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Superman (1948)

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Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.

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Kirk Alyn ...
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Tommy Bond ...
Carol Forman ...
George Meeker ...
Driller
Jack Ingram ...
Anton
Pierre Watkin ...
Terry Frost ...
Brock
Charles King ...
Conrad [Chs. 6-15]
Charles Quigley ...
Hackett [Chs. 6-15]
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Graham [Chs. 3, 9-11, 13-15]
Forrest Taylor ...
Leeds [Chs. 3-4]
Stephen Carr ...
Morgan [Chs. 3-4]
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Elton [Chs. 7-15]
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Storyline

Jor-El (Nelson Leigh), a scientist on the planet Krypton rockets his infant son to Earth just before Krypton explodes. The boy is found on Earth by a farmer, Eben Kent (Ed Cassidy) and his wife, Martha (Virginia Carroll) and they name him Clark Kent (Kirk Alyn). When Clark grows up, his foster father asks him to use his amazing super powers only for good. The mild-mannered Clark gets a job on the Daily Planet as a reporter, and soon, as his alter-ego Superman (Kirk Alyn'), and soon tangles with The Spider Lady (Carol Forman), who considers herself Queen of the Underworld. Meanwhile, a fragment from the planet Krypton reaches earth and falls in her possession. It is the only substance that can render Superman helpless. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FOR THE FIRST TIME! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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15 July 1948 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Superman  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kirk Alyn was credited only as Clark Kent because the studio felt that no one should know who was playing the part of Superman. In fact, they spread the story that Superman was portraying himself in the serial. See more »

Goofs

At the end of chapter 11 and the beginning of chapter 12, a faint "Columbia" sign is visible on the door of the villains' truck as it stops on the road. See more »

Quotes

Perry White: [gruffly] What do you want?
Superman: [as Clark Kent] Uh... a job.
Perry White: [sarcasticly] Any special kind? Or would mine do?
Superman: Well, I would like to be a reporter. I haven't had any experience in writing, but... uh...
Perry White: That should help.
Superman: Well, I have other qualifications that might be valuable.
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THE BEST SERIAL EVER MADE
18 March 2000 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Superman, the 15-chapter serial, is the best of it's kind. Kirk Alyn is excellent as Superman/Clark Kent, Noel Neill is the best Lois Lane ever to hit the screen, Carol Forman makes Spider Lady one of the most hated serial villains of all time!

Some say that the animation is terrible, but I'd prefer it over using real people. The special effects are very amusing, and Mischa Bakaleinikoff's musical score fits the themes of the movie perfectly.

The story goes like this, Jor-El is the only scientist who knows that the planet Krypton is going to explode. He builds a rocket and sends his son far off to the planet earth before the doomed planet explodes. Clark grows up and moves to Metropolis, where he becomes better known as Superman. As Superman he fights for "Truth, Justice, and Tolerance", but the evil Spider Lady plans to destroy everything he represents.

I give it 10/10 Stars


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