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Secret Agent (1943)

Approved | | Animation, Short | 30 July 1943 (USA)
Superman battles saboteurs determined to stop a lady double agent from getting important documents to Washington D.C.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
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Secret Agent (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck ...
Narrator / Police Chief / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
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Clark Kent / Superman / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
Perry White / Police Officer / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Sam Parker ...
(voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Clark Kent helps a pretty blonde Federal agent escape a gang of Nazi saboteurs, and lets himself be captured to learn their plans. The blonde, pursued again, falls into the gears of a drawbridge... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Animation | Short

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Also Known As:

Under the River  »

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The original manuscript, titled "Under the River", shows that Lois Lane originally was to be in the short, but was later cut out for unknown reasons. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Perry White: Now look here, Kent, you can't pick your assignments. Hurry over and cover that consumers' meeting.
Clark Kent: But, Chief...
Perry White: But nothing! That's final.
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Follows Terror on the Midway (1942) See more »

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Bravo!
18 October 1999 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

This cartoon has a great deal to recommend it. The female character, though she appears only in this cartoon, never to be seen again, is courageous and quick thinking. The pacing, albeit unrealistic, is terrifically well handled. The animators, in the days before computer animation, do a credible job with the representation of such things as geared mechanical devices. Superman has not yet evolved into the overly powerful demigod of later years, and is plausibly challenged -- especially in an early scene where he has, in the guise of Kent, leapt on the back of a speeding automobile, and cannot risk doing anything too "super".

Generally speaking, the Fleischers in this series succeed in taking what amounted to a dumbed-down combination of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche and Alexander Gillespie Raymond, and producing something genuinely exciting from it.

It should be noted, however, that this and many of the other cartoons in the Fleisher series (and in the Famous cartoons that continued it) are sometimes quite violent, and parents should preview these cartoons before allowing younger children to watch them.


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