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Batman (Adam West) Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0464  Tuesday, 27 February 2001

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Feb 2001 18:08:59 -0500
Subject:        Batman (Adam West) Shakespeare

About ten minutes after it began, I stumbled upon an episode of the 60s
TV Batman Show (starring Adam West) in Shakespeare comes up a number of
times.  The episode was rebroadcast on the Sc-Fi Channel from 2:30-4:30
EST on Monday Feb 26, 2001.  The villain is named the Puzzler and his
sidekick, a woman named Rocket, pretends to be an aspiring actress.  The
puzzler cites "have lighted fools to dusty death" and then names Macbeth
as his source.  Shortly afterward he's says' Something wicked this way
comes" without identifying Macbeth.

Later a clue turns out to be "Zounds," which, Batman explains, "is a
Shakespearean interjection of wonder or surprise."

After Batman shows up at the mark's apartment, Batman says to him "There
are more thing in heaven and earth, Artemis, than are dreamt of in your
philosophy.  that's a quote. t's from .." and the mark, Mr. Artemis
Nabb, cuts him off and says "Hamlet.  I know. I'm familiar with
Shakespeare."

After Batman and Robin capture the Puzzler and his henchman and helper,
Puzzler says, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark and then adds
"My soul is full of discord and dismay. Hamlet Act 4 Scene 1.  line 46."

"No," Batman corrects him, "line 45."

I (mis?)remember Batman's Act, scene, and line quotations from
Shakespeare being fairly constant throughout the TV series.

Subject: More on Batman

The Puzzzler was played by Maurice Evans, hence the Shakespeare
(although the Puzzler also cites Shakespeare in Superman comics).  the
episode I saw part of was one of a two part sequence. I found the
description below at a fan website
http://www.geocities.com/~1966/episodes2.htm
65 - THE PUZZLES ARE COMING

66 - THE DUO IS SLUMMING 12/21/66 12/22/66

Starring Maurice Evans as The Puzzler

Written by Fred De Gorter. Directed by Jeffrey Hayden.
Shakespeare-spouting Puzzler gasses guests at the christening of a new
supersonic plane and relieves them of their jewelry. At the Puzzler's
balloon factory the Dynamic Duo are sent skyward, unconcious in an
aerial balloon, the basket holding our heroes set to fall back to earth
when the balloon reaches 20,000 feet.  Fred De Gorter's script actually
began as a Riddler vehicle entitled "A Penny For Your Riddles/They're
Worth A Lot More!" probably intended as an early second season episode.
Frank Gorshin was unavailable, so De Gorter rewrote the script for a new
villain, Mr. Conumdrum, titled "The Conumdrums are Coming/The Duo is
Slumming," changed to the Puzzler (actually a Superman villain in the
comic books). As a result, the Puzzler is merely a lightweight Riddler
copycat. Robin's stuntman Victor Paul remembered filming the fight on
the Lear Jet in #65. "The owner is standing there watching us. They're
trying to shove me into the engine. The fat henchmen got on the wing and
the plane titled down. It actually leaned way over, and touched the
ground. The owner ran out and said, 'What are you doing? This is a
two-and-a-half- million-dollar-plane and you guys are going to ruin
it!'" BatBits: Watch for Andy Devine's cameo as Santa in a Batclimb in
#66.

A later episode parodied a famous line from Julius Caesar:

100 - THE UNKINDEST TUT OF ALL 10/19/67

  Starring Victor Buono as King Tut

Written by Stanley Ralph Ross. Directed by Sam Strangis. The Nabob of
the Nile returns to Tut-nes after being hit on the head with a brick
during a love-in. Tut phones Bruce Wayne and accuses him of being
Batman, leading Wayne to appear in public with the Caped Crusader.
Batgirl and Batman foil Tut's plot to pilfer a priceless collection of
ancient Egyptian scrolls. The third season's smaller budgets are obvious
here, as Tut is reduced to working out of a tent that is bigger on the
inside than the outside. BatBits: According to publicity, comedienne
Patti Gilbert as Tut's moll ended up konking Yvonne Craig on the head
three times in order to get a good take for the bit with the break-away
vase.
 

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