The Riddler's latest scheme involves stealing a wax figure to melt down for its wax that is powerfully corrosive when exposed to direct flame.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Madge Blake ...
Linda Gaye Scott ...
Moth (as Linda Scott)
Tallow (as Joey Tata)
Ann Ayars ...
Madame Soleil
Michael Greene ...
Elizabeth Harrower ...
Miss Prentice
Al McGranary ...


The Riddler's latest scheme involves stealing a wax figure to melt down for its wax that is powerfully corrosive when exposed to direct flame.

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Release Date:

30 March 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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The Riddler spends most of this two-parter engaged in carrying out a complicated plan to steal "the fabled Lost Treasure of the Incas", which he believes is hidden in the sarcophagus of a Peruvian mummy. Actually, although it certainly wouldn't have fit into a sarcophagus, there really IS a legend about a Lost Treasure of the Incas: it was said to have been a "lifesized" garden molded entirely from pure, soft gold - including a huge, gold-covered disk representing the Sun - which decorated the courtyard of the Incas' Temple of the Sun. If this treasure ever really existed - or continues to exist, in some hidden corner of the world - no trace of it has ever been found. See more »


As Alfred enters the room to answer the Bat phone. On the desk next to the Bat phone is a black phone. When Alfred answers the Bat phone the black phone is gone. See more »


The Riddler: [watching as his henchmen melt a stolen wax figure of Batman] Oh, if only this were the real Batman.
[quoting Shakespeare]
The Riddler: Oh, 'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished! That his too, too solid flesh would melt and resolve itself into a dew!
Moth: Oh, Riddler honey, that's beautiful!
The Riddler: I wrote it myself.
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The Gorshin Riddler Keeps On The BAT-TLING (and getting Ratings, too)
26 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WITH THE FIRST season of the BATMAN Series well underway, we were presented with this; being the first half of the third Riddler story. This gave us yet another look at Mr. Frank Gorshin's interpretation of that lexiconically obsessed master of the cryptic messages, Edward Nigma (E. Nigma for short). Although that was his name in the relatively few Batman comics stories that the green leotard clad baddie appeared in, it was never used in the TV series.*

AS FOR THIS particular installment, there is much to recommend it. It has a great comic book opening. The storyline, which like all of these earliest episodes, would doubtless hold up as an installment of any other detective story. In the area of title and central theme, the installment borrowed heavily from that already present in Hollywood and Nashville Pop Culture.

FROM THE MOVIE capital, we had MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (remade in 3D as HOUSE OF WAX), both of which were horror stories, and RING OF FEAR; the Clyde Beatty/Mickey Spillane "B" detective story. The contribution from the Country Music people is found in Johnny Cash's RING OF FIRE.

THE STORY MOVES quickly and without as much as a wasted frame of film from the initial challenge from Riddler to the robbery of a rare manuscript from the Gotham City Public Library to the capture of the Dynamic Duo and having them about to be "preserved" in molten wax by being lowered by pulley into the huge cauldron of molten paraffin.

THIS OF COURSE led to the inevitable cliffhanger ending and the melodramatic voice over by Producer/Narrator William Dozier of:

"BE SURE TO TUNE IN TOMORROW, SAME BAT-TIME, SAME......." PLEASE DO TAKE a look-see at our review for part 2, Give 'Em the Ax! (As soon as we get around to writing it!)

NOTE: * While the true identity of the Riddler of Edward Nigma/E. Nigma was never used in this 1966-68 TV Series, in the feature film BATMAN FOREVER (1995) the Riddler (Jim Carrey) had his name revealed but with a change in spelling. The surname was spelled Nygma, for reasons unknown; unless the revision would be less likely to appear to be akin to any offensive other word.

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