"This is a promise, this is a pledge....this is a recording!"
cracks me up every time I hear it!
1. Every single time it's used, show or film: "Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed....Roger. Ready to move out." I NEVER get tired if that scene. Never. The Dynamic Duo, the seriousness, the Batmobile. Just perfect. Perfect, perfect. Those are my heroes. That scene is why I'm here on this board fifty years later.
2. From The Joker Is Wild: The Joker playing baseball in his prison uniform. Romero captures the mental state of The Joker perfectly. He is mentally unbalanced, pure and simple. The scenes where he isn't laughing or smiling - genius. As well as a little unnerving.
3. From Hi Diddle Riddle: Every moment of The Riddler taunting Batman in the hallway at the beginning. Gorshin set the bar out of reach for portraying The Riddler as dangerously unstable. The split-second switches between laughing and pensive are some of the finest moments in the show's history. Again, perfect.
As far as funny scenes go, I've never really had favorites. The silliness and the occasional innuendos are fun too but they aren't what draw me in. There is one scene however where I always get a chuckle and it isn't even supposed to be funny. At least not in the same way as the intentional comedy scenes.
In Surf's Up! Joker's Under; after The Joker has been caught he dismisses the disguised Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara as hodads. I like that's he's culturally current while they're a bit square.
For our younger viewers, hodad was a term back then for people who hung out in the beach/surf culture but didn't actually surf. Sort of a precursor to calling someone a poser, but more specific to the late 1960s beachgoers.
Robin: "Holey Oleo."
Catwoman: "I didn't know you could yodel."
Of course, that banter didn't work in Australia in the 60s, as that brand of cooking oil wasn't sold here, but I got the joke decades later.
The Alvino Ray gun sequence:
BatgirI: "I feel like I'm... getting... flat!"
Cabala: "What a pity..."
My all time favourites are from King Tut:
"When we get to the Royal Oil Boiling Room, be sure to prepare some real boiling Royal Boiling Oil, to boil the Boy Wonder in, royally."
"Curse you, Batman. May you fall down a flight of stairs and break every tooth in your head except one and in that may you have a toothache for the rest of your life which won't be very long!"
"I'm sure you'll be happy to welcome me into your family, I come from good stock. My father was a king, grandfather before him, and so am I."
"My queen is disloyal, the handmaiden is a traitor, and everybody's being mean to me!"
Therin of Andor
(aka Ian McLean, from Sydney, Australia)
Bonnie: Commissioner? There are a bunch of "Flower-children" out here to see you.
Gordon: Flower-Children?!? alright, Bonnie send them (Batman makes a gesture) WAITAMINUTE Bonnie! hold on. hold a second!
Batman: We'll go out the window, and down the Bat-ropes. Otherwise we'll be mobbed!
O'Hara: Mobbed?!? at Police Headquarters?
Robin: The Flower-Children think we're cool Man! Like we turn them on you know?
Batman: Yes. Please be gentle with your visitors, Commissioner. Although it may not be understood by more "literal" minds, in their own way, they're doing what they can to correct the world's woes with love, and flowers.
I always liked that Batman never scolded Robin for going "Hip" on Chief o'Hara (although you could sorta see he wanted to by the way he was waiting to give his line)
Chief O’Hara: Glory be! I've got it! It's to pay his income taxes!
Batman: A loyal tax payer stooping to criminal methods??
Commissioner Gordon: A woman?! What is the world coming to?
Zelda: Eivol, Eivol, Eivol - Can I help being a woman?
Eivol: You fools! I am a genius!
Robin: Sure, that's what they all say!
Batman: No, Robin. We have to humor him! WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA, GENIUS?!
Bookworm: Schemes, schemes, schemes! "The best laid schemes! Robert Burns, To a Mouse Stanza Seven! Schemes! But! You are graded C-Minus!
OK, enough overanalyzing, haha!!
Commissioner Gordon (after hearing Southwestern Asia's unchallenged champion Mushy Nebuchadnezzar's diet): "He sounds like Southwestern Asia's unchallenged nut."
I'm also quite fond of this silly exchange, from "Catwoman's Dressed to Kill":
Rudi Gernreich: "There is a continuing trend towards mini-dresses, mini-gloves and even mini-shoes."