All the window-cameos from the old Batman TV series

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  1. Mace Moneta says:

    Cyril Lord was Carpet King, I think.

  2. James B says:

    I recall mamma didn’t want me watching Batman (or Lost in Space) , because they were too violent.  But there were only 3-1/2 channels then, so I watched it every day anyway.

    And watching these clips, I notice a similar dynamic between Batman and Robin, as between Adam and Jamie on Mythbusters.

  3. Mari Lwyd says:

    They spoon so beautifully. Like long time lovers comforted by the close presence of each other ;_;

  4. Tim Noble says:

    I love how practically every guest is unable to make the slightest effort at keeping the illusion of the horizon intact. Criminy, can I get a director?

  5. Why are we walking like this?

  6. The Hamster King says:

    Ah, the good old days!  When Batman was written to appeal to adults!

  7. MrRocking says:

    Nice!

    Edward G. Robinson still had buckets of screen presence.

    Oddly enough I want to watch Kick-Ass….

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Edward G. Robinson still had buckets of screen presence.

      Yeah, but where are Hillary Brooke, Elisha Cook, Sir C. Aubrey Smith and Freddie Bartholomew?

  8. unit_1421 says:

    The lawsuit involving Cyril Lord Carpets is pretty interesting.

  9. Paul Renault says:

    That ‘rope’ must be made from spider silk, it’s sooo thin!

  10. Donald Petersen says:

    How ’bout that.  I grew up watching these (in 1970s reruns), and I’m pretty sure I remember seeing them all, but as a kid I had no idea that any of these were celebrity cameos.  I just thought they were random citizens of Gotham.

    I suppose if I’d seen any episodes in the years between, say, 1979 and now, I’d have realized why these were always so awkward, and who the hell these people were.

  11. bcsizemo says:

    All I can hear is Mayor West…

    -It’s like when someone says, “Good news everybody!” I automatically hear it in Professor Farnworth’s voice.

    • sean says:

       The pervasive effect of the Media! What is sad is that whenever I look at a full moon, the theme music to “The Honeymooners” swells up in my brain. “Dah dah DAH dah- dah da dah…

  12. digi_owl says:

     The bat must have upgraded his kit, these days his lines come with a winch able to pull him to the roof in seconds.

  13. BombBlastLightingWaltz says:

    Bruce Lee looks great as Kato and Sammy Davis Jr. is a natural infront of the camera. 

  14. Nawel says:

     good to see there’s another guy who still remembers the days when there were 2 or 3 channels on TV :)

  15. sean says:

    Boy was that show lame. They didn’t even try. I cannot understand its current hallowed place in the “Pantheon of Cool Things Deserving of Worship”, and I was 11 when it came out. You’d think I’d be one of those people that get all googy about it. I guess you must need that irony thing to appreciate it.

  16. Brainspore says:

    I can’t wait to see who they get to do this gag for “The Dark Knight Rises.”

  17. Speaking of Caped Crusading, how about this early precursor to Eminem’s “Stan”, written and arranged by Frank Zappa:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjoLQbJCPTI

  18. petsounds says:

    Strange, the flute flourish before Mr. White Guy Playing Stereotype Mexican popped out sounded oftly like the intro to Star Trek (TOS) and I thought Captain Kirk would show up.

  19. Preston Sturges says:

    Slightly off topic, here’s Julie Newmar having the time of her life running across roof tops as Cat Woman. No body doubles there thank you very much!  Notice how fast she makes it up three flights of stairs in heels. Easily the most athletic person ever on the show (except BrueLee’s cameos) Julie would have easily kicked Adam West’s butt in a standup fight. 

    http://youtu.be/JUZmKNfyVd0

    • Dave Jenkins says:

      at 1:43, Robin asks Batman what they should do (after Catwoman sez to ‘come and get her’):
      ROBIN TO BATMAN: “What now, Mon Ami?”

      Yeah, they knew.

      • Preston Sturges says:

        I loved the scenes of her running on the roof, because she danced on Broadway and in the movies and was a ballerina. First she runs near the edge of the roof pretending to be off balance, and it’s dance improv. Then she run across the roof and jumps over some small thing and her back foot kicks up waist high, ballet style.  If she had been 6 inches shorter, she could have been a major star.

        Here she is in the movie version of L’il Abner
        http://youtu.be/QPzvv2v2keI

  20. darkjayson says:

    Watch any old clip of adam west as batman, him saying a pun, batsunglasses comes out and on, yeahhHHHHHHHHHH

  21. akbar56 says:

    very off topic but related to the “every instance of” category: every mention of “Double O” from every single James Bond film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ7SwhNteyw
    (full disclosure: I edited this)

  22. Bob Knetzger says:

    Holy time machine, it seems like yesterday…  

    Adam West is so perfect in his deadpan, earnest delivery; “STATLEY Wayne manor!”  

    Also really love the go-with-it campy hokeyness…and the kooky details like the artificially stiffened batcape, but with the telltale tips hanging ‘down.’

  23. You’d think with all that climbing they wouldn’t have such scrawny legs.

  24. Suburbancowboy says:

    They were awful nice to Colonel Klink, considering they knew exactly who he was. Wouldn’t Batman have captured him, and had him tried for war crimes?

    • Dave Jenkins says:

      I thought about that, but Clink wasn’t a Nazi, he was Luftwaffe– the German Air Force.  Relatively, they actually acted with some honor, insisting in controlling the POW camps instead of the Gestapo (anticipating that POWs would need to be exchanged for their German flying brethren caught in the UK).

      Moreover, Batman was such a good detective, that he knew Clink was Hogan’s greatest asset.

  25. CyberIstari says:

    Given the comics of the time… the series doesn’t look THAT much more campy. (Though I have a low tolerance for both.)

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      It was pretty campy. It wasn’t until I grew up that I understood why one of Catwoman’s henchmen was named Spade.

  26. ArimasuKa says:

    “You dipped your dipthong.” 
    This is now my favourite Batman quote. If I knew how to type a heart I would type it.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      If you’re using Windows, Alt plus 3 on the number pad. ♥

      • Andrew Kane says:

        Alt codes are cool, but somewhat OS-specific and don’t work everywhere.
        Another way is to use “character entities” → HTML, Unicode, or whatever…

        Do ♥ to get ♥

        Of course, these don’t work quite everywhere either, but are useful if you use a lot of different computers ☺

  27. freaking awesome…sad thing is as a kid I don’t recall any of these…I guess this went over my head. Can someone confirm if these were all actors with current shows on the same network…thus the cross marketing? I had to look up several of these people as their stardom didn’t hold up…so since some of them seem B or D actors, they had to have shows then…right?

    • Preston Sturges says:

      Not all of them had shows at that time, there were character actors, comedians, celebrities.   Sammy Davis had talent (beside being Sinatra’s “black friend”), but he was a Vegas celebrity and  variety show singing guest.  
      I thought Vincent Price made an appearance also? 
      Anyway, it was one of those shows where celebs would show up like “Space Ghost Coast To Coast” or “Tim and Eric Awesome Show” or the guest voices on “Robot Chicken.”

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  29. CLamb says:

    It seems the Gotham City building code only allows one type of window.

  30. cjporkchop says:

    In “Batman XXX: A Porn Parody,” Ron Jeremy makes a window cameo.

    The production values lead me to think the porn parody had a bigger budget than the original show.

  31. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. The Green Hornet and Kato cameos were great. Was this before or after their cross-over appearance with the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder?

  32. russ says:

    For best effect, turn your screen on the side.

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