Batman (1966–1968)
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As the Dynamic Duo attempts to oppose the Minstrel, the villain escalates his plans' destructive potential in retaliation in a way Batman might not be able to thwart.

Director:

Murray Golden

Writers:

Francis M. Cockrell (as Francis Cockrell), Marian B. Cockrell (as Marian Cockrell) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper
Van Johnson ... The Minstrel
Leslie Perkins Leslie Perkins ... Amanda
Remo Pisani Remo Pisani ... Bass
Norman Grabowski ... Treble
Del Moore ... TV Newsman
John Gallaudet ... Cortland
Eddie Garrett Eddie Garrett ... First Broker
Herbert Maass Herbert Maass ... Second Broker
Stuart Wilson Stuart Wilson ... Third Broker (as Stu Wilson)
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Storyline

Failing to destroy Batman and Robin, the Minstrel enacts "Plan High C." He shakes the building of the Gotham City Exchange, and promises to send it crumbling down if his demands are not met in one hour. Batman assumes cutting off the building's power will thwart the villain, but when that plan fails, it's up to the Dynamic Duo to track down the Minstrel before it's too late. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first 2-part adventure in which the names of the two individual episodes do not rhyme. See more »

Quotes

Robin: You're letting her go? Well, I admit she's gorgeous, Batman, but what does she have that all the other gorgeous creatures didn't?
Batman: Well, Robin, for one thing, she has a tracking device which I just placed in her handbag.
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Crazy Credits

The Minstrel's henchwoman is referred to on screen as 'Octavia' but the end credits list her as 'Amanda'. See more »

Soundtracks

Wait 'Til The Jailbreak, Batman
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Performed by Van Johnson
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An intriguing villain sunk by Van Johnson's sour notes
11 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Barbecued Batman?" finds the Dynamic Duo easily escaping their revolving spit by simply shaking themselves loose, surprising The Minstrel (Van Johnson) and his henchmen, but allowing all to get away without incident. Attractive moll Octavia (Leslie Perkins) believes Batman to be a perfect gentleman, until discovering the bugging device planted in her handbag. The Minstrel delivers a final ultimatum to Gotham City's Stock Exchange members, threatening to collapse their building through subsonic vibration, making out all certified checks to account 007, the Broccoli bank in Switzerland (a nod to James Bond and his producer Albert R. Broccoli). The climax is a disappointment, with the villain hiding in plain sight among his intended victims, but the odd coda finds him still in good spirits, predicting the demise of Batman and Robin on live television. Were it not for the calamitous casting of Van Johnson it could have been a great two parter, his repeated sour notes not enough to sink a decent plot concocted by Francis and Marian Cockrell, their only other script "The Joker Trumps an Ace"/"Batman Sets the Pace." The 'nice young man' described by the on screen characters simply ring false with the jowly, 50 year old former screen heartthrob, delivering a performance utterly lacking in the charisma that it required.


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