1949 - Episode Fifteen
"Batman Victorious"

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The noose tightens around the Wizard as he tries to maintain his invisibility as the police dragnet surrounds him.  Will Batman catch him?  Who will save Vicki Vale?  And how is Carter still involved in all this?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 15th and final episode of the 1949 Batman movie serial.  In it, they discuss the terrible ending, the more organized Batman, and the uselessness of Vicki Vale.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

1949 - Episode Fourteen
"Batman Vs. Wizard"

The Wizard's next target is Jim Gordon, but he also takes out a few others along the way.

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 14th episode of the 1949 movie serial.  In it, they discuss how wrong Jim got the identity of the Wizard, the red herrings that abound in the story, and the science of the invisibilty for the Wizard.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 12:01am EST

"Return of the Pharaoh"
Aired: December 18/25, 1976

The Pharaoh returns and wants to trap the Voltage Vixens in King Tut's tomb! 

This time around, John and Kevin Elddrige of The Flopcast discuss the lack of real plot in this episode, American ingenuity, and the premiere of the Wilfred Brimley Podcast.  Take a listen and let us know what you think by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.


1949 - Episode Thirteen
"The Wizard's Challenge"

The Wizard develops an invisibility field that makes him impossible to stop!

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 13th episode of the 1949 movie serial.  In it, they discuss the oddness of adding invisibilty to the story, the themes to both movie serials, and the goofy, but charming cliffhanger.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 12:01am EST

"The Dead Ringers"

April 30, 1977

Clayface is back and he's recruited a trapeze artist with a criminal past to help him impersonate the Dynamic Duo. 

John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are back in the Batcave talking about an episode that has much in common with a 1968 Filmation episode.  In it, they discuss the history of Clayface, Robin and Batgirl working together, and how Batmite proves he is more than a cute cartoon character with this episode!

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Category:Filmation 77 -- posted at: 12:40am EST

1949 - Episode Twelve
"Robin Rides the Wind"

The Wizard wants the neutralizer in order to continue his crime spree.  Can Batman stop him?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 12th episode of the 1949 movie serial.  In it, they discuss the problem with Barry Brown, the midleading chapter title, and the waste of location that should have been Wayne Manor.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 12:01am EST

1949 - Chapter Eleven 
"Robin's Ruse"

Robin must trick the Wizard's men in order to free Bruce.  Will he succeed?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 11th episode of the 1949 movie serial.  In it, they talk the fast paced content in this episode, their list of suspects, and the silliness of the Wizard extending the power of the nullifier.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 7:38am EST

1949 - Chapter Ten 
"Batman's Last Chance!"

Batman infiltrates an office building, where the Wizard's men are hiding out, in a quest to find Vicki Vale.  But Vicki's brother Jimmy is there.  Is he friend or foe?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 9th episode of the 1949 movie serial.  In it, they talk about Jimmy Vale's final fate, the use of footage from 1943, and the buidling the Wizard's men hide out in..

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 12:29am EST

1949 - Chapter Nine 
"The Wizard Strikes Back!"

Jimmy Vale is in need of rescuing as he plans to spill the beans on the Wizard.  But is it all too good to be true?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 9th episode of the 1949 movie serial.  In it, they talk about Jimmy Vale, Bruce Wayne - Gordon confidante, and Batman's car program.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 10:49am EST

"The Spider-Lady"
Aired: December 4/11, 1976

The Spider-Lady uses the ultimate disguise, that of Electra-Woman, to steal an idol.

This time around, John and Kevin Elddrige of The Flopcast discuss the creation of Spider-Woman and her relation to Spider-Lady, the special effects of the episode, and the effective use of henchmen in this episode.  Take a listen and let us know what you think by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:Electra Woman and Dyna Girl -- posted at: 2:39am EST

1949 - Chapter Eight 
"Robin Meets the Wizard"

The Wizard threatens the railroad lines with his vehicle control device.

