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Posted Jan 11, 2011 @ 6:37 PM

SyFy is showing the entire series (out of order, of course) today.

In two weeks, they travel to Gotham City.

And, oh yeah, something about a movie (but that's for a different thread).

If he can have a thread, and he can have one, and she can have one,
then Kato demands that we have one.

You really don't want to make Kato angry.

Edited by Twilight Man, Jan 16, 2011 @ 11:08 AM.


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Posted Jan 12, 2011 @ 2:04 AM

How many of these did they make? The wierd thing is that I have watched a lot of the genre shows from the 60's forward and I never saw these on first run. From the musical cues I'm guessing that the show was made by the same company as Batman and at about the same time but I saw Batman and never heard they made an actual series of GH. I thought there was a pilot as part of Batman but heard nothing more about it. Then I know Bruce Lee died young so I thought it was never made.

Are there any more than the ones they showed Jan 11? Are they repeating them? I didn't catch them all.

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Posted Jan 12, 2011 @ 6:07 AM

How many of these did they make? The wierd thing is that I have watched a lot of the genre shows from the 60's forward and I never saw these on first run.


The TV show only ran for one season (1966-1967) and ran for 26 eps. The series was previously serialized on the radio in the 30's and 40's and had appeared in comics as well. The character was created by George Trendle who also created, "The Lone Ranger". In fact, according to series canon, Britt Reid was [in the beginning of the serials] the grandnephew of the Lone Ranger. Since so much time has passed, he'd still be a direct descendent, just further down the line.


From the musical cues I'm guessing that the show was made by the same company as Batman and at about the same time but I saw Batman and never heard they made an actual series of GH.


You're right. William Dozier wanted to do another comic book character (with "Batman" going strong on network TV twice a week) but wanted to take a more serious and straighter tone (as opposed to the campy adventures in "Batman") so he went with "The Green Hornet". Like Batman, Dozier did the narrations as well.



I thought there was a pilot as part of Batman but heard nothing more about it. Then I know Bruce Lee died young so I thought it was never made.


Bruce Lee died in 1973, long after both shows ended. The crossover with Batman did happen - twice (although one was a cameo). The first time was in "The Spell of Tut" when the two appeared in a window of a building Batman & Robin were scaling. The exchange some words and leave. In, "A Piece of the Action" and "Batman's Satisfaction" (two part episode), the Caped Crusaders found themselves working with Hornet and Kato (believing them to be the villians their personas were set up to be) to bust a counterfeit ring . There was also a legendary fight scene between the four of them - in which it was argued who'd win? This was especially true with the battle between Robin and Kato. Ultimately, it was left to be a draw.

I think the series will be part of Sci Fi's lineup - but the show's not available on DVD so far, but there are 4 episodes that appear on a different disc. It's available here.

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Posted Jan 12, 2011 @ 7:39 AM

Al Hirt's theme song? Best. Theme Song. Ever.

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Posted Jan 12, 2011 @ 9:48 AM

I think the series will be part of Sci Fi's lineup

I didn't know they ran these yesterday... I started watching them when they ran on American Life, but AL cancelled it one episode before I had gotten to see them all! Right now, a schedule search for "The Green Hornet" at syfy.com gives no results.

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Posted Jan 12, 2011 @ 6:28 PM

I was at home yesterday, sick, and wow what a surprise on SyFy! I really liked GH, I had seen pics and short clips of the series but had not watched an entire episode and I really enjoyed the eps I watched yesterday. I liked the original Batman series but even as a child I knew it was campy before I actually knew what campy was; GH hit all the right notes for me. And Bruce Lee is so awesome and I so want my own Black Beauty.

Al Hirt's theme song? Best. Theme Song. Ever.

I would rank it in my personal top three. :)

So am I going cuckoo or did Kill Bill Volume One use the GH theme song? I swear we hear it when Lucy Liu's character is in her car, being escorted thru the streets of Tokyo by the Crazy 88s on their motorcycles, before The Bride catched up to them on her 'cycle. If it isn't, I'll blame the Nyquil... lol

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Posted Jan 12, 2011 @ 7:33 PM

So am I going cuckoo or did Kill Bill Volume One use the GH theme song?

