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Director:
Writers:
Joe Shuster (comic strip created by: Superman) &
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Release Date:
26 September 1941 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Simply Inspired See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
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 ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Joe Shuster (comic strip created by: Superman) &
Jerry Siegel (comic strip created by: Superman) (as Jerome Siegel)

Seymour Kneitel (story) &
Izzy Sparber (story) (as I. Sparber)

Jay Morton  uncredited

Produced by
Max Fleischer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Winston Sharples (uncredited)
Sammy Timberg (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Schettler (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Milton Lustig .... sound effects (uncredited)
Maurice Manne .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Frank Endres .... animator
Steve Muffati .... animator
Steve Muffati .... animation director (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sammy Timberg .... music arranger
Lou Fleischer .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
10 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
The sound of the planet Krypton exploding in the introduction was achieved by amplifying the sound of an apple being ripped apart by hand.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Voices:Up in the sky, look: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!
Narrator:[opening narration] In the endless reaches of the universe, there once existed a planet known as Krypton, a planet that burned like a green star in the distant heavens. There, civilization was far advanced and it brought forth a race of "supermen," whose mental and physical powers were developed to the absolute peak of human perfection...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sablay ka na... pasaway ka pa (2005)See more »

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List: Mad scientist will show those fools
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Simply Inspired, 28 April 2004
Author: gothamite27 from Dublin, Ireland

I have no idea why Superman's logo looks the way it does, (probably something to do with one of Joe Shuster's original drawings) but this is still excellent. There is very little dialogue in these films, and the little dialogue that is played is almost inaudible. These shorts are more for the action fan. In the beginning, Superman can only leap (leap tall buildings in a single bound as it were) but before long, the narrator reveals that flight is also one of his attributes (soar higher than any plane!). During the course of these film-noir cartoons, we see Superman battle robot jewel thieves, a dinosaur, the Japanese, and even some Nazis (Hitler himself appeared at the end of that episode)! This probably might not appeal to fans of the modern day Superman, because the guy we see here is the tough, take no prisoners hero of the golden age. Nevertheless, a great series of cartoons, and as a Superman fan, I must say, I enjoyed them.

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