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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1943!
In 1936, the Green Hornet premiered on the radio.  By 1943, the show was solid hit with another nine years left in its phenomenal 16-year run.

Main Characters:

  • Green Hornet, played by Al Hodge (1936-1943), was a modern-day Lone Ranger. Later episodes had the part played by Donovan Faust (1943), Robert Hall (1943-1946), and Jack McCarthy (1947-1952).
  • Britt Reid, newspaper publisher of the Daily Sentinel by day, Green Hornet by night. Britt was supposed to be the great-nephew of the Lone Ranger.
  • Kato - the trusty sidekick of the Green Hornet. This Philipino valet provided chauffer service using the Black Beauty, kept watch for the police and bad guys, and lent a hand to the Green Hornet when things got rough.

Show Concept:

  • Britt would become the Green Hornet at night to fight crime using his high-powered car, the Black Beauty, and a gun that fired knockout gas instead of bullets. He fought crime using his wits, fists, and his special gun. The Green Hornet pretended to be a bad guy to infiltrate their ranks. This interesting twist provided the drama as the Green Hornet battled crime, but still had to stay one step ahead of the police.

Hosts or Guests:

  • unknown

Writers or Producers:

  • Created by George W. Trendle, the same man who created the Lone Ranger radio program
  • Fran Striker wrote the programs from 1936-1944


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan (1936)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered January 31, 1936
  • Final episode aired on December 5, 1952
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