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Eleventh Hour (1942)

While Clark Kent is in wartime Japan, Superman becomes a saboteur.


Dan Gordon, Willard Bowsky (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


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


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Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ... Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ... Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Japanese Guard / Japanese Official / American Reporter (voice) (uncredited)


Somehow, reporters Clark and Lois manage to visit wartime Japan. While there, Superman commits a little sabotage...at 11:00 each night. Of course, this endangers Lois... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Animation | Short | War


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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 streak of lightning! More powerful than the pounding surf! Mightier than a roaring hurricane! 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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Follows Electric Earthquake (1942) See more »

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Clark and Lois held in Japan in Noir-style wartime cartoon
19 December 2003 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

"Eleventh Hour" is an amazing Superman cartoon from 1942 that owes more to wartime espionage films than to the earlier sci-fi-themed Superman cartoons. Interestingly, it takes place in Japan, at Yokohama Harbor, where Clark Kent and Lois Lane have been "interned" (Lois's word) by the Japanese. (No explanation is given for this.) At night, Clark, as Superman, sneaks out to sabotage Japanese ships in the harbor. When the Japanese finally realize that Superman is responsible for the damage, they threaten Lois with execution and go so far as to blindfold her and put her in front of a firing squad. Most of the action takes place at night. It's all deadly serious and filled with powerful, dramatic imagery worthy of Hollywood's best wartime dramas. Directed by Dan Gordon, this eight-minute cartoon was made at the height of World War II and was the third Superman cartoon to be completed after the Fleischer brothers left Paramount.

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Release Date:

20 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hora de la verdad See more »

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Production Co:

Famous Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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