Adventures of Superman: Season 4, Episode 10

Blackmail (26 May 1956)

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Criminal Arnold Woodman (Herburt Vigran) and his two confederates plant 20,000 dollars in stolen money on Inspector Henderson (Robert Shayne), then threaten to accuse him of taking a bribe ... See full summary »


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Criminal Arnold Woodman (Herburt Vigran) and his two confederates plant 20,000 dollars in stolen money on Inspector Henderson (Robert Shayne), then threaten to accuse him of taking a bribe unless he does what they tell him. Playing for time, Henderson agrees to follow orders, which does not sit well with his reporter friend Clark Kent (George Reeves). Nor do things bode well for Kent's alter ego Superman, who has been targeted for extinction by Woodman through the deployment of a sure-fire doomsday weapon (well, it seemed like it was sure-fire on the drawing board, anyway!) Written by anyamarie42

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A Hairy Time For Henderson
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Shayne, who hasn't seen a lot of air time in seasons three and four, is the main subject in this episode.

After Superman nabs a crook involved in a $500,000 heist (that's millions today), it turns out the money in his possession is not part of the theft. The little guy was just luring Superman away as the big boys got away with the loot. Inspector Henderson (Shayne) and Clark Kent devise a plan to let the little guy "escape" from custody so Henderson can follow him to the bosses and the money. He takes a chance knowing that if the police commissioner knew he deliberately let the thief escape, he could be in trouble, but it's a gamble he's willing to take.

Along come our two flunkies: Lois Lanes and Jimmy Olsen. Believe-it-or-not, they have stethoscopes so can snoop into everyone's business! They listen in on Kent's door at the paper as he and Henderson discuss what I just mentioned. They decide they'll be the heroes, of course, and capture Mr. Big so that Henderson won't get in trouble.

Unfortunately, from that point the story goes downhill as Henderson is blackmailed and then has his secret discovered and is disgraced, being temporarily suspended from the force. He moans and groans about it with Kent for several uncomfortable scenes and the story loses its appeal. However, even though it's a somber story, there are some good comedic touches with one of the crooks. In all, a very strange but not particularly likable, episode.

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