Batman: Season 1, Episode 30

While Gotham City Burns (21 Apr. 1966)

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Batman saves Robin from the Wayne Memorial Clock Tower at the last possible Big Benjamin second. While they are busy in the Batcave, The Bookworm steals a priceless cookbook from stately ... See full summary »



(based on DC Comics "Batman" comic books by), (as Rik Vollaerts) , 12 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Madge Blake ...
Lydia Limpet
John Crawford ...
Printer's Devil
Tony Aiello ...
Jan Peters ...
James O'Hara ...
Police Sergeant (as Jim O'Hara)


Batman saves Robin from the Wayne Memorial Clock Tower at the last possible Big Benjamin second. While they are busy in the Batcave, The Bookworm steals a priceless cookbook from stately Wayne Manor. He then lures the Dynamic Duo into an oversized cookbook on display in the middle of Gotham city and steals the Batmobile. Can Batman and Robin escape before their goose is cooked? Written by The TV Archaeologist

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21 April 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to Roddy McDowell, it was originally intended for him to appear again as Bookworm in later episodes, but the plans never materialized. See more »


In long shot the clock face is divided into numerous small panes illuminated from behind. (It's a shot of the clock commonly known as 'Big Ben'.) However in close-up when the Bat-grapple catches the hands, the face is a single opaque piece, the hands are smaller and the whole thing looks totally different. See more »


Batman: Batman to Gotham City police, Batman to Gotham City police! Red alert, red alert! We are trapped inside a cookbook at 5th & Cedar!
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The camp REALLY starts to set in ...
4 November 2011 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This one-time-only outing of The Bookworm is fundamentally a decent one. The suspense level is very good and Roddy McDowell is absolutely superb in his role as Batman's villain of the week. Not surprising, considering that he'd been in the entertainment industry for at least 25 year by the time of this performance.

What mars this is Adam West's performance. He is a good actor and has done well with the character of Batman. However, especially in this second part, his overacting, especially at the beginning of the episode, is annoying.

And the sad part is that this is a harbinger of things to come in the Second Season, when the show's quality began declining. It's too bad, because the first season of this series is clearly the best.

The episode deserves kudos for its literary references, and it is also fun to see henchmen dressed as pressmen. A rather rare breed today, they were more prevalent during the Sixties, a time LONG before tablets, IPods and other hand-held devices, as well as computers.

Had it not been for the overacting that began setting in, I would give this outing a higher rating. It is too bad, because I feel the late Mr. McDowell gave a memorable performance here, and should have had his character reprised for another episode. His weird, wormy ways work here!

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