Batman (1966–1968)
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It's How You Play the Game 

With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars. Batman and Robin deduce his plan, but realize they ... See full summary »


Oscar Rudolph


Stanley Ralph Ross, Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)




Episode cast overview:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper (credit only)
Cliff Robertson ... Shame
Joan Staley ... Okie Annie
Milton Frome ... Laughing Leo
Timothy Scott ... Messy James
John Mitchum ... Rip Snorting
Eric Shea ... Andy Stevens
Kathryn Minner ... Old Lady


With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars. Batman and Robin deduce his plan, but realize they are too late to stop him and too slow to catch him. With little left to go on, the Dynamic Duo employ their "bat-logic" to try to figure out his next move. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

1 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This show was famous for its use of stunt casting and inside jokes, some of which are probably lost on people now. One of them is found in this episode, a parody of Shane. At the time this was originally broadcast, ABC also had a TV version of the movie, with Christopher Shea playing the role of Joey Starett. In this Batman, there is a little boy who rather closely mimics Joey Starett in the movie. As it turns out Eric Shea, who plays the little boy, is the younger brother of Christopher Shea, who played Joey in the TV version, which was on the air at the same time, although its last episode was broadcast a couple of weeks after this Batman episode. See more »


True to the "sanitization" of television violence in this era, although Robin is shot by Shame, and Batman subsequently cuts the embedded bullet out of Robin's heel with his Batknife, there's not a trace of blood to be seen anywhere. See more »


Batman: Let's go, Robin. We've set another youth on the road to a brighter tomorrow.
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References Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) See more »

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Chief Crashing Bore a bum steer
12 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"It's How You Play the Game" begins with Batman shaking loose his stake, allowing him to use his cape the way a matador would in a bullfight, steering the stampeding cattle away from Robin, after which he advises little Andy (Eric Shea) to always listen to his mother and father. A visit to disc jockey Hot Rod Harry (an unbilled Jack Carter) sends them over to used car dealer Laughing Leo (Milton Frome, from the Batman feature film), who loses his smile once the name Shame is mentioned. The 'bloodthirsty bushwhacker' has another ace up his sleeve, targeting Black Angus cattle worth $300,000 each, to sell out West at a tidy profit, but isn't too pleased to learn that the Dynamic Duo remain alive and on his trail. In fact, Cliff Robertson's best moment is when he goes into a shooting rage, roaring like a bull in heat and no cow in sight! Once the Black Angus is captured, Shame keeps them together at the KO Corral, while little Andy ("come back Shame!") remains determined to get back his stolen radio. The Batclimb cameo finds Werner Klemperer in his familiar guise as Colonel Klink from HOGAN'S HEROES, a bit out of place for a WW2 character to be in modern day Gotham City, but no more awkward than Andy Devine as Santa Claus. As good as this introductory episode is, Cliff Robertson actually topped it with his repeat performance in "The Great Escape"/"The Great Train Robbery," where Chief Crashing Bore gives way to Chief Standing Pat!

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