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False Face
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General Information
Real name: Unidentified
Aliases: None Known
Portrayed by: Malachi Throne
Appearances: Batman (1960s series)


False Face was a villain and enemy of Batman in the Batman 1960s TV Series. He was portrayed by Malachi Throne.

History

No one knows False Face's true identity, for it was always covered behind an ugly plastic base mask. He was a cunning master of disguise who often baffled the police and the citizens of Gotham City. He first managed to steal the jeweled Mergenberg Crown and replace it with a fake one. False Face then planned to flood Gotham City with millions of dollars in counterfeit money so that no one could tell the difference between the real cash and the fake counterfeits.

Sometimes, False Face gave himself away with his disguises. One of these times was when he was disguised as Commissioner Gordon and held his handkerchief in his left hand while the real Commissioner always holds it in his right, a detail which Batman noticed.

He was eventually captured by the Dynamic Duo and was never seen on the show again.

Known Associates

Just as Batman does not go at crime-fighting alone, False Face needed fellow partners in crime to assist him with his malicious schemes.

  • Blaze (portrayed by Myrna Fahey) - Trusted Ex Female assistant in crime. Her disguises consisted of a wide variety of wig colors. She was apprehended by Batman and Robin when False Face was taken into custody. Thanks to the Bruce Wayne Rehabilitation Fund, Blaze was able to change her criminal ways and move to New Zealand, where she keeps the house of her brother.
  • Midget (portrayed by Billy Curtis) -False-Face henchman
  • Fat (portrayed by Joe Brooks) -False-Face henchman
  • Thin (portrayed by Chuck Fox) -False-Face henchman

Appearances

Season 1

Trivia

  • His first and only appearance in the Batman 1960s series was also based on his only appearance in a Batman comic book story in 1958.
  • Malachi Throne was offered considerably less than Myrna Fahey, who played Blaze, which led to him asking the producers to remove his name from the credits. Hence, instead of his name in the usual opening credits as "Special Guest Villain", a question mark appears in both the opening and closing titles of his first episode and the opening titles of his second. This led to much speculation as to who played False Face (including Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Peter Lawford). However, he is given a name check on the closing credits. Malachi said that the plastic mask was the reason that there were no more responses to this character.
  • Malachi Throne was shown with no makeup on during the episode when False Face was an impostor armored car guard.
  • False Face only appeared for one storyline. The character never returned as the False Face mask scared younger viewers.
  • False Face's appearances in Batman: The Brave and the Bold were based on this version of the character.
  • False Face has since made appearances in the DC Comics series Batman '66.
  • A gimmick of False Face was his "Trick Truck" a gray panel truck that could be turned into a Gotham Police Van; or a baker's truck. For the Armored Car theft False Face put a false front on his truck to make it look like a armored car! He also installed several cannons/morters on the top of his truck used he used to destroy what he thought was the dymanic duo and the Batmobile-but was actually a inflated balloon replica! His truck also had a "escape vechile" in the back-a motorcyle.
  • False Face is so dedicated to falsehood and disguises that when his gang gives him three cheers , he remarks: "Thanks men, I know you didn't mean it"! Indeed he is practailly allergic to the word "Truth"!
  • His place of hiding is the abandonded BioScope Film studio- composed of False Front buildings.
  • One giveaway is that False Face always wears a signet ring on his right hand-apparently the letters are "F.F". F.F. is also his mongram on the safety mattress Blaze jumps into after leaping from Commisioner Gordon's office.
  • Stafford Repp played False Face Chief O'Hara; Neil Hamilton played False Face Comissioner Gordon and a extra played False Face as a movie cowboy. This is the only time Repp and Hamilton played "evil twins" of themselves!

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