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The Magnetic Telescope (1942)

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When police interfere with a reckless scientist's experiment, it creates a deadly meteor shower only Superman can stop.



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Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Superman / Clark Kent / Mad Scientist (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
Perry White / Narrator / Police Officer (voice) (uncredited)


An experimental "magnetic telescope" draws down a fireball from space. Despite warnings, the callous "professor" tries it again, this time on a full-fledged comet. Even Superman is unable to halt its mighty momentum. Is Metropolis doomed? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

24 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El telescopio magnético  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Pretty good
16 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A misguided (not mad) scientist has developed a telescope which is basically a giant magnet (!!!). With it he proposes to draw comets to the Earth (for some reason) and then send them back into space. The police warn him not to do it. He ignores them and immediately starts bringing in a comet. The police destroy his equipment...but it's too late. The comet is hurtling towards Earth spitting out huge fireballs causing destruction. The scientist can't send it back because his equipment has been destroyed. Superman tries to smash the comet but it's too strong for him! What will happen?

One of the lesser Superman cartoons but still fun. This is the first where Clark Kent does NOT say "This is a job for Superman" before changing. And there's a sweet little kiss between him and Lois at the end. Worth catching but just OK.

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