Batman 1.4 – The Penguin’s a Jinx

Daniel had a moment of panic as last night’s cliffhanger was continued, and it looked for a couple of moments as though Bruce Wayne would be pitched into a furnace with temperatures reaching 10,000 degrees. We know that, because the sign above the furnace door warns us of this grim fate. That’s a very, very hot furnace. The surface of the sun is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, but Batman is, of course, prone to exaggeration.

This story is a loose adaptation of Batman #169, which was published in February 1965, with one notable change. Well, several changes, actually, but in the comic, Batman unwittingly suggests the plot to steal a jeweled meteorite, which the Penguin carries off. In the show, Batman concludes that the museum is too heavily guarded and burglary-proof (in Gotham City? Really?), and suggests instead that the Penguin is out to kidnap a movie star named Dawn Robbins, who’s played by Leslie Parrish. She had played Daisy Mae in Li’l Abner, and come to think of it, we’re watching another Abner alumnae, Billie Hayes, in H.R. Pufnstuf. Hayes had played Mamie Yokum. And of course, the actress who played Stupefyin’ Jones will be popping up on our screens in a few weeks!

Apart from the minor whimpering at the beginning of the episode, Daniel was kind of indifferent on average. He lost focus a little bit and rolled on the floor, and a brief moment of kind of obviously phony fear ended up with him sitting in Mommy’s lap for a moment before he started wallering on her and was, briefly, behind her. But he paid attention to the final fight, and told us that he liked it best “when they whirled and twirled and then they cracked their heads!”

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