Batman (1966–1968)
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The Riddler's False Notion 

As the Dynamic Duo pursue the Riddler, they discover the true purpose behind his cinematic theme and his ultimate target.


Charles R. Rondeau


Richard Carr (as Dick Carr), 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
Frank Gorshin ... The Riddler
Sherry Jackson ... Pauline
Francis X. Bushman ... Mr. Van Jones
Richard Bakalyan ... C. B.
Theodore Marcuse ... Von Bloheim (as Theo Marcuse)
Burt Brandon Burt Brandon ... Wolf


Robin has been captured by 'The Riddler', leaving Batman fearing his own reaction. Therefore he asks Commissioner Gordon to accompany him to the Bat-cave to witness his interrogation of Pauline, The Riddler's moll. All clues eventually lead back to the priceless silent film collection of Mr. Van Jones, to which The Riddler is about to add his own silent masterpiece. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

28 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



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Last appearance of Francis X Bushman as Van Jones, a colloctor of silent movies. Bushman himself was a star of many early silent films See more »


Batman: [Robin is plummeting down a building] The Bat-rope. Grab it with your teeth!
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Spoofs The Great Train Robbery (1903) See more »

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Silents is golden
19 May 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Riddler's False Notion" begins with Batman coming to the rescue of Robin, about to be sawed in half, only to learn it's a dummy, the real Robin stashed away elsewhere. He does manage to capture Pauline (Sherry Jackson), and interrogates her in the Batcave, affording Commissioner Gordon his first ever visit to the 'magnificent' place. The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) continues to leave conundrums to reveal his plot piece by piece, Batman's deduction that he wants to rob a train inexact. In fact, by completing his silent film for collector Van Jones (Francis X. Bushman), the Prince of Puzzlers merely wants to steal his collection of rare titles and hold them for a handsome ransom. Former silent screen star Bushman, a career dating all the way back to 1911, completed only one further role before his death at age 83 only four months after this broadcast. World famous impressionist Frank Gorshin truly has a field day with his many guises in this one, making it rather a shame that his next appearance in the feature film would be followed by only one solitary return for the third season (with four two part episodes this first season, he topped all other villains).

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