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Batman
Director: Leslie H. Martinson (Dir)
Release Date:   1966
Premiere Information:   Austin, Texas, opening: 30 Jul 1966
Duration (in mins):   105
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Cast:   Adam West (Bruce Wayne [Batman])  
    Burt Ward (Dick Grayson [Robin])  
    Lee Meriwether (Kitka [The Catwoman])  
    Cesar Romero (The Joker)  
    Burgess Meredith (The Penguin)  
    Frank Gorshin (The Riddler)  
    Alan Napier (Alfred)  
    Neil Hamilton (Commissioner Gordon)  
    Stafford Repp (Chief O'Hara)  
    Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet Cooper)  
    Reginald Denny (Commodore Schmidlapp)  
    Milton Frome (Vice Admiral Fangschliester)  
    Gil Perkins (Bluebeard)  
    Dick Crockett (Morgan)  
    George Sawaya (Quetch)  
    Sterling Holloway (Colonel Terry)  

Summary: Batman, the caped crusader, and Robin, the boy wonder, learn that Commodore Schmidlapp, a millionaire distiller, is in danger aboard his yacht and rush to his aid by batcopter, but the yacht disappears beneath Batman as he is descending the batladder. The dynamic duo learns that The Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin, and The Riddler have joined forces to eliminate Batman and Robin and eventually control the world. (The vanishing yacht was a decoy to lure Batman and Robin from the place where the villains were hijacking the yacht of Commander Redhead and holding him prisoner because they want his invention, a dehydrater that turns humans into dust that can be returned to human form with the addition of water.) After many encounters the villains are still loose, and The Penguin goes to Security Council headquarters. There he turns nine diplomats into dust, which he places in nine test tubes. Batman and Robin, however, outwit and capture the quartet of criminals and rescue Commander Redhead. As they are about to reconstitute the nine diplomats, the commander sneezes on the test tubes, scattering the dust. Batman does his best to sort the dust into nine homogeneous piles, but when the dust is restored to human form, the Russian speaks Greek, the Greek speaks English, and so on. But Batman is satisfied that the world is safe from the four fiends for the time being. 

Production Company: Greenlawn Productions  
Distribution Company: Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Leslie H. Martinson (Dir)
  Ray Kellogg (2nd unit dir)
  William Derwin (Asst dir)
  David Whorf (Asst dir)
Producer: William Dozier (Prod)
  Charles B. Fitzsimons (Assoc prod)
Writer: Lorenzo Semple Jr. (Story & scr)
Photography: Howard Schwartz (Dir of photog)
  Jack Marta (2nd unit photog)
  Nelson Tyler (Aerial photog)
Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith (Art dir)
  Serge Krizman (Art dir)
Film Editor: Harry Gerstad (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott (Set dec)
  Chester L. Bayhi (Set dec)
Costumes: Jan Kemp (Ward)
  Lee Harmer (Ward)
  Pat Barto (Ward)
Music: Nelson Riddle (Mus)
  Neal Hefti ("Batman theme")
  Gil Grau (Orch)
Sound: Roy Meadows (Sd)
  Harry M. Leonard (Sd)
Special Effects: L. B. Abbott (Spec photog eff)
Make Up: Ben Nye (Makeup)
  Bruce Hutchinson (Makeup)
  Margaret Donovan (Hairstyles supv)
Production Misc: Sam Strangis (Unit prod mgr)
  Duane Toler (Scr supv)
  Glastron (Batboat)
  Jack Briggs (Prop)
  Walt Douglas (Prop)
  Wes Lee (Prop)
  Sam Bishop (Grip)
  Bill Neff (Gaffer)
  Richard Kuhn (Main titles)
  National Screen Service (Main titles)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on characters created by Bob Kane.
Authors: Bob Kane

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Greenlawn Productions 3/8/1966 dd/mm/yyyy LP32999

Physical Properties: col: De Luxe
  Sd: Westrex

 
Genre: Comedy
Sub-Genre: Crime
 
Subjects (Major): Batman (Comic book character)
  Conspiracy
  Dehydration
  Diplomats
  Distillers
  Helicopters
  Hijackers
  Inventors
  Millionaires
  United Nations--Security Council
  Yachts and yachting

Note: The film was inspired by the ABC Television series, Batman

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