Adventures of Superman: Season 4, Episode 1

Joey (18 Feb. 1956)

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Season Four of The Adventures of Superman opens with a sentimental story about a racing filly named Joey. Formerly owned by a girl named Alice (Janine Perreau) and purchased by "The Daily ... See full summary »


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John Hamilton ...
Robert Shayne ...
Inspector Henderson (credit only)
Janine Perreau ...
Tom London ...
Peter Thomas
Billy Nelson ...
Mauritz Hugo ...
Luke Palmer
Jay Lawrence ...
Bill Kennedy ...
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Season Four of The Adventures of Superman opens with a sentimental story about a racing filly named Joey. Formerly owned by a girl named Alice (Janine Perreau) and purchased by "The Daily Planet", Joey has the potential to be a winner, but refuses to race unless Alice is around. As this story plays itself out, Clark Kent (George Reeves)--otherwise known as Superman--goes after a band of criminals who've been spreading their corruptive influence at the racetrack. Written by anyamarie42

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Sentimental Start To Season Four
13 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a sentimental touch (although he'll never admit to it), Perry White buys a race horse for the Daily Planet from an old school chum. The latter's daughter "Alice" (Janine Perreau) is heartbroken to say goodbye to her beloved "Joey," but at least the horse is in good hands heading into the big "Jupiter Stakes." To add honey to the sentimental story, White declares that all money won by the horse will go to children's charities.

A big bookie in town, meanwhile, has bet thousands on another horse in the race. When he hears about Joey, the late entry and a possible threat to win the race, he and his goon sidekick travel to the Joey's barn to sabotage that horse. It turns out, they don't have to: the horse is already ailing. "Joey" is homesick for Alice and is lying down in his stall and won't get up. He's depressed. The solution: go back upstate and bring the girl back to her horse. The crooks, overhearing all of this (10 feet away from the whole newspaper gang but nobody sees or hears them in the barn!). The crooks decide to beat them to the punch and waylay Lois and Jimmy's trip to retrieve the young girl. The thug "Sully" (played hilariously by show regular Billy Nelson) turns our two reporters back home with a gun threat. However, word gets to Superman, who flies up and retrieves Alice to be re-united with her horse, and hopefully the horse will respond, get up and win the race!

The rest, you have to see. It's somewhat predictable, but there is a neat little twist at the end and, once again, the gruff Mr. White performs a nice gesture. Old-fashioned, National Velvet-type stuff.

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