Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)

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The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

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 Clark Kent / ... (104 episodes, 1952-1958)
Bill Kennedy ...
 Announcer / ... (104 episodes, 1952-1958)
John Hamilton ...
 Perry White (102 episodes, 1952-1958)
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 Jimmy Olsen / ... (101 episodes, 1952-1958)
Robert Shayne ...
 Inspector Henderson / ... (90 episodes, 1952-1958)
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 Lois Lane (78 episodes, 1953-1958)
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"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!" Mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet is really the greatest superhero of them all who "fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!" Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!


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Phyllis Coates' last official appearance as Lois Lane was in the first season episode #24, "Crime Wave". The two episodes that followed this one were the two-part edited version of Superman and The Mole Men (renamed "The Unknown People"). Noel Neill assumed the role in the first episode of Season 2, "Five Minutes To Doom". See more »

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In the opening sequence at the beginning of all episodes, the revolver that is shown (as the narrator says, "Faster than a speeding bullet.") is obviously loaded with blanks. If there were real bullets in the gun, the lead bullet noses would be clearly visible sticking out in the cylinder. But there are none showing--just dark cylinder chambers. This can be most easily seen if one records the episode and then slows it down or freezes it just as the gun is pointing toward the viewer. See more »

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[to Lois Lane]
Clark Kent: This is a job for Superman... I mean, I've got to find him!
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Jeepers, Mr. Kent!!!
22 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a hoot!! I loved it. I watched this television series as a little kid but the stories in this first season were so old (almost 55 years ago!), I didn't remember more than a few scenes, although they sure brought back memories.

The special effects and the credibility (picking a scene apart) were beyond bad. Apparently, they had a budget of about $5 a show, or so it looks, so you'd see the same scene over and over in various episodes. I could write volumes on all the ludicrous scenes that made no sense but that's what helps make this so entertaining. It's so bad, it's good! I don't want to sound like I am criticizing this because I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already purchased the second season.

It was especially fun to see the first show, the TV version of the origins of Superman. Then, as the episodes continued, to hear the innocence of a young Jimmy Olsen saying, "Jeepers, Mr. Kent," "Golly, gee whiz" and other similar exclamations. I laugh every time I hear those. Wow, compare that to today's TV.

Phyllis Coates was good as Lois Lane. It's too bad she left after one year. I'd rate her a slightly better Lane than Noel Neill, but Noel was good, too. Lois and Jimmy, with their nosiness, naiveté and just plain stupidity would have to be bailed out by Superman show after show.

George Reeves is likable as Superman but I got tired of John Hamilton screaming all the time as Perry White. They did calm him down a bit in subsequent years, but that first year all he did was yell.

Each episode was completely different and entertaining on this DVD package. This is great stuff for nostalgia buffs. Right now, I am in the middle of watching the second season on DVD and look forward to all of the sets that will be released.....hopefully, all of the seasons.


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