Batman (1966–1968)
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Hizzonner the Penguin 

When Penguin runs for Mayor of Gotham city, Batman is persuaded to run against him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Madge Blake ...
Paul Revere & The Raiders ...
Themselves (as Paul Revere and the Raiders)
Murray Roman ...
Goon (as Joey Tata)
Byron Keith ...
Cindy Malone ...
Judy Parker ...
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The Penguin appears to have gone straight. (Evidently the citizens of Gotham City have short memories; he tried the same trick in season one.) Not only that, he has emerged as the leading contender for mayor of Gotham City, thanks to a little-known provision of the city charter that permits felons to run for elective office. Mayor Linseed, facing almost certain defeat, convinces Batman to run for mayor. This displeases the Penguin, who doesn't want to leave anything to chance. He lures Batman and Robin into a trap and, by episode's end, things don't look good for the Dynamic Duo. Written by Bill Koenig

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2 November 1966 (USA)  »

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Paul Revere and the Raiders do a lengthy cameo in this episode as Paul Revere and the Ruders, a local rock group hired by the Penguin to entertain at his campaign fund-raising party. The very popular 1960s group perform two numbers, including an accompaniment to the Penguin to the tune of "Yankee Doodle". See more »


As in the next episode, "sulfuric acid" is spelled "sulphuric acid" on the vat. See more »


Robin: Don't you think we should make these election posters a little bigger, Batman?
Batman: I think these are quite large enough, Robin. After all, the voters are interested in issues, not window-dressing.
Robin: Sure Batman, but a little showmanship wouldn't hurt us any.
Batman: No Robin, I want to conduct a campaign that deals with the issues. I'm convinced the American electorate is too mature to be taken in by cheap, vaudeville trickery. After all, if our national leaders were elected on the basis of tricky slogans, ...
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Guess who's running for Mayor
21 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Hizzoner the Penguin" was Burgess Meredith's first appearance this second season, and easily his best. A series of carefully conceived 'good deeds' have the effect the cagey bird requires, since he has decided to run for mayor and depose Mayor Linseed (Byron Keith, making the fourth of his ten appearances). Crack pollsters Gallus (George Furth), Rooper (Woodrow Parfrey), and Trendek (Murray Roman) predict easy victory for The Penguin, so Batman gets the call as Gotham City's last hope of victory. While Penguin entertains his followers with champagne and music (supplied by Paul Revere and the Raiders, who don't sing), Batman seemingly puts his crowds to sleep! A request from the Grand Order of Occidental Nighthawks leads to a short Batfight, the Dynamic Duo suspended above a vat of sulfuric acid, getting lower as the ice continues to melt. Citizen Penguin arrives to put a stop to the horror, but unable to scrounge up a dime to phone the police decides to walk over to headquarters, only a matter of hours! Unbilled cameos include Western veteran sidekick Fuzzy Knight as the blind news dealer, and The Three Stooges' Joe Besser as a Penguin supporter.

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