Batman (1966–1968)
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The Penguin Goes Straight 

The Penguin seems to have gone legit, but the Dynamic Duo suspects otherwise.

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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Kathleen Crowley ... Sophia Starr
Harvey Lembeck ... Eagle-Eye
Al Checco Al Checco ... Dove
Hope Sansberry ... Mrs. Van Climber
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Crook
Douglas Bank Douglas Bank ... Lt. Copple (as Douglas Banks)
William Beckley ... Reggie Rich


After his recent release from jail, The Penguin has started his own protective agency and is thwarting small time hoodlums everywhere he goes. Batman & Robin decide to send in an undercover Alfred to spy on the newly reformed Penguin and his recently acquainted high society friends. However, the Penguin has anticipated Batman and Robin's every move and manages to give them a makeover into wanted men instead of him. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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23 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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"This picture of Sophia's jewels" that Batman points to in the bat cave is clearly a head/publicity shot of actress Kathleen Crowley who plays Sophia Starr in the episode. See more »


Police Commissioner James Gordon: [while interrogating a less-than-cooperative suspect] A hard-baked cookie, this one.
Chief O'Hara: Covered with armor-plated icin'!
Police Commissioner James Gordon: Let's give him a turn, shall we?
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Ingenious plot taken from Penguin's very first comic book appearance
20 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Penguin Goes Straight" was Burgess Meredith's second go round as the waddling master of fowl play, in some ways improving on the first. One thing that Penguin had over Joker or Riddler was his self proclaimed 'delight in the devious,' to appear to have gone straight while simultaneously making Batman out to be a crook. This was touched upon lightly in Meredith's debut in "Fine Feathered Finks"/"The Penguin's a Jinx," but here at the start we see the cagey bird foiling an attempted robbery by using a bullet proof umbrella, saving the jeweled necklace of wealthy heiress Sophia Starr (Kathleen Crowley). The audience, and the Dynamic Duo, know it's only a clever ruse to advertise his newly opened Penguin Protective Agency, as Batman so aptly puts it: "hiring him to guard jewels is like trusting a leaf of lettuce to a rabbit!" Constantly seen among the upper class with Sophia Starr on his arm, the Caped Crusaders guess that his caper involves stealing her priceless collection of jewels, only to be foiled when their attempt to replace the real jewels with fakes finds them accused of attempted theft. Sneaking back into Gotham City for Penguin's next rendezvous at an amusement park, Batman and Robin are knocked out by a cement umbrella and trussed up behind a shooting gallery, with Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara all set to become their unwitting executioners!

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