Batman: Season 1, Episode 8

Rats Like Cheese (3 Feb. 1966)

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Vince, a temperamental physician at a Gotham City hospital (apparently a takeoff on Ben Casey), saves Batman and Robin. The Dynamic Duo resume their pursuit of Mr. Freeze. Eventually, ... See full summary »

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Vince, a temperamental physician at a Gotham City hospital (apparently a takeoff on Ben Casey), saves Batman and Robin. The Dynamic Duo resume their pursuit of Mr. Freeze. Eventually, Batman substitutes himself for Paul Diamonte, a baseball player, Mr. Freeze has kidnapped. Robin, disobeying Batman's orders to stay away, is also captured by the villain. Now, in his headquarters, Mr. Freeze is using his climate controls so that only Batman or Robin will have access to life-giving warmth. Written by Bill Koenig

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Freeze: [Batman and Robin are unwilling guests at Mr. Freeze's diner table] Come come, you two. You've scarcely said two words to each other the whole meal. What's the matter, you don't like the roast beef? Oh, I know, it's the spinach.
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Well, Here it is, Schultz, Part 2 of the First Mr. Freeze Outing!! Didja ever figure out how Batman would escape unharmed, unscathed and totally thawed out?? Read on......
18 January 2009 | by (Chicago, Illinois, United States) – See all my reviews

…………………….WHEN Last We saw the Dynamic Duo……….. LEAVING off with both Batman and Robin had been frozen solid by Mr. Freeze, who had planned to get them out of the way; leaving Freeze and his cohorts free to kidnap ad hold for ransom star Baseball Player, Paul Diamante; who had been referred to as the "biggest Diamond in Gotham City; "Diamond" referring not only to the Baseball Diamond, but also the surname of "Diamante" is Italian and Spanish for Diamond.

IN the process of attempting to capture Mr. Freeze and his gang, Batman & Robin are led into a trap that left them frozen as solid as a pair of human blocks of ice. Fearing the worst, the Police Commissioner Gordon has them transported to Gotham Hospital and their E.R. (emergency room).

AT this juncture, the story makes the solution both simple and humorous; as they place a youthful Physician and dead-ringer for Dr. Ben Casey in charge. Even as he shouts out in frustration about the predicament, Chief O'Hara comforts him by telling him, "Now take it easy, Vince"; the in-joke being that Actor Vince Edwards had the title role on the BEN CASEY TV Series (Bing Crosby Productions/ABC Television, 1961-66).

IN their final encounter Batman feigns being subdued by the extreme cold, only to come thru and defeat Mr. Freeze & Company, declaring: "Naturally you didn't know that I was wearing my super thermal v long underwear, for extreme cold!" JUST as in so many of the better Batman Episodes (and the first season seems to have the best!), the answer to a seemingly insurmountable problem is found in a very simple, obvious solution. This was a key to their being able to keep the series being enjoyed on the different levels; those being one as an adventure story for the Smaller Kids and a "Camp" Humor-fest for the Big Kids.

ONCE again, we must remind all of the Comic Purists (and the writer of this piece is a "Recovering Purist" himself) that the BATMAN Series would haven't had any staying power or influence on the public if given a straight treatment. If you have any doubts about that, just remember Mr. Dozier's next project, THE GREEN HORNET (Greenway/20th Century-Fox/ABC TV, 1966-67).

AS for the cast of this particular Bat-installment, the usual crew was on hand; what with Adam West & Burt Ward (Batman & Robin), Alan Napier (Alfred the Butler), Neil Hamilton (Police Commissioner Gordon), Stafford Repp (Chief O'Hara) and Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet). Supporting players Robert Hogan (Paul Diamante), Shelby Grant (Princess Sandra), John Wills (Newscaster), Bill Hudson (Photographer), with Dan Hannum, Troy Melton, Guy Way and John Zaremba all taking uncredited parts; with the last three being henchmen for Mr. Freeze.

PREVIOUSLY mentioned Dan Teranova made a fine, albeit brief appearance as the Doctor "Vince" in delivering a most enjoyable 'Ben Casey' lampoon.

AS for Guest Villain, George Sanders as Mr. Freeze, the very well known film actor did about as fine of a performance as any Guest Star in a Comic Book Villain's part. They gave the Brit who was born in Russia a sort of broad German Accent to add to his very chilling characterization; which worked out quite well.

WE have wondered why Mr. Sanders did not reprise his role as Freeze; as there were two subsequent 2 part episodes that featured the character. For one adventure, they cast famous, big time Director Otto Preminger in one installment and Eli Wallach in the last Freeze outing.

POODLE SCHNITZ!!


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