Batman (1966–1968)
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It's How You Play the Game 

With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars. Batman and Robin deduce his plan, but realize they ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Madge Blake ...
Mrs. Cooper (credit only)
Okie Annie
Milton Frome ...
Laughing Leo
Timothy Scott ...
Messy James
John Mitchum ...
Rip Snorting
Kathryn Minner ...
Old Lady


With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars. Batman and Robin deduce his plan, but realize they are too late to stop him and too slow to catch him. With little left to go on, the Dynamic Duo employ their "bat-logic" to try to figure out his next move. Written by Twenty Penguins

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1 December 1966 (USA)  »

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This episode, in which Robin is shot by the criminal cowboy Shame, was rumored at the time to have been a "silent" protest against the Vietnam War; it was said to have been subtly drawing attention to the fact that soldiers almost as young as Robin were being shot and killed every day. (Only Robin wasn't killed, of course!) See more »


Robin tied up on the ground and helpless, Batman removes his cape to lead the stampede away from Robin. As he holds the cape up, it casts a shadow upon himself, yet the passing mess of cattle legs casts no shadow upon Robin's entire body. See more »


Hot Rod Harry: [to Batman & Robin] Keep punching, fellows!
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References Hogan's Heroes (1965) See more »

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Chief Crashing Bore
12 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"It's How You Play the Game" begins with Batman shaking loose his stake, allowing him to use his cape the way a matador would in a bullfight, steering the stampeding cattle away from Robin, after which he advises little Andy (Eric Shea) to always listen to his mother and father. A visit to disc jockey Hot Rod Harry (an unbilled Jack Carter) sends them over to used car dealer Laughing Leo (Milton Frome, from the Batman feature film), who loses his smile once the name Shame is mentioned. The 'bloodthirsty bushwhacker' has another ace up his sleeve, targeting Black Angus cattle worth $300,000 each, to sell out West at a tidy profit, but isn't too pleased to learn that the Dynamic Duo remain alive and on his trail. In fact, Cliff Robertson's best moment is when he goes into a shooting rage, roaring like a bull in heat and no cow in sight! Once the Black Angus is captured, Shame keeps them together at the KO Corral, while little Andy ("come back Shame!") remains determined to get back his stolen radio. The Batclimb cameo finds Werner Klemperer in his familiar guise as Colonel Klink from HOGAN'S HEROES, a bit out of place for a WW2 character to be in modern day Gotham City, but no more awkward than Andy Devine as Santa Claus. As good as this introductory episode is, Cliff Robertson actually topped it with his repeat performance in "The Great Escape"/"The Great Train Robbery," where Chief Crashing Bore gives way to Chief Standing Pat!

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