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Batman (1943)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 16 July 1943 (USA)
Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies.

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writers:

Bob Kane (comic books created by), Victor McLeod (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lewis Wilson ... Batman / Bruce Wayne
Douglas Croft ... Robin / Dick Grayson
J. Carrol Naish ... Dr. Daka
Shirley Patterson ... Linda Page
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Storyline

In his first screen appearance, the Caped Crusader of Gotham City (belying the lethargic facade of his alter ego Bruce Wayne) battles Dr. Daka, Japanese mastermind of a wartime espionage-sabotage group. Daka has a radium-powered death ray that pulverizes walls, a classic alligator pit to dispose of enemies, and can turn men into electronic zombies who do his bidding and transmit video signals to Daka's lab! Batman has no Batmobile, but there are bats in the Bat Cave... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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HE MOVE LIKE A FLASH! HE RIDES LIKE THE WIND! HE CAN PUNCH LIKE A BATTERING RAM!..THe mighty red-blooded American-hero comes to thrilling life in new adventure serial! (original 1943 poster) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Batman See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This serial had several racial slurs against the Japanese, as it was made during World War II. For the original home video release, the slurs were edited out. They have been "restored" for the DVD, as it was made from original film stock and contains no editing from its original theatrical run. See more »

Goofs

In chapter 5, when the plane is being shot at, the wires supporting the plane are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: High atop one of the hills which ring the teaming metropolis of Gotham City, a large house rears its bulk against the dark sky. Outwardly there's nothing to distinguish this house from many others, but deep in the cavernous basements of this house is a chamber hewn from the living rock of the mountainside, strange, dimly lighted, mysteriously secret bat cave headquarters of America's #1 crimefighter, Batman! Yes, Batman, clad in the somber costume which has struck terror to the ...
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Alternate Versions

Filmed at the height of the Second World War, this serial originally featured a large amount of racist dialogue. A later reissue (released on video by Goodtimes) maintains the fact the villain is Japanese, but otherwise features new narration and dialogue which substitutes less-racist terminology. See more »

Connections

Version of Batman (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Were King
(uncredited)
Composed by Adolphe Adam
Used in episodes 4 and 10
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User Reviews

 
Sit back and enjoy as the Batman fights for the American Way
27 January 2000 | by bwraySee all my reviews

The 1943 Batman Movie Serial, starring Lewis Wilson as the Batman and Lewis Croft as Robin, is definitely one of my favorites. The evil Dr. Daka, played with devilish delight by J. Carol Naish, has enlisted a number of 5th columnists to subvert American interests, on U.S. soil. Innocent Americans are transformed into mindless zombies in order to assist the sinister Daka and his evil minions. Despite every advantage, the Batman manages to stop Daka and save America from the "Doom of the Rising Sun!" Watch for Shirley Patterson as Bruce Wayne's love interest, Linda Page, who definitely makes a wonderful damsel in distress. William Austin plays Wayne's faithful butler, Alfred and provides comic relief. Batman creator, Bob Kane, even makes an appearance in the first chapter as a newsboy. Batman fights fo


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