Batman

Season 2 Episode 9

The Greatest Mother of Them All

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 05, 1966 on ABC
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Ma Parker, "The Greatest Mother of Them All," brings her family to Gotham City and launches a major crime spree. However, the entire scheme is a plan to get her and her children captured so that they can take control of Gotham City Penitentiary.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Adam West

    Adam West

    Bruce N. Wayne/Batman

    Madge Blake

    Madge Blake

    Aunt Harriet Cooper

    Burt Ward

    Burt Ward

    Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin The Boy Wonder

    Alan Napier

    Alan Napier

    Alfred Pennyworth

    Stafford Repp

    Stafford Repp

    Chief O'Hara

    William Dozier

    William Dozier

    Narrator

    Shelley Winters

    Shelley Winters

    Ma Parker

    Guest Star

    Fran Ryan

    Fran Ryan

    Chairlady

    Guest Star

    James Griffith

    James Griffith

    Tiger

    Guest Star

    David Lewis

    David Lewis

    Warden Crichton

    Recurring Role

    James O'Hara

    James O'Hara

    Policeman

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • When Ma gets into the cab of the truck, she says in a normal voice she has a slight headache. A few minutes later, Batman says he overheard the comment. At the time Ma said it, Batman was far enough away that he had to run for 10 seconds to get to where the truck was parked. He couldn't have heard her from that distance over the sound of the truck's engine.

      • When Ma hijacks the truck outside of the theater, she has the truck driver stay in the cab, while she orders her two boys into the back. One trips and is left behind. As the truck drives away, the driver has disappeared and her remaining boy is driving.

      • As the police open fire when Ma Barker shoots at them, the paper wads from the blanks they're using drift down and are clearly visible against the black hoods of the police cars.

      • Ma Parker and her felonious family are loosely based on the real gangstress Kate "Ma" Barker and her sons Herman, Lloyd, Arthur and Fred. They teamed up with Alvin Karpis and several other criminals forming The Barker-Karpis Gang which rampaged across the Midwest from 1931 to 1935. While the Parker family characters are based on "Ma" Barker's sons, the names of those sons come from a variety of sources. The Mad Dog Parker name is lifted from the 1941 movie classic High Sierra starring Humphrey Bogart who played the desperate gangster Roy "Mad Dog" Earle. Machine Gun Parker's moniker comes from Machine Gun Kelly , a notorious criminal during the Prohibition Era who spent 17 years on Alcatraz Island into his old age where he became known as "Pop Gun Kelly." Pretty Boy Parker comes from Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd, a notorious American bank robber who was gunned in East Livermore, Ohio by local law enforcers and FBI agents led by Melvin Purvis on October 22, 1934.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Batman: Come on, Robin. Let's help a little old lady across the street... and into the penitentiary!

      • Robin: Holy gunpowder, Batman! What can we do?
        Batman: Remember, Robin, they say an army travels on its stomach.
        Robin: I get it, Batman! We crawl along the roof!
        Batman: Precisely, Robin.

      • Robin: Holy Wernher von Braun! Look at that wheelchair go!

      • Narrator: Ma Parker ruling the Pen! Dynamite in the engine! Will the Batmobile be blasted? Will the Boy Wonder be bombed? Will Batman be blown to bits? It can't be true! Or can it? Don't miss the next Bat-Episode! Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!

      • Batman: This criminal record is incredible. How, gentlemen, how has this Ma Parker remained at large?
        Gordon: She's crafty, Batman, she's clever. But most of all, she's motherly.

      • Batman: Ma Parker's girl is more dangerous than her three boys.
        Robin: Her legs sort of reminded me of Catwoman's.
        Batman: You're growing up, Robin. Remember, in crimefighting always keep your sights raised.

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Mad Dog Parker shoves a sliced piece of grapefruit into his sister's face. This act alludes to a scene in the 1931 gangster film Public Enemy , where Tom Powers (played by the late legendary James Cagney) pushes half a slice of grapefruit into the face of Kitty (played by the late Mae Clarke). This piece of screen history was improvised by Cagney and Clarke as a practical joke on the set for the crew, but Director William Wellman eventually kept the shot in the film. At the time that scene caused a public outcry for it to be censored.

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