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An Egg Grows in Gotham 

"An Egg Grows in Gotham" is an episode of Batman starring Adam West, Burt Ward, and Alan Napier. Egghead steals the Gotham City charter. He finds a loophole that could give him control of Gotham City if descendants of the original founding families (including Bruce Wayne) do not pay ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
... Batman
... Robin
... Alfred
... Commissioner Gordon
... Chief O'Hara
... Mrs. Cooper
... Egghead
... Chief Screaming Chicken
... Miss Bacon
... Benedict
... Foo Yung
... Tim Tyler (as Steve Dunne)
... Pete Savage
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Egghead steals the Gotham City charter. He finds a loophole that could give him control of Gotham City if descendants of the original founding families (including Bruce Wayne) do not pay nine raccoon pelts to Chief Screaming Chicken on time. Not only is he interested in stopping the payment, but Egghead believes he also has a lead on Batman's true identity. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

19 October 1966 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Egghead calls the mind-reading machine he puts Bruce Wayne in an electro thought transfer. In The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode The Foxes and Hounds Affair from 1965, Vincent Price guest stars as Victor Marton of Thrush, trying to get at a similar mind-reading device: the electronic thought translator. See more »


Robin: Holy semantics, Batman, you never cease to amaze me!
Batman: No time for compliments now, Robin. We must thwart some criminals. To the Batmobile!
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Referenced in The Lego Batman Movie (2017) See more »

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Edward Everett Horton as Chief Screaming Chicken
12 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

"An Egg Grows in Gotham" kicks off one of the greatest two parters of them all, writer Stanley Ralph Ross bringing out the best in the incomparable Vincent Price, his character of Egghead referred to as 'the rottenest egg of them all' and the smartest criminal that the Dynamic Duo have ever faced. Yet what tips the scales into the stratosphere of brilliance is the surprise casting of beloved comic actor Edward Everett Horton in the role of 'the last of the Mohicans,' Chief Screaming Chicken (a play on his Roaring Chicken character on F TROOP), who sells tacos and pizza at his roadside teepee outside Gotham City. It's time for the ceremony celebrating the founding of Gotham City when the Waynes, the Tylers, and the Savages leased the original property from the Mohicans at a price of nine raccoon pelts, though Chief Screaming Chicken would like to bow to inflation and up the ante to 12 pelts! Every exchange with Horton is a comic gem: "Indian poor businessman, my cousin, ooh...he sell Manhattan for 24 dollars, could have got 35!" Egghead manages to steal the Gotham City charter, revealing a clause that would enable him to foil the traditional event, thereby reverting Gotham City back to the Mohicans, in this case Screaming Chicken: "you no Indian giver?" Descendants Bruce Wayne, Tim Tyler (Steve Dunne), and Pete Savage (Albert Carrier) are dutifully kidnapped, but for another purpose, so that Egghead can deduce which of the three millionaires must be Batman, using a thought transference machine to drain the knowledge out of Bruce Wayne's brain!

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