Batman: Season 2, Episode 5

The Minstrel's Shakedown (21 Sep. 1966)

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The Minstrel, a villain with both musical talent and electronic ingenuity, is wrecking havoc with the Gotham City Exchange in an attempt to blackmail the exchange members. When he soon ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Madge Blake ...
Leslie Perkins ...
Remo Pisani ...
Norman Grabowski ...
Del Moore ...
John Gallaudet ...
Eddie Garrett ...
Herbert Maass ...
Stuart Wilson ...
Third Broker (as Stu Wilson)


The Minstrel, a villain with both musical talent and electronic ingenuity, is wrecking havoc with the Gotham City Exchange in an attempt to blackmail the exchange members. When he soon realizes Batman and Robin are equally skilled with electronics, he deems them a threat to his plan and sets a trap for their demise. Written by Twenty Penguins

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21 September 1966 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When The Minstrel gives the account number for his protection, it is #007 in the Broccoli Bank, references to James Bond. See more »


In both this episode and the followup, Leslie Perkins (I) is referred to as "Octavia" but is credited as "Amanda". See more »


Robin: Holy transistor's bill! What an installation!
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The Minstrel's henchwoman is referred to on screen as 'Octavia' but the end credits list her as 'Amanda'. See more »


The Wandering Minstrel
Performed by Van Johnson
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Song Virus
4 May 2015 | by (Portland, OR, United States) – See all my reviews

Van Johnson tried to cope with his movie career hitting the skids by creating a singing nightclub act. This episode was clearly written so as to promote his singing, which gets tiresome and embarrassing quickly. Also, the director used his little minstrel tune as the instrumental cue for Johnson, so that by the time you are done, you have this awful song virus, even worse than the Verve's dreadful 1990's pop song 'Bittersweet Sympony.'

Johnson was getting soft and jowly by the 1960's, so he is, in general an unimpressive villain anyway, even without the singing. He and Alan (Alfred) Napier had worked together in '30 Seconds Over Tokyo,' Johnson's best movie, so maybe they had a drink together after shooting this episode, or maybe not. Regardless, this show was another step on the long way down from being an A-lister in the mid-1940's. By the late 1970's, Johnson would be shucking Poly-Grip and appearing on The Love Boat.

The death trap, slow roasting of the Dynamic Duo, is in worse taste than usual, and their escape is unimpressive. The high point for the whole episode is a cameo by Phyllis Diller. I recommend skipping this one.

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