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Batman [1966] (18 discs)

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Composer:Billy May
Nelson Riddle
Warren Barker
Length:3000 minutes
(50 hours 0 minute)
MPAA Rating:TV-G
Sorting Category:TV Show
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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  • Action
  • Kids
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Family
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Synopsis: The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.


Reaction: Campy. Hokey. Cheesy. Fun. Purposefully ridiculous, it largely depends on your ability to enjoy intentional farce.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Guest Cast
Alan Hale Jr. => Gilligan (The Ogg and I)
Alan Reed => General MacGruder (Penguin Sets a Trend)
Bob Hastings => Major Beasley (Penguin Sets a Trend)
Alex Rocco => Block (A Piece of the Action)
Angelique Pettyjohn => 1st Model (A Piece of the Action)
Roger C. Carmel => Colonel Gumm (A Piece of the Action)
Allen Jenkins => Little Al (Scat! Darn Catwoman)
Andy Devine => Santa (The Duo Is Slumming)
Arnold Stang => Gun Shop Owner (The Great Train Robbery)
James Jeter => Train Guard (The Great Train Robbery)
Art Carney => The Archer (Shoot a Crooked Arrow)
Dick Clark => Citizen (Shoot a Crooked Arrow)
Doodles Weaver => Crier Tuck (Shoot a Crooked Arrow)
Barry Dennen => Fred (The Great Escape)
Ben Frommer => Man Admiring Batmobile (The Thirteenth Hat)
Norma Varden => Mrs. Monteagle (The Thirteenth Hat)
Ben Gage => Clerk (Marsha, Queen of Diamonds)
Estelle Winwood => Aunt Hilda (Marsha, Queen of Diamonds)
Hank Robinson => Clerk (Marsha, Queen of Diamonds)
Ben Welden => Foo Yung (An Egg Grows in Gotham)
Edward Everett Horton => Chief Screaming Chicken (An Egg Grows in Gotham)
Gene Dynarski => Benedict (An Egg Grows in Gotham)
Benny Rubin => Angry Father (Hizzonner the Penguin)
Joe Besser => Penguin Supporter (Hizzonner the Penguin)
Tony Epper => Goon (Hizzonner the Penguin)
Woodrow Parfrey => Rooper (Hizzonner the Penguin)
Bill Quinn => Board Member (The Curse of Tut)
Don 'Red' Barry => The Grand Vizier (as Don Barry) (The Curse of Tut)
Bill Williams => Multimillionaire (Fine Finny Fiends)
Howard Wendell => Millionaire (Fine Finny Fiends)
Bill Zuckert => Prison Captain (The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra)
Zsa Zsa Gabor => Minerva (The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra)
Bruce Lee => Kato (The Spell of Tut)
Marianna Hill => Cleo Patrick (The Spell of Tut)
Michael Pataki => Amenophis Tewfik (The Spell of Tut)
Sid Haig => Royal Apothecary (The Spell of Tut)
Buck Kartalian => John (Hot Off the Griddle)
Charles Horvath => Thomas (Hot Off the Griddle)
Christopher Riordan => Club Patron (Hot Off the Griddle)
Burt Mustin => Old MacDonald (The Yegg Foes in Gotham)
George Fenneman => Newsman (as George Fennaman) (The Yegg Foes in Gotham)
Mae Clarke => Lady (The Yegg Foes in Gotham)
Chad Stuart => Chad (The Cat's Meow)
Joe Flynn => Benton Bellgoody (The Cat's Meow)
Peter Leeds => Harry Upps (The Cat's Meow)
Christine Nelson => Mrs. Keeper (The Joke's on Catwoman)
Dan Tobin => Mr. Jay (The Penguin's a Jinx)
Leslie Parrish => Dawn Robbins (The Penguin's a Jinx)
Dick Crockett => Henchman (The Zodiac Crimes)
Terry Moore => Venus (The Zodiac Crimes)
Don Wilson => Walter Klondike (Dizzoner the Penguin)
Douglass Dumbrille => The Doctor (as Douglas Dumbrille) (A Death Worse Than Fate)
William Phipps => Hood No. II (as Bill Phipps) (A Death Worse Than Fate)
