The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The First Film Batmobile

Speaking of Batman, here is the first Batmobile on film.  Now that is a crime fighting vehicle!  The Hemmings blog did a little movie carspotting (or in this case truckspotting) to identify this Batmobile from the 1943 and 1949 serials as a  1 1/2 ton GM (either Chevrolet or GMC) cab-over-engine truck produced sometime between 1941-1947.  It has a much more imposing screen presence than some flimsy sports coupe.

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