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Batman: A Riddling Controversy (2)

Having escaped The Riddler's deadly cake, Batman and Robin turn their attention to thwarting his next crime. Riddles point the way, but as always, they mislead the unwary. Batman unravels them sufficiently to realize that the Riddler's next target is exiled South American dictator Anthony Aquila who keeps a million dollars cash on hand - exactly the amount Riddler needs! But when Batman arrives, he must allow the Riddler to go free, because the prince of puzzles has trapped the exile in a puzzle cage along with a bomb! And now that he has the money, Riddler can purchase the de-molecularizer, a disintegrator the size of a pencil flashlight! Gotham City must declare all laws against crime null and void, or police headquarters will simply cease to exist!

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x46
Production Number: 9745-PT.2
Airdate: Thursday February 09th, 1967

Special Guest Stars
John AstinJohn Astin
As The Riddler (Special Guest Villain)

Guest Stars
Deanna LundDeanna Lund
As Anna Gram
Jim LefebvreJim Lefebvre
As Across
Ken ScottKen Scott
As Down
Tom Kelly (1)Tom Kelly (1)
As TV Announcer
Bud FurilloBud Furillo
As Reporter (Bud Furillo)
Martin KosleckMartin Kosleck
As Professor Charm (Avery Evans Charm)
Main Cast
Adam WestAdam West
As Bruce Wayne/Batman
Burt WardBurt Ward
As Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin The Boy Wonder
Neil Hamilton (1)Neil Hamilton (1)
As Commissioner James W. Gordon
Stafford ReppStafford Repp
As Chief O'Hara
William DozierWilliam Dozier
voiced Narrator
Episode Quotes
Batman: We won't have to float long, old chum. If our experimental heel-and-toe Bat-Rockets perform as well as they should.
Robin: Experimental heel-and-toe Bat-Rockets? They haven't been tested yet!
Batman: Let's not put off 'til tomorrow what we can do today, Robin.

The Riddler: Light-fingered? Yes, that's what I am. Light-fingered, nimble, quick--wonderful.

Episode Goofs
"How can a man drown and not get wet?" asks one of the Riddler's riddles. The answer given within the show is if he drowns in quicksand. There are several problems with this statement. First, death within quicksand is not drowning, contrary to Batman's statement - it is asphyxiation. Drowing requires that fluid enter the lungs. Quicksand would simply keep air out of the lungs. Second, as Batman points out, generally a human won't sink in quicksand because of the mechanical properties of the semi-solid. Finally, a man would get slightly wet from immersion in quicksand, as it does contain a small quantity of water (but the properties of the semi-solid would keep it out of the lungs, though possibly not the mouth.)

Batman claims that many of those who survived the sinking of the Titanic did so by remaining calm and treading water until help arrived. When White Star's Titanic sank, it did so in water temperatures around 30° F. At these temperatures, the onset of hypothermia is rapid - around 20 minutes. In fact, most of those who survived were those fortunate enough to be in life boats. Most who actually went into the icy waters died there.

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 DecoratorBert Allen  |  Walter M. Scott
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 EditorBill Murphy (2)
Assistant DirectorBill Derwin
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
Special Photographic EffectsL.B. Abbott
Hair Styling SupervisorMargaret Donovan
Supervising Sound Effects EditorRalph Hickey
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