Day: June 5, 2024

Theater Guild on the Air: At Mrs. Beam’s (AWR0247)

Batman Villains of Old Time Radio

We continue our look at actors who portrayed villains in the 1966 Batman TV series. This week we turn to Burgess Meredith, who played the Penguin and we present an episode of Theater Guild on the Air.

In this episode, we step back in time to the bustling streets of pre-war London and the peculiar happenings at Mrs. Beam’s boarding house. Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith star in a comedic caper that twists and turns through the lives of romantic crooks and their unwitting hosts. From high-society scandals to the threat of the infamous Bluebeard, join us for an adventure that’s as charming as it is chaotic.

Original Radio Broadcast: October 28, 1945

Cast: Burgess Meredith,Paulette Goddard, Brenda Forbes

After talking about the episode, we discuss the Batman two-parter, “Hizzonner the Penguin” and “Dizzoner the Penguin” from Season 2.

Go to to subscribe to the podcast.

Brought to you by the support of our Patreon listeners…

Support the show monthly at

Patreon Supporter of the Day: Bookgeek28, Patreon Supporter since December 2021

Buy Batman: The Complete Series on blu-ray/DVD (affiliate link)

Buy both episodes on Streaming. (Affiliate Link)

Support the show on a one-time basis at

Dangerous Assignment: Capture James C. Stoller (EP4409)

Today’s Mystery:

Steve goes to Syria to intercept and capture an America traitor and Communist propagandist.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: June 24, 1953

Originating in Hollywood

Starring: Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell; Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner; Jan Arvan; Vivi Janus; Paul Frees; Paul Dubov

Support the show monthly at

Patreon Supporter of the Day: Jim and Rachel, Patreon Supporters since March 2016

Support the show on a one-time basis at

Mail a donation to: Adam Graham, PO Box 15913, Boise, Idaho 83715

Take the listener survey at

Give us a call at 208-991-4783

Follow us on Instagram at

Follow us on Twitter @radiodetectives

Join us again tomorrow for another detective drama from the Golden Age of Radio.