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Monday, April 22, 2013

Batman (1966)

Starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
(actor & director credits courtesy

Costumed crimefighters Batman and Robin must face an alliance of their archvillains: The Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin, and The Riddler.

A huge hit on television in the 1960s, the Batman TV series, based on the hero's comic book adventures, and featuring amusing plots and big-name guest stars as the colorful villains, also launched this feature film, with nearly all the series regulars reprising their roles, except for the role of Catwoman, played by a capable and alluring replacement in Lee Meriwether here.  It's been a favorite movie of mine for many years, with tongue in cheek humor that's not daring or groundbreaking but makes for a fun time nevertheless, and features a very good music score by composer Nelson Riddle and some nifty special effects by L.B. Abbott and his team.

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