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Billion Dollar Limited (1942)

Passed  |   |  Animation, Short, Adventure  |  9 January 1942 (USA)
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Superman battles train robbers seeking to steal a billion dollars worth of gold.

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Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Superman / Clark Kent / Gangster (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
Gangster (voice) (uncredited)
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An enormous gold shipment en route to the mint is hijacked by well armed robbers, and Lois Lane is trapped in the runaway locomotive. This looks like a job for Superman... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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9 January 1942 (USA)  »

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El lío del billón de dólares  »

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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! 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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Best of the Superman Shorts
11 April 2005 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

While all of the Fleischer/Famous Studios "Superman" cartoons are excellent, "Billion Dollar Limited," the third in the series, is probably the best of the lot in terms of overall animation, plot, and pacing. Why it wasn't even nominated for an Oscar as Best Animated Short for 1942 (Incredibly enough, only the first one was) in inexplicable.

Here, Lois Lane is assigned to cover the transfer of one billion dollars in gold to the U.S. Mint. Masked gangsters in their super-powered (for 1942) car take off after the train, determined to get that gold. Without giving too much away, what ensues is a thrill ride for both the characters and the audience, with truth, justice, and Superman triumphant at the end.

As they did in all the Fleischer/Famous Superman cartoons, Clayton "Bud" Collyer and Joan Alexander, who played Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane on radio, have the voice work honors here, and Fleischer perennial Jack Mercer gets a little to do as one of the bad guys, as well.


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