Batman and Robin - The Complete 1949 Movie Serial Collection (1949)
Front Cover Actor
Robert Lowery Batman/Bruce Wayne
Johnny Duncan Robin/Richard 'Dick' Grayson
Jane Adams Vicki Vale
Lyle Talbot Commissioner Jim Gordon
Ralph Graves Winslow Harrison
Don C. Harvey Nolan (thug) (as Don Harvey)
William Fawcett Prof. Hammil
Leonard Penn Carter (Hammil's valet)
Rick Vallin Barry Brown
Michael Whalen PI Dunne
Rusty Wescoatt Ives
Jim Diehl Jason
House Peters, Jr. Earl
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Crime; Drama; Sci-Fi
Director Spencer Gordon Bennet
Producer Sam Katzman
Writer Bob Kane; George H. Plympton
Studio Sony Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 4 hr 23 mins
Country USA
Color Color
There's no Batmobile, and Robert Lowery looks a bit, ahem, well-fed as the Caped Crusader, but Columbia Pictures' 1949 black-and-white serial Batman and Robin is up to its cape and cowl in cliffhangers, crime capers, and good old-fashioned rock-em-sock-em action. Directed at a breakneck pace by serial vet Spencer Gordon Bennett, the Complete 1949 Movie Serial Collection's 15 episodes pits Lowery's Batman and Johnny Duncan as the Boy Wonder against arch-villain The Wizard, who has designs on a remote-control device that doubles as a death ray. Jane Adams's Vicki Vale is on hand to fall into peril at least once per episode, while Ed Wood regular Lyle Talbot looks on sternly as Commissioner Gordon. Viewers weaned on Tim Burton's dark, sleek interpretation of the Batman mythos will undoubtedly groan over the creaky dialogue and performances (creator Bob Kane was no fan, either), but fans with designs on absorbing every bit of Bat-trivia possible will probably get a kick out of this well-intentioned attempt at bringing the Dark Knight's adventures to screen. The episodes are divided onto two DVDs, which offer no extras. --Paul Gaita
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1530
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/29/05
Purchase Price $20.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
All Movie Guide
Folder A
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
UPC 043396105218
Release Date 3/22/05
Subtitles Japanese
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
Black & White