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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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Lewis Wilson ...
Douglas Croft ...
J. Carrol Naish ...
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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)  »

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

With this release, Batman became the first DC Comics character to have his own serial. 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 »

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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Connections

Featured in Action Heroes of the Cliffhanger Serials (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Were King
(uncredited)
Composed by Adolphe Adam
Used in episodes 4 and 10
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Sit back and enjoy as the Batman fights for the American Way
27 January 2000 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

The 1943 Batman Movie Serial, starring Lewis Wilson as the Batman and Lewis Croft as Robin, is definitely one of my favorites. The evil Dr. Daka, played with devilish delight by J. Carol Naish, has enlisted a number of 5th columnists to subvert American interests, on U.S. soil. Innocent Americans are transformed into mindless zombies in order to assist the sinister Daka and his evil minions. Despite every advantage, the Batman manages to stop Daka and save America from the "Doom of the Rising Sun!" Watch for Shirley Patterson as Bruce Wayne's love interest, Linda Page, who definitely makes a wonderful damsel in distress. William Austin plays Wayne's faithful butler, Alfred and provides comic relief. Batman creator, Bob Kane, even makes an appearance in the first chapter as a newsboy. Batman fights fo


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