Monday, September 8, 2008

Retro PSA: Holy Bra Burning Batman!!

Watching the movie Batman Begins last night had me thinking about the campy 1960s TV version that had me glued to the set as a kid during the 1970s. Back then, I took the good guy's strait-laced earnestness and William Dozier's overdramatic narration so seriously. When I watched the series as an adult, I found it to be one of the funniest shows on TV.

My memories of the series led me to pay a visit to Cyber Crack (aka You Tube) and see if someone had uploaded again a public service announcement from 1972 featuring Batman, Robin, and Batgirl (it was up before, but was taken down). I was pleasantly surprised to see that the PSA was up again. Centered around the Federal Equal Pay Law, the PSA has Batgirl pondering whether or not she should rescue The Dynamic Duo from certain peril. Word of advice Batman: don't tell Batgirl to shut up and go fix you a turkey pot pie!

Although Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig reprise their roles as Robin and Batgirl from the series, Dick Gautier stood in for Adam West as The Caped Crusader. Apparently, West was trying to distance himself from Batman. As he got older, I think he realized that wasn't going to work and decided to milk his image for all it was worth. Why not? It worked for Shatner.


Jessica said...

Omg-that was incredibly awesome! :)

X. Dell said...

I remember this PSA. Somewhere, in the back of my mind, I think I convinced myself that it was a hallucination.

Candy Minx said...

That Batgirl PSA is wonderful! I've never seen it before thanks!

The Rock Chick said...

I was a big fan of the Batman TV show, too. He and Nancy Drew were probably my inspirations to fight crime and evil!

I don't think I've ever seen this PSA, though. It rocks!

Malcolm said...

Jessica and Candy: Just another reason to love You Tube.

X. Dell: Yeah, I don't think Scarecrow gassed you with his mind altering drug.

The Rock Chick: If it wasn't for info online that said Dick Gautier had replaced Adam West, I never would have been able to tell. Speaking of Nancy Drew, there were 4 ND movies made in late 1930s that TCM shows from time to time. There worth catching if you get a chance.

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