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Bob Kane (character created by: Batman)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. (written by)
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Release Date:
30 July 1966 (USA) See more »
He's here big as life in a real Bat-epic See more »
The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Los Angeles Lights the Bat-Signal in Honor of the Late Adam West
 (From Entertainment Tonight. 15 June 2017, 11:28 PM, PDT)

Adam West obituary
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adam West ... Batman / Bruce Wayne

Burt Ward ... Robin / Dick Grayson

Lee Meriwether ... The Catwoman / Kitka

Cesar Romero ... The Joker

Burgess Meredith ... The Penguin

Frank Gorshin ... The Riddler

Alan Napier ... Alfred

Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon

Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara

Madge Blake ... Aunt Harriet Cooper

Reginald Denny ... Commodore Schmidlapp

Milton Frome ... Vice Admiral Fangschliester

Gil Perkins ... Bluebeard
Dick Crockett ... Morgan
George Sawaya ... Quetch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Adler ... Guard (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Official (uncredited)

Al Bain ... Bouncer (uncredited)

Bill Baldwin ... Picnicking Man (uncredited)
Vincent Barbi ... Picnicking Man (uncredited)
Wolfe Barzell ... Israeli Delegate (uncredited)
Shelly Bruce ... Beer Throwing Girl (uncredited)
Linda Carpenter ... WAVE (uncredited)

Albert Carrier ... French Delegate (uncredited)
Arlene Charles ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)

George Cisar ... Rumpot in Window (uncredited)
Maurice Dallimore ... United Kingdom Delegate (uncredited)
Nancy DeCarl ... Teen Girl (uncredited)
Jay Della ... Controller (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Cop (uncredited)

William Dozier ... Narrator / Computer (voice) (uncredited)

Bill Dyer ... Reporter (uncredited)
Peter Forster ... Mr. Percy (uncredited)

Gregory Gaye ... Soviet Delegate (uncredited)
Robert Goodwin ... Nigerian Delegate (uncredited)
Annette Gorman ... Teen Girl (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Guard (uncredited)

Julie Gregg ... Nightclub Singer (uncredited)

Elizabeth Harrower ... Picnicking Woman (uncredited)
Hecate ... Black Cat (uncredited)
Eddie Hice ... Guinea Pig #1 (uncredited)
Marylou Kenworthy ... Teen Girl (uncredited)
Lyzanne La Due ... Kissing Girl (uncredited)

Jack LaLanne ... Himself - Exercise Leader (uncredited)
Sheila Lane ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Mr. Merrick (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Spanish Delegate (uncredited)
Jo Anne Loren ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Sandra Lynn ... Teen Girl (uncredited)
Ed McCready ... Cop (uncredited)
Shirley Melline ... Ballet Teacher (uncredited)
Mary Michael ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Harry Minsey ... Official (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Monty O'Grady ... Official (uncredited)

James O'Hara ... Airport Control Tower Man (uncredited)
Letitia Paquette ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Anne Patterson ... Teen Girl (uncredited)

Charlie Picerni ... Guinea Pig #5 (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Ann Reece ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Wally Rose ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Official (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Official (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Japanese Delegate (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Seaman (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe ... Henchman (uncredited)

William Tannen ... American Delegate (uncredited)
Emmanuel Thomas ... Mr. Stanley - Globe Reporter (uncredited)
Joan Thomas ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Cop at Press Conference (uncredited)
Susan Tracy ... Teen Girl (uncredited)

Ivan Triesault ... West German Delegate (uncredited)
Sandy Tyler ... Teen Girl (uncredited)
Susan Walther ... Teen Girl (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Guinea Pig #2 (uncredited)

Van Williams ... President Lyndon B. Johnson (voice) (uncredited)
De De Young ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie H. Martinson 
Writing credits
Bob Kane (character created by: Batman)

Lorenzo Semple Jr. (written by)

Bill Finger  characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Richard "Dick" John Grayson/Robin, Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth, Commissioner James 'Jim' Wortington Gordon, The Joker, Edward Nigma/The Riddler, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot/The Penguin, Selina Kyle/Catwoman & Aunt Harriet Cooper (uncredited)
Edmond Hamilton  character: Chief Miles Clancy O'Hara (uncredited)
Bob Kane  characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Richard "Dick" John Grayson/Robin, Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth, Commissioner James' Jim' Worthington Gordon, The Joker, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot/The Penguin & Selina Kyle/Catwoman (uncredited)
Sheldon Moldoff  character: Aunt Harriet Cooper (uncredited)
Jerry Robinson  characters: Richard "Dick" John Grayson/Robin, Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth & The Joker (uncredited)
Dick Sprang  character: Edward Nigma/The Riddler (uncredited)

Produced by
William Dozier .... producer
Charles B. Fitzsimons .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
Art Direction by
Serge Krizman 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Pat Barto (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair styles supervisor
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sam Strangis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Derwin .... assistant director (as William Derwin)
Ray Kellogg .... second unit director
Art Department
Jack Briggs .... property master (uncredited)
Walter Douglas .... property master (uncredited)
Wes Lee .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Roy Meadows .... sound
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
William O. King .... prop shop (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
Ace Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunt double: Adam West (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunt double: Burt Ward (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack A. Marta .... photographer: second unit (as Jack Marta)
Nelson Tyler .... aerial photographer
Dave Friedman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Neff .... gaffer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Steve Johnson .... colorist
Music Department
Gil Grau .... orchestrator
Neal Hefti .... composer: Batman Theme
Other crew
Richard Kuhn .... title designer: main title
Tyler Atkinson .... digital distribution (uncredited)
George Barris .... car designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Batman and Robin" - Hong Kong (English title) (première title)
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (35th anniversary special edition) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (original rating) | Finland:K-8 (re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #21297) | USA:PG (certificate #30080) (1989) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

