Batman (1966–1968)
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Penguin Sets a Trend 

In order to keep a close eye on the Penguin (and hopefully locate the stolen chain mail armor), Batman and Robin rejoin Penguin's movie efforts. The next part of his film is to take place ... See full summary »


James B. Clark


Stanford Sherman, Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)




Episode cast overview:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred (credit only)
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper (credit only)
Burgess Meredith ... The Penguin
Carolyn Jones ... Marsha, Queen of Diamonds
Estelle Winwood ... Aunt Hilda
Alan Reed ... General MacGruder
Bob Hastings ... Major Beasley
Frank Baron ... Henchman #1
Ted Fish Ted Fish ... Truck Driver


In order to keep a close eye on the Penguin (and hopefully locate the stolen chain mail armor), Batman and Robin rejoin Penguin's movie efforts. The next part of his film is to take place in medieval times. Therefore, Penguin has the Dynamic Duo dress in armor suits, but only to trap them with a giant magnet while he snatches top-secret papers from the Hexagon. Batman and Robin free themselves and follow the villain, but after a losing battle with him, the Penguin has them hauled off as scrap metal to be crushed. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Guest Star Bob Hastings would later perform the voice of Commissioner Gordon on the 1990's Batman Animated series and related spin off projects. And of course in this episode he is parodying his sycophantic "Lt. Carpenter" character from "McHale's Navy." See more »


Major Beasley claims the Army hasn't had cavalry since 1910, however, the United States Army has designated tank units as armored cavalry since before World War II. See more »


Robin: Holy cliffhangers, Batman!
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The Penguin is joined by Fred Flintstone
7 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Penguin Sets a Trend" finds the catapulted Dynamic Duo saved by a preprogrammed Batmobile, driving itself to the right location with safety net attached. Returning to the set of Penguin's movie, both are incapacitated by their magnetized suits of armor, unable to prevent Penguin from using his stolen 15th century chain mail armor on an unannounced visit to Gotham City's Hexagon building. That provides the best scene in this chapter, with Alan Reed, the famed voice of Fred Flintstone, delightfully hamming it up as General MacGruder, conned by a five year contract offer from The Penguin, whose desire to shoot in Room X succeeds after he makes a similar pitch to Major Beasley (Bob Hastings, THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, McHALE'S NAVY), the resulting disappointment on the General's face alleviated by Penguin's upping his contract to 10 years! Room X is connected to Rooms Y and Z, and it's in Room Z that Penguin's men accompany their boss, protecting him from the army's bullets as they make their getaway (Reed's amusing call to 'charge!' definitely recalls Fred Flintstone). Knocked cold by Penguin gas, the pursuing 'clanking crusaders' are dumped in a trash compactor as scrap metal. The one short time we see Marsha (Carolyn Jones) and Aunt Hilda (Estelle Winwood) is on a jaunt to find old toads!

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Release Date:

1 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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