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The Minstrel's Shakedown 

A musical and electronics oriented new villain threatens the Gotham Exchange for ransom.

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Leslie Perkins ...
Octavia
Remo Pisani ...
Bass
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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 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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Trivia

This is the first time the Clock King is mentioned, even though the character would not appear for another six episodes. See more »

Quotes

[singing to the tune of "A Wandering Minstrel"]
The Minstrel: A helpful minstrel I, when I see folks in trouble / Then I come on the double, with counsel both soothing and wise / With counsel both soothing and wise.
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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 »

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The Wandering Minstrel
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Performed by Van Johnson
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Good plot but poor acting from Van Johnson
11 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Minstrel's Shakedown" features an intriguing new villain, a musician and electronics genius calling himself The Minstrel, successfully wreaking havoc on the Gotham City Stock Exchange, a plot to extort $1000 per week from each Stock Exchange member. All of his prerecorded messages show him on a television screen, strumming a lute and singing his demands to the tune of "A Wandering Minstrel I." The biggest drawback for this two parter is the unfortunate casting of former screen heartthrob Van Johnson as Special Guest Villain, at age 50 far too old to play what is described as a 'nice looking young man,' his questionable singing sinking even further the character's credibility as a menace. There is a memorable cameo from Phyllis Diller as a whistling scrubwoman, before the Dynamic Duo find themselves tied to a rotating spit, their respective gooses ready to be thoroughly cooked.


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