Batman: Season 3, Episode 14

Catwoman's Dressed to Kill (14 Dec. 1967)

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The Catwoman targets the fashion industry by first terrorizing a banquet honoring Batgirl and then attacking a fashion show. During the attack on the fashion show, Catwoman captures Batgirl... See full summary »

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The Catwoman targets the fashion industry by first terrorizing a banquet honoring Batgirl and then attacking a fashion show. During the attack on the fashion show, Catwoman captures Batgirl and takes her back to her hideout where she threatens to kill her with a pattern cutter. She then tells Batman that if he attempts to rescue her that it will leave the visiting Queen Bess of Bellgravia vulnerable for attack. Now the Caped Crusader must find a way to save Batgirl and prevent any harm to Queen Bess. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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This was Eartha Kitt's first appearance as Catwoman, and she had an entirely different approach to it from Julie Newmar. Not only did Kitt's Catwoman have more of an aggressive edge, but, due to the racial attitudes of the times, the unrequited crush that Newmar's character had on Batman had to be eliminated entirely. See more »

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While pretending to get out of the yellow net thrown over himself and Robin, Batman accidentally pulls it too high and the actor quickly pulls it back down to cover himself. See more »

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[Catwoman orders Batgirl tied to a garment factory pattern cutter]
Catwoman: Yes, my dear, you will make a purrrfect pinafore - the type of garment no one will recognize you in, or as... if you'll pardon a final cutting remark.
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Edited from Batman: The Movie (1966) See more »

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Holy Huge Hairball, Batman!
28 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Previously the delightful Catwoman had tried to get million of dollars; stole two golden cat statues to find a lost treasure, and other grander schemes, but in this episode what is Catwoman's big idea? To be the best dressed in Gotham City. Yes, that's it. It's as corny as it sounds (and not a good corny).

So, in order to look her best she starts stealing expensive clothing items, or as Robin called it, an "apparel binge", and since Batgirl won the award for best dressed, Catwoman is naturally jealous and her grudge is mostly on Batgirl for the episode. One of the items, a golden fleece, apparently will fetch high money from a country it belongs to, so a reasonably McGuffin.

Gone is sweet and striking Julie Newmar from the first two seasons (whom says in a late 1980's cast reunion she thought shooting "Mackenna's Gold" had a scheduling conflict) and in her place Ertha Kitt. There's nothing wrong with Kitt per se and she does has the trademark rolling cat growl which was quickly identified to the character, but the chemistry between West and Newmar is lacking and that rain check for a kiss, never came in the show. And apparently Batman's keen senses failed to notice Catwoman had grown inches shorter, a cup size or two smaller, and become black. Holy overlook, Batman! Kitt would have made an interesting Poison Ivy, had the show ever used that character, but as Catwoman, along with the lack of Newmar in the movie, fans feel cheated there was no continuation.

However, as Newmar is seen last season training a protégé, one could extrapolate that Ertha Kitt was a protégé-turned-master, since last seen on screen, Catwoman fell off a 100 foot drop presumably to her death (which is not the first time).

The climax of the film is a regular fight while Catwoman stands there. At the near end of the fight, Batgirl, Robin, and Batman are all standing in front of her, with their backs turned while they lift a carpet out from under Catwoman's henchmen, yet she never even tries to kick them or spray them. Not the fight and run Newmar we knew.

Over all this is filler and sort of like a Tut marble torture device.

Special mention to a funny but fleeting joke as Alfred plays the self expressed, "Oldest-living hippie" in the country.


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