The Indestructible Man
Joel is a little freaked out. Tom sounds like Crow and Crow sounds like Tom. Even Gypsy and Magic Voice voices have switched. Turns out Tom and Crow were just pulling a prank on Joel. Frank and Dr Forrester are entertaining celebrities. Well at least the say they are since you can’t see any of them. For the invention exchange they have invented nothing. Well at least nothing they can show anybody. Joel and the bots invention is novels on the back of cereal boxes.
First up another chapter of Undersea Kingdom.
When we last saw our intrepid explorers in episode 406, Crash and Billy were trapped at the top of a cliff that the robots were destroying. Well they weren’t all that trapped after all as they just jump down the back of the cliff to get away. They retrieve Diana and the Professor and make their escape. Before long a group of white robe soldiers intercept them. Figuring they are agents of Unga Khan they take them prisoner.
The Indestructible Man
A voice over by Detective Dick Chasen starts things off. He explains how this is all about Charles “Butcher” Benton (Lon Chaney, Jr.) and his being put to death the next day. Benton is in his cell talking to his attorney, Paul Lowe. He believes his attorney double crossed him along with his co-defendants, Squeamy Ellis and Joe Marcelli. Benton has hidden his share of the money they stole and won’t tell anyone where it is. Despite his impending death he tells the attorney he will kill him and the other two.
The next day Chasen is in his office when Capt. John Lauder comes to see him. With Butcher being put to death he his closing the case and reassigning Chasen to something else. Chasen is sure there is more to the story and vows to keep working on it on his own time. Chasen goes to see Eva Martin, a local dancer and a friend of Benton’s. He figures he will ask her one last time about the stolen money but she insists she had no idea where it’s at. She leaves her dressing room to go perform.
Chasen leaves but then sees Marcelli go into her dressing room. When Eva finishes she meets Marcelli. They hear on the radio about the Butcher being executed soon. This makes Eva (Marian Carr) very sad and she retrieves a letter Benton sent her with instructions to open it upon his death.
Just then she is forced to go back onstage for one final number. Marcelli opens the letter when she leaves and finds a map of the sewer system with an X on it. He takes the map and puts $50 in the evelope before Eva can return.
** Joel and the bots put on a parade of the Undersea Kingdom.
That evening, after Benton has been put to death, Dr. Bradshaw, a biochemist, is in need of a dead body for some cancer research. Sure enough his assistant (Joe Flynn) is able to get Benton’s body for the experiments. They make a few preparations then zap his body with a great jolt of electricity, as any self-respecting researchers would. This gets Benton’s heart and lungs working again. Next thing you know he’s up and moving around but he is unable to talk. He is also a little ticked off about being dead. He starts tearing up the office but Dr Bradshaw is able to get him to sit down.
Bradshaw tries to get a blood sample from him but the needle is unable to pierce his skin.
Benton realizes he is indestructible and chokes both Bradshaw and his assistant to death at the same time, then leaves the office.
Chasen decides to pay a visit to Eva and convinces her to grab a bite to eat. They go to a drive up hamburger joint and start chatting it up. Chasen (Casey Adams) tells her how he became a cop and Eva explains how she came to know Benton and got her job at the burlesque house. Afterwards Chasen takes her home.
Meanwhile Squeamy meets with Lowe, who has a safe cracking job for him if Squeamy can stay off the booze long enough.
** Joel and the bots talk about what they would do if the were indestructible. Each idea seems to be rather painful unless you were indestructible.
Benton wonders through the woods until he comes to a road. He steals a car which gets the police involved.
They set up road blocks and eventually he encounters one. Being indestructible and all, he just gets out and beats up the officers in spite of receiving several gunshots. He continues on driving towards Los Angeles and his chance for revenge.
Chasen and the rest of his department are put on 24 hour duty, figuring this new maniac is headed their way.
Benton makes it to LA and heads straight for Eva. She of course is stunned to see him. He’s pretty mad when he realizes the map is not in the envelope he left for her. He storms away with plans to look for his former partners. Eva calls the police, then calls Squeamy to warn him. Of course no one believes her but she leaves a message for Chasen anyway.
Eventually Chasen gets the message and heads to the dancehall to talk to Eva but she has left to try and warn Squeamy. Benton gets to Squeamy first but he skedaddles down the fire escape. Benton starts to leave when suddenly Marcelli shows up. Benton throws him down a flight of stairs.
Next he goes looking for Lowe. Benton gets to Lowe’s office but he is not there. Someone else shows up though, Squeamy. Benton throws him off the fifth floor balcony.
By now the police have figured out about the doctor and his experiments and also how Benton’s body never made it to the morgue. More reports of people being thrown to their death come into the police. They are getting desperate to stop him now.
** Joel tries to do the close-up camera shot that the movie uses of Lon Chaney’s face. Of course, Tom and Crow get in the way.
Lowe (Ross Elliott) figures out he is next, so he punches a police officer to get himself arrested, that way Benton can’t get him if he is in jail. Instead, Chasen and Capt Lauder decide to let him go with hopes that he will be so scared he will tell them all about the previous robbery they committed with Benton. Sure enough it works, as Lowe starts singing like a canary. He also tells them how Benton uses the sewer system to hide from the police.
Using this information, the police stake out manhole covers in the city waiting for Benton to show himself. Chasen, Capt Lauder and several officers head into the sewer to hunt down the Butcher.
They bring a flamethrower and a bazooka to try a finish him off.
Benton makes it to the stash of money he hid in the sewer system just before he is spotted by the police. They fire a bazooka round at him and it hits him square in the gut. Being indestructible, it just bounces off, but it does hurt him. He hurries away but runs into another group of officers and they turn the flamethrower on him. Now badly scorched, Benton climbs up through a man hole that leads inside an electrical substation. He’s followed closely by the police.
Struggling to see because the flames damaged his vision, Benton ends up on a crane, which he accidentally activates. With the police watching, the crane rolls into one of the high tension power lines zapping Benton with a lethal dose of electricity, putting an end to his rampage.
The next day, Chasen finishes up his report on the case. He gets his boss to give him some time off so he goes a picks up Eva and takes her for hamburgers again. After all of the excitement of the last few days, Eva is not sure what to do next with her life. Chasen took care of that. He tells her he got her fired from her job. When she asks why he tells her being his wife is going to take up too much of her time. Eva says yes as the movie closes.
** The bots make Joel sign a contract that he will not make an more cop and donut jokes ever again. Down in Deep 13 a couple of cops just happen to be there. They concur about the donut jokes being hackneyed.
They then give Dr Forrester and Frank a citation for their party being too loud.
Lon Chaney, Jr. Is best know for his numerous roles in horror films like The Wolf Man, The Ghost of Frankenstein as well as several mummy movies.
Casey Adams appeared in many television shoes and movies from the 1940’s through the 1970’s. His best know roll was that of Ray Cutler in the 1953 film Niagara
Marian Carr had a small uncredited role in It’s a Wonderful Life.
Ross Elliott is best know for his roll as the sheriff in the TV series The Virginian.
Joe Flynn is best know as Captain Binghamton from McHale’s Navy and his numerous roles in Disney movies.
## Best Riffs
## Alright Talk!!!
##”Who in their right mind would believe a man came back from the dead?” “Uh, millions of Christians.”
## Clang, clang, clang went the trolley… -Plod, plod, plod went the plot
I liked this episode. The movie is really dull but it a fun film noir with some great riffs. 3 out of 5