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 8th episode of the 1949 movie serial.  In it, they talk about excessive padding in some of these episodes, the tiresome Batman trapped in a fire cliffhanger, and the dismissive nature of Batman towards Vicki Vale.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 6:12am EST

"THE ASTROLOGER"
October 23, 1976

Monster Squad was a one season NBC Saturday morning live action show for kids in 1976.  In it, Walt, who worked in his uncle's wax museum, discovered that he could bring the figures of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman to life.  Wanting to atone for the sins of their past, the trio, with Walt's crime computer set out on a mission to stop evil wherever they found it.

We move on to the seventh episode with the villain - The Astrologer, masterfully played by Jonathan Harris of Lost in Space.  His plan is to make one of his predictions, an earthquake rocking the city, come true by using a thirty year old atomic bomb.

John and Joe Crowe of RevolutionSF and the Dragoncon American SciFi Classics Track discuss the performance of Jonathan Harris, the parallels of the clam trap with Batman 66's Joker/Penguin meetup, and how this is the best Drac episode to date.

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Category:Monster Squad -- posted at: 12:22am EST

1949 - Episode Seven 
"The Fatal Blast"

Batman must protect the life of a developer of a device that can counter the Wizard's device.

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 7th episode of the 1949 movie serial. They talk about the first ever great cliffhanger resolution, Alfred Beagle, and how fatal a blast we will see in this episode.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 7:16am EST

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1949 - Episode Six 
"Target Robin!"

Bruce goes undercover and is quickly found out so Robin has to come to the rescue.  Can Bruce save his ruse by shooting Robin when he is captured?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 6th episode of the 1949 movie serial. They talk about the poor cliffhanger resolutions, the shooting of Robin and their hopes with the cliffhanger for this episode.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 12:09am EST

"NO-FACE"
October 16, 1976

Monster Squad was a one season NBC Saturday morning live action show for kids in 1976.  In it, Walt, who worked in his uncle's wax museum, discovered that he could bring the figures of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman to life.  Wanting to atone for the sins of their past, the trio, with Walt's crime computer set out on a mission to stop evil wherever they found it.

We move on to the sixth episode with the villain - No-Face.  Here we have the Batman 66 equivalent to False Face.

John and Joe Crowe of RevolutionSF and the Dragoncon American SciFi Classics Track discuss the particularly scary look to No-Face, the perfect weapon against werewolves, and the upcoming Manimal podcast.

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Category:Monster Squad -- posted at: 12:55am EST

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1949 - Episode Five 
"Robin Rescues Batman!"

Vicki Vale gets a picture of several of the Wizard's men and so they enlist the aid of Vicki's brother Jimmy to retrieve it.  But whose side is Jimmy really on?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 5th episode of the 1949 movie serial. They talk about Batman's forensic process, more poor cliffhanger resolution and how the butler did it.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 12:01am EST

"The Deep Freeze"

April 23, 1977

Mr. Freeze returns to chill in Gotham and he has a plan where he wants to take advantage of a new freeze weapon.

John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are back in the Batcave talking about an episode that is much better than it has the right to be, considering how Filmation handled Mr. Freeze in the past.  In it, they discuss how Mr. Freeze seems more like the Batman 66 character rather than the Filmation 68 one, how the cold puns were just the right amount and how Michael Uslan lands on Batmite.​

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Category:Filmation 77 -- posted at: 7:26am EST

1949 - Episode Four 
"Batman Trapped"

 The Wizard captures Morton, the inventor of a new energy source.  Batman and Robin save him, but not before the Wizard learns the location of the formula.  Can the Dynamic Duo stop him from obtaining this power?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the fourth episode of this 15 chapter series.  In it, they talk about Vicki Vale, the Lois Lane of this serial, the sudden character shift in Bruce Wayne to accomodate the story (but not really needed) and the parallels with the comics of the time.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 10:00am EST

1949 - Episode Three 
"Robin's Wild Ride"

Having successfully stolen the large scale model of the device needed to control vehicles, the Wizard's men need to obtain diamonds as well and Batman and Robin are poised to stop them!  

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the third episode of this 15 chapter series.  In it, they talk Alfred and how they like both Alfreds from the two serials, the wait for Robin's "Wild Ride", and the lackluster cliffhangers endings.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 5:00am EST

"The Pharaoh"
Aired: Novmber 20/27, 1976

The Pharaoh steals the Pyramid of Ramsis in order to activate a being of pure energy - Solaris.  John and Kevin Eldridge of The Flopcast are back in Electra-Base keeping Frank company.

