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Batman - Hi Diddle Riddle/Batman - Smack in the Middle

episodes 1.1/1.2

USA 1966
produced by
William Dozier for Greenway Productions, 20th Century Fox/ABC
directed by Robert Butler
starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp, Madge Blake, Jill St.John, Allen Jaffe, Michael Fox, Damian O'Flynn, Ben Astar, Jack Barry
screenplay and developed for TV by Lorenzo Semple jr, based on the comic created by Bob Kane, published by DC-Comics, music by Nelson Riddle

Batman, Batman (Adam West), Robin, Riddler

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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There's a bomb in the cake served at the reception of the Moldavian pavillon of the Gotham City World Fair - and it doesn't do much damage, it just delivers a riddle by the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) right into the lap of police commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton), who is of course quick enough to call in the cavallery ... in other words, Gotham's own crimefighting duo Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward).

Batman and Robin soon figure out the Riddler's first clue, and they overpower the Riddler trying to rob an art collector ... which of course was only a setup, the Riddler was actually retrieving from the man only what was legally his, there was no foul play involved - but Batman's attack was photographed by a bunch of reporters, and now the Riddler sues him ... and in court, Batman would to take off his mask, which would end his crimefighting career.

Batman and Robin try to track the Riddler down in a nightclub, but while Batman is drugged inside, Robin, who had to stay outside because he is underage, is replaced by Riddler's right-hand girl Molly (Jill St.John) - which Batman finds out all too soon, upon which the girl throws himself into his atomic reactor.

Robin manages to free himself and he delivers the Riddler's latest clue to Batman, which seems to suggest he is going to raid the First National Bank ... but actually he raids the Moldavian pavillon, to steal the most valuable exhibit of the whole Fair, the Moldavian elephant. But out of the (stuffed) animal burst Batman and Robin, and when it comes to one-on-one fight, nobody beats the dynamic duo ...


Serious Batman fans will probably hate me for this - but Adam West was the best Batman ever, and the series did the most justice to a character who goes out crimefighting dressed in a cape and hiding behind a mask with pointy ears, accompanied by a teenage boy dressed in a silly red, green and yellow outfit.

And everything that made the whole series so wonderful is already here: The pseudo pop-art sets, the colourful villains, their incredibly stupid schemes, and their willingness to face Batman at every twist and turn of their way. Also, Batman delivering all sorts of messages the show seems to be carrying in a dead-serious way, and of course, Batman dancing the Watusi.

What can I say, it's great!


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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