Batman (1966–1968)
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The Contaminated Cowl 

The Mad Hatter has escaped from prison, and is on a quest to add Batman's cowl to his collection of hats. He attends Gotham City's annual headdress ball disguised as the Three-tailed Pasha ... See full summary »


Oscar Rudolph


Charles Hoffman, Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)


Airs Sat. Sep. 28, 6:00 AM on IFC




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
David Wayne ... The Mad Hatter
Leonard Bremen ... Benny (as Lennie Bremen)
Jean Hale ... Polly
Victor Ames Victor Ames ... Skimmer
Leonid Kinskey ... Professor Overbeck
Richard Collier ... Otto Puffendorfer
Paul Bryar ... Jennings
Jesslyn Fax ... Bon Bon
Barbara Morrison ... Hattie Hatfield


The Mad Hatter has escaped from prison, and is on a quest to add Batman's cowl to his collection of hats. He attends Gotham City's annual headdress ball disguised as the Three-tailed Pasha Of Panchagorum, and snatches a large ruby off of columnist Hattie Hatfield's headdress. The villain makes a getaway, but not before turning Batman's cowl pink with a radioactive spray. He trails Batman to the Atomic Energy Laboratory, knowing he will have a chance to snatch his cowl when it is removed for decontamination. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

4 January 1967 (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 is the second consecutive story in which someone refers to Robin as "Wonder Boy" (the first being the Sandman in "The Sandman Cometh"). See more »


After Batman's cowl is turned bright pink, the footage (stock footage) shows the Batmobile heading back to the Batcave driven by a non-pink cowled Batman. See more »


Robin: [Batman is hit with radioactive spray but Robin manages to cover his face with his canary yellow cape] You diabolical devil!
Mad Hatter: Not one step forward, Boy Wonder, or you'll get it too.
Batman: [still covering his eyes] Don't take that step, Robin!
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The Mad Hatter blows his lid
14 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Contaminated Cowl" marked the one time only return of David Wayne's Mad Hatter, a role he apparently despised, but never displays in another all out energetic performance. Set to cap his criminal career by snatching Batman's cowl, the latest impersonation by Jervis Tetsch is that of the three tailed Pasha of Panchagorum, snatching a ruby from the headdress of Hattie Hatfield (Barbara Morrison), and spraying a radioactive substance in Batman's face, turning his cowl bright pink. It's off to the Atomic Research lab of Professor Overbeck (Leonid Kinskey) for decontamination, only to be followed by The Mad Hatter and his goons, therein trapping the Dynamic Duo in a fluoroscopic cabinet to be reduced to skeletons in seconds under high voltage x-rays! Hat check girl Polly is a substantial role played by pretty Jean Hale, former wife of Dabney Coleman.

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