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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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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 »


Lois Lane: Dr. Sedgwick - you of all people, a mad scientist!
Dr. Abner Sedgwick: Well, we all have our little quirks.
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Version of Super Girl (2011) See more »


The Woman for the Man
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Kenneth Mars
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I Remember This SUPERMAN Play!
2 January 2003 | by drmark7See all my reviews

Being a big SUPERMAN fan, I can remember when this musical was on TV. I think it was broadcast as an episode of the late night ABC WIDE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT. At the time, the old SUPERMAN TV show was popular in reruns again. What made me think to look this up, is that I am currently watching a vintage (c.1966) episode of I'VE GOT A SECRET on THE GAME SHOW NETWORK. The celebrity guest is an actor named Bob Holiday, who was currently starring on broadway in the original play. With songs by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, who also wrote "Bye Bye Birdie." Holiday came dressed in his Superman costume, and his "secret" was to teach Steve Allen how to fly on a wire. I seem to recall seeing a TV GUIDE article about the play from around this time. I can remember the cast album of this play being available in budget "cut-out" record album bins for many years. The stars in the stage play (or at least on the show album) were Jack Cassidy and Linda Lavin. I sure wish I would have bought one then, but checking on the net, the cast LP was re-released on CD in 1992! Those are my memories of IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE. Mark R. Hill

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