The Green Hornet is a 1940 Universal movie serial based on The Green Hornet radio series by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. The radio program was so popular that in 1939, Trendle entered into an agreement with Universal Studios to produce two cliffhanger serials loosely adapted from the radio scripts. It was followed in 1941 by The Green Hornet Strikes Again!


The first chapter, “The Tunnel of Terror,” came from the radio broadcast of October 12, 1937, which involved Reid’s efforts to shut down Henry Adsit of Liberty Construction, who managed to underbid everyone for city construction jobs — but at the cost of a tunnel collapse because of inferior lumber and materials. In further chapters, The Green Hornet and his Korean valet Kato stop and expose several seemingly separate crimes. This leads them into continued conflict with the Leader, the criminal mastermind behind the Syndicate and the individual crimes.
GH Serial

GH Serial


Chapter titlesEdit

  1. The Tunnel of Terror
  2. The Thundering Terror
  3. Flying Coffins
  4. Pillar of Flame
  5. The Time Bomb
  6. Highways of Peril
  7. Bridge of Disaster
  8. Dead or alive
  9. The Hornet Trapped
  10. Bullets and Ballots
  11. Disaster Rides the Rails
  12. Panic in the Zoo
  13. Doom of the Underworld