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Superman (1941)

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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 ...
Perry White (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
The Mad Scientist (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
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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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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$100,000 (estimated)
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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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Timeless Fun
21 November 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Sixty one years have elapsed since this first Superman cartoon was shown and it still remains as timeless as ever.

I had first seen this decades back (not in 1941 because it would be a good several years until I was born) and recently I picked up a copy from a car boot sale. I watched it and enjoyed it throughly.

The story is perfectly simple. A mad scientist has some kind of ray aimed at Metropolis and he also kidnaps Lois Lane. Superman of course comes to the rescue. There is no complex plot, just plenty of action.

Lois and Clark are not quite equals in this adventure. Nowadays in the Superman comics I think Lois and Clark are married but Lois sort of looked down on Clark in these adventures-she doesn't even let him come out on assignment with her.

Another thing I liked was the way Clark changed into Superman. He would always say, "This is a job for Superman," before heading into a storeroom and changing. Magic!

For fans of Superman (particularly younger fans), I recommend they check this out if they can get a copy.


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