Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
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Crime Wave 

As a massive crime wave unfolds, Superman vows to put top mobsters behind bars. His ultimate target is the mysterious "No. 1 man." The top criminal devises a trap for the Man of Steel.


(as Tommy Carr), (uncredited)



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Episode credited cast:
... Superman / Clark Kent
... Lois Lane
... Jimmy Olsen
... Perry White
... Inspector Henderson
... Walter Canby
... Nick Marone (as Phil Van Zandt)
Al Eben ... Big Ed Bullock
Joseph Mell ... The Professor (as Joe Mell)
... Sally (as Barbara Fuller)
... Tony the Masseur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudolph Anders ... Man on Phone in Montage (archive footage)
... Old Man in Montage (archive footage)
Jack Daly ... Witness in Montage (archive footage)
... Gangster in Montage (archive footage)


As a massive crime wave unfolds, Superman vows to put top mobsters behind bars. His ultimate target is the mysterious "No. 1 man." The top criminal devises a trap for the Man of Steel.

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Release Date:

27 February 1953 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gads! What Have We Here? A "Cheater" Episode? Yes, But This One Delivered The Goods!
5 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

The Great City of Metropolis finds itself in the clutches of a bad Crime Rate, growing worse all the time. In answer to the situation, a special meeting is convened at the offices of The Daily Planet. Attending are Inspector Henderson representing The Metropolis Police Depaertment, members of a Concerned Citizens' Committee, the Staffers of The Planet and lastly, appearing as if on queue, Superman.

The DC Production crew must have hailed this episode as a chance to take a little breather. It makes use of a high amount of both stock footage and filmed scenes from previous Superman Episodes. We are privy to the great plan of the meeting, a plan which calls for Superman and the Police Department to make a concerted effort to round up and bring to trial the top 10 Hoods. Their names are written on a blackboard and, like a count down, they are apprehended in an ascending order, from the bottom (#10) working 'up' to number 1. Then, there is an Unknown Mr. Big, the Boss of The Underworld's Organized Crime Syndicate.

All is not well, though. There are those among the Joint-Committee, who do not believe that there is such an Overlord of Crime. Among the non-believers is Committee Head, Attornet at Law, Mr. Walter Camby (John Eldridge).

Well, Superman and the Metropolis Cops eventually catch up with and capture him. In the biggest application of Cliché since the invention of "....the Butler did it!",the identity of Mr. Big turned out to be......! No, I can;t tell ya! See the episode.

If you think by the criticisms enumerated in this little write-up, that this writer did not like this episode, well, it just isn't true.

The half-hour story is filled with action;what with Superman running and Superman flying and Superman punching thugs! Above all, Superman is given the chance to have more on screen time. Or, as 7 year old Johnny Ryan said in 1953, "...he got to be Superman more, instead of just Clark Kent."

And, horrors! We almost forgot the excellent use of the incidental music to back up and amplify the great crazy-quilt of action taking place. As in most all episodes, the orchestral accompaniment was outstanding!

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