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The Adventure of the Hypnotized Hero

Gasoline Alley

The Adventure of the Hypnotized Hero

Oct 15 1948






CAST:

ANNOUNCER 

SKEEZIX 

WILMER 

RUFUS 

"HOT CAR" HARRY




SOUND: PHONE RINGS 


SKEEZIX: Hold it, Wilmer. Hold it till I get this phone. 


WILMER: Okay, Skeezix.


SOUND: RECEIVER UP


SKEEZIX: (INTO PHONE) Wallet and Bobble Garage, Skeezix Wallet speaking. What's that? Yes, sir, we can fix it. We can fix anything on four wheels. Sure. We'll be waiting for you right here in - Gasoline Alley.


MUSIC: THEME ... THEN BEHIND ANNOUNCER--


ANNOUNCER: Yes, it's GASOLINE ALLEY, the comic strip that's a favorite in more than a hundred great newspapers from coast to coast. In this episode, "The Adventure of the Hypnotized Hero," the boys get mixed up in quite a mishmash of mesmerism. But right now, a word from the friendly Auto-Lite dealer in your own home town.


[COMMERCIAL BREAK]


MUSIC: THEME ... THEN OUT FOR--


ANNOUNCER: And now, GASOLINE ALLEY. 


MUSIC: INTRODUCTORY TAG


ANNOUNCER: Just lately, there has been an epidemic of auto thefts in town -- all attributed to "Hot Car" Harry. So this morning, Skeezix and his partner, Wilmer Bobble, are installing new locks on Professor Fulsom's car. At least Skeezix is. As for Wilmer-- Well, Wilmer's mind seems concerned with something else entirely.


SOUND: SKEEZIX WORKS ON CAR


SKEEZIX: Ah, there. We're almost finished. Hand me that screwdriver, Wilmer.


WILMER: Huh? Oh. Oh, sure. Here ya are, Skeezix.


SOUND: CLANK OF TOOLS


SKEEZIX: Wilmer, that's a ball-peen hammer, not a screwdriver.


WILMER: Huh? Oh! Oh, sure. Screwdriver.


SOUND: MORE CLANK OF TOOLS


WILMER: Here.


SKEEZIX: Ah.


WILMER: I wonder why the mailman doesn't come.


SOUND: SKEEZIX WORKS ON CAR BEHIND--


SKEEZIX: Will you stop worrying about the mail? I told you ten times, Rufus is out front. He'll bring the mail when it comes.


WILMER: Yeah, if he doesn't go to sleep instead. What's the matter with him this morning? Hey! That's an idea!


SKEEZIX: What's an idea? What are you talking about?


WILMER: When I get what the mailman's bringin' me, I'll really put Rufus to sleep.


SKEEZIX: Well, that wouldn't be hard to do. Well, the locks are finished. If Professor Folsom will just remember to lock it, I'd like to see "Hot Car" Harry get away with this one.


SOUND: RUFUS' FOOTSTEPS APPROACH 


RUFUS: Here it is, Wilmer. That mail you've been in such a sweat about.


WILMER: Oh, boy! Swell. Let's have it, Rufus.


RUFUS: Okay. (READS) "Home Institute of Hypnotic Art." Wow, Wilmer, so now you're gonna be a hypotinamus-- Eh, a niptahitamiss-- So now you're a sucker for somethin' else.


WILMER: Hand it here, nosy, there. 


SOUND: PACKAGE UNWRAPPED


WILMER: There, Skeezix. What do you think o' that? Take a look.


SKEEZIX: (READS) "Hypnotism in Ten Easy Lessons." Now what, Wilmer?


WILMER: Sure! See, they sent me Lessons One and Two. Now just let me have a look here.


SOUND: FLIPS PAGES OF BOOK


WILMER: Ah ha. To, um, uh-- (READS) "To put your subjec' in a trance, look him straight in the eyes and say, (INTENSELY) 'You are in my power.' And you say, (INTENSELY) 'You will now sleep. You are very sleepy.'"