This time around, they discuss the effects in the episode, the more subdued performance of Peter Mark Richman compared to Victor Buono's King Tut, and the terrifying cliffhanger.  Take a listen and let us know what you think by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:Electra Woman and Dyna Girl -- posted at: 6:00am EST

1949 - Episode Two 
"Tunnel of Terror"

Batman finds himself atop a moving train, fighting the Wizard's men, but he's heading for a quick stop.  

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the second episode of this 15 chapter series.  In it, they talk about the literal ups and downs of the story, Johnny Duncan as Robin and how the "Tunnel of Terror" title may not be appropriate considering when the tunnel appears.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 6:00am EST

1949 - Episode One 
"Batman Takes Over"

Batman and Robin are called into service when a device that can control vehicles is stolen by the Wizard.  Who is the Wizard and what is his ultimate goal?

John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave  and we're discussing the 15 chapter movie serial of 1949.  There are many elements that we would recognize from the comics, but in the end, is this finally proper Batman?  We get into that and lament what wasn't to be seen in this serial.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 5:00am EST

"He Who Laughs Last"

April 16, 1977

The Joker is back in Gotham City and he's bent on revenge on Batman for putting him away previously.

John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are back in the Batcave talking about an episode that ticks all the boxes when it comes to Filmation Batman 1977.  In it, they discuss how this story seems more like a Riddler story, muse about Batman leaving Batgirl alone in the Batcave, and wonder how a Joker plane looks more like a helicopter.​

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Category:Filmation 77 -- posted at: 5:00am EST

"The Return of the Sorcerer"
Aired: Novmber 6/13, 1976

The Sorcerer returns and has plans to trap Electra Woman and Dyna Girl inside Merlin's mirror.  John and Kevin Eldridge of The Flopcast are back in Electra-Base keeping Frank company.

This time around, they discuss the set design, the "science" behind the time travel take in this story, and cosplaying Frank Heflin.  Take a listen and let us know what you think by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:Electra Woman and Dyna Girl -- posted at: 12:04am EST

"Music Man"
October 9, 1976

Monster Squad was a one season NBC Saturday morning live action show for kids in 1976.  In it, Walt, who worked in his uncle's wax museum, discovered that he could bring the figures of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman to life.  Wanting to atone for the sins of their past, the trio, with Walt's crime computer set out on a mission to stop evil wherever they found it.

We move on to the fifth episode with the villain - Music Man.  This one clearly has Batman 66 DNA all over it from the henchmen to the humor to the appearance of Stanley Ralph Ross.

John and Joe Crowe of RevolutionSF and the Dragoncon American SciFi Classics Track discuss "Primrose Lane", the humor of Marty Allan and Stanley Ralph Ross' desire to be an actor.

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Category:Monster Squad -- posted at: 12:01am EST

The Adventures of Superman
Batman's Great Mystery

Batman is not acting like himself.  He's showing up at anti-American meetings and encouraging people to support the Germans in World War II.  Robin and Superman team up to find out what is going on.  Sounds like the makings of a great story, but is it?

John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave as we're wrapping up our look at the 1943 serial as and taking a break between the movie serials of the 1940s by looking at one of the multiple appearances of Batman and Robin on the Superman radio show.  The thing is, who is this man they call Batman?  Jim has a lot of issues with this rendition he feels makes the 43 Batman look legit.  It's so bad, we spend as much time talking about Superman as we do Batman.  Plus, we briefly discuss the Batman Mystery Club pilot radio show.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 6:00am EST

"The Chameleon"
April 9, 1977

The Chameleon is in Gotham City, looking for revenge against Batman.

John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are back in the Batcave talking about this episode that they both clearly enjoyed.  In it, they wonder why Marvel never sued Filmation for taking the names Electro and Chameleon.  They also discuss the joys of introducing new villains to the Batman universe through vehicles such as this.​

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Category:Filmation 77 -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

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