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Terror on the Midway (1942)

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When the circus' animals escape and threaten disaster, Superman must take action.

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(comic strip created by: Superman), (comic strip created by: Superman) (as Jerome Siegel) | 2 more credits »
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Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Sideshow Barker (voice) (uncredited)
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While Clark and Lois are reviewing a circus, "Gigantic" the gorilla escapes and endangers Lois. In the resulting chaos, other dangerous animals escape also. A job for Superman? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

30 August 1942 (USA)  »

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Gorilla on irti  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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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 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.
[note that the opening narration in some prints is slightly different]
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Marche Militaire No 1 in D
Written by Franz Schubert
Heard at the circus
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Post-Production Tampering?
10 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has always been one of my all-time favorites of the original SUPERMAN series, but also one of the most puzzling to me.

It is very different in tone, feel, design and execution from all the rest of the series. Most particularly because of its "darkness." I mean this both literally and figuratively.

While all the others are, for the most part, bright and cartoonish in their color design, TERROR is dark, gloomy, murky and downright sinister -even in the opening scenes of what should be a bright, cheerful circus setting.

The opening shots of the circus posters and scenes appear to me more to be still-frames, rather than intended snapshots, as though the original footage has been replaced with these artificial still shots. I am strongly tempted to believe that these particular shots were modern substitutions for the original footage.

Later, when the gorilla makes his appearance, it is plainly evident (from the excessive graininess) that the original image has been photographically enlarged to produce the close-ups of Lois Lane and the gorilla.

The unusual (and uncharacteristic) lack of detail in the close-up of Lois, combined with the strange quality of the speed at which she moves suggests that the close-up was manipulated from a much longer shot and perhaps slowed down somewhat.

The initial close-up of the gorilla is even more extreme (and highly effective as a terror shot) and suffers more from darkness and lack of detail.

A later shot of Superman wrestling with the ape also shows signs of tampering, like the poorly framed shot of Superman and the ape which, because of the clumsy re-framing of the image, results in an awkward and lengthy close-up of Superman's backside. Surely this was NOT the original intent of the film-makers.

Can anyone provide any insight?


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