that, T.P. I've never read anything to this depth in Williams' own words on his opinions of the show.
I enjoyed it greatly, even if I did have to mentally jog myself into realising just how long ago 1988 was.
Am I a hypocrite for starting this thread yet dropping both The Green Hornet and The Green Hornet: Year One from my order?
And yes, thanks Turn! Great article! Made me miss Starlog all over again!
...Considering the greatly increased number of commercials per average commercial TV hour ( or half-hour ) to-day versus the mid-60s , how edited are the versions that SyFy showed ? ( I don't have cable:-( . )
Assuming that the 26 episodes of TGH included one episode of the two=part Batman crossover , I suppose SyFy might've skipped those and just run the " pure " 25 ?