SOUND: OFF, AUTO PULLS UP IN BG


RUFUS: (YAWNS) I sure am, Wilmer.


WILMER: Rufus! I wasn't even lookin' at you.


RUFUS: I know, but I'm sleepy just the same.


WILMER: By gosh, that's it! I'll hypnotize Rufus.


RUFUS: Oh, no, Wilmer. No, you don't.


SOUND: AUTO HORN HONKS, OFF


SKEEZIX: Uh, before you go into your act, Wilmer, how about seeing what that customer wants?


WILMER: Okay, Skeezix. But stay right where you are, Rufus. (MOVES OFF, READS) "Lesson Two: fix the subject with a steady, cold, reptilian stare."


SOUND: WILMER'S FOOTSTEPS WALK OFF DURING ABOVE

 

RUFUS: Sometimes I think Wilmer is almost as dumb as I am. Hey, Skeezix?

Why don't I let Wilmer hypnotize me, huh?


SKEEZIX: Oh, Wilmer doesn't know that much about it, Rufus.


RUFUS: I know. But just to make him happy, I could pretend--


SKEEZIX: Oh, wait, wait, wait. Here he comes.


WILMER: (APPROACHES) It was just a guy puttin' some free air in his tires. Okay, Rufus, you ready to be hypnotized? I've got it all studied out.


RUFUS: Sure, Wilmer, I'm ready. I'm really ready. Huh, Skeezix? 


SKEEZIX: Uh, Rufus, I don't believe I--


WILMER: Pay no attention to Skeezix, Rufus. I'll just prove to him I can do it. 


RUFUS: Oh, I'm sure you can do it, Wilmer. In fact, I can guarantee it. I mean--


WILMER: Now where's my book? Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Here we are. Ah, heh. Now. Look me right in the eyes, Rufus. Keep lookin'. Keep lookin'. There. Eh, Rufus, you are now in my power?


RUFUS: (IN A TRANCE) Yes, master. I am in your power.


WILMER: Yeah, he is. (DOUBLE TAKE) Holy smokes! Skeezix! Even I didn't think it would work that fast.


SKEEZIX: Oh, now look, Wilmer. Rufus isn't really hypnotized. He's just mak-- 


WILMER: The heck he isn't hypnotized! I've got eyes, haven't I? (TO RUFUS, INTENSELY) You are very sleepy, very sleepy. (HOPEFUL) Aren't you, Rufus? 


RUFUS: (IN A TRANCE) Yes, master. (SNORES) 


WILMER: Look at that, Skeezix! He's so sound asleep he snored. 


SKEEZIX: Yes, Wilmer, but I've been trying to tell you--


WILMER: Wait a minute. Lemme see what else I can make him do. (TO RUFUS) Eh, listen, Rufus. You are now a little woolly lamb. See? A lamb.


RUFUS: (IN A TRANCE) Yes, Master. (SNORES AND BLEATS, SNORES AND BLEATS)


SOUND: OFF, AUTO WITH FLAT TIRE PULLS UP IN BG


SKEEZIX: Oh, all right, fellas. That's enough horseplay. A customer just drove in with a flat tire. Come on, Wilmer.


WILMER: Okay, Skeezix. Okay, Rufus. (SNAPS FINGERS) Snap out of it. You are now out of my power.


SOUND: SKEEZIX AND WILMER'S FOOTSTEPS TOWARD AUTO


SKEEZIX: Wilmer, look. It's Mayor Ransom's car.


WILMER: Yeah, I recognized it, too.


SKEEZIX: Well, how are you today, Your Honor?


HARRY: (FADES IN) What was that you just called me, bub?


SKEEZIX: (SURPRISED) Wha--?


WILMER: (WHISPERS) That's not Mayor Ransom, Skeezix. Boy, what a tough guy.


SKEEZIX: (TO HARRY) I, uh-- I saw you in Mayor Ransom's car, so I thought you were Mayor Ransom.


HARRY: Well, I ain't Mayor Ransom and this ain't Mayor Ransom's car.


