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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:
Jeepers, Mr. Kent!!! See more (49 total) »

Cast

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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 (12 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:
When the series was filmed in black and white during its first two seasons, George Reeves wore a brown for red, gray for blue and white for yellow costume. When the show began filming in color in 1954, he switched to the trademark red and blue suit.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: With the switch to more expensive color film in 1954, there was a mandate to shoot no more new effects scenes than absolutely necessary. Most Superman-in-flight footage was filmed right-to-left. When the plot unavoidably required Superman to fly in the opposite direction, the footage was "flipped," as can be detected by the reversal of the "S" chest emblem. Another explanation is that George Reeves' "body pan' was attached to a pole that was blocked from view by his body. Unfortunately it was attached on only on his right side. If he had to be shown flying in the opposite direction the film had to be reversed. This not only occurred in the colour episodes, but the black and white ones as well.See more »
Quotes:
[title sequence]
Announcer:Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Voices:Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
Announcer:Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.
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Why was there a change in the actress who played Lois Lane?
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43 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Jeepers, Mr. Kent!!!, 22 January 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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