Batman (1966–1968)
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Hi Diddle Riddle 

While the Riddler maneuvers Batman into being sued, the Dynamic Duo investigate the supervillain's concurrent scheme.

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The Moldavian Prime Minister
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The Riddler leaves a clue at a Moldavian reception at the Gotham City World's Fair. Batman and Robin are summoned and are on the villain's trail. But he tricks them; the heroes think he's committing a robbery with a handgun. In reality, the gun is a cigarette lighter (the answer to one of the Riddler's riddles). Now, the villain is suing Batman, where he will be forced to reveal his true identity in court. The heroes, still convinced the Riddler is planning a major crime, travel to a discotheque. There, Batman is drugged by Molly, one of the Riddler's confederates, while Robin is kidnapped. Robin appears to be in great danger as the episode ends. Written by Bill Koenig

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12 January 1966 (USA)  »

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The footage of the Gotham City World's Fair that opens the show is actually of the New York World's Fair of 1964-1965. The building identified on screen as "Republic of Moldavia" was the Thailand Pavilion at the Fair. See more »

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When an unconscious Robin is being carried from the Batmobile, you can see one brief shot where his cape falls off. See more »

Quotes

Batman: I'll stand at the bar. I shouldn't wish to attract attention.
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Referenced in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Kiss My Butler (1990) See more »

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Off and running with Frank Gorshin's maniacal Riddler
18 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Hi Diddle Riddle" kicked off the January 12 1966 season in colorful fashion, introducing Batman and Robin to a television landscape that had not seen any super heroes since George Reeves retired his Superman cape in 1958. The Riddler was an interesting choice as initial 'Special Guest Villain,' selected for the worried sponsors due to his normal looking appearance, lacking the elaborate makeup required for the more popular Joker or Penguin. Of course, with masterful impressionist Frank Gorshin in the role, earning himself an Emmy nomination, this Riddler is anything but 'normal,' a maniacal, energetic arch criminal who won't be satisfied just pulling off his nefarious capers unless he can outwit the Dynamic Duo in the process. No origin story to be told, the audience thrust right in the middle of the latest episode, already sure footed in its depiction of the pre credits sequence, an exploding cake revealing a clever riddle that baffles Chief O'Hara (Stafford Repp) and Gotham City's finest, leaving Neil Hamilton's Commissioner Gordon no choice but to use the red Batphone. Usually on the other end to alert his employer is Alfred (Alan Napier), trusted butler and confidante of millionaire Bruce Wayne (Adam West), who immediately rushes off with 'youthful ward' Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) for a bit of 'fishing,' a simple ruse to avert suspicion on the part of Dick's devoted aunt, Mrs. Harriet Cooper (Madge Blake). Batman relates his previous history with the Prince of Puzzlers, plotting his crimes like artichokes, one tantalizing leaf at a time, offering clues to point authorities in the wrong direction. Certainly a darker presentation than most of what would follow, with Batman swallowing a Mickey Finn at a disco, opposite the enticing Jill St. John as Riddler moll Molly, while Robin too is felled by a drugged dart, then kidnapped by the raging Riddler, upset that the Batmobile proves resistant to both theft and immolation. The cliffhanger ending is established as well, in the style of the old serials from decades past, particularly the two Columbia Batmans from 1943 and 1949. Lorenzo Semple Jr. struck all the right notes with his script (six more two parters ahead, plus the feature film), and Adam West understood immediately what was called for (Lyle Waggoner also tested for the title role). Burt Ward was a total novice in television, cast because he essentially already was everything the producers saw in Robin.


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