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Batman and Robin (1949)

The caped crusaders versus The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind.

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Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet)

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Bob Kane (comic book created by), George H. Plympton (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Lowery ... Batman / Bruce Wayne
Johnny Duncan ... Robin / Dick Grayson (as John Duncan)
Jane Adams ... Vicki Vale
Lyle Talbot ... Commissioner Jim Gordon
Ralph Graves ... Winslow Harrison [Chs. 7-8]
Don C. Harvey ... Nolan - Henchman [Chs. 1-6] (as Don Harvey)
William Fawcett ... Prof. Hammil
Leonard Penn ... Carter - Hammil's Valet
Rick Vallin ... Barry Brown
Michael Whalen ... Dunne - Private Investigator [Chs. 2, 9, 12]
Greg McClure ... Evans - Henchman [Chs. 1-6]
House Peters Jr. ... Earl - Henchman [Chs. 7-15]
Jim Diehl ... Jason - Henchman [Chs. 3-15]
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Ives - Henchman [Chs. 3-13]
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Storyline

Antisocial Prof. Hammil's Remote Control device, which enables the user to take over any motor vehicle within 50 miles (!), is stolen by The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind, and his gang. Batman and Robin (who drive about in a standard convertible) must prevent the Wizard from obtaining diamonds, needed as fuel for the device, and rescue magazine photographer Vicki Vale from periodic perils. Where is the Wizard's base, reached only by remote controlled submarine? Which of several suspicious characters hides beneath the Wizard's hood? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Follow The Daring Exploits of BATMAN and ROBIN The World's Greatest Adventure Team! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Adventures of Batman and Robin-The Boy Wonder See more »

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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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If Robert Lowery's Batman costume seems a bit ill-fitting, it's because it was tailored for Kirk Alyn, a bigger man. Alyn starred as Superman in both of Columbia's Superman serials. See more »

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When some of the remote-controlled cars are supposed to be run without drivers, the stuntman can be seen slumping low in the seat. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Crime, striking our city night and day, is on the increase. Our undermanned police force is helpless to cope with the situation, but they have an ally - Batman - who with the faithful Robin, wages unending war against all criminals!
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I loved it; you hated it; that's the movies!
23 May 2005 | by dingorojoSee all my reviews

There is not a better example of a typical 40's/50's cliffhanger matinée serial than this underbudgeted Batman entry. And, you're either going to embrace all it's flawed charms or not. There's no in between.

First,let me tell you where I'm coming from. I loved the Batman 60's TV program for all it's campiness, and I am still amazed at Burton's first Warner Bros. Batman blockbuster with Keaton/Nicholson which incredibly and masterfully convinced us to suspend disbelief and take the masked crusader seriously. The '49 Batman serial, while closer to the TV version, than the high budgeted movie spectacular, for me, is somewhere in between. The reason is, that I saw this serial for the first time as an 8 year old matinée movie goer in Florida during it's first release.

It was much different then, and I'm not convinced that in spite of the advancements in production values and special effects that it was any more fun or magical to be a movie kid today as it was in the 50's. We all see movies through our own set of filters and if your's are the Matrix and video games, you will probably not be a fan of Batman '49.

We were not blind or stupid, we saw the flaws and didn't care. We also saw the adventure and embraced it. For all it's lack of high production, this Batman and Robin was a whole lot of fun. And in running the VHS or DVD versions, I'm transported back to a simpler time, and, more importantly, am convinced that this example of matinée fare is typical of what my generation of baby boomers learned from the movies about right from wrong and good from evil.


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