By Joel Eisner
I always prefered this episode because of the entire sequence in the Batcave and the revealing of Tut's real name, which I will get to in shortly.
Joey Tata, last seen as Penguin GOON, returns as Tut's chief henchman complete with beard and sunglasses.
Victor's new Queen played by former Playmate Victoria Vetri, who at the time was about 24, the last of the younger females molls. Vetri appeared in numerous tv shows in the 1960's and in films like Rosemary's Baby and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. She also appeared (uncredited as the human form of Robert Lansing's cat Isis), in the Assignment Earth episode of Star Trek. Most recently (as of Sept 2011) she was sentenced to 9 years in prison for shooting husband number four in the back after a drunken party. She is now 66.
Jock Mahoney returns but not as Leo Catwoman's henchman but it in the small part of H.L.Hunter, the mining Engineer. Comedian Henny Youngman has a nice bit of banter with Victor as the real estate salesman, Manny the Mesopotamian, and Jerry Lewis regular (and housekeeper for the Fly) Kathleen Freeman has little to do as Rosetta Stone (part of her scenes were cut for time when the episodes were split up).
King Tut’s real name is Professor William Omaha Mackelroy, which is a Bat joke unto itself. Writer Stanly Ralph Ross loved to include private jokes in his episodes, such as names of his friends and relatives, his boyhood home address, etc. Well, this time, he named King Tut’s alter ego after the producer’s pet dog. You see, “William:” Dozier was born in “Omaha” Nebraska and had a pet poodle at the time named, you guessed it, “Mackelroy.”
Next: The final appearance of the Joker. Cesar Romero returns to Gotham to take over the world from stock footage of Klaatu (aka Sandman) Michael Rennie's spaceship from the original Day the Earth Stood Still.