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Like many who grew up in the '60s and '70s (and perhaps even '80s and later), Tim and Paul had the course of their lives changed by the 1966 Batman TV show, from the types of play they did growing up to their present-day interests.

In this series, they discuss the show's allure and its failures, the arc of the show from satire to sitcom, its influences (the '40s serials and the comic books themselves) and the things it, in turn, influenced.

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Apr 18, 2019

William Dozier

We all have our favorite characters and actors from Batman, but how many of us are fanboys for Executive Producer William Dozier? Well, for one, there's Oscar Lilley, proxy researcher at the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming. In the process of working with Dozier's papers, Oscar has grown intrigued with Dozier's backstory and impressed by how he did his job. In this episode, he tells us about his selflessness, his business sense, and how the trajectory of Dozier's 1965 series The Loner tracks with that of Batman. Also, more circumstantial evidence that seem to disprove the Fourth Season Myth!

Plus, the Amosdoll Music version of the theme, and your response to our discussion of the Funny Feline Felonies!

Semple to Dozier - Hi Diddle Riddle

Doizer response to Semple

Dozier to ABC - cliffhangers

Dozier to Rod Serling

Dozier to Adam West about Lyle Waggoner screen test

Semple to Dozier - Frank Gorshin etc

ABC's notes on Hi Diddle Riddle - caviar etc.

Dozier response to ABC

Semple notes Max Hodge's Mr. Freeze script

Semple to Dozier -- "Doom Trap" (which became "Zelda the Great")

More letters from Semple

More Semple reaction to Hodge script: "Worse than I thought"

Bob Kane writes to Dozier with suggestions

Docket from Dozier's 1943 trial

Dozier pardoned by Harry Truman

Dozier's "Glossary" of Hollywood stars


Next script: "The Secret of the Impossible Crimes"

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