Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Green Hornet!

On January 31, 1936, the first Green Hornet radio program aired on WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan. The character was created by George W. Trendle, the same man associated with the creation of the Lone Ranger radio show.

The Green Hornet was Britt Reid, newspaper publisher of the Daily Sentinel by day and crimfighter by night. Reid was the great-nephew of the Lone Ranger, whose war against crime was presumably an extension of his family history. The Hornet fought crime with his high-powered car, the Black Beauty and a gun that fired knockout gas instead of bullets.

Assisted by his faithful valet, Kato - who would drive the Black Beauty, keep watch out for the police or the bad guys and sometimes lend a helping hand with the fighting. Just like the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Hmmmm.....
Anyway, the program lasted from January of 1936 to December 5, 1952.

Al Hodge played the role of Britt Reid for seven years, from 1936 through January of 1943. Later, three other radio actors played Britt Reid - Donovan Faust took the role for the 1943 season, Robert Hall played the part for three years, from 1943 to 1946 and Jack McCarthy finished the last years of the series from 1946 through 1952.

The Hornet appeared in two Serials, Comics (by Harvey) and Even Big Little Books, and was briefly revived for one season of half hour TV episodes in the 1960's with Van Williams and Bruce Lee starring.

Here's the surviving radio episodes as two zip files - almost 500+ MBs of OTR!
Green Hornet 1 as a zip file.
Green Hornet 2 as a zip file.

PS. Savefile has returned, but all the files i'd uploaded there are gone.... oh well......
I think i'll stick with the rapidshare thingy for a bit.......
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