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Batman (1943)

Approved  |   |  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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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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Pulse pounding, red-blooded serial. (Lobby cards). See more »


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16 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An Evening with Batman and Robin  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Alfred in the comics was introduced to conform to the fact that in the film Bruce Wayne had a butler. However, the Alfred in the comics was drawn as very chubby and clean shaven, while William Austin, who played Alfred, wore a mustache and was slim. Soon after the release of the film, the comics character grew a mustache and went to a health spa, where he lost weight. From then on, the comics Alfred has resembled the Austin image. 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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[first lines]
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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Soundtracks

Symphonie Fantastique
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Composed by Hector Berlioz
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Great fun

This serial is nothing short of a total blast, a fun romp from start to finish. You gotta love that the first thing you see at the start of chapter one, is Batman at his desk in his Batcave with bats flying all around, and you only see their shadows, but you also see the shadows of all the thick control wires making the fake bats fly around. That sets the tone perfectly!

No crappy computer effects to muck things up here. Of course this is a serial and it's all great fun, and you have to laugh that the film takes various dramatic license, such as why are Batman and Robin never just shot at, and why they don't fear guns (while always being unarmed themselves).

Truth is, this serial is non-stop, it's virtually always exciting and there's a lot of cool fights. One thing I noticed is that Batman is either always getting his head bashed in, or he's getting into some trouble where Robin has to save him (at the start of the next chapter of course). You'd figure since Robin saves Batman so many times, Batman would treat Robin a little more equally!

And about the 'racist' stuff...it was made in 1943 folks. Consider the climate in America at the time and who our enemies were, and just let it go. No matter how much the revisionists try, you can't change the past, and it should not be hidden, either. And in no way does the tone of the storyline detract from the fact that this serial is such a blast. This should be released on DVD in its original uncut form, the way it was meant to be seen.


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