Friday, October 21, 2016

Captain's Theatre THE GREEN HORNET "Beautiful Dreamer" Part 1

Since The Green Hornet was a weekly show, rather than twice-a-week like Batman, the producers avoided two-part or continued stories.
However, whether the original concept was to do an hour-long show, or the story editors were unaware of the edict when they solicited scripts, there were several shows that ran an hour, broken into two parts.
This was the first two-parter.
Peter Eden is a criminal posing as the owner of a health spa to the rich and famous called The Vale of Eden.
Using subliminal motivation via "sleep teaching" to make his clients steal from their own companies and families, turn the loot over to him, and then forget all about it, he's created the perfect method to commit crimes and let others take the blame.
The Hornet (as Britt Reid) and trusty Girl Friday Lenore Case go "undercover" to investigate the spa. Eden becomes suspicious of them, and "programs" Casey during her spa treatment to shoot Reid.
When Casey tries to carry out her programming, only Kato's quick action saves Reid from being killed by his own secretary.

This is the only episode written (actually co-written) by one of the Batman tv series writers.
The basic concept of a spa being a cover for a criminal operation hypnotizing/programming innocents to commit crimes was also used in the movie In Like Flint and the final Batman tv series episode "Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires"
There's no "teaser" for part 2 at the end of part 1 on teh video, indicatiing it's derived from the Encore Action run of the show several years ago.
It does exist, and both SyFy and MeTV have included it when they run the episodes.
From October 21, 1966..."Beautiful Dreamer" Part 1!
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