Adventures of Superman: Season 2, Episode 21

The Golden Vulture (6 Feb. 1954)

TV Episode  |  TV-G  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime
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Jimmy Olsen finds a bottle with a written message but seawater has washed away the ink. Clark Kent, using his enhanced vision, can make out the name "Golden Vulture," which is the name of a... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Inspector Henderson (credit only)
Peter Whitney ...
Capt. McBain
Vic Perrin ...
Robert Bice ...
Murray Alper ...
Wes Hudman ...
Dock Hand


Jimmy Olsen finds a bottle with a written message but seawater has washed away the ink. Clark Kent, using his enhanced vision, can make out the name "Golden Vulture," which is the name of a ship that has docked at Metropolis. The message was written by a member of the crew desperate to flee the vessel. Jimmy and Lois Lane board the ship to do a story but are captured when they find out too much. Clark, meanwhile, using his X-ray vision now knows that jewels and diamonds are being sent *to* the ship, which has supposedly found treasure in the Carribean. Clark gets aboard but is captured because Lois and Jimmy prevent him from changing into Superman. Clark is forced to walk the plank but Superman turns up moments later to put an end to the plot. Written by Bill Koenig

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6 February 1954 (USA)  »

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Superman: [as Clark Kent] What's in these crates?
Sanders: Food! Like it says on the side!
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Allegro molto agitato e tumultuoso
from "Theme, Variations, and Finale" Op. 13
Composed by Miklós Rózsa
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Who's Running the Ship?
5 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's this enormous salvage ship. It supposedly is picking up rare artifacts (dubloons, crowns, jewels, etc) when in reality, the people on board are making counterfeit artifacts. If they are talented enough to get away with this, why do they need to take their ship (which looks more like a destroyer than a salvage ship). Apparently, museums and private buyers are spending a fortune on this junk. What kind of museum curator would not be able to tell this stuff from real treasure. Jimmy and Lois, freelancing again, end up with a pirate with a black beard. Or, then again, he's not really a pirate. He's the nut case captain of this big ship which apparently runs itself. Jim and Lois are forced to sit in the Captain's cabin for hours, listening to him sing "Sixteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest" over and over and over. Eventually Clark/Superman figures out that the hapless duo are in trouble AGAIN! and must go to the rescue. Most of the scenes are ridiculous. After Clark is made to walk the plank (yes, you heard it right) Superman leaves him under water for about twenty minutes. Of course, he's not there but it doesn't do much to dissuade Lois's suspicions. Bad episode.

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