Batman (1966–1968)
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The Duo Defy 

Back in his iceberg headquarters, Mr. Freeze persuades the kidnapped Professor Isaacson to build him a thermodynamic ice ray beam. He issues an ultimatum that he will begin freezing the ... See full summary »

Director:

Oscar Rudolph

Writers:

Charles Hoffman, Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)
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Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper
Eli Wallach ... Mr. Freeze
Leslie Parrish ... Glacia Glaze
H.M. Wynant ... Frosty
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Professor Isaacson (as Elisha Cook)
Eddie Ness ... Coast Guard Officer
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Back in his iceberg headquarters, Mr. Freeze persuades the kidnapped Professor Isaacson to build him a thermodynamic ice ray beam. He issues an ultimatum that he will begin freezing the entire country if his demands are not met, then gives a demonstration of his weapon. As the villain works out just what his demands are, Batman and Robin track his seal, Isolde, through an ice-packed Gotham Harbor to locate the villain's hideout. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Marked Madge Blake's final appearance as a member of the regular cast. Blake's failing health along with budget cuts, resulted in Aunt Harriet being written out of the series for season three. Blake would make a pair of extended cameos, and in one instance Aunt Harriet was referenced to being off screen during the course of the third and final season. See more »

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To thank the seal for it's help Batman feeds it a fish by holding it through the bars in the cage door. At first he is holding it just above the top cross bar but in the next shot he is shown further back and his hand with the fish is now lower between the two cross bars. See more »

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Commissioner Gordon: [speaking into intercom] Eh, Bonnie, please call my daughter Barbara at college, ask her to take a later plane home. I want to meet her, of course, but I have some cool facts to face before I get to the airport.
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Edited from Batman: The Movie (1966) See more »

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Season Two
4 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

The first season of "Batman" was a cultural phenomena, sweeping the nation by storm. There was even a movie produced during the summer after that first spate of episodes aired. When the show return for its second season (the fall of 1966), it was still campy fun, but for the first time it seems a bit of fatigue has set in.

Let me begin by saying that there are still some great episodes among these fall 1966 airings. Catwoman (Julie Newmar) has a great episode right out of the gate, Van Johnson's Minstrel and Shelly Parker's Ma Parker are both interesting new villains, and Egghead (Vincent Price) is also a treat. Burgess Meredith's "Vote For Penguin" campaign is a classic, and Marsha Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones) provides some memorable bat-scenes as well. Simply put, if you are a fan of Batman, there are some episodes from this season that will be among your favorites.

However, there are also a bunch of episodes this season that are "just okay" or even "downright bad" (the first season didn't have many of these clunkers). For example...

-Art Carney should be a fantastic Archer villain, but that episode just falls flat for some reason. The same goes for Shame (Cliff Robertson). Great actor, but the episode just wasn't all that great. -A couple of villains--Clock King (Walter Slezak) and Chandell/Harry (Liberace)--that are terrible. Ironically enough, the episodes surrounding those two baddies aren't terrible, but those actors were not cut out to be Bat-villains. -Otto Preminger not holding a candle to George Sanders' Mr. Freeze portrayal from the earlier season.

Yet, strangely enough, those episode misses are not what plagues this season the most. Instead, it is the sense of the show's producers making fun of the show (and it's insane popularity) within the show itself. To me, Batman works best when it is played completely straight, so to speak. You have all this crazy, wacky stuff going around around our heroes, but there should always be a sense that they are taking it deadly seriously. That is what the first season captured so incredibly. Here, however, there are too many times (at least for my liking) where the show parodies itself. One scene in particular, in which Batman gets offered a Bat-burger at a restaurant, is completely ridiculous. That kind of attitude is present during other episodes in this season. They just weren't taken quite as seriously as the earlier ones in spring '66.

Overall, though, these are still fun episodes to watch. If you are a Bat-fan, I wouldn't skip them or anything like that. Just keep in the back of your mind, though, that the bloom is starting to come off the rose just a bit already.

After a half-season in which the show looked to be a bit fatigued, "Batman" comes back in this second half with a number of episodes that seem as fresh as those from the first season. The only problem? There are also some episodes that are "bottom of the barrel" in the show's history. Basically, this slate of episodes is up-and-down to the max.

The highlights:

-Two three-parters featuring Joker (Cesar Romero), Penguin (Burgess Meredith), and Marsha Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones). These are some of the best episodes of the entire show. -A number of great Catwoman (Julie Newmar) appearances. Hers is the most utilized villain of the season, and she always seems to turn in a quality performance (even if the episode around her is terrible). -The return of Mr. Freeze (this time portrayed by Eli Wallach), who is always a fun villain. Not quite as good as the George Sanders Freeze, but a great improvement over the train wreck that was Otto Preminger. -A very entertaining episode involving Joker and a rare art museum...one of my favorites of the entire show. -Black Widow (Tallulah Bankhead) was a fun villain, and one of Bankhead's final television appearances.

Balancing out those great efforts, however, were a number of abject failures...

-Because Frank Gorshin was not happy with his contract, the Puzzler (Maurice Evans) was cast in a Riddler-built episode once, and then John Astin turned in what could be considered the worst bat-villain performance ever as the "replacement Riddler". -Sandman (Michael Rennie) was another dud of a villain. They had to team him up with Catwoman to give him anything interesting to do. -Mad Hatter (David Wayne) returns...but without nearly the energy his first-season caper provided. -A cross-over episode featuring Green Hornet (Van Williams) & Kato (Bruce Lee). An episode with so much potential is wasted because the writers won't let anything really happen. Just when it looks like the two distinctive duos are about to clash (I wanted to see a Robin/Kato showdown so bad!)...the moment always fizzles. Even great character actor Roger Carmel is wasted in his Colonel Gumm role.

While the hits balance out the misses this season, I will "error on the side of enjoyment" and give the season four stars as a whole. I could tell that the writers/producers tried to get back to a more serious tone after an incredibly camp-ish first half of the season. On the whole, the more serious tone fits this show better...when good actors are used and good scripts are written, of course.

Bat-fans will still find plenty to enjoy in this set.


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