Batman (1966–1968)
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The Great Train Robbery 

After his previous battle with the Terrific Trio, Shame now has Batgirl as a hostage. He agrees to a swap when he realizes that Batman and Robin also have Calamity Jan's mother, Frontier ... See full summary »


Oscar Rudolph


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Yvonne Craig ... Batgirl
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Cliff Robertson ... Shame
Dina Merrill ... Calamity Jan
Victor Lundin ... Chief Standing Pat
Hermione Baddeley ... Frontier Fanny
Robert Casper ... Train Clerk
James Jeter James Jeter ... Train Guard
Barry Dennen ... Fred


After his previous battle with the Terrific Trio, Shame now has Batgirl as a hostage. He agrees to a swap when he realizes that Batman and Robin also have Calamity Jan's mother, Frontier Fanny. Batgirl informs the Dynamic Duo of a plan for a "great train robbery" that she overheard as a hostage. The three work to figure out Shame's plan and race to stop him. But when they realize they are too late, Batman attempts to lure him out of hiding with an offer of man-to-man combat. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

8 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



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Did You Know?


This episodes "bat-fight" featured only Batman & Shame, and was probably the only time that no stuntmen were used. Adam West & Cliff Robertson filmed the whole sequence. See more »


During the prisoner exchange, Batman uses a chemical smoke bomb that makes all metals it contacts twenty times heavier, thus making the guns Shame and his gang are carrying too heavy to hold. However, Batgirl is also caught in the chemical's smoke, and her metal utility belt is not affected. See more »


Chief Standing Pat: [referring to Batman] Man with blue and white face speak with straight tongue.
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References High Noon (1952) See more »

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Barry Dennen Steals the Show.
12 February 2019 | by craigguild33-816-176238See all my reviews

In my opinion, this episode of "Batman" is the very best of season three. As entertaining as Cliff Robertson is, playing the villainous cowboy 'Shame', it is his henchman 'Fred' who steals the show! Looking every bit like Pancho Villa, with the sombrero and long, thick moustache, when Fred speaks, his voice sounds just like an upper class British gentleman. 'Fred' is played with glee by the late, Chicago-born great Barry Dennen. This episode was aired in early 1968, only a couple of years before he found lasting fame as 'Pontius Pilate' in the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar", a role he would go on to play in the feature film of the production in 1973. Sadly, Barry Dennen passed away in September of 2017. My wife and I had the honour of spending a wonderful afternoon with him in 2009 when we visited the United States. I got to know him through his webpage, exchanging emails with him until we were able to visit him in person. Barry Dennen's performance in this episode is hilarious, and it makes for a wonderful experience. Rest In Peace my friend!

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