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Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 20 July 1950 (USA)
Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans.

Director:

Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet)

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George H. Plympton (screenplay by), Joseph F. Poland (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Alyn ... Superman / Clark Kent
Noel Neill ... Lois Lane
Lyle Talbot ... Luthor / The Atom Man
Tommy Bond ... Jimmy Olsen
Pierre Watkin ... Perry White
Jack Ingram ... Foster
Don C. Harvey ... Albor (as Don Harvey)
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Carl
Terry Frost ... Baer
Wally West ... Dorr [Chs. 1, 6, 9]
Paul Stader Paul Stader ... Lawson [Chs. 1-4] (as Paul Strader)
George Robotham George Robotham ... Earl [Chs. 10-12]
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Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans.

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Taglines:

ABIGGER Than Ever...BETTER than ever...BRAND-NEW SUPER SERIAL! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atom Man vs. Superman See more »

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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lex Luthor was in neither the animated shorts nor the later TV series starring George Reeves; Lyle Talbot was the first actor to ever play the character. See more »

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At the Beginning of Chapter Six, the outline of the hole Superman's about to make in the barn door is already visible. See more »

Quotes

[describing the Empty Doom to an unhappy victim]
Luthor: There, the vapor particles that make up your body will wander forever like a lost spirit!
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Up there in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman
5 January 2000 | by beejerSee all my reviews

This serial is a sequel to "Superman", the 1948 serial. In this one the Man of Steel is battling the evil Lex Luthor and his alter ego, the Atom Man in a bid to take over the world with another of those deadly rays popular in serials of the time.

Kirk Alyn is back as Superman/Clark Kent and once again does a creditable job. Noel Neill is the spunky Lois Lane, former Little Rascal Tommy Bond is Jimmy Olsen and Pierre Watkin as cranky old Perry White. Lyle Talbot makes an excellent villain as Luthor. The serial is populated with the usual assortment of villains from Columbia's stock company including Don Harvey and Rusty Westcoatt. Even veteran "B" western villain Charlie King turns up briefly in suit and tie as one of the baddies. The usual assortment of narrow escapes and explosions abound.

As in the original, most of the special effects are handled through the use of animation. Although it looks a little tacky by today's standards, it is nonetheless quite innovative for it's time given the limited budget and lack of technology. Don't forget, Superman IS a comic book character.

In my opinion, the Superman serials were among the best ever produced by Columbia. Taking them for what they are, they are very entertaining and enjoyable.


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