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Batman (1943)

 -  Action | Adventure | Crime  -  16 July 1943 (USA)
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Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies.

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Storyline

In his first screen appearance, the Caped Crusader of Gotham City (belying the lethargic facade of his alter ego Bruce Wayne) battles Dr. Daka, Japanese mastermind of a wartime espionage-sabotage group. Daka has a radium-powered death ray that pulverizes walls, a classic alligator pit to dispose of enemies, and can turn men into electronic zombies who do his bidding and transmit video signals to Daka's lab! Batman has no Batmobile, but there are bats in the Bat Cave... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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NOW a thrilling exciting chapter play!..Based on the Batman Comic Magazine Feature appearing in Detective Comics and Batman Magazine (original 1943 posters) See more »


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16 July 1943 (USA)  »

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An Evening with Batman and Robin  »

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(15 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The credited cast order, as shown in the original release pressbook, were: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carroll Naish, William Austin, Shirley Patterson, Charles C. Wilson, Charles Middeleton, Robert Fiske, Michael Vallon and Gus Glassmire. Cost-cutting Columbia opted to only credit four players on the film itself. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 11, Batman (in disguise as a small-time hood) is tailed by the bad guys in a truck with a sign that says, "Gotham City Storage Co." Seconds later, when they ram the truck into the taxicab, the sign on the truck is differently colored and has different words on it. See more »

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Narrator: High atop one of the hills which ring the teaming metropolis of Gotham City, a large house rears its bulk against the dark sky. Outwardly there's nothing to distinguish this house from many others, but deep in the cavernous basements of this house is a chamber hewn from the living rock of the mountainside, strange, dimly lighted, mysteriously secret bat cave headquarters of America's #1 crimefighter, Batman! Yes, Batman, clad in the somber costume which has struck terror to the ...
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Symphonie Fantastique
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Composed by Hector Berlioz
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It's the Batman...
15 October 1999 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best of Columbia's serials produced in the 40s. There's no Batmobile or Batplane but hey, this was 1943.

There's the usual assortment of narrow escapes, last minute rescues, zombies, an alligator pit and an endless supply of the villain's henchmen.

Also included are some great stuntwork and excellent fight scenes.

Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft make an credible Batman and Robin and their alter-egos Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. Two distinct advantages this serial has is it's wartime setting and the casting of the excellent J. Carroll Naish as the chief villain, Daka who is trying to install "The New Order" in America. Many serial and "B" movie veterans are cast in other roles. Look for George J. Lewis, Tom London and Dick Curtis as various henchmen and Charles Middleton, on the right side of the law for a change.


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