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Writers:
Bob Kane (comic book created by)
George H. Plympton (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
26 May 1949 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Based On The Well-Known Batman Comic Magazine Feature appearing in "Detective Comics" and "Batman" Magazines See more »
Plot:
The caped crusaders versus The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Robert Lowery ... Batman / Bruce Wayne
Johnny Duncan ... Robin / Dick Grayson (as John Duncan)

Jane Adams ... Vicki Vale

Lyle Talbot ... Commissioner Jim Gordon
Ralph Graves ... Winslow Harrison [Chs. 7-8]
Don C. Harvey ... Henchman Nolan [Chs. 1-6] (as Don Harvey)
William Fawcett ... Prof. Hammil
Leonard Penn ... Carter - Hammil's Valet
Rick Vallin ... Barry Brown
Michael Whalen ... Private Investigator Dunne [Chs. 2, 9, 12]
Greg McClure ... Henchman Evans [Chs. 1-6]
House Peters Jr. ... Henchman Earl [Chs. 7-15]
Jim Diehl ... Henchman Jason [Chs. 3-15]
Rusty Wescoatt ... Henchman Ives [Chs. 3-13]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Doctor [Ch. 4] (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Wesley Morton [Chs. 3-4] (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Plant Guard in Hallway [Chs. 13-14] (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Policeman in Alley [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Newspaper Office Worker [Ch. 7] (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Craven ... Norwood [Chs. 1, 3, 12-14] (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Henchman [Ch. 2, 3, 6, 10-12, 15] (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Policeman Assigned to Set Up Jason's Escape [Ch. 10] (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Plant Guard [Ch. 14] (uncredited)
John Hart ... John Hench / Mechanic [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
Myron Healey ... Walker, Policeman [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Plant Gate Guard [Chs. 13-14] (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Henchman Jimmy Vale [Chs. 1-2, 5, 8-11] (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Holt [Chs. 1, 5-8, 12, 15] (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Mac Lacey [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Lee Roberts ... Henchman Neal [Chs. 7-15] (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Car 4 Henchman-Driver [Chs. 2-6, 11-12] (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Factory Guard [Ch. 1] / Aircraft Maintenance Man [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Mr. Williams [Chs. 1, 3, 12-14] (uncredited)
Wally West ... Pursuit Cop [Ch. 15] (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Alfred Pennyworth (uncredited)
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Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer Bennet)
 
Writing credits
Bob Kane (comic book created by)

George H. Plympton (screenplay) &
Joseph F. Poland (screenplay) &
Royal K. Cole (screenplay)

Bill Finger  character: Alfred Pennyworth (uncredited)
Bill Finger  character: Bruce Wayne/Batman (uncredited)
Bill Finger  character: Commissioner James Gordon (uncredited)
Bill Finger  character: Dick Grayson/Robin (uncredited)
Bill Finger  character: Vicky Vale (uncredited)
Bob Kane  character: Alfred Pennyworth (uncredited)
Bob Kane  character: Bruce Wayne/Batman (uncredited)
Bob Kane  character: Commissioner James Gordon (uncredited)
Bob Kane  character: Dick Grayson/Robin (uncredited)
Bob Kane  character: Vicky Vale (uncredited)
Jerry Robinson  character: Alfred Pennyworth (uncredited)
Jerry Robinson  character: Dick Grayson/Robin (uncredited)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dwight Caldwell 
Earl Turner 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
 
Production Management
Herbert B. Leonard .... production manager (as Herbert Leonard)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R.M. Andrews .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eddie Parker .... stunt double: House Peters, Jr. (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Guy Teague .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
R.H. Bassett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ross DiMaggio .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Gruenberg .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Earl E. Lawrence .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The New Adventures of Batman and Robin-The Boy Wonder" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
263 min (15 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #13671-13685)

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Trivia:
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.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When some of the remote-controlled cars are supposed to be run without drivers, the stuntman can be seen slumping low in the seat.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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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
"NEW ADVENTURES" gives Dynamic Duo Complete Make Over, 25 September 2006
Author: John T. Ryan (redryan64@hotmail.com) from United States

With the end of World War II, there was a marked change of tone and settings in the film world. This was especially true in that staple of the Saturday Matinée, the Serial. After all,Nazi Germany,Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan had now been defeated. There were no Nazi U Boats, Imperial Japanese soldiers, nor any Axis Spies or 5th Column Traitors to deal with. Now the bad guys would either have to be of the domestic variety of crook. Or, if by chance the baddies were of the international espionage set, their Nationality would have to be kept a secret. Just as before the United States got into the War, the villains country could be implied, but not specifically stated.

The second Batman chapter-play did follow all of the above mentioned, using a large number of common underworld types and a secret leader of unknown origin and identity (until the end), who was bent on, what else, world domination.

The cast and production team changed as Columbia had Sam Katzman produce it. Mr. Katzman's Production Company, called ESKAY, was known for the frugality of its productions. Much of its output was done at and released by Monogram Pictures. The best known of these would probably be the EAST SIDE KIDS series, one branch of the DEAD END Family Tree.

This was the second serial for a comic character;but it was not the first time that it was done. Flash Gordon, Don Winslow, The Spider, Tailspin Tommy, Jungle Jim,The Green Hornet and Secret Agent X9, had all had 2 or more.DICK TRACY leads the pack with four serials. But unlike these others, which may have had one or two changes in cast, the 1949 Batman film cleaned house, leaving no one from the original.

Veteran Robert Lowery, who referred to himself as "the King of the B's", was a good choice for Bruce Wayne/Batman. His dead panning of Wayne's dialog contrasted with the so-serious speech of Batman. He possessed the build and obvious athleticism to bring a certain authenticity to the role.

John Duncan* had been around doing juvenile roles for several years (including the previously mentioned EAST SIDE KIDS series), and now had matured some, giving him both the youthful appearance and the gymnast-like musculature that Robin would have.

Additionally, we have all characters and elements taken directly from the comics feature. News Photographer,Vicki Vale (Jane Adams), Alfred the Butler(Eric Wilton) and Police Commissioner James Gordon(Lyle Talbot) were all characters out of the comic book adventures. They reprised the Bat Cave from the '43 version and added The Bat Signal(the bat emblemed searchlight,Batman summoner of Gotham City's sky), albeit in a sort of vest pocket size.

Like many serials, they did employ a hooded mystery man villain as the "brains" heavy you know, unknown but having several on screen suspects to keep the audience guessing for 15 chapters.This was okay, or at least adequate, but begs the question: Why not use one of the great colorful villains from the comics pages? The Batman TV of 2 decades later did so, making the series so memorable.

As for THE NEW ADVENTURES of BATMAN and ROBIN, it ranks far above most serials of its Post World War II period. As well as common crooks and masked super villains, it confronted the Super Nova Explosion of Technological Advancement, a phenomenon of which we still have a lot of apprehension.

NOTE* John Duncan, now a man in his 80's, still makes appearances a various Film Fan conventions around the country. We met him in a Bud & Sharon Courts promoted event, here in Chicago about 2 years ago. He was most energetic and gracious to the fans (including this writer).

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