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The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 24 December 1940 (USA)
A wealthy publisher uses a disguise and calls himself the Green Hornet to fight crime in his city.

Directors:

Ford Beebe, John Rawlins

Writers:

George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as Geo. H. Plympton), Basil Dickey (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Hull ... Britt Reid / Green Hornet
Wade Boteler ... Michael Axford
Anne Nagel ... Lenore Case
Keye Luke ... Kato
Eddie Acuff ... Lowery - a Reporter
Pierre Watkin ... Boss Crogan (as Pierre Watkins)
James Seay ... Bordine - a Gangster
Arthur Loft ... Tauer - Chief Gangster
Joe Devlin ... Joe Dolan - Henchman (as Joe A. Devlin)
William Hall ... Don DeLuca - Henchman
Dorothy Lovett ... Frances Grayson / Stella Merja
Jay Michael Jay Michael ... Foranti - Construction Racketeer
Charles Miller Charles Miller ... George K. Otterson
Jean Brooks ... Gloria Manning (as Jeanne Kelly)
Irving Mitchell Irving Mitchell ... Breedon
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Storyline

Wealthy publisher Britt Reid and his trusted Asian servant disguise themselves as the super-hero The Green Hornet and his faithful servant Kato as they battle the growing power of a ruthless secret crime organization that deals with foreign powers. The identity of the syndicate's leader remains a mystery. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A thousand ALL-NEW thrills! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Avispón Verde vuelve al ataque See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The background music often uses Schubert's Unfinished Symphony (as it is in the Smurfs). It also frequently employs Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to A Midsummer's Night Dream. As the Green Hornet and Kato prepare for a mission, the music quotes the opening bars of Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice. See more »

Goofs

Chapter nine: The Green Hornet wears dark colored gloves. but the hand that picks up the pistol is wearing white gloves, and in the ensuing gun battle he is wearing dark colored gloves. See more »

Quotes

Franks - Gangster [Chs. 3-4, 7-8, 15]: Do you think we ought to divide with the othrs?
Boss Crogan: Never divide unless you have to.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits consist of daggers, bullets, planes and blackjacks. See more »

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Edited into Matinee Movie Serials: A Night of Terror (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wearing of the Green
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Anonymous Irish ballad (1798)
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A Fine Follow Up to the Original Serial
25 October 2016 | by caseynicholsonSee all my reviews

I'm giving this serial, "The Green Hornet Strikes Again", the same score that I gave its predecessor, the original "Green Hornet" serial movie--7/10 stars. Opting for the same score is an easy call since this serial follows the exact same formula as the original, albeit with a different actor assuming the lead role.

The gist of the film is that Brit Reid is a newspaper editor who assumes the mantle of a vigilante crime fighter, the Green Hornet. Armed with only his wits, a mask, and a gas gun that puts people to sleep upon firing, the Hornet fights lots of adventures, all related to one devious racketeer scheme. Each episode ends with a cliff hanger scene, and each new episode begins with the previous chapter being resolved, usually because something fortuitous happened that wasn't shown at the close of the previous episode.

I have to say that I did find these stories to grow on me a fair bit as I watched these two serials. One thing that came to mind is that the Green Hornet is essentially a very similar character to DC Comics' Golden Age Sandman--at least in terms of the crime fighter himself, although the alter ego is a bit different. The Hornet was first a radio serial starting in 1936, while the Sandman made his debut in comic book form in the summer of 1939. The first of these two serials was released in 1940, so it's a curious thought as to how much the Sandman character took its cue from the Hornet radio show, as well as how much these Hornet movie serials may have been influenced by the Sandman comics.

Whatever the case, all in all I'd give this serial 7/10 stars. Like the original, it's extremely well made and fun. The only reservation I have is that it does get a bit repetitive, and that despite its fun it's certainly a niche product that won't appeal to just anyone in a modern audience.

Oh, and before you go spending money on this serial, look for it on YouTube. I watched the entire fifteen chapters there for free!


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