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

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Stanley Ralph Ross (written by)
Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
1 December 1966 (Season 2, Episode 26)
With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Chief Crashing Bore a bum steer See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Adam West ... Batman

Burt Ward ... Robin

Alan Napier ... Alfred

Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon

Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara

Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper (credit only)

Cliff Robertson ... Shame

Joan Staley ... Okie Annie

Milton Frome ... Laughing Leo

Timothy Scott ... Messy James

John Mitchum ... Rip Snorting

Eric Shea ... Andy Stevens

Kathryn Minner ... Old Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Carter ... Hot Rod Harry (uncredited)

William Dozier ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Rodeo Spectator (uncredited)

Werner Klemperer ... Colonel Klink (uncredited)

James McHale ... Stunned Guard (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Rodeo Spectator (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Oscar Rudolph 
Writing credits
Stanley Ralph Ross (written by)

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

William Dozier  created by (uncredited)
Bill Finger  characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Richard John "Dick" Grayson/Robin, Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth & Commissioner James 'Jim' Worthington Gordon (uncredited)
Edmond Hamilton  character: Chief Miles Clancy O'Hara (uncredited)
Bob Kane  characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Richard John "Dick" Grayson/Robin, Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth & Commissioner James 'Jim' Worthington Gordon (uncredited)
Jerry Robinson  characters: Richard "Dick" John Grayson/Robin & Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (uncredited)
Lorenzo Semple Jr.  developed by (uncredited)

Produced by
William P. D'Angelo .... associate producer
William Dozier .... executive producer
Howie Horwitz .... producer
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Newell P. Kimlin  (as Newell Kimlin)
Art Direction by
Russell C. Menzer  (as Russell Menzer)
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Pat Barto (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist supervisor
Ben Nye .... makeup supervisor
Dana Nye .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
James Blakeley .... post-production supervisor
William Self .... in charge of production: Twentieth Century Fox Television Inc.
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor
Sam Strangis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Derwin .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ralph Hickey .... supervising sound effects editor (as Ralph B. Hickey)
Harold E. Wooley .... sound effects editor (as Harold Wooley)
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt double: Cliff Robertson (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Weathers .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrew Pallack .... wardrobe: men
Editorial Department
Robert Mintz .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor
Neal Hefti .... composer: theme music
Sam Horta .... music editor
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
Paul Sprosty .... music supervisor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (uncredited)
Ernie Rosecrans .... music preparation (uncredited)
Other crew
Charles B. Fitzsimons .... assistant to executive producer
Charles Hoffman .... script editor
Lorenzo Semple Jr. .... script consultant

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Dozier  creator (uncredited)
Lorenzo Semple Jr.  developed by (uncredited)

Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

25 min (excluding commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-7 (TV) (2017) | UK:PG (Blu-ray rating) (2014)

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Hogan's Heroes" (1965)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Chief Crashing Bore a bum steer, 12 May 2016
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

"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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