Batman (1966–1968)
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Rats Like Cheese 

"Rats Like Cheese" is an episode of Batman starring Adam West, Burt Ward, and Alan Napier. When Mr. Freeze kidnaps a baseball player to make Batman surrender himself in exchange for his revenge, the Caped Crusader agrees to do so.



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Episode cast overview:
... Batman
... Robin
... Alfred
... Commissioner Gordon
... Chief O'Hara
... Mrs. Cooper
... Mister Freeze
... Paul Diamante
... Princess Sandra
... Doctor Vince
... Photographer (as Bill Hudson)
... Newscaster


Vince, a temperamental physician at a Gotham City hospital (apparently a takeoff on Ben Casey), saves Batman and Robin. The Dynamic Duo resume their pursuit of Mr. Freeze. Eventually, Batman substitutes himself for Paul Diamonte, a baseball player, Mr. Freeze has kidnapped. Robin, disobeying Batman's orders to stay away, is also captured by the villain. Now, in his headquarters, Mr. Freeze is using his climate controls so that only Batman or Robin will have access to life-giving warmth. Written by Bill Koenig

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3 February 1966 (USA)  »

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The actor playing Dr. vince looks very much like Vince Edwards, who was the star of "Ben Casey" at that time. See more »


Several times, part of Batman's, Robin's, and Kolevater's bodies enter Freeze's cold zone, but the actors do not react. See more »


[Next Week: Batman vs. Zelda The Great!]
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References To Tell the Truth (1956) See more »

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Little action but an interesting character study
15 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Rats Like Cheese" finds the Dynamic Duo being thawed out at Gotham General Hospital, with a wink to Ben Casey in that the doctor on the case is named Vince (as in Edwards). Another diamond snatched by Mister Freeze (George Sanders) is baseball pitcher Paul Diamante (Robert Hogan), the bait to entice Batman into a one on one at the secret location of Doctor Shivel. Here we get an interesting study in contrasts, allowing Sanders to really act outside the full length costume he wore throughout most of chapter one, toying with the Caped Crusaders (with Robin disobeying Batman by tagging along behind) while keeping a safe distance with his temperature controlling device. Sanders seems to get better toward the end, overcoming the annoying accent and mustering sympathy for his predicament, having to exist at a steady 50 degrees below zero. Were it not for a disappointingly ordinary Batfight this could have been a classic rather than just a very good entry. Max Hodge was the writer who scripted this two parter, plus the next Freeze, "Green Ice"/"Deep Freeze," this time impersonated by director Otto Preminger, who at least had a genuine Teutonic accent. George Sanders lived another six years, his debilitating health leading him to take his own life at age 65, nearly all of his film work made overseas, rendering him unavailable for further television work in Hollywood.

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