By Joel Eisner
“The network stayed away from us because we were such a smash. If we had been in trouble, there would have been a lot more network intervention, but because it was such a hit, they figured we knew what we were doing. Usually they cast the actor after the script was written. The only time they would have an actor in mind is when we did the sequences when Batman and Robin walked up the side of a building and someone would come out of the window. Then I would write something in particular for whoever it was in the window.”
The grotto set and the rooftop building sets were another attempt to enlarge the non existant budget by using limbo sets. Her gang consisted of two well worn character actors Cliff Osmond (aka Clifford Ebrahim), a writer and acting teacher who was a staple throughout the 1960's and 1970's sitcoms and cop shows.
The other is Mike Mazurki, a former wrestler (Iron Mike Mazurki) turned actor. He specialized in henchmen before their were henchmen. He was Splitface in the 1945 Dick Tracy movie He worked with just about everyone including Abbott and Costello. He is best remembered as Moose Malloy in the film Murder My Sweet and as the caveman Clon on the sitcom It's About Time.
He died in 1990 at the age of 82. He was last seen in a bit part in the 1990 Warren Beaty Dick Tracy movie.
Next up the first of the two part non-cliffhanger episodes. Penguin teams up with Ethel Merman (in a non singing role, she could have played the part of the Siren's mother) to fix a horse race.