Batman (1966–1968)
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That Darn Catwoman 

Catwoman mind-controls Robin!. The Caped Crusader must stop her before she does who-knows-what with him!.


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
Julie Newmar ... The Catwoman
Lesley Gore ... Pussycat
J. Pat O'Malley ... Pat Pending
Jock Gaynor Jock Gaynor ... Spade
Tony Epper Tony Epper ... Marlow
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Templar
David Renard ... Prince Ibn Kereb of Gedallia




The Catwoman manages to drug Robin. The junior member of the Dynamic Duo is now the Catwoman's mindless slave. Batman is on the trail of the sultry villain, but he's hampered by the fact he can't harm his partner. Eventually, Batman is trapped by the Catwoman. He's in a giant trap and Robin is cutting the rope that will cause a giant mouse trap to snap on Batman. The Catwoman offers Batman a choice -- die by Robin's hand or agree to be subjected to the same drug. Written by Bill Koenig

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Guest Star Lesley Gore was the niece of series producer Howie Horwitz. She introduced her hit song "California Nights" (written by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Liebling) on this episode. See more »


When the Catwoman calls Commissioner Gordon to talk to Batman via the batphone, The commissioner activates the phone without any signal noise. Batman automatically picks up the phone in the batcave. See more »


Catwoman: This is a surprise attack! Now, you all have your instructions... synchronize watches!
Spade: None of us have watches.
Catwoman: [exasperated] Agh! Just... get the money and run!
[to a drugged Robin]
Catwoman: How are you feeling, Robin?
Robin: Hmmm... Purr-fect!
Catwoman: You're learning.
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References That Darn Cat! (1965) See more »


California Nights
Written by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Liebling
Performed by Lesley Gore
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Lesley Gore performing her last Top 20 hit
18 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"That Darn Catwoman" was intended to be the finale for Julie Newmar's Catwoman, but was moved up in the broadcast schedule due to the presence of Lesley Gore, seen here singing her current (and last) Top 20 hit, "California Nights," one of the earliest successes for composer Marvin Hamlisch. Lesley is cast as the sexy Pussycat, over the hill rock and roll singer (at age 20!) turned Catwoman protégé, testing out the drug cataphrenic on Robin, which works to transform him into the opposite of what he was, now a lascivious criminal who gives Chief O'Hara (Stafford Repp) a shove he'd never forget. Catwoman embarks on a series of robberies to acquire a million dollar fortune for a specific purpose, even emptying the stuffed mattress of inventor Pat Pending (J. Pat O'Malley), whose valet (an unbilled Steve Franken) is named Rudy (as in Rudy Vallee!). The weighing ceremony for Prince Ibn Kereb of Gedallia (David Renard) is where Batman catches up with the gang, but is unable to fight back when it's the drugged Robin throwing punches. A gigantic mouse trap fit for a bat serves as the death trap, with Robin the one cutting the rope to become Batman's murderer! Writer Stanley Ralph Ross outdid himself with this one, extending to the name Ibn Kereb, which is the Arabic phrase for 'son of a b--ch' (the network having rejected the first name he came up with).

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Release Date:

19 January 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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