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Series: Superman
Show: "Batman's Great Mystery" Chapter 11
Date: Feb 17 1948

CAST:
Narrator, a commanding voice
Announcer
Clark Kent/Superman
Bruce Wayne/Batman
Dick Grayson/Robin
Beanie, the goofy Daily Planet copyboy
Candy Meyers, private detective

NARRATOR:

Faster than a speeding bullet!

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GUNSHOT, WITH RICOCHET

NARRATOR:

More powerful than a locomotive!

SFX:

TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS, LOCOMOTIVE RUMBLES

NARRATOR:

Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!

SFX:

LOUD RUSH OF AIR ... CONTINUES IN BG

NARRATOR:

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird!

VOICE:

It's a plane!

NARRATOR:

It's Superman!

SFX:

LOUD RUSH OF AIR ... UP AND OUT

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SAMMY TIMBERG'S "SUPERMAN" THEME ... ORGAN ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from the planet Krypton, who came to Earth with amazing physical powers far beyond those of mortal men. And who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, wages a never-ending battle for truth and justice.

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THEME UP, THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

Today, having streaked through the sky to the burning prison barracks, in which Batman and Robin were imprisoned, Superman hovers high in midair -- then, stiffens in horror at what he sees below him!

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OUT

SUPERMAN:

(TO HIMSELF) Great Scott! I'm afraid I'm too late to save Batman and Robin! But I must try! DOWN TO THEM! DOWN!

SFX:

LOUD RUSH OF AIR

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STING AND CURTAIN

ANNOUNCER:

Can you remember as far back as this morning, gang? Just after you finished dressing for school and Mother served up a delicious and nourishing breakfast? Well, there was lots of what it takes in that food to keep young folks pepped up in high gear -- vitamins and calories, essential to the development of your mind and body. Now, do you recall that, long about lunchtime, you felt the driving need for more of the same? Well, that was because you had used up all the energy contained in your breakfast. You needed more -- and Mother saw to it that you got it!

But, in lots of homes in Europe and Asia -- war-ravaged parts of the world -- other boys and girls like you, who also need vitamins and calories to keep going, didn't have them. All they got to eat today was maybe a little thin soup and a crust of dry bread. And it wasn't because their mothers didn't recognize their need and want to fulfill it. It was because that's all there was in the house. Now, how far do you think you could go on food like that? How much running and playing and schoolwork do you think you could accomplish with so little nourishment? Not much, believe me. You'd probably grow thin and weak and listless -- and so become subject to sickness and disease.

Well, that's exactly what is happening to thousands and thousands of boys and girls all over the world -- all through no fault of their own -- simply because they are innocent victims of war. But something can be done to help them get the proper kind of food necessary to health and strength so that they, too, can grow up to be useful citizens of the world. And you can help them! You, the lucky boys and girls of America, can help them by joining the Crusade for Children, a nationwide organization of American young people dedicated to helping the less fortunate children overseas. Later, I'll tell you more about this wonderful opportunity you have to do something helpful! So stay with us!

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THEME ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

And now -- The Adventures of Superman! ... Motivated by selfishness and greed, a rabble-rouser named Mort Veeler who masqueraded as a Mr. Jones, captured the famous Batman, and arranged for a man who had been trained to impersonate Batman to make un-American speeches. Then, Robin, Batman's young companion, was led into an ambush and captured!

While Superman tried to trace his friends by the means of a recording of Jones's voice, Jones and the impersonator appeared at Batman's bank, and took possession of his large fortune. Then they returned to an old Revolutionary barracks, far upstate, to do away with Batman and Robin.

There, the Dynamic Duo staved off disaster temporarily by overpowering a guard, and pretending to have a gun. But Jones countered by setting fire to the ancient barracks in which Batman and his young companion were chained to heavy beams.

By a grim stroke of fate, Jones and the impersonator were struck down in the burning wreckage when part of the roof collapsed. Now, as Superman zooms down into the flaming building ...

SFX:

FLAMES CRACKLE, IN BG

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GENTLY OUT

NARRATOR:

... the rest of the roof is buckling, about to collapse upon the unconscious forms of Batman and Robin!

SFX:

SUPERMAN ROCKETS DOWNWARD AND LANDS

SUPERMAN:

(CALLS) Batman! Robin! (TO HIMSELF) Uh oh! They're unconscious! And chained! Hey, that roof's gonna fall in a second. (WITH EFFORT) I'd better rip these chains out of the wall -- (WITH EFFORT) -- like this!

