Adventures of Superman: Season 1, Episode 20

The Riddle of the Chinese Jade (30 Jan. 1953)

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Harry Wong, manager of Lu Song's antique store, decides to help thief John Greer steal a priceless jade statue from Song. Although no one is supposed to get hurt, the plan changes when ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Phyllis Coates ...
Jimmy Olsen (credit only)
John Hamilton ...
Perry White (credit only)
Robert Shayne ...
Victor Sen Yung ...
Harry Wong
Paul E. Burns ...
Lu Song (as Paul Burns)
James Craven ...
John Greer
Gloria Saunders ...


Harry Wong, manager of Lu Song's antique store, decides to help thief John Greer steal a priceless jade statue from Song. Although no one is supposed to get hurt, the plan changes when Song's niece Lily witnesses the robbery and is kidnapped by Greer. Superman, who, as Clark Kent, is interviewing Song for the scoop on his donating the statue to a museum, must solve the crime. Written by page8701

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Victor Sen Yung (Harry Wong) later played Hop Sing, the Cartwright's cook, on Bonanza. See more »

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A Multi-Cultural Story
30 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young Chinese-American man, Wong, gets in cahoots with a gangster. The man wants to marry a pretty young woman but has no money, so he sets out to help steal a priceless jade statue from an old man who had planned on giving it to the National Art Gallery. Clark and Lois are at the shop, along with the young woman, to get the story. The crooks set off an explosion to distract the people with the statue. Unfortunately for them, the girl is in shock and stays there and when they come in to take the statue. She sees her true love and the other guy. Of course, now they must kidnap her. Young Wong suddenly realizes the error of his ways, but he is in too deep and life is very complicated. He confronts his partner and soon he and the girl are in a tunnel that was used to get to the statue. The bad guy decides to flood the tunnel and cover evidence, but the show is "The Adventures of Superman." One thing I've noticed in watching these again after many years. It seems that minorities are treated quite decently which wasn't always the case in that period in time.

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