Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Holy Bativersary!

It was 45 years ago today that the classic American TV series Batman, starring Adam West, Burt Ward, and later Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, debuted on the ABC network. I had much to say about the program on its 40th anniversary. But this time, I just want to offer a collection of clips I found showing “Window Cameos” from that show.

Anyone who watched Batman, as I did in my far-off youth, remembers Batman and Robin periodically scaling the precipitous heights of Gotham City buildings with the help of their Batarangs and evidently super-strong Batropes. Those “Batclimbs” were enlivened with special guest appearances by entertainers and other notables of the day, including Jerry Lewis, Dick Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Ho, Art Linkletter, fellow crime-fighters the Green Hornet and Kato, Edward G. Robinson, and others who would open windows and chat for a while with the Dynamic Duo during their slow ascents.

The gags seem a bit stiff now, but nonetheless charming.

READ MORE:Batman Anniversary,” by Jason Whiton (SpyVibe); “Read the 1966 Adam West Batman TV Show Life Magazine for Free!” and “The Evolution of the Batmobile” (Bat-Blog).

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