Batman and Robin (1949, Spencer Gordon Bennet), Chapter 8: Robin Meets the Wizard!

Robin Meets the Wizard! does indeed feature Johnny Duncan’s Robin meeting the Wizard. The masked, unknown (undoubtedly until the last chapter) Wizard knocks Duncan out while Duncan’s on lookout. More like the boy blunder. Wokka wokka.

Other than the chapter title actually referring to an event in the chapter, there’s nothing distinctive about this one. Oh, except Robert Lowery’s Batman teasing and humiliating Jane Adams. Misogyny is cool in Gotham City.

The music, chosen by from existing material by Mischa Bakaleinikoff, is once again rather effective. Bakaleinikoff is about the only one on Batman and Robin doing good work.

For whatever reason, maybe because it’s the “more than halfway” point, Wizard repeats a long sequence with a remote controlled submarine going to the Wizard’s lair. It was all right the first time. It’s still sort of all right here, but it’s clearly a time waster. Batman and Robin is already enough of a waste of time. When it wastes time wasting time it’s excruciating.

The cliffhanger resolution at the open is lifted from the previous Batman serial (without the production values) and the cliffhanger at the end of this chapter’s rather tepid.

Batman and Robin is an unrewarding chore.

CREDITS

Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet; screenplay by George H. Plympton, Joseph F. Poland, and Royal K. Cole, based on characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger; director of photography, Ira H. Morgan; edited by Dwight Caldwell and Earl Turner; produced by Sam Katzman; released by Columbia Pictures.

Starring Robert Lowery (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Johnny Duncan (Robin / Dick Grayson), Jane Adams (Vicki Vale), Lyle Talbot (Commissioner Jim Gordon), Don C. Harvey (Henchman Nolan), Lee Roberts (Henchman Neal), William Fawcett (Prof. Hammil), Leonard Penn (Carter), Rick Vallin (Barry Brown), Michael Whalen (Private Investigator Dunne), George Offerman Jr. (Henchman Jimmy), and Eric Wilton (Alfred Beagle).


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