The success of Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward led to ABC giving Batman producer William Dozier the go ahead for a Green Hornet series. Unlike Batman, The Green Hornet was a real crime drama. In addition, the Green Hornet is not a superhero. He is a vigilante and viewed with skepticism by the police and public. In actuality, Green Hornet is newspaper publisher Britt Reid and his identity is known by the district attorney, Frank Scanlon (Walter Brooke). In fact, Scanlon often privately asks for Green Hornet's help on difficult investigations.
|Britt Reid and Casey|
I have to say that I think this show still holds up. I like how Van Williams, Bruce Lee, and Wende Wagner underplay their roles. There is a genuine intelligence in their characters and the actors did a good job in conveying that quality. In addition, I love the tone set by the opening theme. Billy Mays' arrangement of "Flight of the Bumblebee" gives the show a noirish tone. I wish the show had lasted more than a season because it is a great way to introduce young viewers to serious but not overly violent crime fighting. I would love to see this show find a place on MeTv's Saturday night line-up rather than be hidden at 6 am on Saturday. For those of us in NY, MeTV doesn't even show this (Paid Programming runs at that hour here). However, if you do get on your MeTV affiliate, I recommend setting the DVR and enjoying The Green Hornet.
|Van Williams and Bruce Lee|
|David with Van Williams in April, 2013|
|David's original sketch card|
|Back of card autographed by Van Williams|
|Vintage card deck signed by Van Williams|