The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics, and Television

The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion
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  • 816 Pages
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  • Publisher: OTR Publishing



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The Green Hornet was one of radio's best-known and most distinctive adventure shows. Britt Reid, publisher of The Daily Sentinel, was in the position to learn facts about criminals that only the police had access. Armed with this knowledge, a gas gun that rendered foes momentarily unconscious, and a black speedster known as The Black Beauty, he donned the guise of The Green Hornet. Feared by the underworld and sought after by the police, the masked vigilante fought racketeers, gangsters and saboteurs. When the police were faced with red tape, The Green Hornet, with his sidekick Kato, his faithful valet, circumvented protocol and legal procedure in their determined battle to put away crooks.

Since The Green Hornet first appeared on radio in 1936, he has made the transition to motion pictures, comics and television. Very little has been written about the masked marvel and what has been recorded in magazine articles and encyclopedias prior to this publication has never explored the character as deeply... or accurately. For the first time, the complete story of this crime fighter is unmasked, as prolific TV and radio historians Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson usher you into the Black Beauty.

A complete history of the radio series from the creation to conception sketches, reprints from production files to the untold adventures, biographic details of the cast and the characters they played (including Mike Axford, Kato, Gunnigan, Lenore Case, Linda Travis, Ed Lowry, Clicker Binney, Commissioner Higgins, etc.) and background information is all provided under one cover. Also included are details of the two cliffhanger serials produced by Universal in the early forties, the unaired 1952 television pilot, the long-running popularity of the comic books and the William Dozier television series (1966-67) starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee. A complete episode guide documents every adventure including unproduced scripts and plot ideas.

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Superb Customer: from Maryland -- April, 7, 2010

This is the real deal. Everything you want to know about The Green Hornet. Bruce Lee did have a stunt double. Talent fees for the actors is broken down episode by episode. Music cues in the order they appear on the TV episodes and dates of production reveals the detail and research that went into this book. The history of Kato on radio and how he was written out temporarily so he could attend surgery was amusing. How Trendle and Striker created the radio program in 1936 and the true inspiration was a pulp novel made addicting reading. All 1,000 radio episodes have a plot summary. 800 plus pages says it all. This book comes highly recommended. Buy from with confidence.

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  • Sales Rank: 42,884
  • ISBN: 9780982531105
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