The Green Hornet (serial)

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The Green Hornet
Directed by Ford Beebe
Ray Taylor
Produced by Henry MacRae
Written by Fran Striker (adapted from the radio dramatic adventure serial by)
Screenplay by George H. Plympton
(as Geo. H. Plympton)
Basil Dickey
Morrison Wood
(as Morrison C. Wood)
Lyonel Margolies
Starring Gordon Jones
Wade Boteler
Keye Luke
Anne Nagel
Cinematography Jerome Ash
William A. Sickner
Edited by Irving Birnbaum
Joseph Gluck
Alvin Todd
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • January 9, 1940 (1940-01-09)
Running time
258 minutes
(13 chapters)
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Green Hornet is a 1940 Universal movie serial based on The Green Hornet radio series by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.


Newspaper publisher Britt Reid, secretly The Green Hornet, and his Korean valet Kato investigate and expose several seemingly separate rackets. This leads them into continued conflict with the Chief, the criminal mastermind behind the Syndicate and the individual crimes.


Alternative versions[edit]

In 1990, GoodTimes Home Video released a feature-length movie version, re-edited from the last six chapters, under the same title.[citation needed]

In 2011, VCI Entertainment released its own version, The Green Hornet: Movie Edition. It includes the beginning, end, and selected other chapters of the serial. The DVD was released on January 11, 2011.[3]


The 1960s Batman television series was created based on the popularity of a re-release of Columbia's Batman serial. The success of both led to the production of a Green Hornet series, which was played as a straight action mystery series, "in the tradition of its former presentations", rather than the camp Batman series. It lasted one season.[4]

Chapter titles[edit]


  1. The Tunnel of Terror
  2. The Thundering Terror
  3. Flying Coffins
  4. Pillar of Flame
  5. The Time Bomb
  6. Highways of Peril
  7. Bridge of Disaster
  8. Dead or alive
  9. The Hornet Trapped
  10. Bullets and Ballots
  11. Disaster Rides the Rails
  12. Panic in the Zoo
  13. Doom of the Underworld


  1. ^ "The Green Hornet". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  2. ^ Lidz, Franz (2011-01-07). "Float Like a Franchise, Sting Like a ..." The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  3. ^ Jones, Steve (2011-01-17). "DVD extra: Go back in time with The Green Hornet". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  4. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 14–15. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  5. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 225–226. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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