Superman (1941)

Passed  |   |  Animation, Short, Action  |  26 September 1941 (USA)
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The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon.



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Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
The Mad Scientist (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
Perry White (voice) (uncredited)


When Lois is kidnapped by a mad scientist, she is given a demonstration of his energy cannon as he attacks Metropolis. Only Superman can stop it in his first cinematic adventure Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Release Date:

26 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mad Scientist  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Voices: Up in the sky, look: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!
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Poor dubbing quality

I just bought the 2 disc set of the Fleisher cartoons and Lost Episodes. They were perhaps restored but they are not sharp at all. They look about as good as a VHS Tape at EP. The opening menu is very sharp like a DVD should be but the cartoons are very soft in focus. These cartoons were on Nikolodeon some time ago and comparing my EP tapes recorded then and the DVD that I just bought, I have to say my EP tape looks MUCH better. There must have been something wrong with the dubbing process as I was expecting to be dazzled not disappointed.

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