Saturday, November 19, 2011

Geek TV #9.1: Batman (1966), Part 1!

batman01This one will require two installments, due to the length of the article! Here's part 1:
Concept: Holy high camp, Batman! It's the caped crusader and boy wonder battling their vilest foes from the comic books, plus a few ringer villains thrown in, all in the heart of Gotham City!

Total Episodes: 120

Original Air Dates: 1966-1968

Original Network: ABC

Geek Factor: 10

Neil Hamilton
Adam West
Burt Ward
Bruce Wayne/Batman (Adam West): Millionaire and philanthropist whose parents were murdered when he was a child. Extremely serious and straight-laced, when evil strikes Gotham City, he becomes Batman, the Caped Crusdader!

Dick Grayson/Robin (Burt Ward): Ward to Bruce Wayne, and secretly Robin, the Boy Wonder, with a penchant for saying “Holy _____!” all the time, with the blank being filled in with something important.

Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton): Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, only he and Chief O'Hara are allowed to use the Hotline in the Commissioner's office to summon Batman. Perhaps a bit over-reliant on the Caped Crusaders. Father of Barbara Gordon (not that we found out about that until the final season).
Stafford Repp

William Dozier
Madge Blake

Chief O'Hara (Stafford Repp): Chief of police and devoted sidekick to the Commissioner.
Narrator (William Dozier): As much a character as anyone else, a vocal version of the comic book captions.

Alan Napier
Yvonne Craig
Cesar Romero
Alfred (Alan Napier): Devoted butler to Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, and the only other person to know not only the identities of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, but also (later) the Dominoed Daredoll, Batgirl!
Aunt Harriet Cooper (Madge Blake): Dick Grayson's aunt who lives in Wayne Manor, completely clueless about her nephew and his guardian's extra-curricular activities.
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Yvonne Craig): Daughter of Commissioner Gordon, this mild-mannered librarian becomes the sexy Batgirl when needed to battle crime!
The Joker (Cesar Romero): The clown prince of crime who laughs almost as often as the Riddler giggles! His crimes tend to have a theme to them based on humor or comedy, although not always.

Burgess Meredith
Julie Newmar
Eartha Kitt
The Penguin (Burgess Meredith): A fowl villain indeed, his crimes involve birds or umbrellas!

Catwoman (Julie Newmar/Eartha Kitt): The felonious feline female's crimes always involve cats.

Byron Keith
Frank Gorshin
John Astin

Mayor Linseed (Byron Keith): Mayor of Gotham City.

The Riddler (Frank Gorshin/John Astin): With a pathological need to provide riddles to clue in Batman to his crimes and a tendency to end just about every sentence with giggles!
Victor Buono
Anne Baxer and Vincent Price
King Tut/Professor William McElroy (Victor Buono): An original villain created for TV, when Profesor William McElroy gets struck on the head, he assumes the identity of the villainous King Tut, whose crimes have an Egyptian theme.
Egghead (Vincent Price) and Olga, Queen of the Cossacks  (Anne Baxter): Neither appears without the other, it seems. Egghead pulls various egg-related crimes in order to appease and woo Olga.

