Jun 7, 2018
Louie, The Lilac is a surprising episode for how un-Uncle Milty-like Milton Berle's performance is. It's also uneven, with some nice camera shots, but also many poorly-presented plot points — and some that aren't presented at all! We do get a few scenes of Gotham City's flower children — and just what is the show's take on that movement? How much social commentary might there be hiding among the lilacs?
In this episode we compare this season three Batman episode to its ancestor, Dwight Taylor's script Please Omit Tomatoes, which has the outlines of the same death trap as the filmed episode, but nothing else in common with it.
ALSO: We confess our Bat-sins, for we have blasphemed Batman '66! What was the appeal of the '66 show to fans of Marvel Comics? Plus, the Orchester Friedel Berlipp version of the theme, and your mail!
"Louie the Lilac" draft script (entitled "Please Omit Tomatoes") PDF script
"Please Omit Tomatoes" thread on the '66 Batman message board
"Fashions in Crime", unfilmed script by Peggy Shaw, PDF
"Fashions in Crime" thread on the '66 Batman message board
The February 19, 1966 Bob Hope special has been removed from YouTube! If you find another posting of it, please let us know and we'll link to it from here!