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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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[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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Smooches In the Dark
13 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.

The sixth in the Superman series is about a scientist's creation, the magnetic telescope, which can draw comets to Earth. After an initial disaster, where the scientist causes a comet to crash into town before rolling into the sea, the police of Metropolis suggest this guy take a beat before proceeding. The scientist, however, is undeterred and proceeds to draw another comet to Earth. The police interfere and disrupt the telescope's generator, causing the power to go out. Now there's a comet hurtling towards Metropolis with no way to stop it. Superman does his super best but it's no use. He manages to restart the generator and then, in one of the greatest scenes from the entire Fleischer Superman series, he holds together two cut ends of wire and allows his own body to conduct the electric current needed to power the telescope.

A great, fun, fast-paced entry in the series. The image of Superman with electricity coursing through his body arm-to-arm is pretty cool, as is the cute scene where Lois kisses Clark in the dark, thinking he was Superman.

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