Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
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A nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. was exposed to nuclear radiation and has only a short time to live has been living in the desert. But agents from his country try to get him to ... See full summary »

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... Superman / Clark Kent
... Jimmy Olsen
... Lois Lane
... Perry White
... Inspector Henderson
Raikin Ben-Ari ... Dr. Latislav (as Ben Ari)
Elaine Riley ... Miss Collins
Jan Arvan ... Zarinski
... Gen. Barrel
George Khoury ... Nicoli
Mark Sheeler ... Igor
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A nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. was exposed to nuclear radiation and has only a short time to live has been living in the desert. But agents from his country try to get him to return. Superman stops them but knows there's another agent whom they only by a code number will try to get him. When Clark tells Jimmy and Lois about him they go to see him and because they came in contact with him, they're exposed to the radiation. They decide to flee not knowing they're going into an area where a nuclear device is to be detonated. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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3 March 1958 (USA)  »

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Maybe a little too dumb, but maybe so dumb it's good?
12 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Even by the standards of the series, this episode almost made my head explode from the sheer stupidity, especially as exhibited by poor Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, who only seem to get more and more hopelessly moronic in later seasons. But even worse than that was the ending - how Superman resolves everything will make you laugh with the sheer idiocy. Maybe that's the strongest point of the episode: it DID make me laugh with how stupid it was, and maybe that's honestly a good thing. It's still dimly disappointing considering this episode actually had a pretty interesting set-up with the spy angle and all that. I can almost imagine how this episode could've been so much more if it had been done in the vein of the black and white eps, i.e. at least TRYING to make sense even if it doesn't always succeed and not just putting in utterly nonsensical things to resolve things or get the plot going. On the other hand, what can I say? Even if it was lessened by the knowledge that it could've been much better than it was, at the end of the day, I did get enjoyment out of it. And a LITTLE of the goodness of what this episode "could've been" shows through...not much, but a little, and that's certainly better than nothing!

Overall, I do sort of recommend it because even though it's kind of horrible, it's horrible in a good way.


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