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Walter Slezak guest stars as the Clock King


The master of time crimes, Temple Fugate, The Clock King, arranges for one of his trick timepieces to be sold to the Harry Hummert Jewelry Shop, which caters to Gotham City's elite. Concealed inside the clock is a small TV camera which allows Clock King to observe everyone in the shop. Alerting his moll, Millie Second, and his group of Second Hands, he activates the tricky mechanism in the clock, which gasses all of the patrons asleep. CK and his minute minions see this as a golden opportunity to strip the shop clean of its valuables. Batman and Robin are alerted to the robbery by Commissioner Gordon and rush to Hummert's shop, where they discover that the clock was bought at The Parkhurst Gallery. They quickly leave the shop and speed for the gallery, where they discover that the clock was put up for auction by a Mr. Kronos. The Dynamic Duo deduce that it was Temple Fugate incognito, and they make their next stop Dunbar's Drive-in in search for one of Fugate's former molls, Thelma Thymepiece. Meanwhile, back at The Parkhurst Gallery, Clock King disguises himself as pop art expert Progress Pigment, and attempts to snatch a rare time-related painting under the very noses of the TV audience. After making a short speech to the crowd Temple "Progress Pigment" Fugate unveils his latest sculpture, called Time Out Of Joint, which resembles the inside of a clock and when turned on emits a potpourri of assembled sounds and noises as the mechanical parts move about. Nobody suspects that the mechanical marvel is actually being used as a decoy to cover up the sound of a saber saw attatched to its rear, which cuts through the wall into the storage room filled with valuable paintings. After the saw does its diabolical duty, "Progress Pigment" clicks another switch on the sculpture, this one emitting a high-pitched noise so piercing that it knocks everyone out except for him and his Second Hands, 3 and 5, who were protected by earmuffs. Clock King enters the storage room and swipes the clock masterpiece therein. Batman and Robin, who, at Dunbar's Drive-in, have been enjoying their Batburgers and watching The Clock King on The Batscope in The Batmobile, rush for the place and confront CK and his Second Hands as they depart with the painting. They proceed to thrash Second Hands 3 and 5 but are stopped by Clock King, who fakes a sprained wrist sustained from clutching the heavy painting and releases a barrage of giant springs in their direction from yet another hidden compartment in his Time Out Of Joint. The time The Dynamic Duo make in trying to pry themselves free of the giant coils gives The Clock King and The Second Hands room to split. The Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder analyze the dust inside a wristwatch dropped by Clock King at the gallery, and use it to trace him and his gang to their hideout at the deserted premises of Tick Tock Synthetic Rubies, Inc. Unaware that CK deliberately left behind the watch, The Duo fall into an untimely trap and got sprayed with knockout gas! The Clock King remove their utility belts and encase them in the lower chamber of a gigantic hourglass and leave them to be buried under sand which slowly fills it up and threatens to smother them to death!

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Letter from Bill Finger to Howie Horwitz

The creator of Batman, Bill Finger negotiated with Howie Horwitz to do this Clock King based script for Greenway. In a letter to Horwitz, Finger apologized for a delay indicating a communication breakdown with Bob Kane's lawyer.


Batman Episodes

Season 1: Hi Diddle RiddleSmack In The MiddleFine Feathered FinksThe Penguin's a JinxThe Joker Is WildBatman Is RiledInstant FreezeRats Like CheeseZelda the GreatA Death Worse Than FateA Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler AwayWhen the Rat's Away the Mice Will PlayThe Thirteenth HatBatman Stands PatThe Joker Goes to SchoolHe Meets His Match, The Grisly GhoulTrue or False FaceHoly Rat RaceThe Purr-Fect CrimeBetter Luck Next TimeThe Penguin Goes StraightNot Yet, He Ain'tThe Ring of WaxGive 'Em the AxeThe Joker Trumps An AceBatman Sets the PaceThe Curse of TutThe Pharaoh's in a RutThe Bookworm TurnsWhile Gotham City BurnsDeath In Slow MotionThe Riddler's False NotionFine Finny FiendsBatman Makes the Scenes

Season 2: Shoot A Crooked ArrowWalk the Straight and NarrowHot Off the GriddleThe Cat and the FiddleThe Minstrel's ShakedownBarbecued Batman?The Spell of TutTut's Case is ShutThe Greatest Mother of Them AllMa ParkerThe Clock King's Crazy CrimesThe Clock King Gets CrownedAn Egg Grows In GothamThe Yegg Foes In GothamThe Devil's FingersThe Dead RingersHizzonner the PenguinDizzoner the PenguinGreen IceDeep FreezeThe Impractical JokerThe Joker's ProvokersMarsha, Queen Of DiamondsMarsha's Scheme of DiamondsCome Back, ShameIt's How You Play the GameThe Penguin's NestThe Bird's Last JestThe Cat's MeowThe Bat's Kow TowThe Puzzles Are ComingThe Duo is SlummingThe Sandman ComethThe Catwoman Goeth (A Stitch in Time)The Contaminated CowlThe Mad Hatter Runs AfoulThe Zodiac CrimesThe Joker's Hard TimesThe Penguin DeclinesThat Darn CatwomanScat! Darn CatwomanPenguin is a Girl's Best FriendPenguin Sets A TrendPenguin's Disastrous EndBatman's AnniversaryA Riddling ControversyThe Joker's Last LaughThe Joker's EpitaphCatwoman Goes to CollegeBatman Displays His KnowledgeA Piece of the ActionBatman's SatisfactionKing Tut's CoupBatman's WaterlooBlack Widow Strikes AgainCaught In The Spider's DenPop Goes the JokerFlop Goes the JokerIce SpyThe Duo Defy

Season 3: Enter Batgirl, Exit PenguinRing Around the RiddlerThe Wail of the SirenThe Sport of PenguinsA Horse of Another ColorThe Unkindest Tut Of AllLouie, the LilacThe Ogg and IHow To Hatch A DinosaurSurf's Up! Joker's Under!The Londinium LarceniesThe Foggiest NotionThe Bloody TowerCatwoman's Dressed to KillThe Ogg CoupleThe Funny Feline FeloniesThe Joke's on CatwomanLouie's Lethal Lilac TimeNora Clavicle And The Ladies' Crime ClubPenguin's Clean SweepThe Great EscapeThe Great Train RobberyI'll Be a Mummy's UncleThe Joker's Flying SaucerThe Entrancing Dr. CassandraMinerva, Mayhem And Millionaires

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