Eddie Quillan => Newsie (Batman's Anniversary)
Martin Kosleck => Professor Charm (Batman's Anniversary)
Edward G. Robinson => Edward G. Robinson (Batman's Satisfaction)
Elisha Cook Jr. => Professor Isaacson (as Elisha Cook) (Ice Spy)
Ellen Corby => Mrs. Green (The Joker's Flying Saucer)
Ida Lupino => Dr. Cassandra (The Joker's Flying Saucer)
Ethel Merman => Lola Lasagne (The Wail of the Siren)
Joan Collins => The Siren (The Wail of the Siren)
Francis X. Bushman => Mr. Van Jones (Death in Slow Motion)
Richard Bakalyan => C. B. (Death in Slow Motion)
Sherry Jackson => Pauline (Death in Slow Motion)
Theodore Marcuse => Von Bloheim (as Theo Marcuse) (Death in Slow Motion)
Walter Woolf King => Theater Manager (Death in Slow Motion)
Frankie Darro => Newsman (Zelda the Great)
Jack Kruschen => Eivol Ekdal (Zelda the Great)
Fritz Feld => Oliver Muzzy (Pop Goes the Joker)
Jody Gilbert => Mrs. Putney (Pop Goes the Joker)
Reginald Gardiner => Bernie Park (Pop Goes the Joker)
Gary Owens => T.V. Announcer (Holy Rat Race)
George Chandler => Grampa (Black Widow Strikes Again)
George Raft => Citizen in Bank (Black Widow Strikes Again)
Grady Sutton => Irving Cash (Black Widow Strikes Again)
Meg Wyllie => Grandma (as Meg Wylie) (Black Widow Strikes Again)
Regis Parton => Henchman (Black Widow Strikes Again)
George DeNormand => Police Officer (Hi Diddle Riddle)
Jill St. John => Molly (Hi Diddle Riddle)
Michael Fox => Inspector Basch (Hi Diddle Riddle)
George Sawaya => Templar (That Darn Catwoman)
J. Pat O'Malley => Pat Pending (That Darn Catwoman)
Steve Franken => Rudy, the Valet (That Darn Catwoman)
Gil Perkins => Henchman (The Joker Is Wild)
John Indrisano => Umpire (The Joker Is Wild)
Jonathan Hole => Museum Attendant (The Joker Is Wild)
Nancy Kovack => Queenie (The Joker Is Wild)
Glynis Johns => Lady Penelope Peasoup (Surf's Up! Joker's Under!)
Johnny Green => Johnny Green (as Johnny Green and The Green Men) (Surf's Up! Joker's Under!)
Rudy Vallee => Lord Marmaduke Ffogg (Surf's Up! Joker's Under!)
Grace Lee Whitney => Neila (King Tut's Coup)
Lee Meriwether => Lisa Carson (King Tut's Coup)
Gypsy Rose Lee => Newscaster (The Sandman Cometh)
Michael Rennie => Sandman (The Sandman Cometh)
Spring Byington => J. Pauline Spaghetti (The Sandman Cometh)
Harry Holcombe => Mr. Andrews (as Harry Holcomb) (The Purr-fect Crime)
Ralph Manza => Felix (The Purr-fect Crime)
Hermione Baddeley => Frontier Fanny (Penguin's Clean Sweep)
James Brolin => Driver (The Cat and the Fiddle)
James Gammon => Osiris (The Unkindest Tut of All)
James Millhollin => Alfred Slye (The Dead Ringers)
Jeff Burton => Shamrock (I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle)
Kathleen Freeman => Rosetta Stone (I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle)
Victoria Vetri => Florence of Arabia (as Angela Dorian) (I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle)
Jerry Lewis => Citizen (The Bookworm Turns)
Roddy McDowall => The Bookworm (The Bookworm Turns)
Jesslyn Fax => Bon Bon (The Contaminated Cowl)
Leonid Kinskey => Professor Overbeck (The Contaminated Cowl)
Joan Staley => Okie Annie (Come Back, Shame)
Joe E. Ross => Talent Agent (The Funny Feline Felonies)
Orangey => Cat (The Funny Feline Felonies)
John Archer => Club President (A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away)
Reginald Denny => King Boris (A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away)
Susan Silo => Mousey (A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away)
