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:
John Hamilton ...
Robert Shayne ...
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 sticks in the memory
28 August 2007 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

I'm watching Rainbow Over Texas (a Roy Rogers picture) on TMC and a small part -- a yachtsman, complete with silly hat and striped sleeves -- is played by character actor Richard Elliot, who, as IMDb reveals also played the Judge in this episode. I mention this only because I got nailed speeding in West Virginia in a true speed trap earlier this summer, and as we were waiting for the State Trooper to return with my souvenir, I told my 10 year old son as much as I could recall about this, one of my very favorites, which I haven't seen in 20 years at least and haven't been able to get this episode out of my head for weeks. And I agree - for a town that was supposed to be mobile, it had an awful lot of stability; I remember Clark Kent finding nails in the ground where the buildings were supposed to have been.I do recall this episode as very tension filled and scary and it spooked me (a born and bred New Yorker) from ever wanting to ever speeding through any small desert outposts.

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