It's when The Bride flew from Osaka to Tokyo, intercut with O-Ren's motorcade driving through the streets of Tokyo.

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Posted Jan 12, 2011 @ 10:43 PM

The theme song is actually the Russian classical piece "The Flight of the Bumblebee," and it's been used as the GH theme in a couple of incarnations. Al Hirt's contribution was to play the thing well on a trumpet without passing out from lack of oxygen, a pretty damn fine achievement if you ask me.

According to WP (from whence I cribbed all of this), the Kill Bill soundtrack did in fact use Al Hirt's rendition.

I'm interested in finding out whether the movie uses the song at all.

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Posted Jan 14, 2011 @ 3:56 PM

They didn't use "Flight of the Bumblebee" for the theme song, but it was similar.

It's a shame the show was only 30 minutes long. The stories suffer from having to be told so quickly.

I could have sworn Batman and Robin appeared on this show, but all I saw was people watching them on TV a couple times.

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Posted Jan 14, 2011 @ 6:52 PM

I could have sworn Batman and Robin appeared on this show, but all I saw was people watching them on TV a couple times.


It's the other way around. The Green Hornet and Kato appeared on a few episodes of Batman (which makes people watching it on TV all the more surreal.)

Odd coincidence that Burt Ward used his martial arts skills in his Batman audition, and later he had a few scenes with Bruce Lee.

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Posted Jan 21, 2011 @ 11:48 PM

GH: OK, Kato. We need to travel into Gotham City tonight.
If we're not careful, we may run into Batman & Robin.

Kato: Robin is a chicken.

"A Piece of The Action / Batman's Satisfaction" airs tonight only on the HUB.

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Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 1:29 PM

SyFy is showing several episodes again today, all morning and afternoon long.

And on February 7, even more episodes.

So many criminals, so little time to shut them all down.

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Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 4:49 PM

The rerun I caught before work today had much better fight choreography than the ones I saw in the previous marathon. Even Van Williams looked pretty convincing taking someone down, and Kato was acting on his own initiative instead of just kicking doors open when his name was barked. (Though the plot of art thieves threatening to destroy valuable paintings with a laser unless paid–with Miss Case being put in harm's way to deliver the ransom–still made me roll my eyes. Yeah, the police are just going to stand by and let crooks specify an innocent person's involvement as part of a money drop rather than telling them where they can put their laser.)

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Posted Jan 29, 2011 @ 4:02 PM

It's a shame the show was only 30 minutes long. The stories suffer from having to be told so quickly.



After having caught the recent marathon on SyFy, I must agree. A half hour format might have worked better had the show been animated (personally that would be potentially cool!). This show should have been a 1 hour dramatic format. It might even work on TV today! I think Kevin Smith was working on a new comic for the Green Hornet too.

Another thing that really bugged (pun not intended!) was the "day shot as night" effect. I know part of the reason it was done was to better showcase the green headlights of the Black Beauty, but it's ridiculous to see sunlight in the background when it's supposed to be dark outside. Many times it became hard to make out the characters in the "darkness" of a particular scene.


I could have sworn Batman and Robin appeared on this show, but all I saw was people watching them on TV a couple times.


There was an episode in which one of the bad guys was watching the Batman show on TV (though the scene just showed the batcave not the actors) and the familiar theme song.


The Green Hornet and Kato appeared on a few episodes of Batman (which makes people watching it on TV all the more surreal.)



True. One of those appearances was a cameo of sorts - GH and Kato appeared in a window while B&R were scaling a building.

For the record - Van Williams was HOT!

Bruce Lee was only using a fraction of his potential (and seeing the show makes me wonder how much more he could have done before his untimely death).

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Posted Jan 31, 2011 @ 2:19 PM

Major Bruce Lee fan, here!! I love the title of this thread. Growing up and being a Bruce Lee fanatic, I commonly refer to this show as, Kato and the Green Hornet.

