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


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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

19 September 1952 (USA) See more »

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Adventures of Superman See more »

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$15,000 (estimated)
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Superman Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

(104 episodes)

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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

George Reeves was 44 years old during the filming of the sixth and final season, making him the oldest actor to have ever played Clark Kent / Superman in live-action. See more »

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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 »

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[to Lois Lane]
Clark Kent: This is a job for Superman... I mean, I've got to find him!
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A good spirit behind the whole thing
4 May 2003 | by BruceCorneilSee all my reviews

The general consensus seems to be that the first season of this all time classic TV show was the best and I would probably agree with that. Although, I'm a dedicated fan of the entire series.The injection of color into the closing stages of the production run gave those final episodes a special quality of their own.

George Reeves was positively born to play the title role. The previously inconsequential journeyman actor brought the character to life with great conviction, charm and a wonderful enthusiasm which never faltered. Of course, he had some fine support with John Hamilton as Perry White, Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen and Robert Shayne as Inspector Henderson.

As for the portrayal of Lois Lane, it really depends on which approach you preferred. Phyllis Coates created a prickly, no-nonsense big city reporter. Noel Neil was more of your good natured girl next door who was always ready with a cheery word and a polite laugh whenever Clarke Kent or Jimmy made a clumsy attempt at humor (which usually backfired).

So it's all a bit corny when you look back now from our jaded perspective of life in the present day. But, who cares? It's still good, clean fun which is more than you can say for most of the vile, mind numbing garbage that spews forth out of the television these days. And there was a good spirit behind the whole thing ...obey the law, salute the flag, say "please" and "thank you", be kind to your fellow human beings, take in stray cats, brush your teeth (and the cat's teeth) twice a day.

It was a different era and a better world in some ways.


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