Batman

True or False Face

Season 1, Ep 17, Aired 3/9/66
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  • Episode Description
  • False Face is on the loose in Gotham City and launches a barrage of tricky true-or-false crimes. His captured assistant lures Batman and Robin into a trap and the protean pretender leaves them to be run over by a subway train.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adam West

    Bruce N. Wayne/Batman

  • Malachi Throne

    False Face

  • Myrna Fahey

    Blaze

  • Burt Ward

    Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin: The Boy Wonder

  • Alan Napier

    Alfred Pennyworth

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Scary

    By BatmanChris, Jan 02, 2014

  • bat man 1966

    By CharlieTurner, Aug 01, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Narrator: Another glorious, sun-drenched day in Gotham City. A fitting day for nuptials, exhibits, or grand theft!

    • Blaze: You've got quite a grip there, Caped Crusader.
      Batman: A sound mind in a sound body. A necessity in the relentless war against crime.

    • Batman: Blaze. She's as elusive as a flickering flame.
      Robin: I'll bet that's how she earned her nickname.
      Batman: I warrant you, we'll snuff out her fiery criminal career.

    • False Face: Boys, we are about to double-dupe Batman and Robin until the Dexterous Duo is duped, decoyed, and diabolically destroyed!

    • Bruce Wayne: Mr. Ladd, we'll keep you informed and let you know just as soon as your missing money truck is found.
      Mr. Ladd: Bless you, Batman. Every law-abiding citizen of Gotham City goes with you today in spirit.
      Ladd's Secretary: And if it were possible, in body.

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    Notes (5)

    • Part of the episode was actually filmed on the Mayberry exterior for The Andy Griffith Show at Desilu Studios.

    • In the opening credits of this episode and the second and in the closing credits of this episode the Special guest Villain was billed as ??? as False Face. It was only in the ending credits of the second episode that Malachi Thorne was credited.

    • Although Finger's original creation hasn't reappeared in recent times, the animated Batman Beyond series revived the idea of a villain named Falseface for an episode called Plague. Malachi Throne did not voice the character but another character, Fingers, in 11 episodes later called Speak No Evil.

    • Malachi Throne's real face is briefly seen when he is "disguised" as the armored car guard, although he's wearing a presumably fake mustache.

    • The late Bill Finger created False Face in Batman #113 (February 1958); this episode was based on a June 1958 comic book story featuring The Protean Plunderer.

    Trivia (3)

    • False Face's henchmen are named after security agencies: Pinkerton & Burns of the detective agency, and the Brinks Security.

    • Stafford Repp, despite the fact that Chief O'Hara is supposed to be unconscious, is rather noticeably walking himself into the Trick-Truck.

    • Rather foolishly, Falseface straps Batman and Robin to two separate sets of parallel tracks. The passing subway car would kill one of them, but not both.

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