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Japoteurs (1942)

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Superman vs. Japanese spies hijacking a new super-bomber.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Superman / Clark Kent / Japanese Hijacker (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Press Tour Guide (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Sam Parker ...
Clark Kent (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

American industry builds a gigantic new bomber and Lois Lane stows away on the test flight; little does she suspect, Japanese spies are aboard to hijack the giant. Superman to the rescue? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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japanese | hijack | bomber | saboteur | flying | See more »


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18 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Japanilaiset  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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The title is a combination of the French word saboteur and the shortened form for one of the Axis Powers in World War II, the Japanese. See more »

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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 soar higher than any plane, 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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Superman Enters the War
14 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I love the Fleischer Superman cartoons. The animation is smooth and fluid with vivid colors. The distinct art-deco style, vintage science fiction imagery, and use of noirish shadows gave them a look unlike any other cartoons. The music and voicework is superb. They're fun, accessible, enduring animation classics. While this is a cartoon from Fleischer Studios' successor, Famous Studios, it still tries to maintain the Fleischer style.

In addition to being the first Superman cartoon from Famous, this tenth cartoon in the series is also the first with a World War II theme. The plot is that a new American bombing plane (world's largest, according to a newspaper headline) is hijacked by Japanese saboteurs. Lois Lane is on board the plane, of course. Superman must save Lois, stop the saboteurs, and safely bring the expensive plane down.

This first effort from Famous Studios is a nice WW2 thriller with some good action, particularly the climactic scene of Superman catching the plane. It's a good effort, about equal to the last couple of Fleischer toons, but not a patch on the best of the series.


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