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 cast overview:
Frank Connor ...
Driver Who Pays a Fine
Charles H. Gray ...
Fake Arresting Police Officer (as Charles Gray)
Dick Elliott ...
Frank - Fake Judge (as Richard Elliott)
Terry Frost ...
Fake Police Officer
Jack Littlefield ...
Michael Garrett ...
Truck Driver
Phillip Barnes ...
Truck Driver


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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It Used to Be a Good Source of Revenue
12 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those memorable episodes. Jimmy is traveling a rural highway when he is pulled over by a town cop. He is taken to a judge and it costs him fifty dollars (probably quite a bit of money in 1958). A group of crooks have put up a portable town (yes, a portable town). They have two sources of income. Picking up speeders and charging them exorbitant fines and a bigger game, hijacking trucks and throwing the drivers in jail. Once the heat is on, they move the town down the road. This is a bit hard to swallow when you look at the complexity of the buildings (including a diner). Of course, the trucks are the real focus of the police. Drivers are being blamed for the disappearance of their trucks and cargoes. Lois goes to investigate and because she is asking too many questions, she is also thrown in the slammer. Jimmy, Kent, and Henderson go to check things out and are also thrown in jail. The implication is that this is big money and they will not see the next day, literally. This is one of those episodes where each of us could sense the helplessness of our plight. We long for a satisfactory conclusion.

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