Another thing that really bugged (pun not intended!) was the "day shot as night" effect. I know part of the reason it was done was to better showcase the green headlights of the Black Beauty, but it's ridiculous to see sunlight in the background when it's supposed to be dark outside. Many times it became hard to make out the characters in the "darkness" of a particular scene.

You're not alone. It bugged me, too. As did their recycling of certain street scenes. It bugged big time to see the same people, in the same clothes, strolling down the same sidewalk every episode.

Bruce Lee was only using a fraction of his potential

I get tickled when I watch the fights scenes because Bruce Lee had to slow down his choreography in order for the camera to capture it. If this wasn't done, his arms and legs would've been a blur.

Thank you for this thread. Did I mention: Major. Bruce. Lee. Fan. :)

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Posted Jan 31, 2011 @ 5:01 PM

Someone told me today that Bruce Lee got the Kato role as a make-good or something. According to this person, Lee actually developed the series Kung-Fu, fleshed out the project, etc... and then the role that had been intended for him was given to Keith Carradine. So to make up for it (?), they made him Kato.

For the record - Van Williams was HOT!

As was Wende Wagner. It's a shame she died so early.

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Posted Feb 1, 2011 @ 5:11 AM

Someone told me today that Bruce Lee got the Kato role as a make-good or something. According to this person, Lee actually developed the series Kung-Fu, fleshed out the project, etc... and then the role that had been intended for him was given to Keith Carradine. So to make up for it (?), they made him Kato.


Much of that is a myth. GH ran from 1966-1967. Kung Fu didn't even air until 1972 (a year before Lee died but had already found fame in film). From what I understand Lee wasn't even officially offered the role of Kwai Chang Caine anyway. Lots of people (particularly in the Asian community) have been upset that the character of Caine was portrayed by a white actor (despite being half white and half Chinese) and think Bruce Lee was robbed due to his Chinese heritage. The concept of Kung Fu could have been tossed around in the early stages (and maybe Lee's name could have come up) but that's not the same as a firm commitment to produce a pilot or series nor signing on an actor to play a specific role.

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Posted Feb 9, 2011 @ 2:00 PM

Alert!!

GH marathon is currently in progress on SyFy!! Catch it while you can!!

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Posted Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

You're not alone. It bugged me, too. As did their recycling of certain street scenes. It bugged big time to see the same people, in the same clothes, strolling down the same sidewalk every episode.

They did the same thing on Batman, the most notable being the establishing shot of Gothan City Hall with the smoke from an offscreen fire in the original ep whafting in...

I recently noticed that while watching "Best Dressed Corpse" (both parts) in a recent marathon, someone forgot to remove the "night filters" when they filmed the indoor scenes.

Edited by ubi, Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:27 AM.


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Posted Feb 19, 2011 @ 12:33 AM

They did the same thing on Batman, the most notable being the establishing shot of Gothan City Hall with the smoke from an offscreen fire in the original ep whafting in...

Considering that Batman was one of the most expensive half-hour series ever to have been produced at the time (you think a Batcomputer comes cheap, much less a nuclear pile and the Farris Batmobile?), I suppose Bill Dozier had to save money somewhere.

Another marathon coming up on SyFy February 24th.

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Posted Feb 21, 2011 @ 11:06 AM

Considering that Batman was one of the most expensive half-hour series ever to have been produced at the time (you think a Batcomputer comes cheap, much less a nuclear pile and the Farris Batmobile?), I suppose Bill Dozier had to save money somewhere.

They would have done it even without the expensive props. Superman was always jumping away from the same boulder, making the same landing in the same alley, etc. The producers are in the business of making money, so they spend as little as they can.

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Posted Mar 16, 2012 @ 5:44 PM

MeTV has an eight-episode Green Hornet marathon scheduled for tomorrow, 6:00p ET/5:00p CT. For St. Patrick's Day. I haven't seen this show since I was a kid -- I'm thinking I may have to cut my green beer drinking short this year so I can catch an hour or so.