Batman

Zelda the Great

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 2/9/66
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  • Episode Description
  • Zelda, The Great returns to town to steal her yearly stash of money. On her visit she tricks Aunt Harriet into believing that Dick is hurt and lures her into a trap which leaves her suspended over a vat of boiling oil.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adam West

    Bruce N. Wayne/Batman

  • Anne Baxter

    Zelda

  • Jack Kruschen

    Eivol Ekdal

  • Burt Ward

    Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin: The Boy Wonder

  • Barbara Heller

    Hillary Stonewin

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Falls a bit flat for me

    By BatmanChris, Jan 02, 2014

  • Aunt Harriet abducted and held over a pot of boiling oil.

    By XMLarry, May 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Gordon: The same strange pattern every year. Precisely $100,000 each April 1st.
      O'Hara: Glory be. I've got it. It's to pay his income taxes.
      Batman: A loyal taxpayer, stooping to criminal methods?
      O'Hara: Ah, sure, when you put it that way.
      Gordon: I fear you're growing cynical, Chief O'Hara, The notion of a faithful taxpayer robbing a bank is clearly ridiculous.

    • Robin: (to Batman) Holy backfire! What have they done to poor Aunt Harri... (Robin notices a guy near them) What have they done to that Miss Cooper? (cuts to Zelda the Great's hideout as Zelda is present with Aunt Harriet in a straitjacket and hanging over a vat of boiling oil)
      Narrator: Holy backfire's right. Aunt Harriet has just one hour!! What'll it be?? Splash or salvation?? Hold a hopeful breath for Aunt Harriet until tomorrow night. Same Bat-Time!! Same Bat-Channel!!

    Notes (5)

    • This was Anne Baxter's first appearance on the show but her only one as Zelda. She later would appear in the final season as Egghead's paramour Olga, Queen of the Cossacks.

    • Zsa Zsa Gabor and Bette Davis were considered for the role of Zelda. Gabor eventually wound up playing Minerva in the series finale, Minerva, Mayhem And Millionaires.

    • This episode was originally entitled "The Inescapable Doom Trap."

    • Based on "Batman's Inescapable Doom-Trap!" from Detective Comics #346 by John Broome. Although the evil character Eivol Ekdal appeared in the story, Zelda didn't; instead the magician was a man named Carnado.

    • For once, The Dynamic Duo enter through the rear of Police HQ!

    Trivia (2)

    • For once, The Dynamic Duo enter through the rear of Police HQ.

    • When Batman tells Commissioner Gordon to be on the lookout for a female suspect, Gordon seems shocked at the thought of a criminal being a female although Robin had mentioned Catwoman only seconds earlier.

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