Batman Goes Au Go-Go

Batman Goes Au Go-Go
Cinesound Movietone Productions
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Nightclub owner Tony Murphy recruits Batman and Robin to launch his new club. The Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder arrive, not in the Batmobile, but in a Mini Moke! Murphy greets our superheroes at the door before they dance, rather awkwardly you’d have to say, with patrons inside.

This humorous clip is from a Cinesound Review newsreel of 1966. That year was the middle of the Swinging Sixties when social norms were being broken, Harold Holt had replaced Menzies as prime minister, Australia had increased its commitment to troops in Vietnam and go-go clubs were springing up all over Sydney.

Describing these nightclubs as 'go-go’ dates back to the 1950s. When the British film Whisky Galore! (Dir. Alexander Mackendrick, UK, 1949) screened in France, the French expression ‘à gogo’, replaced ‘galore’. Subsequently, a number of French dance clubs that sold whisky as the sophisticated tipple of choice were given the name 'Whisky à Go-Go’.