Batman (1966–1968)
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Death in Slow Motion 

The Riddler is back, and is pursuing a silent movie theme with his latest scheme.


Charles R. Rondeau


Richard Carr (as Dick Carr), Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)




Episode cast overview:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper (credit only)
Frank Gorshin ... The Riddler
Sherry Jackson ... Pauline
Francis X. Bushman ... Mr. Van Jones
Richard Bakalyan ... C. B.
Theodore Marcuse ... Von Bloheim (as Theo Marcuse)
Burt Brandon Burt Brandon ... Wolf
Walter Woolf King ... Theater Manager
Judy Pace ... Theater Cashier


Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Kops raid the till at the newly opened Gotham movie theater. The culprits turn out to be 'The Riddler' and his gang in disguise. They lead the Dynamic Duo on a crime spree chase from Mother Gatham's Bakery, past the Gotham Library, and into a Temperance Party. At each of these events, the villains are accompanied by German film maker Van Bloheim who captures everything on celluloid. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

27 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



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"Washington Center" is a play on New York City's Lincoln Center, home of the Metropolitan Opera House, the Lincoln Center Theater, David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall), the David H. Koch Theater (formerly the New York State Theater), Alice Tully Hall, the Juilliard School, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. See more »


In all previous episodes, Batman states he never gambles. However in the Commissioner Gordon's office he deduces the Riddler will be at Mother Gotham's Bakery and bets Gordon a dollar that he is right. See more »


The Riddler: Riddle me this, my criminal crew! When does the Boy Wonder rhyme with "bubble"?
Pauline: When he's in trouble?
The Riddler: Wrong! When he's double!
[laughing fiendishly]
The Riddler: Split in two halves, right down the middle!
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Frank Gorshin doing Chaplin
19 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Death in Slow Motion" was Frank Gorshin's last Riddler adventure until his single third season finale, and by the standards of this first season the silliest yet. An homage to silent comedy, the supporting cast is a dream: Francis X. Bushman, former star of silents, as Mr. Van Jones, an avid collector of silent movie prints, while the beautiful moll is voluptuous Sherry Jackson, with Burt Brandon, Theo Marcuse, and Richard Bakalyan (later seen opposite King Tut, Louie the Lilac, and The Joker) as Riddler henchmen. Walter Woolf King, former co-star of Laurel and Hardy and The Marx Brothers, opens the story as the theater manager who watches The Riddler's impersonation of Charlie Chaplin and thinks it's all an act (he actually steals the box office receipts of $200). The Count of Conundrums has been commissioned by Van Jones to film the first silent comedy in 3 decades, to star an unwitting Batman and Robin, usually a step behind every move made by their arch nemesis. An afternoon gathering featuring spiked lemonade finds Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara telling each other how they really feel! The cliffhanger is a familiar one from the primitive early silent days, Robin on the conveyor belt, about to be sawed in half, leaving the Boy Wonder beside himself! The theater cashier is played by the breathtaking beauty Judy Pace, whose career extended another two decades.

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