Lois Lane and an explorer set out on an expedition through an underground cavern and discover a race of hawk-men. When these creatures prepare a ritual sacrifice for the adventurous pair, Superman comes to the rescue.
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
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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 »
Now look here, Kent, you can't pick your assignments. Hurry over and cover that consumers' meeting.
But nothing! That's final.
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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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