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Top 8 Batman Window Cameos

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By Robert T. Trate     September 03, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Time, Space, and Genres Collide!
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Batman was only on for three years. It left an impression on the pop culture universe that has never dissipated. In November of 2014, the complete series will finally arrive on Blu-ray and DVD (see details here). Since the series went off the air, Bat Fans have been subjugated to faded telecasts and cut up episodes. One of the many things that ended up on the chopping block was Batman’s famous “Window Cameos”. Here are Mania’s “Top 8 Batman Window Cameos”. They are a collection of talent that crosses not only time, but the impossible. Like much of the Batman 1966 series, just go with it and try not to think too much. 
 
We could have shown YouTube clips with this article, but haven’t we seen enough of them; grainy and fuzzy completely not worth it? We are ready for these Blu-rays, now more than ever. 
 
Cameo: Jerry Lewis

Episodes: 29 - The Bookworm Turns
Air Date: April 20th, 1966
Villain: The Bookworm (Roddy McDowall)
This is the very first one, so it automatically makes the list. I’ve never been a fan of Jerry Lewis, but it was nice to see someone else deliver one of Robin’s “Holy...” lines. 
 
Cameo: Dick Clark

Episode: 35 - Shoot A Crooked Arrow
Air Date: September 7th, 1966
Villain: Archer (Art Carney)
Batman and Robin are actually going down here. Clark has no idea who they are, but Batman knows he is from Philadelphia because he dipped his dip thing. 
 
Cameo: The Green Hornet (Van Williams) and Kato (Bruce Lee)

Episode: 41- The Spell of Tut
Air Date: September 28th, 1966
Villain: King Tut (Victor Bruno)
The first of three occurrences where the Green Hornet and Kato are either mentioned or appear. Oddly enough, in this episode, they are known to Batman and Robin as crime fighters. When they appear in “A Piece of the Action” (Episode 85) they are believed to be criminals. 
 
Cameo: Sammy Davis Jr.

Episode: 45 - The Clock King’s Crazy Crime
Air Date: October 12th, 1966
Villain: The Clock King (Walter Slezak)
Only the Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr., would invite the Dynamic Duo into this pad to hear him rehearse. Then he tops that invite by asking them to come to his next show. If only Sammy would have made a full appearance on Batman. 
 
Cameo: Werner Klemperer as Colonel Klink

Episode: 60 - It’s The Way You Play the Game
Air Date: December 1st, 1966
Villain: Shame (Cliff Robertson)
Wait... what? Yes, somehow Col. Klink has traveled through space and time and left WW2 Germany for 1966 Gotham. What is even more confounding is Robin telling him to say high to Hogan for them. 
 
Cameo: Ted Cassidy as Lurch
Episode: 61 - The Penguin’s Nest
Air Date: December 7th, 1966
Villain: The Penguin (Burgess Meredith)
I can’t buy Col. Klink in Gotham, but Lurch from The Adams Family, hell yes! 
 
Cameo: Santa Claus (played by Andy Devine)

Episode: 66 - The Duo is Slumming
Air Date: December 22nd, 1966
Villain: The Puzzler (Maurice Evans)
Batman sums it up perfectly, “If you can’t trust Santa, who can you trust?”
 
Cameo: Edward G. Robinson
 
Episode: 86 - Batman’s Satisfaction
Air Date: March 2nd, 1967
Villain: Colonel Gumm (Roger C. Carmel)
The great Edward G. Robinson has one of the longest window encounters as he and the Dynamic Duo discuss art and disrespect Andy Warhol. 
 
Batman: The Complete Television Series (Blu-ray+UltraViolet) Limited Edition arrives on November 11th, 2014. Pre-Order it HERE.
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Wiseguy 9/3/2014 4:53:26 AM

 LOL this piece put a smile on my face.

HomestarRunner 9/3/2014 6:25:30 AM

I had no idea about the Col. Klink cameo. Too funny!

egoist 9/3/2014 6:26:16 AM

 Bruce Lee was Kato?? How did I not know that. Someone's at the door. I think they're coming for my trivia card.

samurai1138 9/3/2014 6:33:12 AM

 If you didn't know Bruce was Kato, you never should have had a trivia card to begin with. 

ThunderJessica 9/3/2014 6:47:01 AM

The three times Green Hornet is seen or mentioned

1.The Joker's wild.  Bruce turns to Dick : Dick it's time for our show the Green Hornet to come on.

 

2. Was the window from Spell of Tut.

 

3. The third time was with General Gumb.

 

Also Kevin Smith(director writer actor)  wrote a digital comic about The Green Hornet and Batman a follow up from the episode "A piece of the action" on Batman and the villian again was General Gumb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RobertTrate 9/3/2014 7:12:49 AM

 WHOA... ThunderJessica, welcome to the party! Kudos for dropping that knowledge! 

millean 9/3/2014 7:20:28 AM

What a totally random idea for an article.  I think that is why I like it so much!

Can't wait for the Blu-Rays.

Also, that Kevin Smith/Ralph Garman comic team-up comic between Batman & the Green Hornet is actually in the middle of it's release in trade format.  I've read 4 of the 6 issues so far.  It's been pretty good.

 

mellowdoux 9/3/2014 10:39:11 AM

 Even though Batman was only on the air for 3 seasons, it should be noted for the kids out there that tv seasons were A LOT longer back then.

Batman clocked 120 episodes (and a movie)... almost 6 seasons, by standards today!
 

RobertTrate 9/3/2014 11:12:10 AM

 Very true mellowdoux

RobertTrate 9/3/2014 11:34:23 AM

 I have a friend, who's kids are 4 and 7. They love the movie and cannot wait for this series to arive. 

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