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Writers:
Bob Kane (comic book created by)
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Release Date:
26 May 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
I loved it; you hated it; that's the movies! See more (33 total) »

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)

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)

Bob Kane (characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Dick Grayson/Robin, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner James Gordon & Vicky Vale) uncredited &
Bill Finger (characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Dick Grayson/Robin, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner James Gordon & Vicky Vale) uncredited

Jerry Robinson (characters: Dick Grayson/Robin & Alfred Pennyworth) 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:
Vicki Vale would become a common character in the Batman comics after this film. Bob Kane based her on Marilyn Monroe, whom he met during the film's banquet.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: For three chapters, Robin tries to persuade Batman that the professor can't be the Wizard because he's a wheelchair invalid. In the 14th chapter, we see the professor up and walking about, even in front of Batman and Robin, with no explanation whatsoever, and no questioning on Batman and Robin's part.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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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
I loved it; you hated it; that's the movies!, 23 May 2005
Author: dingorojo from United States

There is not a better example of a typical 40's/50's cliffhanger matinée serial than this underbudgeted Batman entry. And, you're either going to embrace all it's flawed charms or not. There's no in between.

First,let me tell you where I'm coming from. I loved the Batman 60's TV program for all it's campiness, and I am still amazed at Burton's first Warner Bros. Batman blockbuster with Keaton/Nicholson which incredibly and masterfully convinced us to suspend disbelief and take the masked crusader seriously. The '49 Batman serial, while closer to the TV version, than the high budgeted movie spectacular, for me, is somewhere in between. The reason is, that I saw this serial for the first time as an 8 year old matinée movie goer in Florida during it's first release.

It was much different then, and I'm not convinced that in spite of the advancements in production values and special effects that it was any more fun or magical to be a movie kid today as it was in the 50's. We all see movies through our own set of filters and if your's are the Matrix and video games, you will probably not be a fan of Batman '49.

We were not blind or stupid, we saw the flaws and didn't care. We also saw the adventure and embraced it. For all it's lack of high production, this Batman and Robin was a whole lot of fun. And in running the VHS or DVD versions, I'm transported back to a simpler time, and, more importantly, am convinced that this example of matinée fare is typical of what my generation of baby boomers learned from the movies about right from wrong and good from evil.

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