12.26.2013

BATMAN AND ROBIN TV SHOW 1966-1968


We loved this show in grade school. We loved the heroes and villains alike...but only one can win in the end. Here is a bit about the show...

Batman (1966–1968) was a television series featuring Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as his faithful sidekick Robin. This version of the long-running DC Comics story was done in campy style, with extraordinarily (and literally) colorful characters and settings, dialog played for laughs, and fight scenes famous for their comic-book "Bam!", "Pow!", "Zap!", and other graphical exclamations.


Good Guys
Adam West  Batman / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Burt Ward  Dick Grayson / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Alan Napier  Alfred / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Neil Hamilton      Commissioner Gordon (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Stafford Repp     Chief O'Hara (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Madge Blake  Aunt Harriet Cooper / ... (96 episodes, 1966-1967)


William West Anderson (born September 19, 1928), better known by his stage name Adam West, is an American actor, who in his six decades of television is best known for his lead role in the Batman TV series on the ABC TV network and the 1966 Batman feature film. He is currently known for portraying eccentric or psychotically delusional characters, as well as his voice work on animated series such as The Fairly OddParents and Family Guy, in both of which he voices fictional versions of himself.


VILLAINS  
The Joker (Cesar Romero)
The Penguin (Burgess Meredith)
The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) / The Riddler (John Astin)
Catwoman (Julie Newmar) / Catwoman (Lee Meriwether) / Catwoman (Eartha Kitt)
Mr. Freeze (George Sanders) / Mr. Freeze (Otto Preminger) / Mr. Freeze (Eli Wallach)


    The Puzzler (Maurice Evans)
    Clock King (Walter Slezak)
    Mad Hatter (David Wayne)
    False Face (Malachi Throne)
    The Archer (Art Carney)
    King Tut (Victor Buono)
    Egghead (Vincent Price)
    The Bookworm (Roddy McDowall)
    Shame (Cliff Robertson)
    Ma Parker (Shelley Winters)


    Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones)
    The Sandman (Michael Rennie)
    Black Widow (Tallulah Bankhead)
    Siren (Joan Collins)
    Colonel Gumm (Roger C. Carmel)
    Chandell (Liberace) & Harry (Liberace)
    Zelda the Great (Anne Baxter)
    Minerva (Zsa Zsa Gabor)
    The Minstrel (Van Johnson


Julie Newmar (born August 16, 1933) is an American actress, dancer and singer. Known for a variety of stage, screen, and television roles, she is perhaps best known for playing Catwoman in the 1960s Batman television series.


Burt Ward was born Bert John Gervis, Jr., in Los Angeles, California. At the age of two, Ward was listed in the magazine Strange as It Seems as the world's youngest professional ice skater. Growing up, he was an avid reader of comic books like Superman and Superboy, and enjoyed  the action-adventure show Adventures of Superman.He acquired the nickname "Sparky" in youth, possibly from the sparks his skates used to kick up during his routinesor energetic nature.


At the age of 19, Ward auditioned for the part of Robin. He and Adam West were up against Lyle Waggoner and Peter Deyell for the roles of Batman and Robin, respectively. Selected for the role of Robin, Ward thought people would find Gervis (the G is soft, as in gentleman) hard to pronounce and adopted his mother's maiden name Ward. He also changed the spelling of Bert to Burt to add "punch".


Unlike the series' lead, Adam West, Ward was required to do some dangerous stunt work, because his costume revealed more of his face, making it impractical for all of his stunt scenes to be performed by a stuntman.


Producer William Dozier cast West as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, in the television series Batman, in part after seeing West perform as the James Bond-like spy Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik television ad. West was in competition with Lyle Waggoner for the Batman role.


The popular campy show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968; a film version was released in 1966. In 1970, West was offered the role of James Bond by Cubby Broccoli for the film Diamonds Are Forever. West did not accept, later stating in his autobiography that he believed the role should always be played by someone British.


Frank John Gorshin, Jr. (April 5, 1933 – May 17, 2005) was an American character actor and comedian. He was perhaps best known as an impressionist, with many guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and Tonight Starring Steve Allen. His most famous acting role was as The Riddler in the Batman live-action television series.



Full Cast and Crew

Adam West   Batman /Bruce Wayne ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Burt Ward  Dick Grayson /Robin ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Alan Napier   Alfred / ... (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Neil Hamilton      Commissioner Gordon (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Stafford Repp  Chief O'Hara (120 episodes, 1966-1968)
Madge Blake   Aunt Harriet Cooper / ... (96 episodes, 1966-1967)
Yvonne Craig      Barbara Gordon / ... (26 episodes, 1967-1968)
Cesar Romero     The Joker (22 episodes, 1966-1968)
Burgess Meredith  The Penguin (21 episodes, 1966-1968)
Julie Newmar     Catwoman (13 episodes, 1966-1967)
James O'Hara     Policeman / ... (11 episodes, 1966-1967)
Byron Keith  Mayor Linseed (10 episodes, 1966-1968)
Frank Gorshin     The Riddler (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Victor Buono  King Tut (10 episodes, 1966-1968)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh boy, my favorite Batman of all time. Great stuff. Now how did Julie Newmar get in and out of her costume? So tight.

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