The Adventures of Superman

Batman's Great Mystery

Chapter 7 of 11 - February 10, 1948


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The teamings between Superman and Batman and Robin are some of the most popular episodes of the series.

Narrator

Having somehow learned that the famous Batman and Bruce Wayne were one and the same person, a man calling himself Jones persuaded Batman to go away with him under the threat of revealing his secret. Two weeks later an impersonator, wearing Batman's costume, appeared in Metropolis. The impostor looked and spoke so much like Batman that even Robin and Clark Kent who is Superman were fooled, and after appearing at two huge mass meetings where he made rabble rousing un-American speeches, the impersonator led Robin into an ambush and then disappeared. While Superman, who by that time knew the truth, perfected a plan to locate his missing friends, Batman and Robin were reunited far upstate in an old prison barracks dating back to Revolutionary days. There, as prisoners of the mysterious Mr. Jones, they were shackled by heavy chains around their ankles to iron staples embedded in the beams. As we join them now, they are pressing their ears against a thin crack in the wall through which they have just overheard a conversation between Jones and a man he calls Ed, Batman's impersonator. Listen.


Robin

Holy smokes, Batman. Jones said he's going to ring down the curtain on us tonight.


Batman

Yes, I heard him, Robin.


Robin

What are we going to do, just wait here like mice?


Batman

Got any good suggestions?


Robin

Not even a bad one. Look, why do you..


Batman

Hold it, here comes Jones now.


Jones

They're in here, Ed.


Robin

Yep, here they come.


Batman

Listen, Robin. If they come close enough for us to get our hands on them.


Robin

I get it, pappy.


Mr. Jones

Good morning, gentleman. I hope you're quite comfortable.


Batman

Never felt better, Mr. Jones.



Robin

Ah, we're crazy about your hotel, Jonesy. Especially the sleeping accommodations. Nothing like a good hard floor to keep a fellow feeling fit, I always say.


Throughout their adventures on Superman Batman and Robin were portrayed by a variety of actors, most commonly Matt Crowley and Ronald Liss (although Stacy Harris often played Batman, sometimes substituting for Crowley even in the middle of a storyline).

Mr. Jones

Ha hah. I'm glad you haven't lost your sense of humor, Robin.


FOOTSTEPS

Don't go any closer, Ed. These chaps might forget their manners.


Batman

Oh, come on. You needn't be shy.


Robin

Yeah, step right up and shake our hands.


Ed

Smart little punk, aren'tcha.


Robin

Oh, boy, come just a bit closer and repeat that, bud, please.


Mr. Jones

Stay right where you are, Ed!


Ed

If you think I'm afraid of these guys...


FOOTSTEPS.

Robin

Grab him, Batman!


Mr. Jones

Back, back you fool!


SCUFFLING

Batman

Missed him!


Robin

Ah, tough luck, chum.


Mr. Jones

From here in Ed I suggest you forget your stupid bravado and do as you're told or you'll regret it.


Robin

You can say that again.


Mr. Jones

Now, let's get down to business. Batman, I want you to do me a favor.


Batman

Really? This oughtta be good.


Robin

Yeah, I can't wait to hear it.


Batman

Well, spill it, Jones.


Mr. Jones

It's really quite simple, Batman. I just want you to tell me in which banks or vaults you have your safe deposit boxes, and I want you to give me the numbers of your boxes.


Batman

That's all, eh?


Robin

Are you kidding?


Batman and Robin were also proposed for their own series on at least two occasions. The first was in 1943 during the war. A sample premiere episode, "The Case of the Drowning Seal," revised Dick Grayson's origin to make his parents undercover FBI agents murdered by Nazi spies rather than gangsters. It did not make it to the air. Only the script exists.

Mr. Jones

I figure you must have the bulk of your wealth in securities, bonds and stocks and so on, in your safe deposit box. Since it was never possible for Ed or myself to follow you into bank vaults we couldn't learn just where your safety deposit boxes are, or their numbers, and Ed must have that information so as not to arouse the suspicion of the vault guards. You understand.


Batman

Sure, sure, I understand, alright, but if you think I'm going to give you any of that information, you're crazy.


Robin

And how.


Mr. Jones

Maybe this will help you to see things my way, Batman.


Robin

Ah oh.


Batman

Put that gun down, Jones!


Mr. Jones

Don't be ridiculous. This revolver is pointed at Robin, and at this distance I can't possibly miss him. Now do you tell me what I want to know, Batman, or do I fire?


Batman

Now, wait.


Robin

He's bluffing, Batman!


In 1950, another attempt was made to get Batman his own series with the Batman Mystery Club, a weekly "club" in which Batman investigated ghost stories. Although it never aired, one episode of that series, "The Monster of Dumphrey's Hall," was completed and still exists.

Mr. Jones

You should realize by now that I don't bluff. Now I'll count to three. If by the time I reach three you still haven't talked Batman it will be the end of Robin. One.


Robin

Don't tell him, Batman!


Mr. Jones

Two.


Robin

He's going to finish us anyway!


Mr. Jones

Thr..


Batman

Wait, I'll tell you.


Robin

No!


Mr. Jones

I thought you would.


Robin

No, don't Batman! Don't talk. You know he's going to finish us anyhow. You heard him say so!


Batman

I can't stand here and watch him shoot you, Robin.


Mr. Jones

Of course not. Now, tell me, please.


Batman

All right, all right, here it is.


MUSIC

Kent

I've just come from the Daily Planet radio station, Lois. It's all set.


Lois

What's all set, Clark?


