Chandell, the musical virtuoso, visits Gotham City for a piano concert. But unknown to the public, Chandell is being blackmailed into a life of crime by his twin brother Harry, who retains ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Madge Blake ...
Chandell / Harry
Sivi Aberg ...
Eddie Ness ...
Warren Miller ...
Cab Driver (credit only)
Diane Farrell ...


Chandell, the musical virtuoso, visits Gotham City for a piano concert. But unknown to the public, Chandell is being blackmailed into a life of crime by his twin brother Harry, who retains most of the profits. Chandell intends to buy off Harry forever, and he knows just where to get the funds - from the Wayne family fortune. With Batman and Robin out of town, he suspects the robbery will be a piece of cake. However, Batman has been listening to Chandell's concert remotely, and after detecting an anomalous chord, summons Robin back to Wayne Manor to investigate. Written by Twenty Penguins

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26 October 1966 (USA)  »

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By every account, including those of Adam West and Burt Ward, Liberace was one of the most pleasant, cooperative guests the series ever had, playing all-request mini-concerts for cast and crew at the end of each day's taping. The only cavil, a minor one, was that he insisted upon using his own piano: he wouldn't trust anyone else's. See more »


When Chandell is serenading Aunt Harriet early in the plot, the interior of the piano reveals that he is not actually touching any keys. See more »


Harry: It should be a pretty good haul. I'll take... 95% this time.
Chandell: You fiend! Blackmailing a genius like myself into a life of crime!
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Danse Arabe
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Liberace
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Tailor made vehicle for beloved entertainer Liberace
10 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Devil's Fingers" was a latter script designed by original pilot author Lorenzo Semple Jr. as a tailor made vehicle for Liberace, one of the world's most beloved entertainers, his expertise on the piano keys inspiring talents such as Elton John, who would adopt the former's flamboyant nature and outrageous costumes. This would explain how the series enjoyed its highest rated two parter with this one, for in this day and age it's hard to get worked up over any villain essayed by Liberace, certainly no one's idea of an actor, which he'd be the first to admit. As Chandell, he plays a reasonable facsimile of himself, one false note during a concert enough to assure Bruce Wayne that something suspicious is afoot in Gotham City in his absence, calling Dick Grayson away from his first date to return to Wayne Manor, where Chandell's three female accomplices come and go like scantily clad wraiths in a dream. Of the trio, Doe is played by Marilyn Hanold, veteran of "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" and "Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster," Rae is played by Edy Williams, longtime sexploitation favorite (previously seen in "Hot Off the Griddle"), and Mimi is played by Swedish bombshell Sivi Aberg, in her TV debut, returning in an eye popping bikini in "Surf's Up! Joker's Under!" Chandell isn't the real villain on display, under the thumb of his evil twin brother Harry, who knows how the great entertainer once faked a Presidential performance on a player piano and has been blackmailing him ever since; for a cool $5 million Harry will let him off the hook, forcing Chandell to romance Aunt Harriet (Madge Blake) in an attempt to gain control of the Wayne riches. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin don't appear until the final 7 minutes of this first chapter, just long enough to be captured by Harry and trussed up to become perforated music rolls. How will this music end, proceed with caution!

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