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Electric Earthquake (1942)

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Superman versus a fanatical extortionist with an earthquake machine.



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Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck ...
Perry White / Indian Scientist (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
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An American Indian fanatic tries to extort the return of Manhattan to his people with artificially induced earthquakes. Lois Lane, captive in his underwater hideout, seems doomed by Superman's interference... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

15 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terremoto eléctrico  »

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Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
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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Finally, a Superman cartoon that I liked.
19 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen most of the Superman cartoons made by the Fleischer Brothers for Paramount during the 1940s. Unfortanately, I have never particularly enjoyed them...that is up until now. "Electric Earthquake" brings the cartoon series an interesting villain--one you have a hard time completely hating.

The film begins with a Native American genius planting some sort of electrodes emanating from his underwater lair to Manhattan island. Then, he comes to the surface and announces that the government MUST give the island back to the natives or else! Well, they don't listen and soon he unleashes a wave of electric terror--causing the island to explode bit by bit. Not at all surprisingly, Lois gets caught up in all this and is taken prisoner. And, predictably, Superman comes to the rescue.

As I mentioned above, I liked this one because the story was strong--something not true for most of the other stories in the series. It was very interesting and kept my interest throughout--though I think it's the only time home for Superman was New York and not Metropolis!

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