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

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Writers:
Roy Chanslor
Jay Morton (contributing writer)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
19 September 1952 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
Plot:
The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet. Full summary »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Groundbreaking Series a TV Classic... See more (50 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 121)

George Reeves ... Clark Kent / ... (102 episodes, 1952-1958)
John Hamilton ... Perry White (102 episodes, 1952-1958)
Bill Kennedy ... Announcer / ... (102 episodes, 1952-1958)

Jack Larson ... Jimmy Olsen / ... (101 episodes, 1952-1958)
Robert Shayne ... Inspector Henderson / ... (90 episodes, 1952-1958)

Noel Neill ... Lois Lane (78 episodes, 1953-1958)
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Series Directed by
Thomas Carr (37 episodes, 1952-1958)
George Blair (27 episodes, 1953-1958)
Harry W. Gerstad (20 episodes, 1955-1957)
Lee Sholem (14 episodes, 1952-1953)
Philip Ford (8 episodes, 1956-1958)
George Reeves (3 episodes, 1958)
Lew Landers (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Howard Bretherton (2 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Writing credits
David T. Chantler (34 episodes, 1953-1958)
Jackson Gillis (15 episodes, 1953-1956)
Whitney Ellsworth (14 episodes, 1952-1958)
Ben Peter Freeman (8 episodes, 1952-1953)
Robert Leslie Bellem (8 episodes, 1956-1958)
Robert Maxwell (6 episodes, 1952-1953)
Peggy Chantler Dick (5 episodes, 1955-1958)
Dick Hamilton (4 episodes, 1952-1953)
Roy Hamilton (4 episodes, 1953-1954)
Leroy H. Zehren (4 episodes, 1955-1957)
Wilton Schiller (4 episodes, 1957)
Eugene Solow (3 episodes, 1952-1953)
Dennis J. Cooper (3 episodes, 1952)
Peter Dixon (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
Monroe Manning (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
Lee Backman (2 episodes, 1952)
Oliver Drake (2 episodes, 1956-1957)

Roy Chanslor (unknown episodes)
Jay Morton (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Whitney Ellsworth .... producer / associate producer (104 episodes, 1952-1958)
Robert H. Justman .... associate producer (78 episodes, 1953-1958)
Robert Maxwell .... producer (52 episodes, 1952-1954)
Barney A. Sarecky .... associate producer (52 episodes, 1952-1954)
Bernard Luber .... producer (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Clem Beauchamp .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1955-1956)
Edward Donahue .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine (42 episodes, 1953-1955)
Joseph F. Biroc (26 episodes, 1956-1958)
Clark Ramsey (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
Harold E. Wellman (13 episodes, 1957)
William P. Whitley (9 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Film Editing by
Sam E. Waxman (56 episodes, 1954-1958)
Albrecht Joseph (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Harry W. Gerstad (26 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Casting by
Harold Chiles (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Art Direction by
Lucius O. Croxton (52 episodes, 1953-1958)
Ralph Berger (46 episodes, 1952-1954)
John B. Mansbridge (26 episodes, 1956-1957)
Ernst Fegté (7 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Glenn P. Thompson (26 episodes, 1957-1958)
Jerry Welch (26 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Makeup Department
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (78 episodes, 1953-1958)
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist (52 episodes, 1952-1954)
 
Series Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager (39 episodes, 1953-1955)
Barney A. Sarecky .... production manager (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Edward Donahue .... production manager (26 episodes, 1956-1957)
David S. Garber .... production manager (26 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ben Chapman .... production manager (13 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1952-1953)
Arthur Hammond .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1952-1953)
John Pommer .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1955)
Gene Anderson Jr. .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1956)
Grayson Rogers .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1956)
Bob Barnes .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1957-1958)
Edward Haldeman .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1957-1958)
Richard Dixon .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1957)
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1957)
Ivan Volkman .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1953-1954)
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1953)
Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Art Department
George Bahr .... props (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer / sound editor (39 episodes, 1953-1955)
Barton Hayes .... sound editor (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Harry Smith .... production sound mixer / sound engineer (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Earl Snyder .... sound engineer (13 episodes, 1956)
Herman Lewis .... production sound mixer / sound engineer (13 episodes, 1957-1958)
Robert Post .... production sound mixer / sound engineer / ... (13 episodes, 1957)
 
Series Special Effects by
Thol Simonson .... special effects (92 episodes, 1952-1958)
Daniel Hays .... special effects (29 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Jack R. Glass .... photographic effects (78 episodes, 1953-1958)
Jack Rabin .... photographic effects (58 episodes, 1952-1958)
Louis DeWitt .... photographic effects (26 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ray Mercer .... photographic effects (9 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Stunts
George Fisher .... stunts (25 episodes, 1952-1954)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (13 episodes, 1952-1954)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (10 episodes, 1952-1953)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (7 episodes, 1952-1954)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Schwartz .... assistant camera (26 episodes, 1957-1958)
William P. Whitley .... camera operator (14 episodes, 1952-1953)
Clark Ramsey .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Izzy Berne .... wardrobe (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Music Department
Leon Klatzkin .... composer: theme music (104 episodes, 1952-1958)
 
Series Other crew
Winnie Rich .... script supervisor (104 episodes, 1952-1958)
Mort Weisinger .... story editor / script supervisor (86 episodes, 1952-1958)
Stephen Carr .... script supervisor / dialogue director (52 episodes, 1952-1954)
David S. Garber .... production coordinator (52 episodes, 1953-1956)
Whitney Ellsworth .... story editor / script supervisor (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Robert Maxwell .... story editor / script supervisor (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Mary Chaffee .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1952-1953)
Della Jacques .... stand-in: Phyllis Coates (2 episodes, 1952)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (104 episodes)
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Language:
Color:
Black and White (1952-1954) | Color (1955-1958)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System) | Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | USA:TV-G

Did You Know?

