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Writers:
George H. Plympton (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
20 July 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
TRAPPED BY DEADLY FUMES! (original poster-all caps) See more »
Plot:
Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
One of the Best See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kirk Alyn ... Superman / Clark Kent

Noel Neill ... Lois Lane

Lyle Talbot ... Luthor / The Atom Man
Tommy Bond ... Jimmy Olsen
Pierre Watkin ... Perry White
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]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Oil Field Worker (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Rozan (Chief of the Council) (stock footage from original 'Superman' serial) [Ch. 7] (uncredited) (archive footage)
Stanley Blystone ... Joe Evans - Interviewee [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Mr. Taylor [Ch. 6-7] (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Eddie - TV Truck Crewman [Chs. 10-12] (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Council Member (stock footage) [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Lawson's Police Escort [Ch. 1] / Phoney News Photographer [Ch. 3] (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Man Observing Ship Rescue / Briggs, Chs. 2, 10 (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Mayor of Metropolis [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Thug Loading Truck [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Chief Thug Loading Truck [Ch.1] (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Cave Entrance Guard [Chs. 8, 14] (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Impatient Man at Bridge [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Observer [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
John Hart ... Henchman in Car [Ch. 3] (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Prof. Stone [Chs. 3-4] (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Police Chief Forman [Chs. 5, 13-14] (uncredited)
Charles King ... Eavesdropping Robber at Daily Planet [Ch. 10] (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Jor-El (stock footage from original 'Superman' serial) [Ch. 7] (uncredited) (archive footage)
Pierce Lyden ... Henchman Garland [Ch. 9] (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
George Morrell ... Bank Guard [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Train Passenger [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Power Company Truck Driver [Ch. 9] (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... HQ Henchman [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Policeman on Road [Chs. 11-12, 14] (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Policeman at Bridge [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Rick Vallin ... Power Company Truck Worker [Ch. 9] (uncredited)
Michael Vallon ... Council Member (stock footage) / Spectator (uncredited)
Luana Walters ... Lara (stock footage from original 'Superman' serial) [Ch. 7] (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer Bennet)
 
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (screenplay) and
Joseph F. Poland (screenplay) and
David Mathews (screenplay)

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 
 
Production Management
Herbert B. Leonard .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derwin Abrahams .... second unit director
R.M. Andrews .... assistant director
 
Special Effects by
Howard Swift .... special animation effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunt double: Kirk Alyn (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Guy Teague .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Violet Newfield .... set continuity
 

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Additional Details

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Runtime:
252 min (15 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In chapter one the shot of Luthor destroying the bridge is actual footage of "Galloping Gertie" or "Bouncing Betty" at the Tacoma Narrows, Washington, USA.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Some shots of Superman "flying" from right to left are flipped, as evidenced by the backwards "S" symbol on his chest.See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best, 27 February 2001
Author: lodger3 from Southern California

I am a 29-year-old serial fan and 'Atom Man vs. Superman' is one of my all-time favorites. This serial is a big improvement over the first one, and it gives Superman many things to do to show why he is the World's Greatest Super-Hero. Much has been made over the fact that animation was used to depict Superman flying. 'Atom Man' at least tries to improve upon it's predecessor by having close-ups of Kirk Alyn in flight to off-set the animated footage used in the long shots. As for the use of animation at all, I think we as audiences can tell what is used for an effect (stop-motion, CGI, miniatures, et al), and I would say that at least the animation was used creatively. Take the scene where Superman lifts the truck out of the path of the oncoming flood; I think the creative staff did a remarkable job at giving Superman fantastic things to do, and is probably the only chapterplay hero to do as many things in one serial as he does in 'Atom Man...'.

This serial gives the audience a pretty good story and is true to the characters regarding their comic-book origins. Whereas many serials (and modern films) completely change or contradict what has been told in the comic they're based on ('Captain America' for example), the Superman serials are completely faithful to their comic book origins.

If you have never seen a serial, this might be a good place to start. Superman is one of the most widely-recognized characters of all time, and will only help a beginner who is entering his (or her) first serial. Just remember not to watch more than one chapter a day (it'll add to the suspense if you wait a day or two).

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