Batman (1966–1968)
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The Joker's Hard Times 

The Joker continues his zodiac theme as the Dynamic Duo pursues him.


Oscar Rudolph


Stephen Kandel (story), Stephen Kandel (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred (credit only)
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper (credit only)
Cesar Romero ... The Joker
Terry Moore ... Venus
Joe Di Reda ... Mars (as Joe DiReda)
Hal Baylor ... Mercury
Louis Cordova Louis Cordova ... Salesman
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Basil Bowman
Jonathan Kidd Jonathan Kidd ... 1st Zoologist
Milton Stark ... 2nd Zoologist
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Leo Crustash


Batman and Robin narrowly escape the Joker's death trap and quickly get back on the villain's trail. The villain runs the Gothham City Police Department ragged with his crimes based on the zodiac. Meanwhile, Venus, the Joker's accomplice, warms to Batman. Eventually, the Dynamic Duo again corner the Joker. But, once more, the heroes are captured. Now, Batman, Robin and Venus are chained in a shallow pool with a giant clam. The clam swallows Robin and Batman and Venus will be next on its menu. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

12 January 1967 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks the 2nd appearance of the bat-parachute pick-up van. See more »


Venus is in the water with Batman, but after Batman rescues Robin from the clam her dress is completely dry. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [narrating] When we last left saw the Dynamic Duo, the fiendish Joker had tied them to an altar in the Gotham City museum. Beneath a huge meteorite, which will fall when it's supporting cable is cut by a revolving thermite fuse. How much time before they're crushed? Certainly less than when we left them!
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Featured in Batman: Louie's Lethal Lilac Time (1968) See more »

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Even without The Penguin, the jesting jackanapes is on a roll
7 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Joker's Hard Times" continues for the second of its three chapters, Batman using his Batarang to knock the lit fuse into position to burn his bonds and free himself and Robin just before the 8 ton meteorite falls upon the altar. Meanwhile, The Joker returns to police headquarters to snatch Libra the Scales, actually the statue of Justice, worth half a million dollars in Carrara marble, then Scorpio the Duran Golden Scorpion, then finally a visit to Sagittarius the Archer, represented by millionaire Basil Bowman (Howard Wendell). With Venus (Terry Moore) turning over a new leaf, Batman is able to recover the kidnapped opera star Leo Crustash (Charles Fredericks), but only after The Joker has already cashed Leo's ransom check of $100,000. All three are pelted with Pisces the Fish to allow the devilish clown to steal the only two specimens in the world of a particular tropical fish, before ending up captured by The Joker, who wants to show he's not all bad, just mostly, intending to serve up a three course meal for his hungry giant clam. This was one of the most outrageous cliffhangers during the show's entire run, Robin seemingly swallowed whole, only one foot still dangling in plain view! Cesar Romero was not only a fine actor, he was able to laugh up a storm to bring Joker to vibrant life in several celebrated entries.

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