80. Region of Peril

Anne Baxter isn't Olga, Queen of the Cossacks here!  She's held at gunpoint.

Original air date: 25 February 1968
Rerun 30 June 1968 and 4 May 1969

Inspector Lewis Erskine send a secret radio message to a kidnapped woman to aid her rescue. Good, taut episode, very inventive.

Anne Baxter makes her one and only appearance on the series. She won an Academy Award. Ms. Baxter has the unique distinction of being the only actress to play two different guest villains on Batman (ABC: 1966-68): She played Zelda the Great during the first season and Olga, Queen of the Bessarovian Cossacks, during the third season. For the latter, she even learned to swear in Russian! Like most performers who guested on the series, she maintained that it was an enjoyable experience. Ms. Baxter's first husband, John Hodiak, was of Ukrainian background.

Batman was still being broadcast in February 1968. On 22 February, the episode "I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle," was broadcast; Victor Buono played King Tut for the final time. And on the following Thursday, "The Joker's Flying Saucer," aired. It was Cesar Romero's final appearance in that role.

And both Ms. Baxter and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. would share acting credits on the ABC series Hotel, which ran from 1983 to 1988. This was her final acting role, as she dropped dead on 12 December 1985 in downtown New York City. Mr. Zimbalist had a role on the series in 1986.

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Cast

Performer Role
Steve Ihnat Frank Padgett
Anne Baxter Katherine Daly
Arthur Franz Joseph Daly
Dean Harens S.A.C. Bryan Durant
Corinne Cole Linda Soames
Mark Roberts S.R.A. Will Channahon
Skip Ward Tony Chandler
Hal Lynch Alfred Barnes
Steven Marlo Gilroy
   
Directed by: Jesse Hibbs
Written by: Robert Soderberg
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