Batman (1966–1968)
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It's How You Play the Game 

With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars. Batman and Robin deduce his plan, but realize they ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
... Batman
... Robin
... Alfred
... Commissioner Gordon
... Chief O'Hara
... Mrs. Cooper (credit only)
... Shame
... Okie Annie
... Laughing Leo
... Messy James
... Rip Snorting
... Andy Stevens
... Old Lady


With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars. Batman and Robin deduce his plan, but realize they are too late to stop him and too slow to catch him. With little left to go on, the Dynamic Duo employ their "bat-logic" to try to figure out his next move. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

1 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Batman and Robin are climbing the side of a building, Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes (1965) pops his head out of a window and talks to the Dynamic Duo. It's not only odd to have the heroes of this show talking to a character from a different time period, but this was one of the first times a taboo had been broken, namely using a guest from a show on a rival network (Batman was shown on ABC TV and Hogan's Heroes on CBS TV). Batman even says, "Be sure to say hello to Colonel Hogan from us." See more »


While cutting the bullet out of Robin's heel, to prevent him from being blood poisoned by the metal in the bullet, Batman gives Robin a strip of heavy cardboard to bite down on. After the emergency surgery, Batman removes the cardboard strip from Robin's mouth, then motions as if to return it to his utility belt; however, from the camera angle, we can see that he merely drops the strip at his side. See more »


Robin: Holy toreador!
Batman: The word is 'matador', Robin. 'Toreador' is a word of convenience used by Bizet in his classic opera 'Carmen'.
Robin: Oh. Holy Matador, then!
Batman: Very apt.
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Featured in Batman: Louie's Lethal Lilac Time (1968) See more »

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Chief Crashing Bore a bum steer
12 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

"It's How You Play the Game" begins with Batman shaking loose his stake, allowing him to use his cape the way a matador would in a bullfight, steering the stampeding cattle away from Robin, after which he advises little Andy (Eric Shea) to always listen to his mother and father. A visit to disc jockey Hot Rod Harry (an unbilled Jack Carter) sends them over to used car dealer Laughing Leo (Milton Frome, from the Batman feature film), who loses his smile once the name Shame is mentioned. The 'bloodthirsty bushwhacker' has another ace up his sleeve, targeting Black Angus cattle worth $300,000 each, to sell out West at a tidy profit, but isn't too pleased to learn that the Dynamic Duo remain alive and on his trail. In fact, Cliff Robertson's best moment is when he goes into a shooting rage, roaring like a bull in heat and no cow in sight! Once the Black Angus is captured, Shame keeps them together at the KO Corral, while little Andy ("come back Shame!") remains determined to get back his stolen radio. The Batclimb cameo finds Werner Klemperer in his familiar guise as Colonel Klink from HOGAN'S HEROES, a bit out of place for a WW2 character to be in modern day Gotham City, but no more awkward than Andy Devine as Santa Claus. As good as this introductory episode is, Cliff Robertson actually topped it with his repeat performance in "The Great Escape"/"The Great Train Robbery," where Chief Crashing Bore gives way to Chief Standing Pat!

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