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CHAINS AND WOODEN BEAMS RIPPED OUT OF WALL

SUPERMAN: (TO HIMSELF) There! Now I'll just wrap my cape around these two, like this.

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ROOF BUCKLES AND STARTS TO COLLAPSE

SUPERMAN: UH OH! HERE COMES THAT ROOF!

MFX: STING ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

Swiftly covering his unconscious friends with his brilliant red cape, Superman stands above them, shielding them as the blazing roof plunges down with a roar upon his head and shoulders.

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OUT WITH--

SFX:

ROOF CRASHES

NARRATOR:

Then----

SUPERMAN:

(EXHALES IN RELIEF) NOW! UP, UP, AND AWAY!

SFX:

LOUD RUSH OF AIR ... IN AGREEMENT WITH FOLLOWING

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TRIUMPHANTLY FILLS A PAUSE ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

Unharmed, the Man of Steel shrugs the burning timbers from his shoulders and, protecting the two limp figures in his arms, leaps from the inferno high into the clear cool sky, looking like a gigantic phoenix, the fabulous firebird!

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TRIUMPHANT, VERTIGINOUS ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

Then, surveying the awesome scene below for an instant, Superman veers and streaks away to the south, bound for Metropolis.

SUPERMAN:

AWAY!!!!!

MFX:

UP FOR A BRIDGE ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

A short time later, in the house they occupy as Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, Batman and Robin have been seen and pronounced fit by their doctor. Now, after showers and a change into fresh clothes, they're in their kitchen, with Superman, who has resumed his guise of Clark Kent.

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GENTLY OUT

SFX:

CLATTER OF UTENSILS, PLATES, GLASSES, ET CETERA ... IN AGREEMENT WITH FOLLOWING

NARRATOR:

(IMPRESSED) Bruce is making a third round of sandwiches, and Dick is pouring a second bottle of milk.

KENT:

(MOUTH FULL) Mmmm! Say! This is good eating. I must have been hungry.

WAYNE:

Well, good. I'll fix some more sandwiches.

KENT:

(NEGATIVELY) Mm mm. (LAUGHS, SWALLOWS) No, don't make any more for me, Bruce, I'm full.

ROBIN:

(MOUTH FULL) Keep workin', Bruce. I'll eat Mr. Kent's share.

KENT:

(LAUGHS)

WAYNE:

(LAUGHS) Okay, Dick. If you can take it, I can dish it up.

ROBIN:

Mm! You keep dishin', chum, and I'll keep takin'.

KENT:

Where do you put it all, Dick?

ROBIN:

(LAUGHS) I'm a growin' boy, didn't you know?

KENT:

(LAUGHS)

ROBIN:

Or maybe the fire gave me an appetite.

WAYNE:

Oh, don't remind me of that. For once, I really thought we were done for.

ROBIN:

Yeah, me, too. And we would have been, if not for Superman.

WAYNE:

Hey, that reminds me. I - I didn't thank you, Clark.

KENT:

Oh, forget it, Bruce.

ROBIN:

Huh? What are you thanking him for?

WAYNE:

Why, because, er, I-- Well, that's a fine question to ask, Dick. Didn't Clark find and identify that recording of Jones's voice I left behind?

ROBIN:

Oh, that's right. And then he turned over the info to Superman, huh?

WAYNE:

Well, that's about right. Eh, Clark?

KENT:

Ye-ah. Something like that. (LAUGHS)

WAYNE:

(LAUGHS) Something - something like-- That's good.

ROBIN:

Hey, what are you two laughing about?

WAYNE:

Who? Me?

ROBIN:

Yes, you. There's something goin' on that I don't know about it. Now what gives?

WAYNE:

Well--

KENT:

Maybe we'll tell you some time.

WAYNE:

Yes, maybe.

KENT:

(CHUCKLES)

ROBIN:

Aw, come on. Tell me now.

WAYNE:

No can do, sonny boy. So forget it. Now--

ROBIN:

Maybe I can guess.

KENT:

Don't bother, Dick.

WAYNE:

Forget it, I said. Now, look, Clark. Jones -- Mort Veeler, I mean -- and my impersonator are really done for, aren't they?

KENT:

Yep! They'll never pull another rascally trick in this world, Bruce.

WAYNE:

Well, I hate to say it, but they had it coming to them.

ROBIN:

They sure did! They weren't only thieves and murderers, but rabble-rousers who tried to turn people against each other, which is worse.

KENT:

Yes, they were the worst kind of rabble-rousers, Dick. You know, Jones had a printing press in that old prison barracks in which he used to print anti-racial pamphlets to mail out all over the country.

