Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 14, 2011

Friday Trivia: The Buzz On The Green Hornet

The latest film incarnation of The Green Hornet opened in theaters today, and though the buzz about the movie isn’t great it’s good Friday trivia material because the crime-fighting character originated in Detroit just about 75 years ago.

On January 31, 1936 WXYZ radio premiered The Green Hornet, a thrilling, 30-minute kids’ adventure series about Britt Reid, publisher of “The Daily Sentinel” newspaper who after hours donned a mask to battle evil. He was aided by his trusty valet Kato.

Britt Reid was a great-nephew of another hero, The Lone Ranger, and inherited his elder’s habit of wearing a mask while fighting crime with the help of a mask-wearing sidekick. The cowboy role model rode Silver, a horse, while his urban nephew drove “Black Beauty,” an automobile.

You can listen for free to 53 episodes of the program on the OTR.Network Library while you test your Green Hornet know-how:

1) What radio voice had the starring role?

The original voice of The Green Hornet (fan site photo)

2) Who created the program?

3) What colors were considered before the creative team settled on green?

4) What was Kato’s ethnicity?

5) Who played Reid/Hornet and Kato in the 1966-67 TV series on ABC?

6) What distinguished the program from other radio serials of the era?

1) Al Hodge initiated the role; over the 16-year run of the series, which closed in 1952, a total of four actors played The Green Hornet

2) Fran Striker and George W. Trendle, who also created The Lone Ranger radio show, which premiered on Detroit’s WXYZ on January 31, 1933

3) Pink and blue

4) He started as Japanese, but changed to Filipino. In the early movies, he was Korean

5) Van Williams and Bruce Lee

6) The Green Hornet was noted for its use of classical music; the show opened with a buzzing sound and theme song, “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Early Green Hornet promotional photo (Fan website)

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