The movie was scheduled to premiere in Austin, Texas, on August 1st, 1966. The premiere was postponed, however, because earlier that same day a disturbed University of Texas student and former marine named Charles Whitman went to the observation deck of the school's clock tower and opened fire on the campus, killing 16 people and wounding 32 others before being shot to death himself by police.See more »
Plot holes: From the dialogue, it is obvious that Batman and Robin have met and captured each of the villains before--specifically, they have met, captured, and unmasked Catwoman before. Yet neither of them recognize her as Miss Kitka, despite her not using anything vaguely resembling a disguise.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:This yacht is bringing a revolutionary scientific invention to Gotham City. On a peaceful afternoon motor ride, millionaire Bruce Wayne and his youthful ward Dick Grayson have been summoned back to Wayne Manor by an urgent but anonymous call for help; the invention *and* its custodian are reported in grave danger aboard the yacht...
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37 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
''Sometimes you just can't get rid of a bomb!'', 1 June 2007
Author: phillindholm

1966 was, among many other things, the year of "Batman". This campy color TV series (very) loosely based on the classic comic strip, was originally planned for a fall debut. But the ABC network which commissioned the show, had already seen several of their new programs fail dismally in the ratings. Desperate for some promising new material. they gave "Batman" the green light, and it premiered in January. Thanks to it's 'hip' humor, an eye-popping kaleidoscope of bizarre color backgrounds and a cast of "guest villains" second to none: Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Anne Baxter, Burgess Meredith (the list goes on and on) the show was an immediate smash. Suddenly, America became "batty" and it's popularity was so great that stars scrambled for a chance to appear on the program. Along with its ratings, success came the brilliant merchandising campaign - everything from bubble gum cards and records to underwear and cereal. Inevitably, a movie was planned, supposedly either to introduce audiences to the show (which wasn't necessary after all, because the program was picked up first) or to sell the series overseas. It's main function, of course, was to cash in on the Batmania flooding the country while it was still hot. So, with a slightly bigger budget - mainly to accommodate the construction of the batboat and the batcopter, a feature version of the show was quickly filmed between the end of the first season and the beginning of the second. By the time of the movie's release in August 1966, however, the Batman craze had already begun to fade. The critics, for the most part, dismissed the film and audiences chose to ignore it. And, in recent years, there has been some speculation as to what happened. Although it has been written that Twentieth Century-Fox did little to inform the public that this was a project made exclusively for the big screen and not (as with "The Man from Uncle") a compilation of previously seen television episodes edited into a feature. In fact, the movie was promoted both in advertising materials (trailers, posters, etc) and magazine features as being "All New, Made Especially for the Giant Motion Picture Screen". It appears that the viewing public felt that it was probably just more of the same, figuring there was no point in paying to see what they got for free at home. So, despite mass bookings in every theater available, the film came and went. But, seen today, "Batman" holds up well, capturing perfectly what was one of the biggest fads to come along in the sixties.

Adam West and Burt Ward personify the clueless but virtuous Superheroes - always ready for a challenge, and, as usual, lionized by their puny police force led by Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton) and Chief O'Hara (Stafford Repp). Alfred, alter-ego Bruce Wayne's faithful butler (Alan Napier) and Harriet Cooper (Madge Blake), aunt of Robin's alter ego Dick Grayson are on hand as well. The chief delight here though, are the four Supervillains - The Catwoman (Lee Meriwether, subbing for Julie Newmar), The Penguin (a rakish Burgess Meredith), The Joker (onetime Latin lover Cesar Romero) and The Riddler (a manic Frank Gorshin). The plot, the usual nonsense involving this crew's attempt at world domination, serves as a suitable background for sight gags and pratfalls galore. Meriwether and Meredith are the Villains with the most footage, each getting to disguise themselves during the course of the story. Posing as Russian reporter Miss Kitka, and sporting a commendably convincing accent, the incredibly lovely Meriwether is (understandably) successful in a scheme to lure Bruce Wayne into a kidnapping, hoping Batman will dash to the rescue! Meredith is not quite as able, in his guise as the villain's hostage Commodore Schmidlapp, though he does manage to get into the secret Batcave. And the plot thickens...West and Ward perform their chores with appropriately deadpan dispatch, but, as usual, the devils have the best parts, with Lee Meriwether offering a deliciously different interpretation of The Catwoman, and Burgess Meredith, who was born to play The Penguin, standing out. Batman is great fun both for younger viewers (who won't pick up on the intentional parody) and older ones (who will). "Holy time capsule!" Sevaral years ago, a wide screen DVD was released. It boasts an excellent transfer, Stereo sound and many extras, including a running commentary track with West and Ward, trailers, still galleries, and new featurettes about the film, and the Batmobile, with creator George Barris. A MUST for Batfans!

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