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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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Taglines:

THE MIGHTY BATMAN - Now In The Mightiest Of Serials! The thrilling he-American hero in his hair-raising exploits...pulse-pounding adventures! (original 1943 insert posters) See more »


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16 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An Evening with Batman and Robin  »

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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At 23 years old, Lewis Wilson is the youngest actor to play the adult Bruce Wayne / Batman on screen. See more »

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At the end of chapter four, Batman blows a hole in the roof of an armored car, but when it goes over the cliff moments later, there is no hole. See more »

Quotes

[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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Version of Batman: The Movie (1966) See more »

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If I Were King
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Composed by Adolphe Adam
Used in episodes 4 and 10
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User Reviews

 
Great Serial

I know that it's a Columbia, but it is one of Columbia's best. Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft are the definitive Batman and Robin. The story is great, the acting is great, the casting was great, and the photography was great. There are also some great fighting sequences and awesome cliffhangers.

Dr. Tito Daka is a classic villain. Daka was Japanese (He prefers to be called Nipponese) and was probably hated very much because remember, this serial was made during WW2.

The Batcave was pretty cool. I like it how Batman and Robin were taken directly to the scene of the crime by Alfred. There was no Batmobile.

I recommend this serial to anyone.

10/10 Stars


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