Kent

The broadcast of the recording of Mr. Jones' voice. You know, the one I found in Batman's study.


Lois

Oh, yes. The station has agreed to run it?


Kent

Yes, that's right. They'll broadcast it once every hour, with the announcement that anyone who identifies the voice will be paid ten thousand dollars.


Lois

Ten thousand dollars!


Kent

Yep.


Lois

But why, Clark?


Kent

Well, as I told you the other day I'm sure this man Jones is responsible for Batman and Robin's disappearance. And I'm also sure that Jones isn't his right name.


Lois

But how can you be sure?


Kent

Because I've heard his voice before, somewhere, Lois. In public, I think. And it didn't belong to anybody named Jones!


Lois

I see. But how can you..


Kent

I figure that somebody who hears the recording of this voice will be able to identify it.


Lois

With a chance to win ten thousand dollars, practically anyone within reach of the Planet wavelength will listen.


Kent

That's what we hope.


Lois

But we're only a local station, Clark. Suppose Jones or whatever his name is hangs out, well, say, a thousand miles away and is known only out there?


Kent

Taken care of that. This morning I personally delivered copies of the recording to five hundred radio stations in every part of the country. So you see there's nothing..


Lois

You personally delivered recordings all over the country? This morning?


Kent

(Smugly) That's right.


Lois

Well, how could you?


Kent

How could I what ....oh....oh... I mean I...I


Lois

You mean you sent them out. Airmail?


Kent

Well, not exactly. I....I...


Lois

Clark, what are you stuttering about?


Kent

Oh, I don't know, I guess I'm just nervous, Lois. About Batman and Robin, I mean. I'm sure they're in great danger.


Lois

Yes, I'm worried too, Clark. Fantastic as it sounds, I'm beginning to believe you were right, and that it wasn't Batman who made those un-American speeches.


Kent

Oh, I'm positive it wasn't. If only...Uh oh.


Lois

What's the matter?


Kent

Ten fifteen. Time for the Planet announcement. I brought this portable radio down so we could hear it.


Lois

Oh! Well, turn it on!


Kent

I am.


SNAP ON RADIO.

There. Listen.


RADIO WARMING UP.

RADIO VOICE

And now we're going to play a recording of the voice. It's the voice of a man. And if anyone can properly identify it, he or she will be paid ten thousand dollars.


Kent

Quiet, Lois.


Lois

Huh? I didn't say anything.


RADIO VOICE

Here it is. Listen closely, please. ''Strange or not, I insist you come to my place with me now to discuss the matter.''


Lois

That's Jones, isn't it Clark?


Kent

Yes.


Jones ON RADIO

''It's not a cock-and bull-story.''


Radio writers had to make everything extremely obvious, especially for children's shows, but it didn't mean they couldn't have a sense of humor about it.

Lois

Kent

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Lois

What's he talking about? It doesn't make any sense!


Oh, we cut out Batman's voice so as not to confuse anyone.


Oh, I see.


Jones

''That's sheer nonsense, as you'll find out. Well, we're wasting time. I insist that you come away with me at once.''


RADIO spokesman

There you are, ladies and gentlemen. Can you identify that voice? Well, there's ten thousand dollars waiting for you if you can.


Kent

That's all there is.


SNAP OFF RADIO.

Now, if only someone can identify it, Lois, before it's too late. It's our only chance to save Batman and Robin!


MUSIC

Narrator

Will somebody identify the voice of the mysterious Mr. Jones before it is too late? It is the middle of the afternoon, and in his office in the Daily Planet with Lois Lane, Clark Kent paces the floor anxiously.


Lois

For heavens sake, sit down, Clark. You're wearing a path in the carpet.


Kent

Oh, hang the carpet. That recording has been on the air for over five hours, now, Lois, but nobody has called up to identify Jones' voice.


Lois

But it takes time.


Kent

Time is one thing we haven't got.


Lois

Well, I know...


Kent

For all we know it might already be too late to save Batman and Robin.


Lois

Oh, now, look here...


Kent

And another thing I counted on hasn't worked out, either.


Lois

What's that?


Kent

I learned that Batman's impersonator appeared at the bank the other day, forged Batman's signature and drew out all his cash!


Lois

He did?


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Kent

Yes. I happen to know that most of Batman's fortune is in securities...I don't know where he keeps them but I left word at all the banks that if anyone...


PHONE RINGS

Oh, just a minute, Lois.


PICK UP RECEIVER

Clark Kent speaking. Who? Oh, yes, Mr. Anders...he did? When?


Lois

What is it, Clark?


Kent

He's there now, you say.


Lois

What is it?


Kent

Well, hold him, stall him somehow. I'll be there at once! So long.


HANGS UP.

Lois

Clark, what is it?


Kent

Bru...Batman's impersonator is at the Metropolis Trust Company now! In their safety deposit vault!


Lois

He is!


Kent

Yes, I'm going right out there. Keep your fingers crossed that I'm in time, Lois.


Narrator

Rushing from his office to a deserted store room, Clark Kent swiftly strips off his business suit to reveal the blue costume and brilliant red cape of Superman.


Kent

UP, UP, AND AWAY.

FLYING

MUSIC

Narrator

Then he streaks away through the bright afternoon sky bound for the Metropolis Trust Company. Will he arrive in time to seize Batman's impersonator and perhaps Mr. Jones, too? There's a thrill a minute in tomorrow's exciting episode, fellows and girls, so be sure to listen. Tune in same time, same station for CHAPTER 8 OF BATMAN'S GREAT MYSTERY ON THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.


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This page last updated on February 21, 2002.

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