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Writers:
George H. Plympton (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
20 July 1950 (USA) See more »
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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:
A superior sequel and a fine example of filmed Superman See more (14 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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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)

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Trivia:
Lex Luthor was in neither the animated shorts nor the later TV series starring George Reeves; Lyle Talbot was the first actor to ever play the character.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At the Beginning of Chapter Six, the outline of the hole Superman's about to make in the barn door is already visible.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Superman 50th Anniversary (1988) (TV)See more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A superior sequel and a fine example of filmed Superman, 19 December 2003
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

ATOM MAN VS. SUPERMAN (1950) is a 15-chapter follow-up that represents a vast improvement over the first Superman serial, SUPERMAN (1948). The original cast members who played Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White all return, but they are joined by a new villain, Lex Luthor, Superman's archnemesis from the comic book. Luthor's evil genius gives Superman far more opportunities to use his superpowers than did Spider Lady, the stodgy femme fatale from the first serial who did little more than dress in black satin and sit at a table issuing orders from a desk via oversized mike to an army of standard-issue thugs in suits, ties and fedoras.

Luthor (played by Lyle Talbot) is quite busy here. Paroled early on, he supposedly goes straight and takes charge of a Metropolis TV station, in the early days of television, and even hires Lois Lane away from the Daily Planet at one point. By night, however, he sends robbery gangs to crack the safes of stores his TV trucks have cased. He also unleashes a variety of ingenious inventions including a "space transporter" which teleports his henchmen from police custody back to his cave headquarters (16 years before "Star Trek"'s "beam me up" technology) and a "directional cyclotron" which causes earthquakes in Metropolis. In the final chapters he unveils even greater stuff as the action heats up.

Every episode offers a new element and a clever twist or two to keep things interesting right up until the spectacular climax in outer space. While the first serial devolved into standard cliffhanger formula fairly quickly and gave Superman few superheroic things to do, this one gives him lots of super feats to perform. In addition to fending off Luthor and his thugs, he always pops up at various disasters to rescue people. These include a bridge collapse, a fire on a cruise liner, and a flood. Interestingly, all disasters depicted use actual newsreel film footage, including the famous Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse of 1940.

As in SUPERMAN (1948), the effects of Superman flying are created through animation so that whenever Superman takes off he becomes a fluidly animated cartoon. The difference here is that the cartoon shots are intercut with live close shots of Kirk Alyn as Superman in flight. Also, the animation is used to depict a greater range of activities here. Superman is frequently seen carrying people (especially Lois) in cartoon form. In one spectacular shot an animated Superman lifts a live-action truck (shot in miniature) from a raging torrent of water on a miniature set. And there is one whole sequence in outer space that relies heavily on animation.

Having worn the same outfit throughout all 15 chapters of the first serial, Lois (played by Noel Neill) gets a lot of costume changes here. She's less spunky and less cheery, more determined and no-nonsense, and dressed and coiffed more severely. She doesn't plunge into fights as much, but when she's chased by crooks in one scene after grabbing a notepad containing evidence, she runs through streets, hallways, and alleys and up and down staircases and fire escapes like an old pro and eludes her pursuers. We also get to see Lois in a new light in a new job when she goes to work as an on-the-street TV reporter for Lex Luthor's TV station.

ATOM MAN VS. SUPERMAN is arguably one of the best serials ever made and certainly the finest example of live-action filmed Superman in the forty years preceding Richard Donner's SUPERMAN (1978).

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