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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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(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Albor (as Don Harvey)
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Carl
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Baer
Wally West ...
Dorr [Chs. 1, 6, 9]
Paul Stader ...
Lawson [Chs. 1-4] (as Paul Strader)
George Robotham ...
Earl [Chs. 10-12]
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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)

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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

At the climax of chapter twelve, the villains turn their heat ray on the Daily Planet building, causing all the mechanical devices to spark. As Clark Kent, Kirk Alyn shields his face, but the radio on his desk fails to give off any sparks. See more »

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Edited from Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940) See more »

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GREAT!!!!!
24 April 2000 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

There are few sequels that are ever as good as the original. This is one of them. The only real difference between the two is that the special effects in this one are better. The story leaps right into the action, with the city of Metropolis being hit by a crime wave. One man is behind all this crime, the evil Lex Luthor. Superman battles Lex Luthor and his alter ego the Atom Man through 15 fun and exciting chapters.

Superman does a lot in this serial. Can he save Metropolis from a deadly flood? Can Superman escape the Empty Doom? Will Superman's real identity be released to the public? Will Lois Lane go to work for the Lex Luthor? Find out this and more in ATOM MAN VS. SUPERMAN

I give it 10/10. It's perfect.

(Note: Look at the close-up shots of Kirk Alyn flying as Superman. The 'S' on the Superman uniform is backwards.)


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