Antisocial Prof. Hammil's Remote Control device, which enables the user to take over any motor vehicle within 50 miles (!), is stolen by The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind, and his gang. Batman and Robin (who drive about in a standard convertible) must prevent the Wizard from obtaining diamonds, needed as fuel for the device, and rescue magazine photographer Vicki Vale from periodic perils. Where is the Wizard's base, reached only by remote controlled submarine? Which of several suspicious characters hides beneath the Wizard's hood? Written by
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The titles of each chapter have little or nothing to do with what happens in each episode. The only possible exception is Chapter 15: Batman Victorious. See more »
In Chapter 1, Batman Takes Over, Batman and Robin are in the Bat Cave still dressed in their caped outfits while examining evidence. Alfred phones to say that Vickie has arrived at the residence to see Bruce Wayne. Batman changes into his business suit while Robin does not change clothing and remains in the cave to examine evidence. Bruce then tricks Vickie by having Robin (still dressed in his cape in the cave) phone upstairs with the message that Vickie must leave to cover an auto accident. When Bruce returns to the cave, Robin is now dressed back in his business suit like Bruce, so they both pull out their caped outfits from a drawer to change together in order to leave and fight crime. See more »
Crime, striking our city night and day, is on the increase. Our undermanned police force is helpless to cope with the situation, but they have an ally - Batman - who with the faithful Robin, wages unending war against all criminals!
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I don't profess to be in a position to objectively judge the artistic merits of this series since the last (and only) time I saw it, was in 1952, when I was 7. Fifty years tends to warp perspectives! I will therefore comment only as to what it meant to me all those years ago!
It meant everything!! Shown at our local Saturday morning pictures, my friends and I would rock on down to our local Odeon theater in South East London. After Laurel and Hardy, The "Purple People Eaters" and a Jackie Coogan flick the session would close off with this serial. This was as good as jaw dropping excitement got! I didn't pay too much attention to the authenticity of the dialog or sets...just the incessant biffing. Having to wait a WHOLE WEEK to find out how Batman or Robin escaped from their impending fate...be it a bomb or approaching steam train, was exquisite torture!
In hindsight, this serial probably WAS the inspiration behind the 1960's Adam West/Burt Ward revival. It was campy but Oh, such fun. You have no idea just how MUCH fun - to a seven year old!
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