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Batman and Robin (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 26 May 1949 (USA)
The caped crusaders versus The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind.

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Robin / Dick Grayson (as John Duncan)
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Winslow Harrison [Chs. 7-8]
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Henchman Nolan [Chs. 1-6] (as Don Harvey)
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Barry Brown
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Private Investigator Dunne [Chs. 2, 9, 12]
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Henchman Evans [Chs. 1-6]
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Henchman Jason [Chs. 3-15]
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Henchman Ives [Chs. 3-13]
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Fill those serial seats with world's greatest adventure team Batman and Robin, the boy wonder.(Trade paper ads). See more »


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26 May 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The New Adventures of Batman and Robin-The Boy Wonder  »

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(15 episodes)

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| (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter titles:
  • Chapter 1: Batman Takes Over (PCA #13671)
  • Chapter 2: Tunnel of Terror (PCA #13672)
  • Chapter 3: Robin's Wild Ride (PCA #13673)
  • Chapter 4: Batman Trapped! (PCA #13674)
  • Chapter 5: Robin Rescues Batman! (PCA #13675)
  • Chapter 6: Target - Robin! (PCA #13676)
  • Chapter 7: The Fatal Blast (PCA #13677)
  • Chapter 8: Robin Meets the Wizard! (PCA #13678)
  • Chapter 9: The Wizard Strikes Back! (PCA #13679)
  • Chapter 10: Batman's Last Chance! (PCA # 13680)
  • Chapter 11: Robin's Ruse (PCA #13681)
  • Chapter 12: Robin Rides the Wind (PCA #13682)
  • Chapter 13: The Wizard's Challenge (PCA #13683)
  • Chapter 14: Batman vs. Wizard! (PCA #13685)
  • Chapter 15: Batman Victorious (PCA #13685) Note: PCA #13684 was given to some other film and the last two chapters of the serial carried the same PCA number. Not unusual with serials for two or more chapters to carry the same PCA number.
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When the gang lands their plane in episode # 1, Batman Takes Over, there are windows in the nose of the plane. When the gang takes off in episode # 2, Tunnel Of Terror, it is a different plane, with no windows in the nose. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: 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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Version of The New Adventures of Batman (1977) See more »

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Holy childhood Robin!
29 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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