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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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NOW a thrilling exciting chapter play!..Based on the Batman Comic Magazine Feature appearing in Detective Comics and Batman Magazine (original 1943 posters) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Batman 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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Trivia

It's often misstated that Batman became a government agent due to "serial regulations, but there were no such regulations; Batman was given status as a government operative in no small part due to the increased patriotism brought on by WWII. This was commonplace in serials. In the comics, by this time Batman was officially recognized and deputized by Commissioner Gordon and the local authorities in "Batman" #7 (October-November, 1941) and the Bat-Signal came along in "Detective" #60 (February 1942). A platinum badge appeared in "Detective" #70 (December 1942) to commemorate this situation. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 2, Alfred is driving Bruce and Dick to The House of the Open Door. As the car goes through a narrow ally, you can see that the man driving is not Alfred. He's not even wearing a fake mustache. See more »

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[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 »

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Composed by Hector Berlioz
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Great fun
30 May 2004 | by stevenfallonnycSee all my reviews

This serial is nothing short of a total blast, a fun romp from start to finish. You gotta love that the first thing you see at the start of chapter one, is Batman at his desk in his Batcave with bats flying all around, and you only see their shadows, but you also see the shadows of all the thick control wires making the fake bats fly around. That sets the tone perfectly!

No crappy computer effects to muck things up here. Of course this is a serial and it's all great fun, and you have to laugh that the film takes various dramatic license, such as why are Batman and Robin never just shot at, and why they don't fear guns (while always being unarmed themselves).

Truth is, this serial is non-stop, it's virtually always exciting and there's a lot of cool fights. One thing I noticed is that Batman is either always getting his head bashed in, or he's getting into some trouble where Robin has to save him (at the start of the next chapter of course). You'd figure since Robin saves Batman so many times, Batman would treat Robin a little more equally!

And about the 'racist' stuff...it was made in 1943 folks. Consider the climate in America at the time and who our enemies were, and just let it go. No matter how much the revisionists try, you can't change the past, and it should not be hidden, either. And in no way does the tone of the storyline detract from the fact that this serial is such a blast. This should be released on DVD in its original uncut form, the way it was meant to be seen.


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