Batman (1966–1968)
2 user

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 »



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

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video




Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Cooper (credit only)
Okie Annie
Laughing Leo
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

1 December 1966 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

See  »

Did You Know?


Laughing Leo, the used car salesman is standing next to a fancy hot-rod telling an old lady in it what a great deal she made, and she says she certainly hoped so, since she drove all the way down from Pasadena. This is a nod to the popular Jan & Dean song "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", which featured a sweet old granny from Pasadena whom had a red Super Stock Dodge parked in her garage; she drove fast, hard, and was a terror, and indeed, as the old lady pulls out of Laughing Leo's, she guns it. The song was a hit two years before the show came on the air. (The song was recorded by Jan & Dean in March, 1964, then performed by The Beach Boys in August, 1964 for their LIVE Album.) See more »


While cutting the bullet out of Robin's heel, to prevent him from being blood poisoned by the metal in the bullet, Batman gives Robin a strip of heavy cardboard to bite down on. After the emergency surgery, Batman removes the cardboard strip from Robin's mouth, then motions as if to return it to his utility belt; however, from the camera angle, we can see that he merely drops the strip at his side. See more »


Batman: Let's go, Robin. We've set another youth on the road to a brighter tomorrow.
See more »


References Hogan's Heroes (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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!

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: