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Superman 50th Anniversary (1988)

A humorous telling of the history of the comic book superhero.


Robert Boyd


Jerry Siegel (character creator: Superman), Joe Shuster (character creator: Superman) | 4 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Carvey ... Dana Carvey - Chief Historian Junior Supermen of America
Kirk Alyn ... Himself
Peter Boyle ... James 'Jimmy' Malone, Shop Owner
Jimmy Breslin ... Himself
John Byrne John Byrne ... Himself
Paul Dooley ... John Buxton, Editor Metropolis Proclaimer
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Brian Connelly
Al Franken ... The Awesome Pair, formerly 'The Crimebusters' (as Franken & Davis)
Tom Davis ... The Awesome Pair, formerly 'The Crimebusters' (as Franken & Davis)
Ellen Greene ... Ariel Dickenson - Curator Metroplis Museum
Hal Holbrook ... Himself
Jan Hooks ... Marcia Connelly
Kreskin ... Himself (as The Amazing Kreskin)
Jack Larson ... Himself
Carol Leifer ... Beth Lewis - Lois Lane's Best Friend


This special, produced by the "Saturday Night Live" production crew and starring most of the SNL cast, uses vignettes and vintage film and television clips to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Superman. Also includes interviews with most of the cast of the many film and television incarnations of "Superman". Written by hiphats <hiphats@aol.com>

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Release Date:

5 June 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Superman 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This documentary is featured on disc 2 of the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD for Superman II (1980), released in 2006. See more »


Dana Carvey - Chief Historian Junior Supermen of America: When I was a kid, if I couldn't sleep, I would count Superman's powers. I'd usually get up to... 'ability to drink the ocean' and I'd fall asleep just like that.
[snaps his fingers]
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I liked it, I was in it!
15 March 2009 | by thisisadambSee all my reviews

The crowd scenes were filmed at Columbus Circle in NYC on Feb. 1st, 1988, next door to where I worked at the time. I saw the "Welcome Superman" on the marquee, and being a fan, I asked what was going on. Not being a member of SAG or AFTRA, I could be in the crowd without being paid. So for the next five hours, I stood in the cold, watching them film little bits and pieces with the actors, and getting a couple of minutes of face time on camera myself. (You can get a good look at me in the Brain Guy sequence - I'm the guy with the dark blonde curly hair in the tan trench coat.) Towards the end, I got to do what I've wanted to do since I was a little kid: Stand in a crowd on a city street, point up to the sky and shout "It's Superman!" (after the paid actors got to say "Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!")

I thought it wasn't the best kind of tribute of Superman; more actual comic book people should have been interviewed, creators and fans and the like. But given what network television normally does to things, it wasn't bad. My rating reflects the fact that it was my longest appearance on TV and that I have such an affinity for Superman.

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