Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
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Through the Time Barrier 

A nutty professor uses his time machine to send Clark, Lois, Jimmy, Perry and himself back to 50,000 B.C., along with a notorious gangster who decides he likes prehistoric times.



(as David Chantler)

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Episode cast overview:
Inspector Henderson (credit only)
Prof. Twiddle
James Hyland ...
Turk Jackson (as Jim Hyland)
Cave Woman
Ed Hinton ...
Cave Man


The notorious gangster, Turk Jackson, has decided to turn himself in - not directly to the police, but to Clark Kent, a fine, upstanding citizen who might act as a buffer between the crude gunman and the cops. After Turk signs a confession in Perry White's office, he and Clark - accompanied by Perry, Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane - file into the elevator. Intruding on this group is a nutty professor professing to have invented a time machine. No sooner do the others scoff than a small explosion from Prof. Twiddle's little box sends them all back to prehistoric times. Turk decides he likes living in an era with no cops, and so he steals the time machine and hides it. Clark is eager to take action as Superman, but how can he explain Superman's presence in 50,000 B.C.? Meanwhile, Perry suffers the attention of an over-affectionate cave woman, as he, Lois and Jimmy get used to their new "cave duds." Written by J. Spurlin

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23 April 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first episode filmed in color. See more »


[first lines]
Jimmy Olsen: Are you lookin' for someone?
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A Wild And Colorfu Start To Season 3
13 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Have you ever seen Lois Lane, Perry White and Jimmy Olsen dressed as cavemen living 50,000 years ago? Well, you can see it in this episode: a landmark one in that it's the first one in Season Three which marked the beginning of this TV program being shown in color.

It's nice color, too, showing Superman's outfit in all it's red-and-blue splendor. Also shown were Lois Lane (Noel Neill)'s figure in a revealing outfit. She had a nice pair of legs, as it turns out. How did they all get in this predicament?? Well, none other than the work of "Professor Twiddle" (Sterling Holloway.....who else?), who tries out his time machine and sends everyone back in time 50,000 years. Included in that group is Clark Kent (who wouldn't wear the caveman outfit) and a crook "Turk Jackson" (James Hyland) who thinks he's figured a way out of getting out of a long jail sentence.

This episode has to be seen to be believed. Two actual cavemen enter. They look like your Aunt Edna and Uncle Charlie. Almost all the scenes are from a paper-like cave. We don't see too much else. This isn't exactly Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park." On the budget allowed on this series, we are lucky we saw the fake cave. Anyway, all of the parties return safely to 1954, thanks to Superman, of course.

Actually, this was a fun episode to start the new, colorful season. It's always fun to see Holloway in his usual mad-but-harmless scientist role, even if he has different names each time.

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