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The Adventures of Superboy (1961)

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Jimmy, Clark Kent and Lana Lang's friend, is ashamed that his father works as a doorman at the Smallville theater. His opinion changes when Superboy is able to thwart a robbery with Jimmy's... See full summary »

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John Rockwell ...
Superboy / Clark Kent (as Johnny Rockwell)
Bunny Henning ...
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Mr. Drake
Monty Margetts ...
Mrs. Kent
Charles Maxwell ...
Gunner Ferde
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Police Chief Parker
Richard Reeves ...
Shifty
Yvonne White ...
Miss Gibson
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Jake
Jimmy Bates ...
Jimmy Drake
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Theater Manager
True Ellison ...
Donna (as Trudy Ellison)

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Jimmy, Clark Kent and Lana Lang's friend, is ashamed that his father works as a doorman at the Smallville theater. His opinion changes when Superboy is able to thwart a robbery with Jimmy's father's help. Written by Philip R. Frey <rhindle@hotmail.com>

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This pilot was filmed after the death of George Reeves, who had already agreed to do another season of Adventures of Superman (1952). See more »

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Version of Superboy: Son of Tomorrow (2016) See more »

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Surprisingly good since it was never green lit as a series.
21 May 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Adventures of Superboy" is a pilot episode for a television series that was never approved by the networks. It is available to see on YouTube (as are quite a few other failed pilots) and it's surprisingly good considering it was ultimately a failure.

John Rockwell plays the title character. He is pretty much the Superboy you'd expect--living in Smallville and dating Lana. The crimes he has to contend with are two which are related--an attack on a police car by an armed gunman and the robbery of some jewels at a local theater. Helping Superboy and the police is the doorman at the theater...a man whose son had been a bit ashamed of him because of his seemingly lowly job. By the end, of course, all is right and the boy has gained greater respect for good old dad.

The only serious flaw in the show was a problem with the plot. Supposedly the gunman shooting at the police car was a diversion and both his gang leader AND the cops said that the most they could charge him with was 'malicious mischief' and he'd get 6 months! Umm....he shot at a cop AND Superboy and so attempted murder and 10- 20 years would be more like it!! Otherwise, well made AND entertaining...and a profound loss that more were never made.


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