Adventures of Superman: Season 2, Episode 21

The Golden Vulture (6 Feb. 1954)

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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:
John Hamilton ...
Robert Shayne ...
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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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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Jimmy's Fishing Trip Nets Big Catch & Desired "Scoop"
22 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ONCE AGAIN, THE spotlight closes in on Cub Reoorter, Jimmy Olsen. This episode exploits "young" Olsen's sense of bravado, or as Editor Perry White would say, "stupidity".* The impetuous and head-strong youth had shown both promise and a strong dose of dumb luck in so many a story previously aired.

THIS EPISODE GAVE the production team a chance to bring the touch of the Pirate Genre to the series. Although the story is set in contemporary times (1950's), it has so many of the trappings of the Skull & Cross Bones movies. So much of this effect is due to the performance of veteran character Peter Whitney's performance. His characterization can only be classified as being either Ham, over the top or even "Camp".

BUT THIS IS no complaint on our part; as this is a necessary element of the story.

AFTER SOME FURTHER investigation by the Man of Steel, it is discovered that this ship is actually holding seamen against their will (in chains) and it is in the business of purveying counterfeit treasure artifacts!

NOW SCHULTZ, WE'VE heard of 'Floating Crap Games' before, but never before a floating Counterfitting Ring!

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