Adventures of Superman: Season 4, Episode 3

The Big Freeze (3 Mar. 1956)

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Dishonest politician Duke Taylor (George E. Stone) and his henchman Little Jack (Richard Reeves) conspire with crooked Dr. Watts (Rolfe Sedan) to rid Metropolis of Superman (George Reeves) ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
John Hamilton ...
Robert Shayne ...
Inspector Henderson (credit only)
Duke Taylor
Richard Reeves ...
Little Jack
Rolfe Sedan ...
Dr. Watts
Eddie Baker ...
John Phillips ...
Man at the Election Booth


Dishonest politician Duke Taylor (George E. Stone) and his henchman Little Jack (Richard Reeves) conspire with crooked Dr. Watts (Rolfe Sedan) to rid Metropolis of Superman (George Reeves) just before an important election. Luring the Man of Steel into a locked room, the trio turn the temperature down to 2000 degrees below zero. Thus frozen, Superman not only loses his super-strength but also the color in his face, and must put on makeup when disguised as Clark Kent--thereby making an embarrassing situation even more so. As it turns out, Superman's only hope to return to normal is to expose himself to extreme heat. Written by anyamarie42

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Released as part of the video "The Best of Superman: Volume 3" along with "Panic in the Sky" and "The Magnetic Telescope." See more »

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The Story Has A Greeat Mix
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening scene sets the comedic tone for this one as a thug "Little John" (show regular Richard Reeves) swats a fly off a picture on the wall and smashes the glass. It turns out there is no fly. "I was just practicin' for when it's summer again," explains the big dope to his boss "Duke Taylor" (George E. Stone).

Duke is going to rig the upcoming elections "so I can run this town." Little John answers, "Yeah, but Superman don't like it if you fix the elections." So, the plan is to get Superman out of the way. Enter another eccentric scientist (the only kind ever shown on the program) who has an invention on how to kill Superman. "Dr. Watts" (Rolfe Sedan) has invented a freezing room that, if they can Superman to go it in, will freeze all of his powers for up to a week.

Of course, Superman is coerced into going in, does get "neutralized" and now the elections look lost. However, a number of things happen and this winds up being one of the more entertaining of the Superman episodes with a good mixture of adventure, comedy and drama.

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