- Ax 2013
The Green Hornet - The Silent Gun
Richard Bluel, William Dozier (executive) for Greenway Productions/20th Century Fox
directed by Leslie H.Martinson
starring Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Charles Francisco, Lloyd Bochner, Kelly Jean Peters, Walter Brooke, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough, Ed McCready, Al McGranary, Breland Rice, Bob Harvey
written by Ken Pettus, based on a radio series created by George W.Trendle, music by Billy May
Green Hornet, Green Hornet (Van Williams)
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Someone has killed someone using a silent and flash-less gun, and it
seems these two someones fought over exactly that gun. Rich publisher
Britt Reid (Van Williams) soon enough learns that the gun was designed by
the victim's father and the victim wanted to sell it to gangsters to
collect enough money to be able to marry his girlfriend (Kelly Jean
Peters) - but the gangsters figured they didn't want to pay.
gangsters is where publisher Reid's job ends - but it's right up Green
Hornet's alley, a superhero turned outlaw secretly bringing justice to the
city (?) ... and Green Hornet just happens to be Britt Reid's alter ego.
Hornet soon tracks down Trump (Charles Francisco), the baddie currently in
possession of the silent gun, and sets up between himself, Trump, and
Carley (Lloyd Bochner), the guns buyer. Trump and Carley want to trick
Green Hornet and kill him of course, but the Hornet has seen through their
plans, and with the help of his sidekick Kato (Bruce Lee), he manages to
take the two villains out of commission.
Rather routine and
slightly boring superhero story produced hot on the heels of the hugely
- only where Batman
was positively hilarious, this series takes itself a whole lot too
seriously while not featuzring a story half as original as any given Batman-episode.
As a result of course, Green Hornet was cancelled after
merely one season (while Batman
ran for three) and is today mostly remembered because of sidekick Bruce
Lee's later fame - but in all honesty, he isn't too good in this one,
Lee's role is rather flat and he doesn't try too hard to breathe some life
into it, his Kung Fu scenes are short and unimatinative, and above all,
the focus of this series is on Van Williams, not on Lee.
That all said,
despite all of its shortcomings, the show has some nostalgia value to it -
but don't expect anything remotely resembling greatness.