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Lorenzo Semple Jr., Creator of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 91
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 28, 2014 | Mike Barnes

Posted on 03/29/2014 8:48:58 AM PDT by EveningStar

Lorenzo Semple Jr., the creator of the campily classic Batman TV series who went on to craft such big-screen paranoid thrillers as The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor -- though he would be replaced on both films -- has died. He turned 91 on Thursday...

Semple’s résumé also includes the Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman escape tale Papillon (1973); Paul Newman’s Harper sequel The Drowning Pool (1975); Dino De LaurentiisKing Kong (1976) starring Jessica Lange; and the rogue James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983)...

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: batman; cinema; film; hollywood; kingkong1976; lorenzosemplejr; movies; neversayneveragain; obituaries; obituary; papillon; thedrowningpool; theparallaxview; threedaysofthecondor
He died the day after his 91st birthday.

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1 posted on 03/29/2014 8:48:58 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

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2 posted on 03/29/2014 8:49:27 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

From “The Drowning Pool”:

J.H. Kilbourne: You know what she wants to do with that land, Mr. Harper? She wants to turn it into a Goddam sanctuary for birds!

Lew Harper: I think that’s kind of sweet.

J.H. Kilbourne: Well now, look, I’m all for saving wildlife like the next fella, but we gotta think about America’s future. Energy sources just aren’t that easy to come by.

Lew Harper: Aha! Did you come to that conclusion out of patriotism or just greed?

J.H. Kilbourne: [after a pause] Little of both, Mr Harper, - like most men of wealth.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 8:52:54 AM PDT by abb
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adam west photo:  adam_west.gif
5 posted on 03/29/2014 9:07:20 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: EveningStar

When “Batman” came out it was like nothing we had ever seen.

Also the music was just incredible. Simple but great.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 9:08:10 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog
When “Batman” came out it was like nothing we had ever seen.

Well, Dutch camera angles were used in "The Third Man"...

7 posted on 03/29/2014 9:19:27 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: yarddog

It still beats the ass off all the new order versions seen in the motion pictures since Michael Keaton’s.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 9:22:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: EveningStar

My father did a lot of the underscoring(music)for”Batman”!The great Neil Hefti wrote the theme.It must have taken him all of 5-minutes?


9 posted on 03/29/2014 9:26:35 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


10 posted on 03/29/2014 9:28:26 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: yarddog

So true. That kind of campy spoof had certainly never been on tv before. And Adam West’s speech patterns were so absolutely perfect for Batman.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 9:29:13 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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the first Batman movie was made to promote the series rollout in overseas markets, if memory serves.

The Making Of “Batman: The Movie” - (Part 1 of 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91IIOKHpEP8
The Making Of “Batman: The Movie” - (Part 2 of 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBITJNDxgQY


12 posted on 03/29/2014 9:30:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: EveningStar

Although I have a few qualms about the old “Batman” tv-series (the self-conscious humor, which was once refreshing, has worn a bit thin over time, as pop-culture as a whole has become totally saturated in that brand of reflexivity/self-awareness to the point of torpor-inducing tiresomeness), I’ll still easily take it over any of the later “Batman” offerings.

I always remember Semple’s name in the credits.


13 posted on 03/29/2014 9:37:18 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Doctor 2Brains
That kind of campy spoof had certainly never been on tv before. And Adam West’s speech patterns were so absolutely perfect for Batman.

He beat out Lyle Waggoner for the role.

14 posted on 03/29/2014 9:48:42 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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I thought that was a clever technique in the Batman show, but I never knew that it had a name.

I always thought that they tilted the camera angle when showing the villains because they were crooked - they were crooks.

That show was full of puns, and the crooked camera angle for the crooks was just another one.

-PJ

15 posted on 03/29/2014 9:58:51 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: GreenHornet
"He beat out Lyle Waggoner for the role."

You see? THAT'S why we wake up every morning. You learn something new EVERY DAY! Haha! Thanks, I did not know that. I like that sort of useless trivia. No, seriously. :-)

16 posted on 03/29/2014 10:06:37 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: EveningStar

Batman and Wonder Woman come on tonight on METV. Wonder Woman gets a little boring at times but I had forgotten just how hot Linda Carter was.

It was a bit funny at some of the messages WW sent out. One was that women could always beat men. Women were always smarter than men. Women were always nicer than men.

Now that I think about it, it was the same as most shows today.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 10:16:20 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

And Adam West’s speech patterns were so absolutely perfect for Batman.


William Shatner might have done it better...


18 posted on 03/29/2014 10:18:51 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: EveningStar

Holy Mortuary Batman!


19 posted on 03/29/2014 10:57:08 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Political Junkie Too
I always thought that they tilted the camera angle when showing the villains because they were crooked - they were crooks.

That's not necessarily off the mark, depending on the intent of the director, and the application of it to scenes only involving crooks within the story. A different take on the white hat/black hat motif.

20 posted on 03/29/2014 11:33:36 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: EveningStar

I would have liked ‘Three Days of the Condor’ better if they hadn’t lost three days.

The book was called ‘Six Days of the Condor’.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 12:30:44 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: EveningStar

If he had anything to do with selecting Julie Newmar to wear that Catwoman suit, he should be canonized.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 12:36:29 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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