Tuesday, December 4, 2018

More Reasons You Should Teach Your Children Morse Code (And Old Songs)!!

Batman was posing as a taxi driver (don't ask) when he's captured by foreign criminals who thought he was someone else (please don't ask).

He's awake now, but he has to feign unconsciousness, otherwise the crooks will quickly realize he's the wrong guy and kill him!

He can reach his radio belt, but he can't speak aloud--how can he let Robin know where he is?!?

Yes, "The Prisoner's Song" is a real song. Mostly forgotten these days, it was one of the best selling songs, both in vinyl and in sheet music, of the 1920s.

No, I don't think it's that distinctive of tune, especially if you're just moaning it through a gag. But kudos to Robin for recognizing a 20 year old song!

OK, Bruce, they know you're a prisoner. But how will they know where?

Again, a real song, this one only a decade old at the time! It was a Rodgers and Hart song, which ensured it would be a little bit better remembered...

This isn't a very helpful clue, though...which hotel?!?

Whew!! Robin needed to know 140 year old classical music AND Morse Code for that one!!

And of course, "Yippee!" is universal for when a youngster is joyful!

And again, special props to Batman for mad moaning skills!!

From Batman #25 (1944)

1 comment:

Smurfswacker said...

The "dit-dit-dit-dah = Victory" would have been familiar in 1945. I quote from the BBC World Service history page:

"The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s famous two-fingered V for Victory sign began life at the BBC.

A Belgian programme organiser called Victor de Lavelaye saw the letter V as a unifying symbol for both the French and Flemish speakers in his German-occupied homeland. V stood for Victoire (victory) in French and Vrijheid (freedom) in Flemish.

In a BBC broadcast on January 14th 1941, he encouraged his compatriots to show their defiance to the Germans by painting Vs wherever they could.

The campaign spread to other BBC European services that broadcast to occupied areas and got its own “sound” as well. The letter V in Morse code is three dots and a dash – da-da-da DAHH – the opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

These were played on the timpani to provide the station identification for all the services to Europe. When Winston Churchill joined the campaign, he called the V sign “the symbol of the unconquerable will of the people of the occupied territories.”