Batman (1966–1968)
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Fine Feathered Finks 

The Penguin plots to manipulate Batman into inadvertently devising capers for him.



, (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)

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Episode cast overview:
Shop Owner (as Alex D'Arcy)
Johnny Jacobs ...
Asst. Shop Owner


The Penguin has been released from prison. Incidents occur involving umbrellas, the Penguin's trademark, but no crimes are committed. Batman and Robin investigate. At one point, the Penguin launches a giant umbrella with a regular-sized umbrella attached. In reality, the Penguin hasn't figured out a crime to commit yet. He's providing Batman with various "clues," hoping Batman's keen mind will, in effect, devise a caper. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne visits the Penguin's umbrella shop to plant a listening device. He is discovered and knocked out. Bruce is placed on a conveyor belt leading to a furnace. Written by Bill Koenig

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19 January 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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Did You Know?


First appearance of Warden Crichton. See more »


In the bank, Batman tells the police officers to place the umbrellas in the wire basket behind the table, but he could not have seen the basket from where he was standing at the front of the bank. See more »


Dick Grayson: Oh, heck! What's the use of learning French anyway?
Bruce Wayne: Dick, I am surprised at you. Language is the key to world peace. If we all spoke each other's tongues, perhaps the scourge of war would be ended forever.
Dick Grayson: Gosh, Bruce, yes. I'll get these darn verbs if they kill me.
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My Vote for Best Episode
15 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This episode features not only the first appearance of Burgess Meredith's unforgettable Penguin, but maybe the tightest script the show ever got.

In brief, the Penguin has announced he's gone straight (a trick he often pulled in both the comics and the show) and opens up an umbrella shop. In reality, he's scheming to get back into crime by having Batman plan his heists for him! How the Penguin does this, and how Batman ultimately foils him, make this one Batman episode that is more than just a series of fights in-between jokes. It has a beginning, a middle and an end, and they're all good.

It also doesn't hurt that it features Leslie Parrish, one of the most gorgeous female guest stars ever.

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