Green Hornet and Kato Poster # 1 Britt Reed and Bruce Lee Black Beauty 1967


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The Green Hornet is a television show on the ABC US television network. It aired for the 1966–1967 TV season, and starred Van Williams as the Green Hornet/Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato. The Green Hornet followed the adventures of playboy-media mogul Britt Reid, the owner and publisher of the Daily Sentinel. As the masked vigilante Green Hornet, Britt fights crime with the assistance of his martial-artist partner Kato, Britt’s valet, and his weapons-enhanced car the Black Beauty with license plate V-194. On police records, the Green Hornet is a wanted criminal, but in reality, the Green Hornet pretends to be a criminal in order to infiltrate and battle the criminal gangs, leaving them and the incriminating evidence for the police’s arrival. Britt’s dual identity is known only to his secretary at the Sentinel, Lenore “Casey” Case and the District Attorney Frank P. Scanlon. Van Williams as Britt Reid/Green Hornet – An owner-publisher at The Daily Sentinel and masked vigilante. Bruce Lee as Kato – Britt Reid’s valet who is also The Green Hornet’s aide. The TV series featured the Green Hornet’s car, Black Beauty, a 1966 Imperial Crown sedan customized by Dean Jeffries at a cost of US$50,000. Two cars were built for the show and both exist today. Black Beauty 1 is located in the Petersen Museum collection and Black Beauty 2 is fully restored to TV series correct and is located in a private collection in South Carolina. The car makes brief appearances in the video “The Wild and the Young” by Quiet Riot. The Black Beauty, which carried rear license plate number V194, could fire explosive charges from tubes hidden behind retractable panels below the headlights which were said to be rockets with explosive warheads; had a concealed-when-not-in-use, drop-down knock-out gas nozzle in the center of the front grille and the vehicle could launch a small flying video/audio surveillance device (referred to as the scanner) through a small rectangular panel in the middle of the trunk lid. Working rockets and gas nozzles were incorporated into the trunk lid as well.

Near mint condition.