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Superman (1948)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 15 July 1948 (USA)
Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.

Directors:

Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Thomas Carr

Writers:

George H. Plympton (adaptation), Joseph F. Poland (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Kirk Alyn ... Superman / Clark Kent
Noel Neill ... Lois Lane
Tommy Bond ... Jimmy Olsen
Carol Forman ... Spider Lady
George Meeker ... Driller
Jack Ingram ... Anton
Pierre Watkin ... White
Terry Frost ... Brock
Charles King ... Conrad [Chs. 6-15]
Charles Quigley ... Hackett [Chs. 6-15]
Herbert Rawlinson ... Graham [Chs. 3, 9-11, 13-15]
Forrest Taylor ... Leeds [Chs. 3-4]
Stephen Carr ... Morgan [Chs. 3-4]
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Elton [Chs. 7-15]
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Storyline

Jor-El (Nelson Leigh), a scientist on the planet Krypton rockets his infant son to Earth just before Krypton explodes. The boy is found on Earth by a farmer, Eben Kent (Ed Cassidy) and his wife, Martha (Virginia Carroll) and they name him Clark Kent (Kirk Alyn). When Clark grows up, his foster father asks him to use his amazing super powers only for good. The mild-mannered Clark gets a job on the Daily Planet as a reporter, and soon, as his alter-ego Superman (Kirk Alyn'), and soon tangles with The Spider Lady (Carol Forman), who considers herself Queen of the Underworld. Meanwhile, a fragment from the planet Krypton reaches earth and falls in her possession. It is the only substance that can render Superman helpless. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Based on the SUPERMAN adventure feature appearing in SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS magazines, in daily and Sunday newspapers coast-to-coast and on the SUPERMAN radio program broadcast over the Mutual Network (original poster) See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Superman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At 37 years old, Kirk Alyn was the joint oldest actor to make his live-action debut as Clark Kent / Superman. George Reeves was the same age when he made his first appearance in the role in Superman and the Mole-Men (1951). See more »

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In Chapter 13, as Superman dismounts from the roof of a car, it is clearly visible that the back of his pants have split open, something Superman's super-costume couldn't have done. See more »

Quotes

Ro-Zon, leader of Krypton [Ch. 1]: [after vote to remain on Krypton] The counsel has spoken, Jor-El.
Jor-El, father of Superman [Ch. 1]: Not spoken, Ro-Zon. It has pronounced the death sentence for all Krypton.
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Opening chapter credits removed from the video release. See more »

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Kirk Alyn makes this Superman a blast
21 June 2008 | by atomicpunk40See all my reviews

I wish to say that ten years ago on this very day I personally met Kirk Alyn when I helped him with a chore. He was quite elderly and frail, but still it was an honor to meet him. So this comment is dedicated to the memory of Kirk Alyn.

This is the first time The Man of Steel ever appeared on the screen. And guess what? It's great all thanks to Kirk Alyn and a cast that makes it good fun. Yeah I grant you, the special effects are hokey, but you don't need rock'em-sock'em visuals to make a movie, just a great sense of pure enjoyment. Along with Kirk there is Noel Neil as a very spunky Lois Lane. Carol Forman makes a great villain (and a very sexy one too) as the Spider Lady. And former Little Rascal Tommy "Butch" Bond plays Jimmy Olsen (which in itself is another beginning... Bond was the first person to have ever played this role!). But it's Alyn that makes it all great. He gives Superman a sense of real superhero pizazz without making the Son of Krypton look pompous. So run, or fly, out and get a copy and pop it in your player. This is one time where your entertainment time really does become "A job for Superman"!


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