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Billion Dollar Limited (1942)

Superman battles train robbers seeking to steal a billion dollars worth of gold.

Directors:

Dave Fleischer, Myron Waldman (uncredited)

Writers:

Joe Shuster (comic strip created by: Superman), Jerry Siegel (comic strip created by: Superman) (as Jerome Siegel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ... Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ... Clark Kent / Superman / Gangster (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa Julian Noa ... Gangster (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

An enormous gold shipment en route to the mint is hijacked by well armed robbers, and Lois Lane is trapped in the runaway locomotive. This looks like a job for Superman... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Certificate:

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[first lines]
Voices: Up in the sky, look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
Narrator: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, this amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, The Man of Steel: Superman! Possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent.
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Pretty good---and I like those sound effects.
1 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the early 1940s, the Fleischer Brothers made a bunch of Superman cartoons. They were in full-color and were all very similar--with their Superman theme blaring throughout and dopey Lois getting herself in one jam after another. For the most part, "Billion Dollar Limited" is typical of the series--though, for once, Lois is NOT some helpless victim and she uses a machine gun on the baddies in one cool scene!

Like the title implies, the short is about the attempted theft of a billion dollars' worth of gold from a government train. The baddies are all sporting cool costumes and machine guns! But, not surprisingly, Superman shows up and saves the day.

In addition to making Lois less annoying, this short also had terrific and very 3-dimensional sounding sound effects. I am not sure how they did this--but the explosions, gunfire and the like sound great!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Luta contra o Mal See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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