Much of the plot of the episode bears some similarities to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and the film "It's a Wonderful Life (1946)", with Batman (acting as the "guardian angel") showing a cruel man familiar places and jogging old memories of his past in an attempt to change his ways. See more »
Gordon's title is misspelled "Commisioner" in the opening news report. See more »
All your power and money has bought you an empire of misery.
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O Sole Mio (a)
Music by John Leach (as Janos Lehar)
Heard in the background during the restaurant scene. See more »
Rupert Thorne and Arnold Stromwell continue their "mob wars" for control of Gotham's underworld. Does that sound like "mob" names to you? How ridiculously PC is this with these Anglicized names, instead of the ethnic names of mob bosses that are in real life. Oh, well, that's timid the timid world of entertainment. Commissioner Gordon calls it struggle between youth and old age with Stromwell about to be pushed out. "We'll see about that," says Stromwell, to his TV set as he hears Gordon
Actually, Stromwell wants to end the wars, especially since his young son is missing, but Thorne is brutal and stays brutal throughout this old-fashioned crime story. It kind of reminded me a bit of old gangster movies like "Angels With Dirty Faces." Hollywood liked the kind of story angle that you see in this episode: you know, the kind where two old pals who grew up together wound up on the opposite sides of the law.
I continue to be amazed at the color in here and the fabulous artwork. It's simply amazing. Sometimes, as in this episode, it's the best part of the show.
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