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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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Cast overview:
Kirk Alyn ...
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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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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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Introducing SUPERMAN'S most sinister foe...the exotic SPIDER LADY! (original poster) See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

15 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Superman  »

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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Episode titles:
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  • 7. Into the Electric Furnace!


  • 8. Superman to the Rescue


  • 9. Irresistible Force!


  • 10. Between Two Fires


  • 11. Superman's Dilemma


  • 12. Blast in the Depths


  • 13. Hurled to Destruction


  • 14. Superman at Bay


  • 15. The Payoff


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Quotes

Ro-Zon, leader of Krypton [Ch. 1]: [after vote to remain on Krypton] The counsel has spoken, Jor-El.
Jor-El, father of Superman [Ch. 1]: Not spoken, Ro-Zon. It has pronounced the death sentence for all Krypton.
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SUPERMAN THE SERIAL
1 April 2000 | by (Columbus Ohio) – See all my reviews

A great serial especially in noting this was made 6 years after the golden era of serials. This serial features an outstanding and large serial cast led by Kirk Alyn as Superman. Mr. Alyn played the role in fine fashion and though he lacked the Roman jaw of George Reeves he easily makes a favorable impression. The rest of The Daily Planet crew also are quite good especially Noel Neill who is as feisty as Lois Lane as Kidder or Coates in later versions. Villains Carol Foreman and Charles Quigley both are memorable. The flying sequences are animated. I think it gave the screenwriters much more flexibility to the character than an actor or dummy on wires would have. This a film that is fun to watch more than once. It has a lot of spunk and humor as well as action.


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