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It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975)

TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Mars ... Max Mencken
Loretta Swit ... Sydney
Lesley Ann Warren ... Lois Lane (as Lesley Warren)
David Wayne ... Dr. Abner Sedgwick
David Wilson ... Superman / Clark Kent
Phil Leeds ... MIT Technician
Harvey Lembeck ... Gangster
Allen Ludden Allen Ludden ... Perry White
Al Molinaro ... Gangster
Malachi Throne ... Boss
Lou Wills Jr. Lou Wills Jr. ... Gangster
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Newsroom Copy Boy
Geoffrey Horne ... Ray Clive
George Chandler ... Jonathan Kent
Irene Tedrow ... Martha Kent


TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.

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The funniest Superhero story ever!







Release Date:

21 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Superman meets two young students named Jerry and Joe, who idolize him. Joe is an artist who wants to draw pictures of Superman, and Jerry is a writer who wants to write stories about Superman. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel were the artist and writer, respectively, who created the original Superman comics. See more »


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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by David Wayne
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Saw it when I was 13 at 11:30 at night....
26 September 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

and thought it was the stupidest thing I ever saw. For starters this was not the Superman in the comics. Where was Lex Luthor, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen? They're not here. Also the guy who played Superman could act--but wasn't muscular and couldn't sing. The songs I remember were dreadful, the sets were made of cardboard, the special effects abysmal (even by 1975 TV standards), the jokes totally unfunny and most of the cast overacted to a ridiculous degree. I do remember sort of liking Loretta Swit...but that's about it. There's a GOOD reason this isn't available on video or DVD...it's just horrible. Makes the "Batman" TV show of the 1960s look like high art. A 1.

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