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Writers:
George H. Plympton (adaptation) and
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Release Date:
15 July 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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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)

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Trivia:
This serial marks the very first live-action portrayal of Superman.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Superman has what appears to be ruffled cuffs, indicating that his costume is actually a training suit with the hood cut off to accommodate the cape.See more »
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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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
This looks like a job for...............!, 15 October 1999
Author: Brian J. Smith from Gloucester, Ontario, Canada

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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