Trivia:
George Reeves (Clark Kent / Superman) was the only actor to appear in all 104 episodes of the series.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Many scenes in the color seasons show Clark Kent leaving an office in the Daily Planet building to transform into Superman. When leaving, Kent often wears or grabs his hat, but whenever he approaches the storeroom to change costume, he doesn't have the hat with him.See more »
Quotes:
Movie Connections:
Referenced in MovieReal: Hollywoodland (2006) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Why was there a change in the actress who played Lois Lane?
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53 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Groundbreaking Series a TV Classic..., 16 January 2004
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

"The Adventures of Superman" was, in the 1950s, the ultimate adventure show for kids, a series that transcended low budgets, often laughably bad scripts, and a torturous shooting schedule each season to become a genuine 'TV Classic'. Next to "I Love Lucy", the series is, perhaps, the most frequently rerun of any show of that decade; in shooting several seasons in color, it was a major trend setter (particularly as there were VERY few color televisions at the time); as a show that was syndicated, and not owned by a network (Kellogg's Cereal sponsored and financed the program) it paved the way for all the syndicated programs that followed. It's place in television history cannot be denied, and it's story is complete with drama, success, and tragedy, and a hero whose life and strange death still fuels controversy, to this day.

Superman, DC Comics' high-flying hero, had already achieved success on radio, in animated short films, and in two movie serials, when a low-budget feature film, SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE MEN, paved the way for the television series. The film replaced serial star Kirk Alyn with brawnier, square-jawed George Reeves, a youthful 37-year old whose promising film career had been derailed by WWII. He was joined by Phyllis Coates, replacing the serials' Noel Neill as ace reporter Lois Lane, and the pair made the transition to television, joined by 19-year old Jack Larson, as photographer/cub reporter Jimmy Olsen, and veteran character actor John Hamilton as editor Perry White. Helmed initially by veteran producer Robert Maxwell, the series utilized the same 'assembly line' formula of the movie serials, shooting multiple episodes at one time (which was why the cast always wore the same outfits), relying on action-heavy scripts heavy with Gothic atmosphere, and creating 'master' FX shots that were reused constantly, keeping the budget within acceptable limits. (While the 'flying' shots have been the object of humor over the years, the use of wires and a 'flying pan' in front of a rear projection provided the most realistic 'look' yet achieved, and the technique would still be in practice when SUPERMAN RETURNS was filmed, 55 years later.) Reeves' 'Man of Steel' was a street brawler, unafraid to duke it out with villains, and his 'Clark Kent' was every bit as no-nonsense as his 'Superman'. The program was actually quite adult, for a comic book adaptation, and the first season episodes are considered the best of the series.

When Phyllis Coates left the show, in 1953 (believing it would not be renewed, she signed for other film work), Noel Neill returned, softening the character of Lois Lane, but participating in some of the series' greatest episodes, including the most popular episode ever filmed, "Panic in the Sky", where Superman attacks an asteroid 'head-on', resulting in amnesia and near doom for Earth. By now, the 'wired' take-offs of Superman were replaced by vaulting off a springboard (after Reeves had barely escaped serious injury after dropping over ten feet when the 'liftoff' wires broke).

When Whitney Ellsworth took over production duties for the series, pressure from Kellogg's (due to the show's tremendous popularity, and investigations into the detrimental effect of violence on children) to tone down the mayhem resulted in episodes becoming increasingly silly and far-fetched. As this coincided with the series' move to color, the marked difference is clearly evident. The color episodes (particularly in the last two seasons) are, by-in-large, held in far less regard than the black and white ones.

By the series' final season, George Reeves would look chubby, and far older than his 43 years, Noel Neill would sport flaming red hair, and the episodes, shot on a very tight budget, were nearly unwatchable (other than the series' finale, "The Trials of Superman", directed by Reeves, where the cast are all placed in "Perils of Pauline"-style catastrophes).

While Larson and Neill would move on to other projects, and John Hamilton soon passed away, George Reeves found himself type-cast as Superman, with his career considered to be at a standstill. The assumption that depression resulted in his committing suicide in 1959, at 45, has, however, been the subject of debate for over 40 years. It turns out that Kellogg's was prepared to finance a new season of "Superman", that Reeves had several upcoming directing opportunities, he was about to be married, and that on the night of his death, he was in excellent spirits. There is a growing belief that his 'suicide' was actually murder, by a 'hit man' hired by either by his ex-girlfriend, or her jealous husband. While the truth may never be known, the news of his death devastated a generation of children, who truly believed he WAS Superman.

While Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh may be the definitive "Men of Steel" for their generations, and Dean Cain and Tom Welling have their fans, George Reeves, and "The Adventures of Superman", carry on a legacy that will never fade away. Each year introduces new fans to the series, and reminds us baby boomers of how fortunate we were to be there, at the beginning.

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