Geek Guest-Stars:
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds
Carolyn Jones (who played Marsha, Queen of Diamonds) starred as Morticia in The Addams Family, co-starring there with replacement Riddler John Astin.
Cliff Robertson, who played the villain Shame, previously starred as Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers in the series of that name, appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone, and appeared in an episode of The Outer Limits before Batman, and then pretty much stayed away from genre TV and movies until a 1999 episode of the revived Outer Limits, and then playing Ben Parker in Spider-Man and the sequels.
Don “Red” Barry played Tarantula in the two Black Widow episodes and The Grand Vizier in two of the King Tut episodes, prior to that, he played Red Ryder in the serial Adventures of Red Ryder, appeared in Frankenstein 1970, The Munsters, The Wild Wild West, Land of the Giants, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Bionic Woman, and Doctor Dracula.
Prior to guest-starring on Batman (in four episodes, playing four different parts!), James Brolin guested on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, appeared in Fantastic Voyage, City Beneath the Sea, and Capricorn One, and has more recently guested on Monk and Psych.
Louie, the Lilac
Milton Berle was Louie the Lilac in four episodes, but he also appeared on an episode of I Dream of Jeannie and was in Mark Evanier's favorite movie, It's a Mad Mad Mad World.
Chuck Hicks appeared in four Batman's (usually King Tut episodes), and has also guested on The Man From UNCLE, Honey West, The Green Hornet, The Time Tunnel, The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Powers of Matthew Star, Voyagers! Manimal, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Flash, plus he played the Brow in Dick Tracy.
Jock Mahoney appeared in three epsiodes of Batman, including a two-parter playing a Catwoman henchman named Leo, and he also played Tarzan in Tarzan Goes to India and Tarzan's Three Challenges, plus he guest-starred on the Tarzan TV show (although not playing Tarzan, obviously!).
Terry Moore played Venus in three episodes of Batman, but she's probably best known for playing Jill Young in the movie Mighty Joe Young; she also guested on Knight Rider and had a cameo in the remake of Mighty Joe Young.
Leslie Parrish played two parts on Batman (one in a single episode, the other in two), plus she guested on Steve Canyon, Wild Wild West, Tarzan, Star Trek (playing Carolyn Palamas in “Who Mourns for Adonais?”), The Man From Uncle, The Magician, and Logan's Run, and was in the movie Li'l Abner as Daisy Mae, and also in Missile to the Moon, and The Giant Spider Invasion.
John Mitchum, who was in three episodes, also appeared in Science Fiction Theatre, Twilight Zone, Mr. Terrific, The Munsters, Bewitched, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
The Green Hornet and Kato
Van Williams, of course, is best known for The Green Hornet, playing the same part when he guest-starred on Batman (he also did the voice of the President in the 1966 Batman movie), but he also guested on Nanny and the Professor, Mission: Impossible, and Tales of the Unexpected.
Likewise, Bruce Lee guested playing Kato from The Green Hornet, but he also guest-starred in an episode of the 1960 Blondie!
Gary Owens not only guested as a voice on Batman, but he's had a long career as a narrator and voice actor in cartoons as well as playing on-screen, playing the lead in Roger Ramjet and Space Ghost, and also appearing in The Munsters, Mr. Terrific, The Green Hornet, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Superman (1975 TV movie – adapting the Broadway musical), Dr. Phibes Rises Again, playing the Blue Falcon on The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Dynomut Dog Wonder, and Scooby's Laff-A-Lympics, plus Return From Witch Mountain, Yogi's Space Race, Legends of the Superheroes, Galactica 1980, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, Space Stars (Where he reprised his role as Space Ghost), The Mighty Orbots, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, and many, many other programs, although he's probably best known as the announcer on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.
Chief Screaming Chicken
Maurice Evans played the Puzzler in a pair of Batman episodes, and is probably best known for playing Dr. Zaius in the original Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes, but he's also appeared in The Man From UNCLE, I Spy, Tarzan, Bewitched (playing Samantha's father, Maurice), Terror in the Wax Museum, The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping (TV movie), and Rosemary's Baby.
Edward Everett Horton, who played Chief Screaming Chicken in two Batman episodes with Egghead, is probably best known to us as the narrator of the Fractured Fairy Tales segment of Rocky and His Friends/The Bullwinkle Show, but he also guested in an episode of Nanny and the Professor, as did Van Johnson, who played the Minstrel in two Batman episodes.
The Sandman
Nancy Kovak played Queenie in two episodes, but has also appeared in Jason and the Argonauts (playing Medea), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, I Dream of Jeannie, The Man From UNCLE (two episodes, different parts), Tarzan and the Valley of Gold, The Invaders, Star Trek (She was Nona in “A Private Little War”), Get Smart, Bewitched (originally appearing as Sheila Summers – Darrin's girlfriend before Sam – in three episodes, then returning as a different character in two others), and The Invisible Man (TV series).
Michael Rennie, who played the villainous Sandman, is probably best known for playing Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still, and also appeared in The Lost World (1960), Cyborg 2087, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, I Spy, The Man From UNCLE, The Invaders, and Assignment Terror.
Anna Gram
Deanna Lund, who played Anna Gram (a Riddler sidekick) in two episodes, is probably best known for playing Valerie Scott on Land of the Giants, and was also in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, and guest-starred in an episode of The Incredible Hulk.
Grace Lee Whitney played Neila in two episodes with King Tut, and I'm sure you all recognize her as Yeoman Janice Rand in Star Trek, but she also appeared in The Outer Limits, Bewitched, The Next Step Beyond, and reprised her role of Janice Rand in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek III, Star Trek IV, Star Trek VI, and an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, as well as appearing in the fan productions Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II and Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.
Francis X. Bushman appeared as Mr. Van Jones in two Riddler episodes, and also guested in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
Allan Jaffe, who played Harry in two Riddler episodes, also guest-starred on The Man From UNCLE, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Girl From UNCLE, Get Smart, The Wild Wild West, The Outer Limits, My Favorite Martian, and Mission: Impossible.
 The rest of the Geek Guest-Stars and More Next Week!


  1. Since Olga didn't appear until the final season, Egghead's previous appearance "An Egg Grows in Gotham"/"The Yegg Foes in Gotham" was a solo shot.

    Anne Baxter (Olga) had appeared in another role: "Zelda the Great" in a first-season two-parter "Zelda the Great"/"A Death Worse than Fate".


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