SKEEZIX: Oh, yes, it is Mayor Ransom's car, mister. We worked on it plenty of times and we know.


HARRY: Okay, I want you to work on it again, right now. Get busy and fix this flat tire.


SKEEZIX: Oh, then of course the mayor wants us to put on the new set of four super-balloons he talked to us about.


HARRY: Look, bub. I just want his flat fixed, and fast. See? 


SKEEZIX: But the Mayor asked us to order 'em and we've got 'em. He told us to

put 'em on first time he had a flat.


HARRY: Well, he changed his mind.


SKEEZIX: Changed his mind? I think I'd better call him up.


HARRY: And I think--


SKEEZIX: Wha--?


HARRY: --if you take one more step, bub, I'll have to use this on ya.


WILMER: Holy smoke, a gun. A rod.


HARRY: Right, stupid. And I know how to use it, too.


WILMER: (NERVOUS) Skeezix. (STAMMERS) This guy must be-- He must be--


HARRY: Okay, stupid. If you insist on a formal intro. The name is Harry. "Hot Car" Harry.


WILMER: The car thief? 


HARRY: Right. The cops are looking for me, so I'm in a slight hurry. Now then, do you guys fix this flat? Or do I start shootin'?


MUSIC: CURTAIN


[COMMERCIAL BREAK]


MUSIC: INTRODUCTORY TAG


ANNOUNCER: Now, back to GASOLINE ALLEY and "The Adventure of the Hypnotized Hero." Right now, Skeezix, Wilmer, and Rufus are changing a tire on Mayor Ransom's car, which has been stolen by the notorious auto thief "Hot Car" Harry. And, at the moment, "Hot Car" Harry himself is standing over the boys with a gun.


SOUND: CHANGING THE TIRE ... CONTINUES IN BG, TILL THE BOYS LOWER THEIR VOICES


HARRY: All right, you yokels. Get a move on with that tire. 


RUFUS: We're working fast as we can, Mr. Hot. Mr. Car. I mean, Mr. Harry. 


WILMER: (STAMMERS) We'd work faster if you'd point that cannon the other way. 


SKEEZIX: Stop shaking, Wilmer, and hand me that tire tool.


WILMER: (STAMMERS) Well, I'm not shaking 'cause I'm scared, see? It's just sorta cool in here.


HARRY: You'd all better be scared. And you better hurry, too. You there.


RUFUS: (STAMMERS) You mean me, Mr. "Hot" Harry? I mean--


HARRY: Yeah, you. Snap it up. Stop stumbling around like you're asleep on your feet.


SKEEZIX: Rufus can't help it. He always looks like that.


RUFUS: I wish I were asleep somewhere far, far away from here.


WILMER: (WHISPERS) Sleep. Skeezix, that gives me a great idea.


SKEEZIX: (LOW) What do you mean, Wilmer?


WILMER: Sleep. By usin' my hypnotism, I'll put "Hot Car" Harry to sleep.


SKEEZIX: Wilmer, you're crazy. You're--


WILMER: I hypnotized Rufus, didn't I?


SKEEZIX: I tried to tell you about that. Rufus was--


HARRY: All right, you two. What's all that mumblin' about down there?


WILMER: Well, here I go, Skeezix.


HARRY: Hey, you. What are you standin' up for?


SKEEZIX: Wilmer, please. Rufus--


HARRY: Shut up, you. (TO WILMER) Okay, stupid. Now, what are you up to?


WILMER: I, am, uh-- (INTENSELY) I want to look you right in the eyes, Mr. "Hot Car" Harry.


HARRY: Well, well. At a time like this, "stupid" feels romantic. Look, dope--


WILMER: (INTENSELY) You are now in my power, Mr. "Hot Car" Harry.


HARRY: What? What are you talkin' about?


WILMER: (SLOWLY) You are now gettin' very sleepy.


HARRY: You are now gettin' slightly nuts. I slept nine hours last night.


