The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet        ( Chrysler Imperial )   1965 (2)

The Green Hornet ( Chrysler Imperial ) 1965

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The Green Hornet is a 2011 American superhero action comedy film based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a television series, comic books, and other media. Directed by Michel Gondry, the film stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz and Cameron Diaz.

When Britt Reid and Kato first go out to vandalize the statue, their disguises closely resemble the costumes of the early incarnations of the Green Hornet and Kato of the film serials The Green Hornet (1940) and The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940).

A poster for The Lone Ranger can be seen in Britt Reid’s room. In the original radio program, Reid was the The Lone Ranger’s grandnephew. His father rode with The Lone Ranger on some of his adventures and they shared the family name of Reid. Both radio programs were created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.

‘The Green Hornet’ was originally a radio show, first broadcast in 1936 and running to 1952. Although there were two serials in 1940 (The Green Hornet (1940) with 13 chapters and The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940) with 15 chapters), the last six chapters of the first one re-edited into a 100-minute feature and several episodes of The Green Hornet (1966) were edited together into a pair of 90-minute films, this is the first original feature-length Hollywood treatment of the costumed hero.

They Used Imperial Crown sedans from model years 1964 to 1966 to portray the Green Hornet’s luxurious supercar, the Black Beauty.

Imperial was the Chrysler Corporation’s luxury automobile brand between 1955 and 1975, with a brief reappearance in 1981 to 1983.

The Imperial name had been used since 1926, but was never a separate make, just the top-of-the-line Chrysler. However, in 1955, the company decided to spin Imperial off as its own make and division to better compete with its rivals, Lincoln and Cadillac.Imperial would see new body styles introduced every two to three years, all with V8 engines and automatic transmissions, as well as technologies that would filter down to Chrysler corporation’s other models.

Kato: You shot yourself face by mistake.
Britt Reid: How long was I out? What time is it?
Kato: Two o’clock.
Britt Reid: Oh, that’s not so bad.
Kato: On Thursday.
Britt Reid: It’s Thursday? Are you ki… It’s not Monday right now?
Kato: No. I’m sorry.
Britt Reid: Did you put this diaper on me? Well, what did I miss?
Kato: Nothing really. I did some work on the Black Beauties.
Britt Reid: ‘Beauties’?
[Britt looks in the garage, sees more ‘Black Beauty’ Chrysler Imperials]
Britt Reid: Holy crap.
Kato: They’re backups.
Britt Reid: How the hell did you do this in four days?
Kato: It’s been 11 days.
Britt Reid: Whoa, 11 days? What? Are kidding me? I wasn’t sleeping, I was in a coma, dick!

Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego. Her mother, Billie (Early), has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry, and her father, Emilio Diaz, was from a Cuban family (of Spanish origin). Self-described as ‘adventurous, independent and a tough kid,’ Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris. Returning to California at the age of 21, she was working as a model when her agency secured her an audition for the female lead in The Mask (1994) opposite rising comedian Jim Carrey. Despite having no previous acting experience, she got the role and was launched into stardom virtually overnight as the film became one of 1994’s biggest hits.


29 copies of the car Black Beauty were made for The Green Hornet. How many survived the production intact ?

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