Adventures of Superman: Season 5, Episode 3

The Town That Wasn't (22 Mar. 1957)

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Crooks have constructed a small mobile "town." They use it as a speed trap to snare money from unsuspecting motorists and, for bigger game, as a way to hijack trucks carrying valuable ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
John Hamilton ...
Robert Shayne ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phillip Barnes ...
Truck Driver
Dick Elliott ...
Judge (as Richard Elliott)
Terry Frost ...
Fake Police Officer
Michael Garrett ...
Mr. Harris
Charles H. Gray ...
Fake Arresting Police Officer
Jack Littlefield ...
Frank O'Connor ...
Driver Who Pays a Fine


Crooks have constructed a small mobile "town." They use it as a speed trap to snare money from unsuspecting motorists and, for bigger game, as a way to hijack trucks carrying valuable merchandise. After two hijackings, Lois Lane comes upon the "town" and is captured. Now, Clark Kent, Jimmy Olsen and Inspector Bill Henderson are trying to track her down. After they, too, are incarcerated, Clark turns into Superman to shut down the criminal operation. Written by Bill Koenig

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22 March 1957 (USA)  »

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Give The Writers An 'A' For Originality
1 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Trucks with valuable merchandise are disappearing and no one has a clue what's going on. (That's a pretty sad statement about the law enforcement in the area.) What is happening is that a small group of guys has figured out a plan to not only rob trucks of their merchandise but bilk local motorists through unfair and high speeding ticket fines.

It all involves a fake town of several buildings that these guys put up quickly, and then move to other spots when they hear of big shipment on its way. However, as the story develops we see a diner, a jail, a courthouse and personnel, so it couldn't have been that easy to move as it's said in the story. However, I try to nitpick these stories none of them ever make a bit of suspense.

The question only remains: is it an entertaining episode? In this case, the answer is "yes," even though there is no action/no Superman until the final minute, so I give the writers credit for an original story that kept my interest even though very little happened. Note: Dick Ellliott, who usually plays an eccentric scientist, plays a crooked judge in here!

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