Adventures of Superman: Season 4, Episode 12

The Phantom Ring (9 Jun. 1956)

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Clark looks into joining a gang whose members possess special coins that allow them to perform crimes while invisible.


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Henry Rowland ...


When several robberies wherein no one sees the robber occurs, Clark is among the ones investigating it. He gets a package that has a pigeon and a note saying if he wants to know about the robberies send his reply. He then turns into Superman and follows the pigeon. But when he gets there he finds no one. So he leaves. Later another robbery occurs and he and Henderson are there to find what is going on. Clark thinks that they have the means to make themselves invisible. Henderson thinks that's far fetched. But the door at the store opens but no one is there. The man who was invisible goes back and meets with his boss and tells him that he overheard Kent saying that he thinks that the robber must have been invisible. That's when the leader decides to take care of him. He then captures Jimmy and Lois and sends him a note telling him to go and wait. He gets them to tell him how it works and how they knew Superman was coming. They try to get rid of him but of course he survives and uses ... Written by

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A Fun 'Look' At Invisible Crooks
27 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clark Kent receives a carrier pigeon in a shoebox, directing him to a bunch of thieves. So, after getting rid of nosy Lois and Jimmy, Kent turns into Superman and flies out the window following the bird. (Of course, no one in the entire Daily Planet building saw or heard this).

Anway, we get our first glimpse at the thugs: four guys hanging out in the usual shack that has been used for many episodes. The actors all look familiar including young Paul Burke who went on to star a few years after this the police drama, "Naked City."

Anyway, they are discussing what they going to do with all the loot they've stolen. "Rosy" (Burke) pops up first and says, "I'm going to build a big estate that looks like a penitentiary, so my friends will feel like home." "Gee, Rosy, that's a good idea," says another of the thugs. "I'll be there every night!!" I love it. That's the kind of crooks' dialog you hear so often on these old Superman shows, which helps make them so entertaining.

Anyway, the crooks see on their fancy radar that the bird is returning and that something is following it, probably Superman. (These guys - at lead the lead criminal - aren't as dumb as most of the bad guys on this show.). Apparently, they figured out a way to become invisible with all that fancy electronic equipment they have. Superman busts right through the house but finds, to his amazement, nobody there. Puzzled, he flies back to the Daily Planet.

Afterwards, all kinds of tricks and gamesmanship are played by Superman and the criminals but you just know who outwits whom in the end! It's a fun episode

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