Death in Slow Motion

Season 1, Ep 31, Aired 4/27/66
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  • Episode Description
  • The Riddler steals box office receipts and Batman & Robin trace him to a bakery. With only the riddles that are given, Batman and Robin track the Riddler down only to be separated with Robin on the splitting block.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adam West

    Bruce N. Wayne/Batman

  • Alan Napier

    Alfred Pennyworth

  • Stafford Repp

    Chief O'Hara

  • Neil Hamilton (I)

    Commissioner James W. Gordon

  • Dick Carr

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Harmless fun

    By BatmanChris, Jan 02, 2014

  • Eh..not the best Riddler ep.

    By beowulf579, Apr 28, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Riddler: Ah, but these are special pies. Whipped sleeping cream and nuts.
      Guard: Whipped sleeping cream and nuts?
      Riddler: Nuts to you!

    • Alfred: You don't fancy, sir, that this famous desperado intends to stoop to the robbery of a lemonade stand?
      Batman: You've hit it! It fits like my glove.

    • Batman: (Reading the riddle on the wall) "Batman! As one baker to another--how do you make a dishonest shortcake?"

    • Robin: (Reading a riddle) Why is a musician's bandstand like an oven? Because that's where he makes his bread!

    • Riddler: (The Riddler has strapped Robin to a conveyor belt leading to a buzz saw) Riddle me this, my criminal crew! When does the Boy Wonder rhyme with "bubble"?
      Molly: When he's in trouble?
      Ridder: Wrong! When he's double! (laughing fiendishly) Split in two halves, right down the middle! (Riddler continues to laugh as he turns on the buzz saw) Camera ready to roll, C.B.?
      : Rolling, Riddler baby.
      Riddler: (Riddler laughs again) How do you like your sideburns, Boy Wonder? Long or short?
      Robin: Batman will get you for this, Riddler.
      Riddler: But will he get you? I believe you said he'd be here in no time. Question. Is no time in time? (Riddler then uses a knock-out spray on Robin as Riddler laughs)
      Narrator: After many gassers, here's the real buzzer!! Is Robin going to wind up as his own double?? Incredible but true, Batman will not arrive in time! Will we see the Boy Wonder sawed in two? Tune in tomorrow! Same Bat-Time! Same Bat-Channel!

    Notes (4)

    • Madge Blake is credited but doesn't appear.

    • At the end of this story, only Robin has a cliffhanger, while Batman is somewhere else.

    • Francis Xavier Bushman was a silent film star who was voted most popular leading man in American films from 1914-1917. On August 23, 1966, just a couple of months after his appearance in this episode of Batman, he passed away of a heart attack resulting from a fall. He was 83.

    • Based on "The Joker's Comedy Capers!" from Detective Comics #341 (July 1965) by John Broome.

    Trivia (1)

    • Notice during the party fight, Batman calls out to the crowd to stop fighting while his lips are not moving.

    Allusions (2)

    • Von Bloheim refers to the Batman as Die Fledermaus, German for The Bat or literally; The Flutter-mouse, a comic operetta composed Johann Strauss II.

    • Riddler's henchmen have names that refer to silent film characters or people of that era. Van Bloheim is a take-off on director-actor Erich Von Stroheim, CB refers to Cecil B. De Mille and Pauline from the 1914 movie The Perils of Pauline.

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