William Meader => Waiter (A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away)
John Gallaudet => Brook Cortland (The Minstrel's Shakedown)
Norman Grabowski => Treble (The Minstrel's Shakedown)
Phyllis Diller => Scrubwoman (The Minstrel's Shakedown)
Stuart Wilson => Third Broker (as Stu Wilson) (The Minstrel's Shakedown)
Van Johnson => The Minstrel (The Minstrel's Shakedown)
John Sebastian => Heckler (Batman Is Riled)
Johnny Seven => Henchman #2 (The Joker Trumps an Ace)
Norman Alden => Henchman #1 (as Norm Alden) (The Joker Trumps an Ace)
Tol Avery => Prescott Belmont (The Joker Trumps an Ace)
Jon Lormer => Professor Dactyl (How to Hatch a Dinosaur)
Skip Ward => Riptide (How to Hatch a Dinosaur)
Karl Lukas => Acacia (Louie, the Lilac)
Kathy Kersh => Cornelia (The Impractical Joker)
Kenner G. Kemp => Princess Sandra's Servant (Instant Freeze)
Teri Garr => Girl Outside Rink (Instant Freeze)
Lawrence Montaigne => Mr. Glee (The Joker's Last Laugh)
Liberace => Chandell / Harry (The Devil's Fingers)
Linda Harrison => Cheerleader II (The Joker Goes to School)
Sydney Smith => Mr. Vandergilt (The Joker Goes to School)
Malachi Throne => False Face (as ?) (True or False Face)
Marie Windsor => Nellie Majors (Green Ice)
Marvin Miller => T.V. Announcer (When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play)
Michael Greene => Matches (The Ring of Wax)
Michael Pate => Second Hand Three (The Clock King's Crazy Crimes)
Sammy Davis Jr. => Self (The Clock King's Crazy Crimes)
Walter Slezak => The Clock King (The Clock King's Crazy Crimes)
Milton Berle => Prison Guard (Ma Parker)
Milton Frome => Laughing Leo (It's How You Play the Game)
Minta Durfee => Tour Group Member (Penguin Is a Girl's Best Friend)
Monte Landis => Basil (as Monty Landis) (The Londinium Larcenies)
Olan Soule => Newscaster (The Pharaoh's in a Rut)
William Boyett => Policeman (as Bill Boyett) (The Pharaoh's in a Rut)
Percy Helton => Gus (Louie's Lethal Lilac Time)
Richard Bellis => Joe (as Dick Bellis) (He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul)
Rob Reiner => Delivery Boy (The Penguin Declines)
Robert Phillips => Cellmate (Fine Feathered Finks)
Walter Burke => Sparrow (Fine Feathered Finks)
Sam Jaffe => Zoltan Zorba (Walk the Straight and Narrow)
Shelley Winters => Ma Parker (The Greatest Mother of Them All)
Stanley Adams => Captain Courageous (Catwoman Goes to College)
Steve Allen => Allan Stevens (The Bat's Kow Tow)
Ted Cassidy => Lurch (The Penguin's Nest)
Vito Scotti => Matey Dee (The Penguin's Nest)
Tom McDonough => Henchman #3 (Deep Freeze)
William Beckley => Reggie Rich (The Penguin Goes Straight)
William Smith => Adonis (as Bill Smith) (Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires)
Charles R. Rondeau => Director
Don Weis => Director
George Waggner => Director
James B. Clark => Director
James Neilson => Director
James Sheldon => Director
Jeffrey Hayden => Director
Larry Peerce => Director
Leslie H. Martinson => Director
Murray Golden => Director
Norman Foster => Director
Oscar Rudolph => Director
Richard C. Sarafian => Director
Robert Butler => Director
Robert Sparr => Director
Sam Strangis => Director
Sherman Marks => Director
Tom Gries => Director
William A. Graham => Director
Bill Finger => Writer
Bob Rodgers => Writer
Charles Hoffman => Writer
Charles Sinclair => Writer
Dwight Taylor => Writer
Earl Barret => Writer
Elkan Allan => Writer
Ellis St. Joseph => Writer
Francis M. Cockrell => Writer
Fred De Gorter => Writer
Hendrik Vollaerts => Writer
Henry Slesar => Writer
Jack Paritz => Writer
Jay Thompson => Writer
John Cardwell => Writer
