|'The Greatest Mother of Them All'
Story Code '9707-Part 1'
by Henry Slesar
Holy Hold-Ups! The mobster Ma Parker and her felonious family, Pretty Boy, Mad Dog, Machine Gun and Legs arrive in Gotham City, and begin a wave of crime. Their first act is to disrupt the Gotham Ladies Auxiliary's Mother of the Year Awards Ceremony, where they rob the entire audience of their valuables. Commissioner Gordon and Police Chief O’Hara call in Batman and Robin, and it is not long before the Dynamic Duo manage to track the villains to their home on Cherry Blossom Road. But the gangsters use a smoke bomb to confuse the two crime fighters, and all but Pretty Boy escape. Ma and her gangsters then steal the takings from a theatre’s box office, but Machine Gun is also captured, followed by Mad Dog when an attempt to hold up a drugstore goes awry. Batman and Robin finally locate Ma and Legs at an old ladies' home, and after a high-speed rocket-wheelchair race, the two villains are brought to justice and taken to Gotham State Penitentiary to join the rest of their family. However, Ma soon reveals to Warden Crichton that she has infiltrated the prison with guards on her payroll, and it is now time for her to take over the institution. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin speed back to the Batcave, unaware that one of Ma Parker’s paid-off prison trustee has planted a bomb aboard the Batmobile which will explode when the vehicle reaches sixty m.p.h. …
Adam West (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Burt Ward (Dick Grayson / Robin), Alan Napier (Alfred Pennyworth), Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet Cooper), James Hamilton (Police Commissioner Gordon), Stafford Repp (Police Chief O’Hara), William Dozier (Narrator), Lyzanne LaDue (Nurse), Shelley Winters (Ma Parker), David Lewis (Warden Crichton), Budd Perkins (Prison Guard), Robert Biheller (Prettty Boy Parker), Peter Brooks (Machine Gun Parker), Tisha Sterling (Legs Parker), Michael Vandever (Mad Dog Parker), Milton Berle (Lefty), James Griffith (Tiger), Fran Ryan (Chairperson)
Directed by Oscar Rudolph
Produced by Howie Horwitz
Executive Producer William Dozier
Batman Created by Bob Kane
5th October 1966
*Featuring Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman), Dick Grayson (a.k.a. Robin), Alfred Pennyworth, Aunt Harriet Cooper, Police Commissioner Gordon and Police Chief O’Hara