Batman

Season 2 Episode 2

Walk the Straight and Narrow

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 08, 1966 on ABC
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Walk the Straight and Narrow
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Batman and Robin evade Archer's lethal lances thanks to the Bat-Springs in their boots. The villain robs an armored car but leaves the money behind, and Batman must work out Archer's fiendish plan with the help of an impersonation by Alfred.

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  • Not the best of Batman.

    6.5
    Lets get the bad out of the way. The villian is still not a real threat and I find it terrible that he can give Batman such a hard time.



    But the good was..well, good.

    Alfred continued to be a big help by dressing as Batman when Bruce was busy. The fight "words" kept with the theme of the episode. Also, when the boat is first shown, they did a sustained camera shot from the upper part of the deck to the lower section. While the boat was clearly a staged prop, that little bit of camera work was nice.



    The weekly moll, Maid Marilyn was an odd one. When a moll decides to dump the bad guy to help Batman, they usually have a reason. But not her, she just gives Batman and Robin swords for no reason. She was safely away from the fighting and did not seem angry at the Archer. Def not angry enough to betray him.

    Overall...it was ok, but the Archer is no Joker or Riddler.moreless
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

Art Carney

Art Carney

The Archer

Guest Star

Sam Jaffe

Sam Jaffe

Zolton Zorba

Guest Star

Robert Cornthwaite

Robert Cornthwaite

Alan A. Dale

Guest Star

James O'Hara

James O'Hara

Cop

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (6)

    • The Archer's plan was to escape with the money by boat and reach Switzerland due to its banking system. However, this would be quite impossible since Switzerland is a landlocked nation. Ambassador Pleasant Stovall made the same mistake in 1913 when he invited the Swiss Navy for naval ceremonies.

    • When Alfred is impersonating Batman, he covers his white mustache with flesh colored makeup. This is quite similar to what actor Cesar Romero does with his mustache when playing the Joker.

    • The heisted truck from The Trojan Hearse Company that appears in these episodes is also heisted from Season 1 episodes "The Joker Goes To School" & "He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul".

    • The character of Zoltan Zorba was originally known as Alan A. Aardvark, but when Sam Jaffe was selected to portray the role, it was changed to Zorba as a sort of takeoff on his role of Dr. Zorba on the 1961-66 ABC medical drama Ben Casey.

    • The better part of the previous segment had Maid Marilyn supply Archer with a special audio machine, which was purloined from "a castle of a television producer who makes alleged comedy programs," and emitted applause every time Archer committed an act of treachery. Maid Marilyn accidentally smashes the machine to smithereens at the beginning of this episode.

    • The footage of The Dynamic Duo driving The Batmobile to a secluded Batpier and switching to The Batboat is edited from the 1966 Batman movie.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Bruce: We've got real trouble right here in Gotham City.
      Referencing the 1957 Broadway musical by Meredith Wilson, made into a movie in 1962. Con man Harold Hill rolls into the small town of River City, Iowa, and convinces the townsfolk to donate money so he can buy band instruments and uniforms. He has no intent of doing so, but falls in love with a librarian before he can flee with the money. One of the musical's signature songs is Ya Got Trouble, with the refrain, "You got trouble right here in River City!"

    • Et Tu Brute
      This is the last line that The Archer gives in this episode. This is also the final line given by Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar.

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