True or False-Face

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"True or False-Face"
Batman episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 17
Directed by William A. Graham
Written by Stephen Kandel
Production code 8713-Pt. 1
Original air date March 9, 1966 (ABC)
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
← Previous
"He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul"
Next →
"Holy Rat Race"

"True or False-Face" is the 17th episode of the Batman television series, first airing on ABC March 9, 1966 in its first season. It guest starred Malachi Throne as False-Face.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The master of disguise, False-Face, manages to steal the jeweled Mergenberg Crown and replace it with a false one right under the watchful eyes of the police. Included with the false crown is planning to rob an armored car. Batman catches False-Face, who is disguised as one of the armored car drivers but manages to escape in his Trick-Truck.

Batman and Robin follow False-Face into an alley, where they are attacked by False-Face's gang. The police arrive in time to arrest the gang, but False-Face escapes by disguising himself as Chief O'Hara, before gassing the real Chief O'Hara. Batman captures False-Face's assistant, Blaze, who leads the duo to what they think is False-Face's hideout, a deserted subway platform. It is in reality a False-Face trap. Batman is gassed by a vending machine while Blaze gasses Robin. They awake to find that False-Face has glued them to the train tracks with a super-strong epoxy. Momentarily, they will be run over a speeding train.

Preceded by
He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul
(airdate March 3, 1966)
Batman (TV series) episodes
March 9, 1966
Succeeded by
Holy Rat Race
(airdate March 10, 1966)

Cliffhanger text[edit]

DISASTER THREATENS
BASHED BY THE BMT?
WILL THE DYNAMIC DUO DICE WITH DEATH - AND DESCEND TO DEFEAT?
CAN BATMAN AND ROBIN BREAK THE UNBREAKABLE, SLIP OUT OF THE CHEMICAL CLUTCHES, ESCAPE THE EPOXY?
KEEP YOUR BAT-WINGS CROSSED UNTIL TOMORROW - SAME TIME - SAME CHANNEL - SAME PERILOUS PREDICAMENT!

Notes[edit]

  • This episode marks the first time that the cliffhanger scene is frozen while the narrator's commentary is superimposed. The reason: the train supposedly bearing down on them was merely a light at the end of a dark corridor, and keeping the camera rolling would have made it clear that the light was not moving.[1]
  • Much to his chagrin, Malachi Throne (False-Face) was credited as simply "?" until the closing credits of "Holy Rat Race" (where he finally received proper billing).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Batman at 45: A Milestone Tribute to Pow, Bam and Zap! (2011) Gould, Chris http://www.amazon.com/Batman-45-Milestone-Tribute-ebook/dp/B005YNPHCO

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