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Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  20 July 1950 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Kirk Alyn ...
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Tommy Bond ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Jack Ingram ...
Foster - Henchman
Don C. Harvey ...
Albor (as Don Harvey)
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Carl - Henchman
Terry Frost ...
Baer -Henchman
Wally West ...
Henchman Dorr [Chs. 1, 6, 9]
Paul Stader ...
'Killer' Lawson [Chs. 1-4] (as Paul Strader)
George Robotham ...
Earl - TV Truck Cameraman-driver [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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20 July 1950 (USA)  »

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Homem Atómico Contra o Super-Homem  »

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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 »

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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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Faithful to the Original
19 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superman vs. Atom Man is an example of the pre-TV serials that attracted kids (including me) to the movie theaters in the 1950's. This serial stays close to the theme of the original Superman, and it's lots of fun. It is better produced and directed than the other serials I faithfully watched in the 1950's at the Broadway theater in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, including one titled "The Monster and the Ape." Clark Kent has an interesting kind of split personality as he tries to conceal his identity as Superman by playing a meek reporter, but occasionally his strength comes out in spite of his efforts. And, Lois Lane (played by the beautiful Noel Neill) is fun to watch, remembering that she later played this role in the TV series. Jimmy Olsen is played by a guy who is quite different from the later actors, and seems to be a little old for the "cub reporter" job. Overall, it's great fun.


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