WILMER: You are now gettin' very, very sleepy.


HARRY: Look, birdbrain, I don't know what you're up to, but you better stop right where you are.


SKEEZIX: Wilmer, Wilmer -- he's pointing the gun at you. 


HARRY: Yeah, you've got some sense, bub. You better stop him before I--


WILMER: (EVEN SLOWER) You are now gettin' very, very, very sleepy. (YAWNS)


HARRY: Stop starin' at me like that, will ya? Listen, you other guys -- is this character nuts?


SKEEZIX: He thinks he's a hypnotist, but he isn't--


HARRY: He's gone completely off his rocker. Now, listen, you, I don't like to shoot a crazy guy.


WILMER: (HALF-ASLEEP) You are now-- (SNORES) --a little woolly lamb. (BLEATS)


HARRY: (UNNERVED) Hey! Hey! Do somethin'. This crazy mug's fallin' on me. Watch out, you. Get him off of me!


SKEEZIX: I'll help you hold him up, Mr. Harry. (WITH EFFORT) And I'll also give you this. 


SOUND: SKEEZIX PUNCHES HARRY


HARRY: Unnh! 


SOUND: HARRY FALLS DOWN


RUFUS: (AMAZED) Skeezix. Skeezix! You knocked him out. 


SKEEZIX: Yeah. And Wilmer's out, too. Don't stand there, Rufus. Tie up Mr. "Hot Car" Harry with that piece of wire. 


RUFUS: Oh. Okay. (WITH EFFORT, STRAINS; THEN--) There you are. 


SKEEZIX: Good. Wilmer? 


SOUND: SKEEZIX GENTLY SLAPS WILMER


SKEEZIX: Wilmer, wake up. 


SOUND: MORE GENTLE SLAPPING 


SKEEZIX: Wilmer! 


WILMER: (WAKES) Uh-- Where-where-where am I? 


SKEEZIX: Wilmer, you hypnotized yourself. You fell on your face. 


RUFUS: Yeah. And now Mr. Hot Car's out on his back.


WILMER: He's out on his--? (STARTLED) Holy smokes! Skeezix, it worked! I hypnotized him!


RUFUS: You didn't hypnotize anybody but yourself, Wilmer.


WILMER: Well, why then--? Huh? What's he doin' there on the floor?


RUFUS: Skeezix hit him on the jaw and knocked him there.


SKEEZIX: You might have been killed, Wilmer. I tried to tell you that you haven't got any hypnotic powers.


WILMER: But I have! I hypnotized Rufus!


SKEEZIX: Go on. Tell him, Rufus.


RUFUS: That was just a joke, Wilmer. I wasn't hypnotized. I was just pretending.


WILMER: (HORRIFIED, STAMMERS) You mean I - I walked into this guy's gun, thinkin' I could--? Oh! Oh, no!


SKEEZIX: Oh, yes. 


WILMER: (SWOONS) Ohhhhhh. 


SOUND: WILMER FALLS TO FLOOR 


RUFUS: Hey, look, Skeezix. Wilmer's hypnotized himself again. 


MUSIC: CURTAIN


ANNOUNCER: Your GASOLINE ALLEY friends will be back in just a moment. Now, a word from your own Auto-Lite dealer.


[COMMERCIAL BREAK]


MUSIC: THEME ... THEN OUT


ANNOUNCER: Now a word about the next adventure in GASOLINE ALLEY. Here's Skeezix.


SKEEZIX: Well, now that we're on our own for the evening, Wilmer, let's go to the restaurant for dinner.


WILMER: A restaurant, Skeezix? Didn't you ever hear of the J. Wilmer Bobble method of broilin' a steak?


SKEEZIX: Frankly, no. How do you do it?


RUFUS: He puts a steak under the fire in the oven, Skeezix, and then he puts a big pot of water on the stove.


SKEEZIX: Yes, Rufus? And then? 


RUFUS: The water boils over just as the steak catches on fire and that keeps the house from burnin' down.


MUSIC: CLOSING

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