<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->

Batman: The Minstrel's Shakedown (1)

The Minstrel is wreaking havoc at the Gotham Stock Exchange by changing the daily quotations for all the stocks. He then makes a demand of $1,000 a week from each stockholder or he'll continue to mess up the quotes.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 9713-1
Airdate: Wednesday September 21st, 1966

Special Guest Stars
Van JohnsonVan Johnson
As The Minstrel (Special Guest Villain)

Guest Stars
Leslie PerkinsLeslie Perkins
As Amanda (Octavia)
Remo PisaniRemo Pisani
As Bass
Norman GrabowskiNorman Grabowski
As Treble
Del MooreDel Moore
As TV Newsman
Army ArcherdArmy Archerd
As Putnam
John GallaudetJohn Gallaudet
As Cortland
Eddie GarrettEddie Garrett
As First Broker
Herbert MossHerbert Moss
As Second Broker
Stu WilsonStu Wilson
As Third Broker

Phyllis DillerPhyllis Diller
As Scrubwoman
Main Cast
Adam WestAdam West
As Bruce Wayne/Batman
Burt WardBurt Ward
As Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin The Boy Wonder
Alan NapierAlan Napier
As Alfred Pennyworth
Neil Hamilton (1)Neil Hamilton (1)
As Commissioner James W. Gordon
Stafford ReppStafford Repp
As Chief O'Hara
Madge BlakeMadge Blake
As Aunt Harriet Cooper
William DozierWilliam Dozier
voiced Narrator


At the Gotham City Stock Exchange, stocks fluctuate wildly and buyers and sellers alike. At police headquarters, Commissioner Gordon tunes in to watch a newscast. Bruce, Dick, and Aunt Harriet are watching at the manor. The villainous Minstrel intercepts the signal and sings about how he will solve their problems... if they pay him $1,000 per week per stock member. He tells them that they will mail them to his Swiss bank account and they should notify him with an ad in the newspaper...

Read the full recap
Episode Quotes
The Minstrel: A helpful minstrel I, when I see folks in trouble. Then I come on the double, with counsel both soothing and wise. With counsel both soothing and wise.

The Minstrel: Good night Batman, good night Robin. Good night Batman, I'm going to leave you now.

Batman: What a pity, Robin. That a man of his musical talents, who could bring such pleasure to millions of people, should pervert that genius to criminal anti-social ends.
Robin: Especially when he could earn a good living from just records.

Robin: Holy hotspot, Batman! What can we do?
The Minstrel: Nothing, Boy Wonder, nothing but cook.

The Minstrel: Batman and Robin rotate and revolve. As the heat grows, your bodies dissolve. When it's still hotter, then you will melt. Nothing left but your utility belt.

(cooking on a giant spit)
Robin: Is this it, Batman? Is this the end?
Batman: If it is, Robin, let's not lose our dignity.

Narrator: Can this be true? Is the melodic fiend finally cooking the duo's goose? Check the thermometer on your radar grill... Be here tomorrow. Same hot time, same hot channel...

Episode Goofs
When the scubwoman hands Robin the mop in the hallway...

in the next shot the position of the Caped Crusaders changes relative to the wall and the fixture in the background. The fixture is no longer to the side of them and is now behind them.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerWilliam Dozier
ProducerHowie Horwitz
Associate ProducerWilliam P. D'Angelo
Unit Production ManagerSam Strangis
MusicNelson Riddle
Music EditorSam Horta
Music SupervisorLionel Newman
Set DecoratorWalter M. Scott  |  Chester L. Bayhi
Post Production SupervisorJames Blakeley
Director of PhotographyHoward Schwartz
Production SupervisorJack Sonntag
Art DirectorSerge Krizman  |  Jack Martin Smith
Post Production CoordinatorRobert Mintz
Based On The Works OfBob Kane
Script EditorCharles Hoffman (1)
Film EditorJ. Frank O'Neill
Assistant DirectorRobert G. Stone
Executive In Charge Of ProductionWilliam Self (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerCharles B. Fitzsimons
Sound Effects EditorHarold E. Wooley
Make-up SupervisorBen Nye
Script ConsultantLorenzo Semple, Jr.
Supervising Music EditorLeonard A. Engel
Theme MusicNeal Hefti
Men's WardrobeAndrew Pallack
Hair Styling SupervisorMargaret Donovan
Supervising Sound Effects EditorRalph Hickey
Missing Information
Click here to add Episode Notes
Click here to add Music
Click here to add Cultural References
Click here to add Episode References
Click here to add Analysis