ROBIN:

No kidding?

KENT:

Sure.

WAYNE:

Yeah, he was a nice guy, all right.

ROBIN:

Say, that reminds me. Anybody get a newspaper?

KENT:

Why?

ROBIN:

I want to look at the want ads. With all our money burned up in the fire, we'll have to get jobs.

KENT:

You and Bruce have jobs, Dick. Your job is to bat against crooks and rabble-rousers.

ROBIN:

Oh, we do that for free. And for fun. And I'm spoiled -- I like to eat three square meals a day.

KENT:

Oh, ho! From what I've seen this evening, you like to eat four or five.

ROBIN:

(LAUGHS)

WAYNE:

(LAUGHS) Well, don't worry, Dick. You'll keep on eating. Clark tells me that Veeler and my impersonator needn't have gone back into the fire for the securities they stole from me because one of their men had brought the suitcases out.

ROBIN:

Well, I'll be darned.

KENT:

Pretty ironic, huh?

ROBIN:

Yes, but good.

WAYNE:

And when Superman went back there after bringing us here this evening, he picked up our little nest egg and the followers of the late Mr. Jones/Veeler, who were starting for places unknown.

ROBIN:

Ho ho! Well, isn't that nice. Ah, that Superman. You know, he's a lad after my own heart.

WAYNE:

(COYLY) And mine!

KENT:

Holy smokes!

WAYNE:

What's the matter, Clark?

KENT:

Oh ho, a fine newspaper reporter I am! Here I've got a big scoop but, instead of rushing in to the Daily Planet, I sit here idly playing tiddlywinks with you guys!

SFX:

KENT RISES FROM CHAIR ... FOOTSTEPS

WAYNE:

Hey, hey, wait a minute.

KENT:

Out of my way. I've got to fly.

SFX:

DOOR OPENS ... TRAFFIC NOISE, IN BG

KENT:

And I do mean fly. So long, chums.

ROBIN:

So long, Mr. Kent, and thanks.

WAYNE:

Yeah, thanks, and happy landings, Clark.

KENT:

Call me anytime. So long.

MFX:

STING ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR: Hurrying from Batman and Robin's house, Clark Kent pauses in the shadows to resume his true identity of Superman. Then----

SUPERMAN:

UP, UP AND AWAY!

SFX:

LOUD RUSH OF AIR ... IN AGREEMENT WITH FOLLOWING

MFX:

STING ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

The Man of Steel takes again to the airways and streaks across the tall skyscrapers and broad avenues of the city to the Daily Planet -- where he meets head on with a startling surprise! WE'LL BE BACK IN A MOMENT TO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS! SO KEEP LISTENING!

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UP AND OUT

ANNOUNCER:

Gang, let me tell you once again that the biggest job you -- the boys and girls of America -- can do today is to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate children of Europe and Asia, those innocent victims of the last war who haven't enough to eat. Helping those poor young people gives you an opportunity to do something that is really worthwhile, something that will make you feel proud!

Believe it or not, there are two hundred thirty million of those hungry children all over the world who look to you -- the lucky boys and girls of America -- for a helping hand. They're counting on you. Their faith in you is their only hope for a healthy future. Don't let them down. They'll pay you back for acts of kindness all their lives with understanding friendship -- the kind of friendship that leads to world peace. And that is very important.

How can you help? By joining the Crusade for Children in your city. Members of Crusade for Children canvas their neighborhoods for contributions. They give plays and parties to raise money, and raise additional funds through the sale of cookies and candies which they make themselves. They do lots of other things, too. All sorts of things that will bring in money which is then used to purchase healthful, nourishing foods to be sent starving children overseas. It's real good, helpful work! And it's loads of fun, too.

So don't waste any more time. Join the Crusade for Children tomorrow. Find out from local service agencies if there's a chapter of Crusade for Children in your city. If there isn't one, do something about it! Get your teacher or social service worker to help you organize a chapter. Get your parents to give you a hand. And ask your friends to join you in this very worthwhile activity. Remember what I said before. There are two hundred thirty million starving children in Europe and Asia who are counting on you to help them grow up strong and healthy with proper foods. Don't let them down!

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THEME ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

And now, back to The Adventures of Superman! ... Back at the Metropolis Daily Planet in his disguise as Clark Kent ...

SFX:

TYPEWRITER CLACKS, IN BG

NARRATOR:

... mild mannered and bespectacled reporter, Superman typed the amazing story of Mort Veeler and Batman and Robin. Then, ripping the last page of the story from his typewriter ...

