Adventures of Superman: Season 4, Episode 5

Topsy Turvy (21 Apr. 1956)

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This episode marks the first appearance of Phillips Tead) in the role of eccentric scientist Professor Pepperwinkle, whose offbeat inventions invariably cause trouble for Clark Kent (George... See full summary »


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This episode marks the first appearance of Phillips Tead) in the role of eccentric scientist Professor Pepperwinkle, whose offbeat inventions invariably cause trouble for Clark Kent (George Reeves) and his fellow "Daily Planet" newshounds. This time, Pepperwinkle has created a device that fools the nervous system and makes people think that they are upside down. Crooked sideshow man Carni (Ben Welden) decides to steal the invention so that he can rob a few banks. Thus it is that Clark Kent disappears, and Superman appears in his place, the better to revert back to "downside-up" (or something like that). Written by anyamarie42

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Carni, Yo-Yo & Professor Pepperwinkle!
17 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know it's going to be a wild story when you see Professor Pepperwinkle in the episode! In this one, the good professor has invented a machine that makes everyone in the vicinity feel as if they are standing upside down. He gives a demonstration in Clark Kent's office and he, Jimmy and Lois all are convinced, along with a thug "Carni" who just happened to enter the room at the night. The crook is played by the actor who was the bad guy in probably more Superman shows than anyone else - Ben Welden.

Ben is actually the star of this episode, having more lines (and some good ones) than anyone else.

Anway, "Carni" goes back to tell his crooked partner "Yo-Yo" at the carnival where they work. (The names of crooks on this show were always hilariously stupid.) Carni then contacts the professor with an offer for his machine, and a demonstration for his pal. Pepperwinkle comes over and shows them and remarks that he also has remote controls for it, too. Carni convinces the naive prof that they will use the machine at all six carnivals in town to make people happy.....strictly for amusement. All along their plan is to use them to rob banks and place remotes along the getaway route so everyone will be so confused they won't be able to catch them. Carni will rob the banks while Yo-Yo and the professor will stay in the carnival and work the machine.

The plan works until Kent and Inspector Henderson figure things out after the robbery. Of course, Lois and Jimmy butt in and are captured, held at gunpoint by Yo Yo. That's par for the course. What would a show be without at least one of those two being held hostage?

This was a very entertaining episode, one of the better ones of the fourth season.

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