Lee Orgel => Writer
Lorenzo Semple Jr. => Writer
Marian B. Cockrell => Writer
Max Hodge => Writer
Richard Carr => Writer
Robert C. Dennis => Writer
Robert Dozier => Writer
Robert Mintz => Writer
Sheldon Stark => Writer
Stanford Sherman => Writer
Stanley Ralph Ross => Writer
Stephen Kandel => Writer
William P. D'Angelo => Writer
Billy May => Composer
Nelson Riddle => Composer
Warren Barker => Composer
Bob Kane => Characters
Adam West => Batman
Alan Napier => Alfred
Anne Baxter => Zelda
Burgess Meredith => The Penguin
Burt Ward => Robin
Carolyn Jones => Marsha, Queen of Diamonds
Cesar Romero => The Joker
Cliff Robertson => Shame
David Lewis => Warden Crichton
David Wayne => The Mad Hatter
Eartha Kitt => The Catwoman (uncredited)
Eddie Hice => The Riddler (uncredited)
Eli Wallach => Mr. Freeze
Frank Gorshin => The Riddler
George Sanders => Mister Freeze (uncredited)
James O'Hara => Police Sergeant (as Jim O'Hara)
John Astin => The Riddler
Julie Newmar => The Catwoman
Madge Blake => Mrs. Cooper
Maurice Evans => The Puzzler
Milton Berle => Louie, the Lilac (uncredited)
Neil Hamilton => Commissioner Gordon
Otto Preminger => Mr. Freeze
Stafford Repp => Chief O'Hara
Victor Buono => King Tut
Vincent Price => Egghead
William Dozier => Narrator (voice) / Misc. (voice)
Yvonne Craig => Batgirl

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Suzanne Pleshette was one of the original choices to play Catwoman before Julie Newmar landed the role.
  • According to Adam West, because of the show's popularity, he was offered the role of James Bond for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). He declined because he felt the role should go to a British actor. The role wound up going to actor George Lazenby, who is Australian. Interestingly, the plot of the Bond film - in particular the relationship between Bond and a crime lord's daughter - partially inspired the characters of Ra's Al Ghul and his daughter Talia. In a further coincidence, [The Dark Knight Trilogy] (which featured the live action debut of Ra's Al and Talia Ghul) director Christopher Nolan has said that On Her Majesty's Secret Service is his favorite Bond film.
  • Mickey Rooney turned down an offer to play The Penguin. [?] Spencer Tracy was offered the role, but he said he would only take the part if he could kill Batman.
  • Of all of the villains portrayed on the television series, Mr. Freeze had the most actors portraying him: George Sanders, Otto Preminger, and Eli Wallach. Catwoman had three actresses as well, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Lee Meriwether, but Meriwether only portrayed her in Batman: The Movie (1966).
  • At the end of season three, ABC planned to cut the budget by eliminating Chief O'Hara and Robin. Batgirl would then become Batman's full-time partner. William Dozier and Adam West were opposed to the idea. ABC cancelled the show a short time later.
  • Burgess Meredith's role as The Penguin was one of the more popular guest roles. The producers had a script ready for him whenever he was in Los Angeles.
  • Batman creator Bob Kane noted that this series saved the Batman comic series from cancellation when the show revived the character's popularity. Despite this, most comic fans despised this series for stereotyping superheroes and comics as campy nonsense. Furthermore, soon after the show was cancelled, the character's comic series took on a dark and deadly serious tone that was reminiscent of the original comics in the late 1930s as a reaction to this show's light touch.
