The Green Hornet (adventure, starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee)

    (ABC Primetime, 1966 - 1967)

    [based upon the radio series which began in 1936, the premise
     was that of another crime-fighting duo which was, oddly enough,
     related to "The Lone Ranger"; Since George Trendle was the
     radio station owner who owned both series, this had a natural
     if far-fetched explanation -- the Green Hornet was a masked
     man whose alter-character was named Britt Reid -- who was the 
     Grand-nephew of John Reid, the alter-character known also as 
     "The Lone Ranger", which see; 

     The Green Hornet's faithful companion was named Kato; he was a
     young oriental man, not unlike Tonto -- the Lone Ranger's
     faithful Indian companion (and not unlike Batman's Robin);
     The popularity of the camp-humoured TV series "Batman" (66-68) 
     may have had something to do with the experiment to bring The
     Green Hornet to television; but it lasted only one season;
     Bruce Lee, who made his debut playing Kato, went on to become a 
     major martial-arts star after the demise of this short-lived show.]

Theme: "Green Hornet Theme, from 'The Green Hornet'"

    [above is the title as filed for copyright;

     The THEME had an original melody but integrated the original 
     tune with "The Flight Of The Bumble Bee" -- the famous semi-
     classical novelty which had also been the THEME of the
     Green Hornet radio series for decades; May's arrangement
     featured the slower original melody; and hence was given
     a copyright of its own even though it incorporated the fast
     moving classical ditty by Rimsky-Korsakov (see below).]

     Composer/Adapter: music by Billy May (ASCAP/BMI)
              [professional name of Edward William May Jr.]

     Original Publisher: Hastings Music, Inc. (BMI)

     1994 Publisher: EMI Catalogue Partnership (BMI)

     2001 Publisher: EMI Hastings Music, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o EMI Music Publishing,
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: Sep. 13, 1966; EU 954 671.
     Renewal   Date: Sep. 23, 1994; RE-678-881.


Basis Theme: "The Flight Of The Bumble Bee" from the opera "The Tale of Tsar Saltan"

    [this famous semi-classical novelty piece extracted from a 
     Russian opera, had also been the THEME of the radio series.]

     Composer: Nikolai Andreyevitch Rimsky-Korsakov (predates ASCAP & BMI)

     Original Publisher: Vasili Bessel & Co., St. Petersburg, Russia
       [as per "The Book of World-Famous Music" by James J. Fuld]

     2001 Publisher: [in the public domain]

     Composition Date: 1899 - 1900

     First Publication Date (of the opera): Sep. 28, 1900.
       [as per "The Book of World-Famous Music" by James J. Fuld]


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