Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Batman, Episodes 27 and 28 - "The Curse of Tut" and "The Pharaoh's in a Rut"

Batman, Episodes 27 and 28 - "The Curse of Tut" and "The Pharaoh's in a Rut"
50 years ago...
The 27th and 28th episodes of the Batman TV series aired on ABC TV.   Episode 27, "The Curse of Tut," aired on April 13, 1966.  Episode 28, "The Pharaoh's in a Rut," aired on April 14, 1966.

A Crowd Gathers Around Khnum in Gotham Central Park
These were the first episodes to feature Victor Buono as Professor William McElroy, aka King Tut.  Unlike all of the previous villains, King Tut was the first to be created specifically for the TV series.  Professor William McElroy was an Egyptologist who came to believe he was the reincarnation of King Tut after being struck in the head, and then went on a spree of ancient Egypt themed crimes.  There are some fun action scenes in this episode.  One stunt has Bruce Wayne being strapped to a runaway gurney as it races downhill towards a cliff.  Batman and Robin also get in to sword fights with the Egyptian themed villains.  It's also the second time on the series where Batman dances the Batusi.

Batman and Robin in Nefertiti's Crosshairs

Robin's catchphrases in these episodes included "holy hurricane," holy hieroglyphics," "holy whiskers," "holy asp," "holy skyrocket," and "holy taxidermy."

The Mummy's Eyes

More screencaps after the break...

Ancient Egyptian Michael Myers

Golden Idol!

Tut Holds Court

A Deleted Scene from "The Wicker Man"

Nefertiti Signals King Tut

King Tut's Golden Chariot Golden Pickup Truck

Blinded Justice

Sword Fight!

Bruce in Trouble

The Ladies Love His Style


Phunky Pharaoh

Alfred, It's a Gas!

Alfred and Robin at the Batscanner Receiver

"Twinkle Twinkle, Little Bat!"

Alfred and Robin Examine the Giant Lighted Lucite Map of Gotham City

He ate a Crocodile

Dancin' on the Nile

The Batusi

Batman Has All the Right Moves

Batman's Fisting Face

Robin's Ready to Crack Some Skulls

Shock and Horror

Smug Tut Abducts the Batmobile

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