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Living 1960s "Bat-Villains" – 2018 round-up
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That Derek
2018-12-29 17:06:57 UTC
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Unless anything happens in the next three days, 2018 will go down a year no "Bat-Villains" from the original 1960s "Batman" programme died – not that there are many left to do so.

Here's the dwindling list of opening Credits Bat-Villains only – listed in order of appearance:

1) JILL ST. JOHN (born 08/19/1940) [debuting as "Molly," (colleague of "The Riddler" # 1, portrayed by Frank Gorshin), 01/12/1966 – series' premiere episode].

2) JULIE NEWMAR (born 08-16-1933) ["Catwoman" # 1, 03/16/1966].

3) LEE MERIWETHER (born 05-27-1935) [in "Batman" theatrical movie as "Catwoman" # 2, 08/03/1966 (movie debut date)].

4) JOHN ASTIN (born 03/30/1930) ["The Riddler" #2, 02/08/1967].

5) JOAN COLLINS (born 05/23/1933) ["The Siren," 09/21/1967].

6) GLYNIS JOHNS (born 10/05/1923) ["Lady Penelope Peasoup" (colleague of "Lord Marmaduke Ffogg," portrayed by Rudy Vallee), 11/23/1967].

7) BARBARA RUSH (born 01/04/1927) ["Nora Clavicle," 01/18/1968].

If one is persnickety enough to dis-count Lee Meriwether since she never portrayed "Catwoman" on the TV series, then the count goes down to six. Should one want to eliminate Misses St. John and Johns – since they were "sidekicks"/"accessories" – then the count goes down to four (Newmar, Astin, Collins, Rush)

The only actor on this list to have essayed a villain's role in more than one story arc is Julie Newmar.

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Guilty Bastard
2018-12-30 01:02:28 UTC
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1) JILL ST. JOHN (born 08/19/1940) [debuting as "Molly," (colleague of "The Riddler" # 1, portrayed by Frank Gorshin), 01/12/1966.
2) JULIE NEWMAR (born 08-16-1933) ["Catwoman" # 1, 03/16/1966].
3) LEE MERIWETHER (born 05-27-1935) [in "Batman" theatrical movie as "Catwoman" # 2, 08/03/1966 (movie debut date)].
4) JOHN ASTIN (born 03/30/1930) ["The Riddler" #2, 02/08/1967].
5) JOAN COLLINS (born 05/23/1933) ["The Siren," 09/21/1967].
6) GLYNIS JOHNS (born 10/05/1923) ["Lady Penelope Peasoup" (colleague of "Lord Marmaduke Ffogg," portrayed by Rudy Vallee), 11/23/1967].
7) BARBARA RUSH (born 01/04/1927) ["Nora Clavicle," 01/18/1968].
It's funny now to think that major celebs were fighting with their
agents to land them a role on that show.
Michael OConnor
2018-12-30 01:31:57 UTC
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Post by Guilty Bastard
It's funny now to think that major celebs were fighting with their
agents to land them a role on that show.
And "Batman" was one show that was hip from day one, unlike anything ever shown on TV before, but two years later the shine had worn off and the show was cancelled. I wish the show had gone on another season, as they supposedly had Clint Eastwood cast set to appear in an upcoming show as Two-Face, which would have been fascinating to see.

There are other shows like that which were fresh and unique, and huge the first year or so and was soon after gone and nevertheless acquired a cult audience, like "Twin Peaks" in the early 90's.
Guilty Bastard
2018-12-30 03:14:43 UTC
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Post by Michael OConnor
And "Batman" was one show that was hip from day one, unlike anything ever shown on TV before,
but two years later the shine had worn off and the show was cancelled.
I wish the show had gone on another season, as they supposedly had Clint Eastwood cast set to appear
in an upcoming show as Two-Face, which would have been fascinating to see.
Burt said it was supposed to go on for a 3rd season but some idiot threw
the set props away and it would have been far too expensive to re-create
the bat cave.
- From "Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights"

I often wondered why they didn't show the Two-Face character, instead
they gave us nonsense like False-Face, Egg Head, Colonel Gumm, and
Marsha Queen on Diamonds.
David Carson
2018-12-30 04:25:48 UTC
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I often wondered why they didn't show the Two-Face character, instead
they gave us nonsense like False-Face, Egg Head, Colonel Gumm, and
Marsha Queen on Diamonds.
They thought he would be too scary for the kiddos.

I'm actually glad Clint Eastwood's film & TV legacy doesn't include making
a lot of bad puns on the number two while wearing monster makeup.

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RHDraney
2018-12-30 10:09:49 UTC
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Post by Guilty Bastard
I often wondered why they didn't show the Two-Face character, instead
they gave us nonsense like False-Face, Egg Head, Colonel Gumm, and
Marsha Queen on Diamonds.
They thought he would be too scary for the kiddos.
I'm actually glad Clint Eastwood's film & TV legacy doesn't include making
a lot of bad puns on the number two while wearing monster makeup.
Instead, it involves him accusing a cat of eating one of his rats before
finding the missing rodent alive and well in the pocket of his lab coat:



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g***@gmail.com
2019-01-04 18:27:56 UTC
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I think "Ma Parker" would appreciate this story!

"Criminal gangs apply for jail jobs to smuggle drugs, say police"
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46750902

Police say there is growing evidence that members of organised criminal gangs are getting prison service jobs to smuggle banned items.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Hogg, who leads on prison intelligence for the National Police Chiefs' Council, said he "strongly suspects" gangs are getting their associates or family members jobs in the prison service with the intention of smuggling contraband in, although it was difficult to prove.

ACC Hogg said he was unaware of any cases where people caught with contraband in prison had been "forthcoming" about their links to organised crime - but added there were examples of people getting jobs within the prison staff and then being recruited by criminals.
Michael OConnor
2019-01-04 19:46:24 UTC
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ACC Hogg said he was unaware of any cases where people caught with contraband in prison had been "forthcoming" about their links to organised crime - but added there were examples of people getting jobs within the prison staff and then being recruited by criminals.
I recently watched that Showtime series "Escape at Dannamora" about the 2015 prison escape with the lady who ran the sewing facility at the NY prison who aided in the escape of the two men. Highly recommended series, as it showed how the guards and prison staff can be recruited by criminals. She aided by putting hacksaw blades into packages of ground beef and froze the meat to conceal the blades when she went thru the metal detectors to enter the prison. Once inside, she had a guard smuggle these special packages to the inmates, on two separate occasions, and the convicts melted the pack of hamburger and had their hacksaw blades. Both her and the guard (who was not aware of the blades being inside the meat) were sent to prison for their roles in the matter. She got three to seven years (and is still in there, and will probably serve the entire seven yards), while the guard served four months.

I remember a few years back when Charles Manson, who was under 23 hour a day solitary confinement and he had IIRC no contact whatsoever with any other prisoners, was caught with a cellphone and actually made two calls with it.
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