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1943 Batman Serial
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About Serials:
Serial Films were some of the earliest forms of film during the silent era through to the 1950s, often episodic in form (usually with 12-15 parts) and
simplistic in plot, that were shown over a period of weeks or years. The multi-part films consisted of episodes that could be anywhere between fifteen
and twenty minutes in length. The segments were presented one chapter at a time in weekly installments over the course of time. Serials were usually
included during the shorts projected in a neighborhood movie theatre, offered before the feature film, B-western, or Saturday afternoon 'kiddie' matinee.
They were often scheduled along with lots of cartoons, newsreels, other two-reelers, and theatrical trailers/previews.
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THE BATMAN 1943 SERIAL by Columbia Pictures
Further Details:
Batman was a 15-chapter serial released in 1943 by Columbia Pictures.

The serial starred Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin. J. Carrol Naish played the villain, an original character named Dr. Daka. Rounding out
the cast were Shirley Patterson as Linda Page (Bruce Wayne's love interest), and William Austin as Alfred.

The film is notable for being the first filmed appearance of Batman. Also, the film introduced "The Bat's Cave". The name was altered to the Batcave for use in
the comic books as well as the Grandfather's clock entrance. Also, the comic Alfred was overweight and clean-shaven prior to the serial's release. Austin was
trim and sported a thin moustache. The comic Alfred's appearance was altered to match that of Austin's, and remains the same to this day.

The Casting:

Lewis Wilson's face resembled that of Bruce Wayne and he played his part with sincerity. However, his physique was unathletic and "thick about the middle"
while his voice was both too high and had a Boston accent.

Douglas Croft was too old to play Robin and looked older still when doubled by a "hairy-legged" stuntman.

Both the actors and their stunt doubles lacked the "style and grace" of either the comic characters they were portraying or their equivalents at Republic
Pictures.  Although the Batman costume was based on his first appearance both costumes were unconvincing. The Batman costume was baggy and "topped by
pair of devils horns."

-source: wikipedia
Chapter Titles:
1) The Electrical Brain
2) The Bat's Cave
3) The Mark of the Zombies
4) Slaves of the Rising Sun
5) The Living Corpse
6) Poison Peril
7) The Phoney Doctor
8) Lured By Radium
9) The Sign of the Sphinx
10) Flying Spies
11) A Nipponese Trap
12) Embers of Evil
13) Eight Steps Down
14) The Executioner Strikes
15) The Doom of the Rising Sun


Credits:
Director: Lambert Hillyer
Producer: Rudolph C. Flothow
Screenwriter: Victor McLeod, LeslieSwabacker, Harry Fraser


Cast:
Batman/Bruce Wayne: Lewis Wilson
Robin/Dick Grayson: Douglas Croft
Dr. Tito Daka: J. Carrol Naish
Linda Shirley Patterson: Shawn Smith
Alfred: William Austin
Capt. Arnold: Charles C. Wilson
Ken Colton: Charles Middleton
Foster: Robert Fiske
Preston: Michael Vallon
Martin Warren: Gus Glassmire
Number of Chapters: 15

Studio: Columbia

Color: Black & White
This Serial is now available on DVD!
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The Plot:
Based on the comic book characters of Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Batman and the Boy wonder do battle with the evil Dr. Daka. With the aid of his zombie army
he tries to steal America's radium for the Axis powers
1943 Batman Serial