The Green Hornet

Programmed for Death

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 9/23/66
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  • Episode Description
  • After reporter Pat Allen is killed at the Daily Sentinel by a leopard, Britt Reid finds a transmitter in a cigarette box. Later, D.A. Scanlon informs Britt of the discovery of a perfect diamond on Allen's desk. Digging around, Reid discovers that the gemologist had been working on producing synthetic diamonds.

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Dozier

    Narrator

  • Walter Brooke

    District Attorney F.P. Scanlon

  • Van Williams

    Britt Reid / Green Hornet

  • Lloyd Gough

    Mike Axford

  • Bruce Lee

    Kato

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • (Britt is holding a small transmitter.) Britt: Someone using this, tuned to send out an ultra high frequency tone. And a leopard trained to respond to that tone and kill the nearest human to it. That someone programmed Pat Allen to die. Scanlon: Can you prove it? Britt: No. But the Green Hornet will.

    Notes (2)

    • Professor Miller's first name is Frank, which makes his name Frank Miller, just like the famous comic book artist.

    • This was the pilot episode, as evidenced by the different opening music over the "THE GREEN HORNET--IN COLOR" opening bumper, the masks worn by both The Hornet and Kato which otherwise only appear in promotional photos (After this episode was shot, molds were taken of Williams' and Lee's faces and form-fitting masks were cast), and the extended sequences introducing/establishing characters, sets, and devices. It's also unique in that it's the only episode that The Hornet lets Kato do all the hand-to-hand fighting! (The Hornet just uses a gas gun.)

    Trivia (2)

    • Miller tells the Hornet the extreme cold would "rip the flesh from your hands", but the Hornet is wearing gloves.

    • The vault is supposed to be at 50 below 0 for the production of the diamonds, but the Green Hornet and Professor Miller enter without any sort of cold weather protection and Miller doesn't visibly decrease the temperature beforehand.

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