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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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Jack Regas

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Cast

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
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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!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lesley Ann Warren would later audition for the role of Lois Lane in Superman (1978) but lost it to Margot Kidder. See more »

Quotes

Superman: Lois is in danger, I must split!
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Connections

Version of Superman II (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Ooh, Do You Love You!
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Loretta Swit
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Confused, Yes, But Containing Virtues ...
19 April 2005 | by PeterWarnesSee all my reviews

The star of the 1966 stage musical "It's a Bird ...It's a Plane...It's Superman!" wasn't Jack Cassidy, it was Bob Holiday (in the double role of Superman/Clark Kent). Cassidy was the featured comic villain.The situation was that Cassidy was so right for his role, he stole most of the attention from Holiday.

Let me say, too, that it's wrong to approach this material expecting the Superman of the Salkind movies. It's closer, in attitude, to pre-Tim Burton "Batman" or the '60s "Thoroughly Modern Millie." In other words, jokey and silly and not a little racist. Only the problem, in this case, was a central uncertainty whether to parody its source material or to revere it.

Can't speak to this particular TV adaptation. I do, however, love several of the songs in the stage version -- notably "You've Got Possibilities" and "Oo-oo, Do You Love You!"


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