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.

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  1 comment for “Theater Guild on the Air: At Mrs. Beam’s (AWR0247)”

  1. Ray Cabana, Jr.
    June 7, 2024 at 1:01 am

    A few years ago, I had some dealings with Bob Kane, the creator of Batman. I provided him with a VHS tape of “The Bat Whispers”, this of my 16mm print, struck in 1938 from the still-missing 1930 35mm camera negative; the UCLA restorations were derived from the European negative and that for the 65mm widescreen version: the film was actually enacted three different times, none of the releases being available when Kane was questing to again view the picture, it having been one of his inspirations for “Batman”! He was so pleased he sent me three autographed “Batman” posters, along with an original sketch of the Caped Crusader. When speaking with him on the phone, I asked for his take on “The Bat Whispers” when seeing it in his youth. His ego can be somewhat gauged by his response: “So, you want to hear from The Master!”

    Ray Cabana, Jr.

    P.S. I used to correspond with the star of “The Bat Whippers”, Chester Morris.

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