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Batman (1943)
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Batman (1943) In his first screen appearance, the Caped Crusader of Gotham City (belying the lethargic facade of his alter ego Bruce Wayne) battles Dr. Daka, Japanese mastermind of a wartime espionage-sabotage group. Daka has a radium-powered death ray that pulverizes walls, a classic alligator pit to dispose of enemies, and can turn men into electronic zombies who do his bidding and transmit video signals to Daka's lab! Batman has no Batmobile, but there are bats in the Bat Cave...

Movie Tagline:
A HUNDRED TIMES MORE THRILLING ON THE SCREEN! (original 1943 one-sheet posters)

Also Known As:
An Evening with Batman and Robin
The Batman

Title: Batman
Release Date: April 15, 1943
Runtime: 260 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Buried.com Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B

MPAA Rating: Approved

Lambert Hillyer

Lewis Wilson ...Batman / Bruce Wayne
Douglas Croft ...Robin / Richard 'Dick' Grayson
J. Carrol Naish ...Dr. Tito Daka / Prince Daka
Shirley Patterson ...Linda Page
Frank Austin ...Hotel Desk Clerk [Ch. 2]
William Austin ...Alfred
Lynton Brent ...Intended Lockwood Pilot replaced by Bramwell...
Roy Bucko ...Barfly
George Chesebro ...Henchman Brennan [Chs. 1-5]
Dick Curtis ...Agent Croft of Section 50 [Chs. 10-11]
Lester Dorr ...Henchman Lawson [Chs. 10-11]
Kenne Duncan ...Fred, the Mechanic [Chs. 5-6]
Robert Fiske ...Henchman Foster [Chs. 1-4]
Sam Flint ...Dr. G. H. Borden [Ch. 1]
Jerry Frank ...Cave of Horrors Thug
Terry Frost ...Male Nurse [Ch. 7]
Jack Gardner ...Jim Bramwell, Mechanic
Gus Glassmire ...Martin Warren
Karl Hackett ...Wallace
Al Hill ...Detective
Earle Hodgins ...Joe, the Cave of Horrors Barker
Mauritz Hugo ...Doctor [Ch. 3]
Jack Ingram ...Henchman Klein [Chs. 5-14]
Warren Jackson ...Bernie, Owner of Sphinx Club
I. Stanford Jolley ...Henchman Brett [Chs. 2-5]
Eddie Kane ...J. Hanson, Bail Bondsman [Ch. 11]
George J. Lewis ...Henchman Burke [Chs. 5-14]
Tom London ...Henchman Andrews [Chs. 8-14]
Sam Lufkin ...Policeman [Chs. 2, 10]
George Magrill ...Henchman at Sphinx Club [Chs. 9-10]

» [more cast members]

Rudolph C. Flothow

Bob Kane
Victor McLeod
Leslie Swabacker
Harry L. Fraser

Lee Zahler

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Rienzi- Overture"
"Symphonie Fantastique"
"If I Were King"

More Movie Taglines:
  • A HUNDRED TIMES MORE THRILLING ON THE SCREEN! (original 1943 one-sheet posters)
  • NOW a thrilling exciting chapter play!..Based on the Batman Comic Magazine Feature appearing in Detective Comics and Batman Magazine (original 1943 posters)
  • THE NATION'S FAVORITE COMIC-BOOK HERO IN NEW HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE SERIAL!...with daring young Robin, the Boy Wonder (original 1943 posters)
  • HE MOVE LIKE A FLASH! HE RIDES LIKE THE WIND! HE CAN PUNCH LIKE A BATTERING RAM!..THe mighty red-blooded American-hero comes to thrilling life in new adventure serial! (original 1943 poster)
  • Now In The Mightiest Of Serials! The thrilling he-American hero in his hair-raising exploits...pulse-pounding adventures! (original 1943 insert posters)
Movie Quote(s):
  • Alfred Pennyworth: How many did I kill? Bruce Wayne: Seven. Alfred Pennyworth: But there were only four of the ruffians. Richard Grayson: You killed three of them twice. Alfred Pennyworth: Where are the bodies? Bruce Wayne: We threw them out the window.
  • [upon seeing Dr. Daka] Linda Page: A Jap!
  • Narrator: This was part of a foreign land, transplanted bodily to America and known as Little Tokyo. Since a wise government rounded up the immoral hoods, it has become virtually a ghost street, where only one business survives, eking out a precarious existence on the dimes of curiosity-seekers.
  • Linda Page: You think we can catch them? Bruce Wayne: Sure, I just hope we catch them before a speed cop catches us.
  • Bruce Wayne: Maybe you should go back to the hospital and wait for your uncle to call. Linda Page: I'd like to find out what's going on. Bruce Wayne: I'd like to find out how he did that disappearing act. I'd like to try that when the creditors come after me.
Movie Trivia:
  • This serial was reissued under the title "An Evening With Batman and Robin" in late 1965. There was no added footage. The program simply consisted of all of the episodes (complete with titles, credits and cliffhangers - exactly as they were shown in theaters in 1943) presented one after the other in one sitting. Contrary to popular belief, this was not done in response to the success of the 1966 "Batman" (1966) TV show. The TV show began on January 12, 1966 and "An Evening With Batman and Robin" was playing in theaters as early as December 10, 1965.
  • Because of the strict serial regulations, Batman and Robin were portrayed as FBI agents in the serial. In the comic strip at the time, however, they were vigilantes. The regulations also prevented the writers from using the Batman's Rogues Gallery, so none of Batman's villains appear in this serial and the one made in 1949.
  • This serial had several racial slurs against the Japanese, as it was made during World War II. For the original home video release, the slurs were edited out. They have been "restored" for the DVD, as it was made from original film stock and contains no editing from it's original theatrical run.
  • With this release, Batman became the first DC Comics character to have his own serial.
  • Bob Kane's name did not appear on this serial's original credits. The source credit reads "Based On The Batman Comic Magazine Feature Appearing In Detective Comics and Batman Magazines".
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