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PAPER RIPPED FROM TYPEWRITER ... KENT RISES, FOOTSTEPS AWAY

NARRATOR:

... he strode to his office door and threw it open on the bustling city room.

SFX:

DOOR OPENS ... BUSTLE OF CITY ROOM, IN BG

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DRAMATICALLY OUT

KENT:

(CALLS) Copy! Copyboy!

SFX:

BEANIE'S FOOTSTEPS APPROACH SLOWLY

BEANIE:

(OFF) Comin' up, Mr. Kent.

KENT:

Come on, Beanie, come on, step on it!

SFX:

BEANIE'S FOOTSTEPS APPROACH MORE QUICKLY

BEANIE:

Yes, sir! Got somethin' hot, Mr. Kent?

SFX:

BEANIE'S FOOTSTEPS STOP

KENT:

I got a scoop for page one, that's all.

BEANIE:

A scoop, huh? What--?

KENT:

Yes. But, at the rate you're traveling, it'll be ancient history by the time you get it to the city editor's desk.

BEANIE:

Well, gosh--

KENT:

All right, never mind the conversation. Now, here, Beanie, take this to Mr. Burroughs. And shift into high gear, will you please?

BEANIE:

Yes, sir! (MOVING OFF) I'm on my way.

SFX:

BEANIE'S HURRIED FOOTSTEPS AWAY

KENT:

(LAUGHS) Oh, what a kid. I wonder if he still plays euchre. (STRETCHES, HALF YAWNS) Oh! Ooh. What a day. Even I can stand a bit of relaxing right now.

SFX:

PHONE RINGS

KENT:

Oh, and there's my phone. Now what?

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OFFICE DOOR SHUTS, CUTS OFF CITY ROOM BUSTLE ... FOOTSTEPS ... PHONE RINGS AGAIN ... RECEIVER UP

KENT:

Hello?

CANDY:

Hello, Kent?

KENT:

Yes. Who's this?

CANDY:

This is Candy Meyers.

KENT:

Well, hello, Candy! Hey, how's the private detective business?

CANDY:

It's runnin' me into the ground, chum.

KENT:

Oh ho.

CANDY:

I need your help, but bad.

KENT:

Aw, now, look, what would a super-sleuth need me for?

CANDY:

Now, please, Kent, don't make with the quiz games.

KENT:

Why, what's the matter?

CANDY:

I wouldn't be calling you all the way from England just for a gag.

KENT:

England?

CANDY:

Yeah, London, England. And if you don't get here to give me a hand soon, I'll be pushing up English daisies in a British potter's field.

KENT:

Hey, sounds serious, Candy.

CANDY:

It is serious. What's more, it's a terrific story for you.

KENT:

Well, just tell me where I can find you and I'll see you before you can say "tea and crumpets."

CANDY:

I'm staying at the Three Georges hotel in London.

KENT:

That's all I need to know, Candy. So long, I'll see you soon.

SFX:

RECEIVER DOWN

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STING ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

Replacing the phone, Clark Kent leaps across his office and turns the lock on his door ...

SFX:

DOOR LOCKED

NARRATOR:

... then strips off his business suit and spectacles and is revealed once more in the skintight blue costume and crimson cape of SUPERMAN!

SUPERMAN:

UP, UP AND AWAY!

SFX:

LOUD RUSH OF AIR ... IN AGREEMENT WITH FOLLOWING

MFX:

A LITTLE TRAVELING MUSIC ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

Leaping high through his office window, Superman veers to the east and, straightening out like a great red and blue arrow, hurtles across the city and out over the broad Atlantic Ocean, bound for London, England and Candy Meyers!

MFX:

STING ... THEN IN BG

NARRATOR:

What is the terrific story in which Superman's private detective friend is involved, and in which he requires Superman's help? It is a terrific story, fellows and girls, just as Candy promised. And we can promise you that you'll be sitting on the edges of your chairs from beginning to end! So be sure to tune in tomorrow -- same time, same station -- to listen to Chapter One of "The Kingdom Under the Sea" on -- The Adventures of Superman!

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THEME ... THEN IN BG

ANNOUNCER:

Superman is a copyrighted feature, appearing in Superman-DC Comics Magazine, and is brought to you Monday through Friday at this same time.

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TO A FINISH

ANNOUNCER:

This program came from New York. Stay tuned to your Mutual station for "Captain Midnight," which follows in just a moment. And right after "Captain Midnight," you will hear "Tom Mix and His Ralston Straight Shooters." This is the Mutual Broadcasting System.