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"Batman" Hizzonner the Penguin (1966)

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

The Penguin Runs for Mayor

Author: Shira Dotnet from United States
2 May 2006

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In this episode, the Penguin runs for mayor. In an effort to prevent him from beating Mayor Linseed in the election, Batman decides to run against him.

Of course, Batman seeks to have a rational, logical dialog that sticks to the issues while the Penguin is all about flash and sizzle. Only a handful of people attend Batman's campaign rally, while the Penguin's rally features a belly dancer (Little Egypt) performing to the band Paul Revere and the Raiders.

The episode ends with Batman and Robin tied up in a basket which is slowly being lowered into a vat of acid. Things are looking bad for both the Dynamic Duo and Mayor Linseed.

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Guess who's running for Mayor

9/10
Author: kevin olzak (kevinolzak@yahoo.com) from Youngstown, Ohio
21 May 2016

"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's sincere oratory seemingly puts his crowd 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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Sitcom Roots Are Laughingly Serious

8/10
Author: DKosty123 from United States
14 April 2017

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This episode is one of the funniest ones and the best Penguin ones in the series. This part one sets up an excellent part 2, but let's focus on part 1. What's so funny? Citizen Penguin for starters. "I should have gone into politics years ago. I can use all my dirty tricks here and it's legal." Not an exact quote but it's a real start.

The Penguin has a new angle this time when he gets out of jail. Try to rig an election, and help himself to take over the powers of Gotham City. He enlists some unique help and some great buffoonery. His campaign speech says it all.

"I am going to run an great campaign. Plenty of music, plenty of girls, lots of champagne. I am not going to talk about the issues. Issues confuse people."

In a cameo star studded episode, even Paul Revere and the Raiders are brought in for the music. "Clean up Gotham, 1,2,3. That's a vote for Pengy."

Meanwhile, Batman and Robin wind up suspended over a vat of acid, after Batman is drafted into the campaign to run against Pengy. Will a bunch of GOONS be the dynamic duos undoing?

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