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The Mechanical Monsters (1941)

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Superman battles a criminal mastermind and his robot army.

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Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Superman / Clark Kent / Scientist (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
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An inventor has built powerful giant robots that can fly like planes and open banks like cans. Of course, Lois Lane gets into trouble with a robot; can Superman rescue her from the inventor's hideout? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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21 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Los monstruos mecánicos  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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After robot #13 has robbed the House of Gems and flown off with Lois Lane in its hold, Superman flies up and attempts to rescue her, causing an "Interference" alarm to sound. It is not explained why this alarm did not sound when Lois climbed inside in the first place. See more »

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Voices: Up in the sky, look! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!
Narrator: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, this amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, The Man of Steel: Superman! Empowered with X-ray vision, possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent.
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Followed by Secret Agent (1943) See more »

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Superman fights giant robots? I'm in!
5 July 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I'm rewatching the Fleischer shorts to get the taste of 'Man of Steel' out of my mouth, and Superman battling giant robots, deflecting molten metal with his cape and untangling himself from power lines is a great antidote. This is the second in the series and one of my favourites; it's a big improvement on the first film.

The plot is as simple as before - an evil inventor raids Metropolis with his army of remote-controlled flying robots and Lois hitches a lift back to his lair, followed by Superman. Lois has been redesigned and now looks more appealing, while the animation is fluid and energetic, the highlights being Superman bouncing across the landscape and all the robots standing to attention. It even manages an eerie moment, when Superman's eyes widen and he uses his x-ray vision.

It all rattles along with a Golden Age simplicity, and it's delightful.


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