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Writers:
George H. Plympton (adaptation) and
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Release Date:
15 July 1948 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
FOR THE FIRST TIME! (original poster - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The original title of this serial/ Kirk Alyn See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Kirk Alyn ... Superman / Clark Kent

Noel Neill ... Lois Lane
Tommy Bond ... Jimmy Olsen
Carol Forman ... Spider Lady
George Meeker ... Driller
Jack Ingram ... Anton
Pierre Watkin ... Perry White
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]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Cop at Museum (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Wave Tracer (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Ro-Zon (uncredited)
Roy Butler ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Government Agent (uncredited)
Virginia Carroll ... Martha Kent (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Eben Kent (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Dupe (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Government Agent (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Agent with Crandall (uncredited)
Mason Alan Dinehart ... Young Clark Kent (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Mine Security Guard (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Phoney News-Hawker (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Fred Collier (uncredited)
Jack George ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Car 1 Henchman (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Prison Guard at Siren (uncredited)
Ralph Hodges ... Teenage Clark Kent (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Jackson (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Hawkins (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Jor-El (uncredited)
Tom London ... Old-Timer at Mine (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Bank Robber (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Spectator at Fire / Police Chief Forman (uncredited)
Wheeler Oakman ... Dr. Fredrick Larkin (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Leonard Penn ... Electronics Store Owner / Henchman (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Crandall (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Carson (uncredited)
Charles Schaeffer ... Thug Holding Lois (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Daily Planet Worker (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Man at Mine (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... Irwin (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man Sent for Help at RR Station (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Secretary of National Security (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Woman at Mine (uncredited)
Luana Walters ... Lara (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Metropolis University Administration Building Guard (uncredited)
Wally West ... Spectator at Fire / State Trooper (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. ... Thug Holding Lois (uncredited)
Peggy Wynne ... Gloria (uncredited)

Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer Bennet)
Thomas Carr 
 
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (adaptation) and
Joseph F. Poland (adaptation)

Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) and
Lewis Clay (screenplay) and
Royal K. Cole (screenplay) (as Royal Cole)

Joe Shuster  characters (uncredited)
Jerry Siegel  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan 
 
Film Editing by
Earl Turner 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R.M. Andrews .... assistant director
 
Special Effects by
Howard Swift .... special animation effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt double: Kirk Alyn (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Floyd Morgan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Grant Still .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
244 min (15 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: In Chapter 11, when a gangster discovers Jimmy hiding in a crate in the back of a truck, he calls his partner back and both men shoot into the crate. But in the recap in Chapter 12, he does not call his partner back, and he alone shoots into the crate.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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Version of Superboy (1966)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The original title of this serial/ Kirk Alyn, 10 September 2009
Author: shrfchasg from United States

I remember for years this serial being titled "Superman Vrs. The Spider Lady". I was fortunate enough, to have lived in the nick of time to see this at a theater. I have read articles through the later year since, discussing all the Superman related creations. One, for example, was in TV Guide, listing all who played the hero. Included the title "...Vrs. The Spider Lady". I also have noticed it elsewhere, too. What happened now this is not acknowledged? When I looked to order it on DVD I therefore had a problem to recognized it. I've always have believed Kirk Alyn is the best convincing actor to portray him. To me he would be able to not be detected while in his Clark disguise with his glasses. The others who has since took the role, has distinct voice or features enough to be discovered.

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