Batman (1966–1968)
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The Great Train Robbery 

After his previous battle with the Terrific Trio, Shame now has Batgirl as a hostage. He agrees to a swap when he realizes that Batman and Robin also have Calamity Jan's mother, Frontier ... See full summary »


Oscar Rudolph


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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Yvonne Craig ... Batgirl
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Cliff Robertson ... Shame
Dina Merrill ... Calamity Jan
Victor Lundin ... Chief Standing Pat
Hermione Baddeley ... Frontier Fanny
Robert Casper Robert Casper ... Train Clerk
James Jeter James Jeter ... Train Guard
Barry Dennen ... Fred


After his previous battle with the Terrific Trio, Shame now has Batgirl as a hostage. He agrees to a swap when he realizes that Batman and Robin also have Calamity Jan's mother, Frontier Fanny. Batgirl informs the Dynamic Duo of a plan for a "great train robbery" that she overheard as a hostage. The three work to figure out Shame's plan and race to stop him. But when they realize they are too late, Batman attempts to lure him out of hiding with an offer of man-to-man combat. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

8 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



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This episodes "bat-fight" featured only Batman & Shame, and was probably the only time that no stuntmen were used. Adam West & Cliff Robertson filmed the whole sequence. See more »


During the prisoner exchange, Batman uses a chemical smoke bomb that makes all metals it contacts twenty times heavier, thus making the guns Shame and his gang are carrying too heavy to hold. However, Batgirl is also caught in the chemical's smoke, and her metal utility belt is not affected. See more »


Batman: You're heading for the last round-up, Shame. Because of your greed and your avarice. Otherwize you might have realized that good, even though it's sometimes side-tracked...
[turns to face camera]
Batman: ... always, repeat: always triumphs over evil.
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References The Great Train Robbery (1903) See more »

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"You're a sham, Shame!"
1 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Great Train Robbery" finds Batgirl held captive by Shame (Cliff Robertson), hoping to exchange her for Frontier Fanny (Hermione Baddeley), mother of his sweetheart Calamity Jan (Dina Merrill), who implores her paramour to get their Fanny back, while he wonders what her father looked like ("he was prettier than my ma" "nobody could be uglier!"). Barry Dennen as the Mexican Fred ("tallyho!") and Victor Lundin as Chief Standing Pat ("ug!") accompany Shame on 'The Great Train Robbery,' when the government ships out all the old tattered and torn money from Gotham City to be destroyed. The final showdown between Batman and Shame finds them going one on one, Robin and Batgirl holding his henchmen at bay, Shame tossing off insults with impunity before realizing that he's got to do it all by himself ("your mother wears army shoes" "yes she did, as I recall she found them quite comfortable!"). A classic exchange when the desperate desperado displays his cowardice by clinging to Batman's leg: "you're not worthy of the name Shame, you're a sham, Shame! Don't ever cry on my tights or pull my leg again!" (Chief O'Hara evokes "High Noon" with his comparison to "Low Midnight").

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