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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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Henchman Nolan [Chs. 1-6] (as Don Harvey)
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Carter - Hammil's Valet
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Barry Brown
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Henchman Evans [Chs. 1-6]
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Henchman Earl [Chs. 7-15]
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Henchman Jason [Chs. 3-15]
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Henchman Ives [Chs. 3-13]
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Storyline

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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Like Superman! (Trade paper ads). See more »


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26 May 1949 (USA)  »

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

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In Chapter 1 police are summoned to a robbery on Ellsworth Ave. This is a nod to Whitney Ellsworth an editor at DC comics. Ellsworth was DC's "Movie contact" and a consultant on all of their comic book inspired serials. See more »

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Chapter 8: When the car (up-to-date] is sent over the cliff, a square-bodied car crashes. See more »

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[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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Featured in The Evolution of Batman in Cinema (2015) See more »

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My reminiscences
11 November 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I remember this being shown in serial version as a black & white fill-in for a 70s youth culture show in Australia. It was actually a music and pop culture show, and this was done as a novelty bit; but I thoroughly loved it; and avidly followed the adventure every week. I wish some younger kids shows of today had the guts to try something like that, and reinvent the classic stories.

I especially remember the submarine going to the hidden lair of the villain.

And also Batman and Robin riding around in the standard convertible. For a while, I started to doubt this version existed, since it never got mentioned in any discussion of Batman.

It's this version that caused me to be rather dismissive of the more campy over-the-top TV series (starring Adam West and Burt Ward) that everyone is so fond of now.


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