Batman (1966–1968)
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The Bird's Last Jest 

Discovering why the Penguin wants to return to prison, Batman has a counterplan that needs Alfred's participation.


Murray Golden


Lorenzo Semple Jr., 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
Burgess Meredith ... The Penguin
Vito Scotti ... Matey Dee
Lane Bradford ... Cordy Blue
Grace Gaynor Grace Gaynor ... Chickadee
Voltaire Perkins Voltaire Perkins ... Judge Moot
Marvin Brody Marvin Brody ... Bailiff
Violet Carlson ... Lady


Attempting to save Chief O'Hara from drowning inside a metal trunk, Batman and Robin find themselves under fire from the Penguin's henchmen. Batman instructs Alfred to pose as famous forger Quill-Pen Quertch (complete with false fingerprints), but the Penguin recognizes Alfred as soon as he puts on his glasses. The evil Bird-man and his cronies then visit stately Wayne manor brandishing a giant Butler-pie. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Ballpoint Baxter is played by writer Stanley Ralph Ross, whose nickname is "Ballpoint". Ross asked the producers if he could be on the show, but they gave him no lines. See more »


Batman: Quick, turn off the automatic costume-change device.
Robin: [flips a switch] Costume-change device off.
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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Bush league bird in league with Ballpoint Baxter
21 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Bird's Last Jest" finds machine gun fire assailing the Dynamic Duo, while Chief O'Hara risks either drowning or electrocution in a swimming pool. Such magnificent mayhem earns The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) his day in court, but his eloquent self defense only results in the plaintiffs withdrawing all charges. Still at a loss as to how to get himself arrested, the avian adversary spies Alfred in disguise, posing as British forger Quill-Pen Quertch (complete with fake fingerprints), but the wily bird recognizes Alfred from his previous brainwashing encounter, making his way to Wayne Manor to demand a million dollar ransom. Once again, the bird is foiled by Batman and Robin, though defeat gets snatched from the jaws of victory; he's on his way back to his reserved cell, but that meddling Bruce Wayne has sprung Ballpoint Baxter (writer Stanley Ralph Ross), to work with underprivileged children on penmanship! Lorenzo Semple Jr. knew better than anyone how to build tension amidst the camp, but had only one Joker still to come. The Penguin's next appearance would be for two of a three part team up with Cesar Romero's Joker.

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