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Adventures of Superman 

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The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
George Reeves ...  Clark Kent / ... 104 episodes, 1952-1958
John Hamilton ...  Perry White 102 episodes, 1952-1958
Bill Kennedy ...  Announcer / ... 104 episodes, 1952-1958
Jack Larson ...  Jimmy Olsen / ... 101 episodes, 1952-1958
Robert Shayne ...  Inspector Henderson / ... 90 episodes, 1952-1958
Noel Neill ...  Lois Lane 78 episodes, 1953-1958
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Storyline

"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!" Mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet is really the greatest superhero of them all who "fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!" Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!


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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1952 (USA) See more »

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Adventures of Superman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Superman Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(104 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (1952-1954)| Color (1955-1958)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The producers often reused actors in multiple episodes, but playing different characters. This included Reeves' friend, Tristram Coffin. See more »

Goofs

With the switch to more expensive color film in 1954, there was a mandate to shoot no more new effects scenes than absolutely necessary. Most Superman-in-flight footage was filmed right-to-left. When the plot unavoidably required Superman to fly in the opposite direction, the footage was "flipped," as can be detected by the reversal of the "S" chest emblem. Another explanation is that George Reeves' "body pan' was attached to a pole that was blocked from view by his body. Unfortunately it was attached on only on his right side. If he had to be shown flying in the opposite direction the film had to be reversed. This not only occurred in the colour episodes, but the black and white ones as well. See more »

Quotes

[title sequence]
Announcer: Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Voices: Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
Announcer: Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper,...
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Alternate Versions

A series of feature films (usually running 77-78 minutes) were made by editing three television episodes together. See more »

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TV ICON!
10 February 2000 | by yenloSee all my reviews

It was a different time and different era when this now legendary program was first televised. Yes some of the episodes toward the end of the series are on the hokey and corny side. However this show is a part of television history. The opening credits with the great theme music always set the mood. My favorite was the two part ` The Unknown People' episode. Although I always thought Noel Neill was a cuter and sexier Lois Lane Phyllis Coates played the part to a T. Jack Larsons Jimmy Olsen idolized Clark Kent as a father figure like the character did in the comics. John Hamilton was superb as the gruff but understanding Perry White. Robert Shayne as Inspector Henderson who never solved a case by himself but did it matter? Then George Reeves. Other actors donned the costume through the years but George Reeves was and always will be Superman, and when you think about it that's not too shabby.


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