Thursday, February 23, 2017

What Might've Been: What if someone else played the Green Hornet? (1966)

Here's a little oddity I'll bet some of you might not have known existed.

William Dozier's adaptation of The Green Hornet marked its 50th anniversary back in September, but did you know that Van Williams nearly didn't get the part?

A short 4 minute-plus video is now on YouTube that shows another actor, Jay Murray, as Britt Reid, aka the Green Hornet, with Cindy Wood as Lenore Case, and Richard O'Brien as Mike Axford. The only constant? Naturally, it was Bruce Lee (Kato).

This tried to retain the spirit of the radio version of the series, and there is no hint that Lenore had any knowledge of her boss' dual identity, contrary to the final product. Suffice to say, Bruce Lee was the only one of the four principals retained when production began on the series. As for Jay Murray? Good question.

Rating: B.


Mike Doran said...

That gangster that GH&K are roughing up in the scene is Jeff Corey, not long after his days on the blacklist.

Coincidence time: when the series geared up, the part of Mike Axford went to another blacklist alumnus, Lloyd Gough.

TV - it's fun, it's history, it's America!

hobbyfan said...

Thought that thug looked familiar, but couldn't place the face. Thanks, Mike.