  • A Riddler business suit was designed because Frank Gorshin disliked wearing the Riddler's skin-tight outfit. This suit was later incorporated into the Batman comics and it largely became the character's standard look.
  • Because of a contract dispute, Frank Gorshin missed one episode and was replaced by John Astin. Also, the episode featuring the villain "The Puzzler" was originally written to feature The Riddler. Gorshin did return as The Riddler for one episode in the final season.
  • The Batmobile turntable in the Batcave was not powered. Six off-camera crewmen pushed the car 180 degrees on the platform. As with most of the effects, the scene was shot once, then added where needed.
  • The National Safety Council asked why the Batmobile was not fitted with seat belts. The producers answered that question by having Batman and Robin "buckle up" before they tore out of the Batcave. While this was originally intended as a joke, the show was highly praised for encouraging seat belt use.
  • When the series premiered, Alfred had been "killed off" a few years earlier in the comic book series. However, when the producers announced that they intended to make Alfred a regular character, he was brought back to life in the comic book as well.
  • In his autobiography, Adam West recalls that he became good friends with Frank Gorshin and Cliff Robertson, and had a great deal of respect for Cesar Romero, Vincent Price, and Burgess Meredith. He described Alan Napier as quiet and reserved, and found Neil Hamilton somewhat difficult to work with.
  • Decades after the show's end, Cesar Romero claimed he had done the Joker's laugh so many times that it permanently altered his natural laugh.
  • The Batcave set was built on the exact spot where the Skull Island Gate was located in King Kong (1933). This was pointed out by a visitor to the set who had served as a technician on "Kong". The gate had long since been destroyed, having been burnt down to simulate the burning of Atlanta during the shoot of Gone with the Wind (1939).
  • The shot of the Batmobile leaving the Batcave was filmed at Bronson Cavern in Hollywood Hills. The Batmobile was about the same width as the cave entrance. To avoid ripping off the fenders, the camera was undercranked so the car could come out slowly, and the footage was sped up.
  • In the comics, The Riddler was a minor villain. This show turned him into one of the most popular villains in Batman's rogues gallery.
  • Mr. Zero was renamed Mr. Freeze for this series. The name change eventually made its way into the comics as well.
  • Before going on the air, this show received the worst audience test scores in the history of ABC. It only went on the air because so much money had already been invested in it.
  • The Shakespeare bust used to slide open the bookcase and expose the Bat-poles had an electric switch that couldn't open the bookcase, but it did turn on a light behind the set to signal the crew to slide it open.
  • Burt Ward has stated that he was badly injured several times. He claimed he was burned and or struck by shrapnel several times when ill-conceived pyrotechnic effects went awry. At least once, he was flung out of the Batmobile after his door flew open during a high speed turn.
  • After ABC cancelled the series, the producers waited to see if anyone else would pick it up, then bulldozed the Batcave set when it appeared nobody would. Two weeks later, NBC offered to pick it up, unaware that the set had already been dismantled; unwilling to invest in the high cost of rebuilding the entire set, NBC ultimately declined to acquire the series.
  • When Burgess Meredith was cast as the Penguin, he hadn't smoked in 20 years. He came up with the Penguin's distinctive squawk because the cigarettes irritated his throat. The Penguin's waddle was another improvisation; Meredith found it difficult to stand and walk straight while wearing the rubber padded fat suit that was part of his costume.
  • Carolyn Jones, Frank Gorshin, and Roddy McDowall appeared on [Wonder Woman (1975)] and Batman episodes. Carolyn played two Queen roles :Marsha the Queen of Diamonds on this show and Hypolitta, the Queen of the Amazons on Wonder Woman, Roddy McDowall played Henry Roberts on Wonder Woman and the Bookworm on this show; and Frank Gorshin played the Riddler on this show and Olich Hoffman, a scientist, on Wonder Woman. All of the parts were essentially villains except for Carolyn Jones' Hypolitta character. This makes sense since both shows were ABC productions and were [?] Douglas S. Cramer productions.