Batman (1966–1968)
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Shoot a Crooked Arrow 

Archer and his gang have come to Gotham City, winning the public's favor with their Robin Hood style deeds of stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Batman and Robin set out to ... See full summary »


Sherman Marks


Stanley Ralph Ross, Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)

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Episode cast overview:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper
Art Carney ... The Archer
Barbara Nichols ... Maid Marilyn
Robert Cornthwaite ... Allan A. Dale
Doodles Weaver ... Crier Tuck
Loren Ewing ... Big John
Archie Moore ... Everett Bannister
Robert Adler ... First Poor Person
Heidi Winston Heidi Winston ... Second Poor Person (as Heidi Jensen)
Kitty Kelly ... Third Poor Person


Archer and his gang have come to Gotham City, winning the public's favor with their Robin Hood style deeds of stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Batman and Robin set out to discover the location of their hideout and stop these villains, only to find themselves caught by a trap in the Archer's lair. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

7 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



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The sound-effects cards are written in faux Old English; e.g., "Thwacke!", "Wham-eth!", etc. See more »


Batman and Robin are snared in a trap net which raises to the ceiling. Batman tells Robin not to worry, he'll get a knife and cut them out. Archer and his gang mere minutes later enter to retrieve them, but they are unconscious. No scenes or dialogue are given as to why. See more »


Allan A. Dale: [the Archer has just escaped through Commisioner Gordon's window, followed by the Dynamic Duo] He certainly is a spectacular man.
Chief O'Hara: That he is, and the Boy Wonder's pretty good, too.
Allan A. Dale: I was talking about the Archer. A good publicity campaign and he'd replace Batman as the public's favorite.
Commissioner Gordon: Understand this, Mr. Dale: someone might be able to substitute for Batman for a very sort time, but...
[turns to face camera]
Commissioner Gordon: ... no one could ever replace him.
[O'Hara nods in agreement]
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The second season opens with a whimper
8 May 2016 | by kevin olzakSee all my reviews

"Shoot a Crooked Arrow" was chosen to open the second season, and its unimpressive villain and plot must have played a huge part in the show's dip in the ratings. Art Carney was an odd choice for The Archer, looking decidedly uncomfortable as a modern day Robin Hood, vowing to rob from the rich (Bruce Wayne) and give to the poor, to the extent that his $50,000 bail is paid in coins by the poor citizens of Gotham City. It's nice to see Doodles Weaver (brother of Pat, uncle of Sigourney) as accomplice Crier Tuck, with Dick Clark doing the Batclimb cameo, and former boxing champ Archie Moore as coin collecting Everett Bannister. Robert Cornthwaite turns in a typically slimy performance as Allan A. Dale, who confounds the Dynamic Duo by turning the wayward Archer into a hero in the eyes of the destitute. The finale finds Batman and Robin trussed up on the field of honor, as Archer and his men ride to the kill with lances in hand.

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