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

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15 July 1948 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Superman  »

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(15 episodes)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Due to the crudity of special effects at the time (and the incredibly high cost of portraying it convincingly) all images of Superman in flight were animated in a manner similar to the way Superman flew in the Fleischer studios cartoons of the early 1940s. Sometimes animated images were even superimposed onto live action shots. See more »

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Quotes

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This makes the Superman TV series look like Godfather II.
12 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite years of immersion in various aspects of the Superman character, I've only just now seen one of the Kirk Alyn serials. I'm not a huge fan of serials, but I've enjoyed several. This one is shot pretty effectively, but what a chore to get through. Primary culprit: Kirk Alyn. Granted, I'm extremely biased in favor of George Reeves's portrayal of the character. And granted, I think that Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, and Brandon Routh all did fine work in the same role. But I was unprepared for how bad Kirk Alyn was. Much has been made of his "balletic grace," his experience as a dancer, but I found these aspects the most ludicrous when it came to playing Superman. Alyn comes off as unmasculine and sort of child-like, neither of which stands him in good stead as the greatest superhero of all. He kind of bounces around, waving his arms and grinning sort of dopily, coming off more like a horribly miscast Tinkerbell than the Man of Steel. Carol Forman must be the worst actor in the history of serial villains (that's saying something), and she manages to make the actors around her look like the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tommy Bond is a bit tougher and a bit nastier than any subsequent Jimmy Olsen. Noel Neill is cute and perky and easily distinguished from Meryl Streep. Pierre Watkin's Perry White is incredibly one-note (though he does get to have a fistfight and fall out a window!) The story is not complex enough to fill out even one chapter, let alone fifteen. And worst of all, Superman doesn't even do much that's super. Some bullets bounce off him, and he flies (sort of), but even the Fifties TV series, on a fraction of the budget, managed some spectacular effects. This was just boring, and could have been about a big Boy Scout instead of a superhero. Which is kind of the way Alyn plays it.


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