Batman vs Joker in a surfing competition

Joker gets hosed by the judges after obviously besting the Hooded Hodad!

Life was simpler then.

Cesar Romero was 59 years old when he did this! Nothing in his career would have led one to believe that he’d be so uninhibited and hilarious as the Joker, although he did clown around a bit in Ocean’s 11 and some TV shows.

Back in the day, he starred as the Cisco Kid in a movie called “The Gay Caballero.” As the meaning of “gay” changed over the years, that title took on a second meaning, which apparently turned out to be appropriate.

14 thoughts on “Batman vs Joker in a surfing competition

  1. Adam West and Cesar Romero were the right kind of campy, but everyone else in that clip were terrible. That was some very bad acting.

    1. I always wondered if that was intentional. I think the guy who played Robin really couldn’t do any better, but I wonder if they cast him for just that reason.

  2. That was amazing.
    I told my sons I found a deleted scene from the Dark Knight and showed them this scene.
    I don’t think I fooled them. They agreed, though- Amazing.

  3. 1960’s Batman was a cartoon ie think Sat morning without the animation. Totally camp, but entertaining!

    btw, I’ll be here next wk same bat time, same bat station ~ please tip the waitresses. Yielding back the balance of my time …

  4. Batman only had 3 seasons but it consisted of 110 episodes. So it that was a Netflix series it would have been on between 11 to 14 seasons.

    Batman’s 2nd season was 50 episodes.

    Not sure why I find that interesting the production schedule for the 1960s Batman TV series was incredibly demanding.
    They produced 120 episodes over 3 seasons from 1966-1968, averaging about 40 episodes per season.
    Each episode had to be completed in only 7-8 days, which is an insanely quick turnaround. Most shows today take 7-10 days just to film an episode, not counting writing, prep, and post-production.
    They filmed 2 episodes back-to-back each week. So they were churning out about 80 minutes of finished footage every 7-8 days.
    The budgets were very low, especially compared to today’s TV productions. They had to cut a lot of corners and work extremely efficiently.
    And there was NO digital editing back then. Everything was edited by hand,
    They didn’t really have time for reshoots or pick-ups. Basically had to nail it the first time and keep moving. The acting and writing talent was stretched very thin with this breakneck schedule. Scripts were rushed, and actors didn’t get a lot of preparation or rehearsal time. And they didn’t strike! lol Can you imagine if tried that today!
    So the fact that they managed to produce any entertaining episodes under these constraints is a testament to the cast and crew’s dedication, creativity, and stamina. While the show was campy, it had a unique charm. But there’s no question the production was a grind for those involved.

    1. Technically, yes, they produced 120 episodes…but each “episode” was a two-parter, aired on consecutive nights, and only a half-hour each night. So really there were 60 hour-long episodes, and apparently they originally intended to run it that way, but ABC’s schedule was such that they only had two non-adjacent half-hour slots to fill, so they came up with the “cliffhanger” gimmick. Still a grueling schedule, but compare that to Bonanza, which typically filmed 33-34 hour-long episodes in a season.

      Bonus trivia: had Batman not gotten cancelled, they were planning on casting Clint Eastwood (!!) as Two-Face (!!!!).

      1. It is absolutely astounding that the major series of the 60s typically produced about 39 shows per year for the half-hour shows and 30+ for the hour shows. Gunsmoke kept that up for 20 years.

  5. 1.This was from the rather odd season three of Batman.

    2.The generally agreed best episodes of season three of Batman were the Shame episodes with the cowboy with a British accent.

    3.I’m pretty sure Gay Caballero, was the inspiration for the name of SCTV station manager Guy Caballero.

    1. 3. And Gay Paree was probably the inspiration for Gay Perry (Val Kilmer) in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a largely forgotten but nonetheless marvelous film.

      No significant puns yet inspired by the Gay 90s.

  6. Always glad to see Yvonne Craig, too bad she never exposed much. And I was surprised to see Meat Loaf in the garbage can. Mr. Loaf had range

    1. This was my favorite show as a kid in the 1970s. Channel 11 in NYC used to air a 90-minute block from 4 to 5:30 that consisted of Batman, the George Reeves Superman show, and The Lone Ranger. They didn’t actually air the episodes in the original order. They kept the cliffhanger episodes together, but the Season 3 episode were sprinkled throughout. Nothing made me happier than to see the animated Batgirl swing into the frame to kick a bad guy because it meant Yvonne Craig was in the episode. I had such a crush on her. I doubt I was the only one.

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