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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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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 ...
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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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Under the River  »

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This was the last of the seventeen Superman shorts and the only one not to feature Lois Lane. However, Joan Alexander, who had played Lois Lane in the earlier shorts, has an uncredited role as the unnamed Secret Agent. See more »

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[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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The last 1940s Superman cartoon
11 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beautiful blonde (who is never named) is running away from some men who are shooting at her. Clark Kent intervenes and is knocked out, captured and tied up by the men. It seems the woman is a secret agent--she has a list of saboteurs and their evil plans. She must get the list to Washington. The police try to escort her but they are also attacked by the saboteurs. The woman escapes but becomes trapped on a bridge about to be crushed. Will Superman find out and save her?

This is barely a Superman cartoon. Lois Lane is nowhere to be found (but that blonde sounds a LOT like her). It plays more like a WWII drama with plenty of violent shootouts (I was really surprised to see a cop shot down out of his motorcycle) and action. Superman only pops up at the last few minutes to save the day. But the action more than makes up for his absence. Pretty good. A 6.


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