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Release Date:
30 July 1943 (USA) See more »
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Superman battles saboteurs determined to stop a lady double agent from getting important documents to Washington D.C. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
Joan Alexander ... Secret Agent (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck ... Police Chief / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ... Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Perry White / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ... Narrator / Police Officer / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Sam Parker ... Clark Kent / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Seymour Kneitel 
 
Writing credits
Jerry Siegel (Superman comic strip created by) (as Jerome Siegel) and
Joe Shuster (Superman comic strip created by)

Carl Meyer (story)

Produced by
Sam Buchwald .... associate producer (uncredited)
Dan Gordon .... producer (uncredited)
Seymour Kneitel .... producer (uncredited)
Izzy Sparber .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Sammy Timberg (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Maurice Manne .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Otto Feuer .... animator
Steve Muffati .... animator
 
Music Department
Sammy Timberg .... musical arrangement
 

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8 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-7 (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #3434)

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Superman has only one line of dialogue in the entire short. That line, which he speaks while disguised as Clark Kent, is "But, Chief...."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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A superb cartoon crime thriller with amazing animation, 19 December 2003
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

"Secret Agent" was the 17th and final Superman cartoon produced by Paramount Pictures. Made in 1943, it came at the end of a run that started with nine cartoons produced by the Fleischer brothers who left Paramount in 1942. In contrast with the other Superman cartoons, this one is essentially a straight-ahead action-crime thriller with less of an emphasis on Superman and more on a group of spies and saboteurs trying to stop a gorgeous blonde (an undercover Fed) from getting her list of names to Washington DC. There are high-speed car chases, shootouts with the police, and a climax on a moving bridge platform. Other than a relatively brief display of Superman's powers, there are no science fiction elements. It all takes place at night in richly detailed urban settings. It's an astounding, breathtaking work and indicates a possible direction American animation could have taken had it followed the lead of American comic books the way the Superman cartoons did.

What if the filmmakers here had used this same style of animation to do a series of Batman cartoons in the 1940s, film noir style? What if an entire animated theatrical feature had been done in this style? Think of the possibilities. Perhaps American animation wouldn't have been stuck for decades in the Disney/Hanna-Barbera mold which ultimately dominated American animation. As it is, it took Japanese animators some 40 years after "Secret Agent" to show us how crime thrillers could be presented vividly in animation with THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 and CRYING FREEMAN, although with considerably higher quotients of bloodshed and violence.

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