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Superman (1948)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  15 July 1948 (USA)
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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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Tommy Bond ...
Carol Forman ...
George Meeker ...
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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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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15 July 1948 (USA)  »

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(15 episodes)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Perry White: [gruffly] What do you want?
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15 October 1999 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a great serial. What people tend to forget when watching it today, is that it was made in 1948 and was aimed at the Saturday matinee crowd.

The special effects, to be sure, are primitive by today's standards, but take a closer look. Remember this was 1948. The opening sequence and Superman's flying effects were achieved through some excellent animation.

Don't forget that Superman IS a comic book character. The transition from live action to animation in the flying sequences, is performed seamlessly and realistically. I thought that this was pretty innovative for its' time.

Kirk Alyn was born to play Superman. He gives a realistic and credible performance as both Superman and Clark Kent. The diminutive Noel Neill makes an excellent Lois Lane, girl reporter, Timmy Bond (Formerly "Butch" of the Our Gang comedies) is good as Jimmy Olsen and veteran Pierre Watkin is suitably cranky as Perry White.

Carol Forman brings a cold and icy sexiness to the role of the Spider Lady, Superman's chief nemesis. Serial veterans Charles Quigley, Charles King, Terry Frost and Rusty Wescoatt round out the cast in various villain roles.


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