Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
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Mystery of the Broken Statues 

A notorious con artist and his thugs are going to all the antique shops in town, buying cheap figurines, and smashing them. Clark and Lois assume that they are looking for something hidden inside the figurines, so they investigate.

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Thomas Carr (as Tommy Carr)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
George Reeves ... Superman / Clark Kent
Phyllis Coates ... Lois Lane
Jack Larson ... Jimmy Olsen (credit only)
John Hamilton ... Perry White (credit only)
Robert Shayne ... Inspector Henderson
Tristram Coffin ... Paul Marden (as Tris Coffin)
Michael Vallon ... Mr. Bonelli
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Owner of Ellie's Gift Shop
Phillip Pine ... Dorn, Marden's associate
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A notorious con artist and his thugs are going to all the antique shops in town, buying cheap figurines, and smashing them. Clark and Lois assume that they are looking for something hidden inside the figurines, so they investigate.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1952 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The plot is based on Sherlock Holmes's "Adventure of the Six Napoleons" by Arthur Conan Doyle where someone is breaking into stores and breaking busts of Napoleons. See more »

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Neat Mystery
27 December 2014 | by sscheiberSee all my reviews

Richard laid out the plot pretty well. I have no argument with that part of what he said. But I believe that in this case the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Yes, the premise is somewhat absurd. Why wouldn't the crooks use a process that would keep the cops from finding out ?

This episode was done in 1951. Television was in its infancy. The writers knew nothing about writing for television. (That's all TV writers, although they didn't all come from the same roots.) These writers had all cut their teeth writing B movies in the 40s. So The Adventures of Superman -- especially in the first season -- consisted primarily of 25-minute B movies, many of them film noir. But they do ask you to suspend disbelief. In this case, they ask you to grant them the absurd premise, because if you do they will weave a cute little mystery.

So I give this one an "A" for effort. And if the initial premise is a bit far fetched, it lets them tell a good story.


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