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Superman (1948) Poster

(1948)

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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.
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This serial marks the very first live-action portrayal of Superman.
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Considered to be the most successful serial of all time.
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In Episode 1, the depot at "ATSWORTH" is actually the Southern Pacific depot at CHATSWORTH, California, with the "CH" painted out.
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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.
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Episode titles:
  • 1. Superman Comes to Earth


  • 2. Depths of the Earth


  • 3. The Reducer Ray


  • 4. Man of Steel


  • 5. A Job for Superman!


  • 6. Superman in Danger!


  • 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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Film debut of Mason Alan Dinehart.
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Final film of Wheeler Oakman.
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Kirk Allen and Noel Neill have cameo roles as the parents of Lois Lane in a train that is being passed by a running teenaged Clark Kent in the 1978 Superman movie.
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Columbia production number 910.
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