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Ihe Green Hornet began not as a comic book like many super heroes, but as a radio show on station WXYZ in Detroit. The show was written by George Washington Trendle and Fran Striker, the same team who created the Lone Ranger. The radio program, which debuted in 1936, established Britt Reid, wealthy young publisher of the Daily Sentinel and his Asian-American partner Kato as masked crime fighters who masqueraded as criminals to protect “the rights and lives of decent citizens.” Even on radio their car was the star, the Black Beauty, described as a technologically advanced supercharged sedan. Never identified by make, the listener was able to imagine any number of sleek art deco automobiles. The serial went national on NBC in 1938 running through 1952, firmly establishing the Green Hornet, Kato and the Black Beauty in America’s burgeoning pop culture consciousness. Trendle licensed Republic Pictures to produce a Green Hornet movie serial. The 13 episode series starred Gordon Jones as Britt Reid and Keye Luke as Kato. In the 1939 to 1941 serial Kato is now a Korean given that the U.S. was at war with Japan. The Green Hornet franchise laid dormant for almost 15 years, despite reported attempts by Trendle to adapt it to the new medium of television in 1951 and 1958. In 1966 William Dozier looking to repeat his success with the ground-breaking Batman television show brought the Green Hornet to television in

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cooperation with 20th Century Fox and ABC-TV. Unlike Dozier’s Batman series The Green Hornet was meant to be taken seriously. Van Williams was Britt Reid and the soon to be international super star Bruce Lee played Kato. Lee was so popular in his native Hong Kong that the program was renamed the Kato Show for local audiences. Unfortunately in North America the show only lasted 26 episodes, a single season. Low ratings and a Friday night slot against CBS’s The Wild Wild West doomed the show before it had a chance to catch on or take advantage of Lee’s growing fame. There had been talk of a major motion picture for years, finally reaching the big screen in 2011 as comedic action movie. Although generally well received the cost of filming in Los Angeles (shouldn’t that have been Detroit?) and shooting in 3D meant exorbitant costs that denied fans a sequel. The producers wisely decided to go with a 66 Imperial and, of course, once again the Black Beauty was the real star.

Black Beauty Green Hornet’s creators had a definite look in mind for the Black Beauty. The first known image

ries that Trendle, the owner of WXYZ would have had to approve. Drawn moving at speed with Kato hunched over the wheel it is hard to tell it apart from any late 1930s car but does look to have more than a little Lincoln about it. For the movie serial Trendle had considerable say in the choice of the Hornet’s ride. A review of the episodes shows that the first Black Beauty is a customized 1937 Lincoln Zephyr V12 coupe. The front wheels are covered by spats with trim reminiscent of a Figoni & Falaschi design. A Lincoln Zephyr makes an appearance in the new movie as the car on the rotating platform disguising the hidden location of the Black Beauty. When William Dozier wanted a new Black Beauty for the television show he didn’t ask George Barris who modified the old Lincoln Future dream car for the Batman TV show but instead went with his first choice, customizer Dean Jeffries. Jeffries had originally been chosen to build the


The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty is loaded with gadgets

Batmobile using a 1959 Cadillac but couldn’t finish it on time. For the new series he had the opportunity to create a car he would be proud of. Learning from their problems on the first season of Batman, two identical cars were ordered to prevent any delay in filming. The original Batmobile had proved rather unreliable, its quick build meaning there was no time update the 1955 mechanicals and she was always breaking down. A 1966 Imperial was chosen by Jeffries as it best embodied the “long dark limousine” look he was

seeking. Chrysler provided two new executive driven demos to Jeffries shop. Chrysler was something of a product placement pioneer and had long history of actively inserting their vehicles in television shows and Hollywood movies. The Black Beauty retains the Imperial’s basic lines however the front end was heavily modified with a vertical grill predating Lincoln’s Mark III by two years. The roof line was also extended to accentuate the limo appearance while tail lights were moved into the trunk lid and fender skirts added.

It was the car’s gadgets and weapons that took the longest to build as they all had to be functional, there being no CGI to fall back on. The Black Beauty’s list of weapons includes front and rear facing rocket banks, front and rear gas, oil, water and smoke cannons, rotating headlights, green and white, and rotating rear license plate. There was also a closed circuit TV system, front and rear phones, brooms that swept away tire tracks and a homing and tracking scanner that emerged from the trunk. The show’s cancellation at the end of the season

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