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Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 20 July 1950 (USA)
Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans.

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(as Spencer Bennet)

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Albor (as Don Harvey)
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Carl
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Baer
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Dorr [Chs. 1, 6, 9]
Paul Stader ...
Lawson [Chs. 1-4] (as Paul Strader)
George Robotham ...
Earl [Chs. 10-12]
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Storyline

Columbia's 43rd serial finds Lex Luthor, secretly the Atom Man, blackmailing the city of Metropolis by threatening to destroy the entire community. Perry White, editor of "The Daily Planet", assigns Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson and Clark Kent/Superman to cover the story. Luthor invents a number of deadly devices to plague the city, including a disintegrating machine which can reduce people to their basic atoms and reassemble them in another place. But Superman manages to thwart each scheme. Since Kryptonite can rob Superman of his powers, Luthor decides to create a synthetic Kryptonite and putters about obtaining the necessary ingredients: plutonium, radium and the undefined 'etc.'(in order to keep viewers from trying this at home). Luthor places the Kryptonite at the launching of a ship, with Superman in attendance. He is exposed to the Kryptonite and passes out. Superman is taken off in an ambulance driven by Luthor's henchmen, and he is now under the control of Luthor. Superman is placed... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ABIGGER Than Ever...BETTER than ever...BRAND-NEW SUPER SERIAL! (original ad) See more »

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20 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Homem Atómico Contra o Super-Homem  »

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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In chapter one the shot of Luthor destroying the bridge is actual footage of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge that opened in 1940 (also known as "Galloping Gertie"). The footage used is that of the bridge in its final moments prior to its collapse on November 7, 1940, shot on 16mm Kodachrome motion picture film by Barney Elliott and Harbine Monroe of a Tacoma-area camera shop. See more »

Goofs

Some shots of Superman "flying" from right to left are flipped, as evidenced by the backwards "S" symbol on his chest. See more »

Connections

Edited from Avenging Waters (1936) See more »

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Poor Effects But Still Fun
4 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Superman is back!

The animated effects of Superman in flight do damage to this serial, made worse by the fact that you know (well, I know) better effects were available in this period!

This is a Columbia serial and over at Republic they had better flying man effects that did not involve animation! At Republic they would have used a dummy of a man and made him glide down wires: don't laugh, it looked great!

However, Atom Man Vs Superman is still a lot of fun to watch and better than all the Superman versions that came out after 1987.


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