Case #12
Phantom of the Drive-In

Date First Aired: November 20, 1976
The Secret Word Is: "Boo"
Song Performed: Like a Hero in the Movies
Sung By: Doc
The Girl: Jeanie Lee, the drive-in movie owner’s daughter
Who She Falls For: Doc (she calls him 'Docky', much to the amusement of the others)
The Villain: The Phantom is terrorizing patrons of Durkin Farbe’s Starlight Emporium Drive-In, costing them business.  Jeanie Lee asks for the Kids’ help and they take undercover jobs at the drive-in, hoping to catch the Phantom in the act, only they’re the ones who end up getting caught!
Do they do their introduction? Yes
Does Doc charm the girl?
No, but she's charmed anyway
Does Bugs go bananas? Yes
Does P.T. use Seymour? No
Does Doomsday eat (or plan to eat) something weir
d? No
Is there a Klinsinger Report? Yes
Do they go to the Krelvin Building?
No, but is mentioned in one of the movie spoofs
Notes: Robert Ridgely performs a variety of impersonations in this episode, including Boris Karloff (when he calls the C.A.P.E.R. Room), Clark Gable (while talking to Bugs), Marlon Brando (while talking to Doomsday), Shirley Temple and John Wayne.

There are several films playing at the drive-in which are spoofs starring the cast members in various roles.  The first is a spoof of the "oversized-animal" horror movie genre (in the tradition of Them! but with a giant hamster).  The second is a take-off on the Marx Brothers’ classic "stateroom scene" from A Night at the Opera with Steve playing Groucho, Cosie playing Chico, Biff playing Harpo, John playing a singing waiter, Robert Lussier as a bellhop, Robert Emhardt as a doctor and Marianne Ludwig as a manicurist.  The third is a parody of the Humphrey Bogart classic The Maltese Falcon, with Cosie playing Bogart’s Sam Spade, Robert Lussier doing a hilarious Peter Lorre and Robert Emhardt playing the Sidney Greenstreet role (which is an in-joke because Emhardt was Greenstreet’s understudy on Broadway and he was continually compared with the actor throughout his career.)

When Robert Ridgely, as John Wayne, says, "you should never apologize, it's a sign of weakness" he's quoting a line from the 1949 John Ford western She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.

Guest Stars:
Robert Ridgely as the Phantom of the Drive-In / Clark Needleman
Marianne Ludwig as Jeannie Lee


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