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Release Date:
20 July 1950 (USA) See more »
TRAPPED BY DEADLY FUMES! (original poster-all caps) See more »
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 »
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  (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

Don C. Harvey ... Albor (as Don Harvey)
Rusty Wescoatt ... Carl

Terry Frost ... Baer
Wally West ... Dorr [Chs. 1, 6, 9]
Paul Stader ... Lawson [Chs. 1-4] (as Paul Strader)
George Robotham ... Earl [Chs. 10-12]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ernie Adams ... Oil Field Worker (archive footage) (uncredited)
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)
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)

Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer Bennet)
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (screenplay by) and
Joseph F. Poland (screenplay by) and
David Mathews (screenplay by)

Joe Shuster  characters: Clark Jerome Kent/Superman, Lois Lane, Alexander "Lex" Joseph Luthor, Perry White & Jimmy Olsen (uncredited)
Jerry Siegel  characters: Clark Jerome Kent/Superman, Lois Lane, Alexander "Lex" Joseph Luthor, Perry White & Jimmy Olsen (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)
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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252 min (15 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-12 | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Episode titles: - 1. Superman Flies Again - 2. Atom Man Appears! - 3. Ablaze in the Sky! - 4. Superman Meets Atom Man! - 5. Atom Man Tricks Superman - 6. Atom Man's Challenge - 7. At the Mercy of Atom Man! - 8. Into the Empty Doom! - 9. Superman Crashes Through - 10. Atom Man's Heat Ray - 11. Luthor's Strategy - 12. Atom Man Strikes! - 13. Atom Man's Flying Saucers - 14. Rocket of Vengeance - 15. Superman Saves the UniverseSee more »
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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2 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Who could have thought the sequel could be worse?, 28 December 2006
Author: JimB-4 from United States

Now that I've seen the second of the two Superman serials, I am convinced that Kirk Alyn is the worst actor ever to don Superman's tights. He may be the worst actor to ever don tights, period. George Reeves made Superman and Clark Kent human beings in his television characterization, despite every tendency of the scripts and effects to drag him down to cartoon level. Kirk Alyn's Superman IS a cartoon, even more so than the animated Superman in the flying scenes. He simply has no reality, no thought process, no human believability, and in a fantasy character like Superman, that's fatal. He's not helped, of course, by the terrible dialog inflicted upon the actors, none of whom come within a zillion miles of their best work (and for some of them, that's saying something!). One cannot come to a serial with the expectation of seeing great art or even the believability of a popular art of which Casablanca or Gone With the Wind are examples. But the two Superman serials were complete disappointments to me, even within my limited experience of serials. The Dick Tracy serials, the Batman serials, even the John Wayne serials, seem miles ahead of these two, though I wanted very much to like them. Maybe if George Reeves had been in them.... But poor George had it rough enough. Let's not inflict these on him.

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