Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
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The Big Freeze 

Dishonest politician Duke Taylor (George E. Stone) and his henchman Little Jack (Richard Reeves) conspire with crooked Dr. Watts (Rolfe Sedan) to rid Metropolis of Superman (George Reeves) ... See full summary »


Harry Gerstad


David T. Chantler (screenplay) (as David Chantler)

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Episode cast overview:
George Reeves ... Superman / Clark Kent
Jack Larson ... Jimmy Olsen
Noel Neill ... Lois Lane
John Hamilton ... Perry White
Robert Shayne ... Inspector Henderson (credit only)
George E. Stone ... Duke Taylor
Richard Reeves ... Little Jack
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Dr. Watts
Eddie Baker Eddie Baker ... Guard
John Phillips ... Man at the Election Booth


Dishonest politician Duke Taylor (George E. Stone) and his henchman Little Jack (Richard Reeves) conspire with crooked Dr. Watts (Rolfe Sedan) to rid Metropolis of Superman (George Reeves) just before an important election. Luring the Man of Steel into a locked room, the trio turn the temperature down to 2000 degrees below zero. Thus frozen, Superman not only loses his super-strength but also the color in his face, and must put on makeup when disguised as Clark Kent--thereby making an embarrassing situation even more so. As it turns out, Superman's only hope to return to normal is to expose himself to extreme heat. Written by anyamarie42

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3 March 1956 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as part of the video "The Best of Superman: Volume 3" along with "Panic in the Sky" and "The Magnetic Telescope." See more »


Dr. Watts: Everything is ready to destroy superman's powers. To destroy them.
Duke Taylor: Uh, see, the doctor's a genius. That's the way they gotta talk, it's some kinda rule they got
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I want my 50,000. I want my fifty!
23 May 2017 | by thejcowboy22See all my reviews

Second grade memories. Election day was approaching . Lyndon Johnson running against Barry Goldwater. One of my classmates comes to school wearing a Goldwater pin on his sweater. The reaction was vitriol by the majority of students. Teased and ridiculed for not choosing the populous candidate Johnson, the boy was wondering what he did wrong until my teacher stepped in and gave a lecture about the right to choose your candidate. Innovative and definitely different, this episode is up there as one of my favorites. Corruption hits Metropolis on Election Day. No it's not the Russians or counter intelligence that sways the voters but the mob run by well dressed double breasted,Duke Taylor (George E. Stone)and his uncouthly, blundering, husky Little Jack (Richard Reeves) No relation to George our Man Of Steel. Our catalyst in all this is the wacky Doctor Watts. Elderly and with a weird rhythm to his sentences as he repeats all his lines by accentuating a certain word.I.E. The title of this review. Anyway I was amazed how Superman not only has superpowers but is so knowledgeable about applying Makeup.Editor Perry White remarks to Clark Kent after his facial application. "Kent You seem to have a bit of a tan!" Let's backup for you outsiders who have never watched the episode before. Doctor Watts constructed a lead box that is filled with tons of compressed Freon gas. Extreme cold which the Doctor believes will take away Superman's powers for a price of 50,000 dollars which is a lot of cabbage.Duke Taylor calls Clark Kent to inform him that Lois Lane and Jimmie Olsen have been kidnapped. Taylor give a specific location and Superman rushed to the scene. Opens the lead box and become a shade of white from head to toe. Our caped crusader tries to fly but can't. Sorry sight for Superman fans.Then Superman changes into his Clark Kent outfit which asks one of the great mysteries of the series. Where does Superman keep his Clark Clothes while being Superman? No one notices a frosty looking man walking into the Daily Planet building (Clark's employer.) Clark goes into Lois Lanes Office and Applies rogue, mascara for the hair and a nice shade of Lipstick. Don't forget to brush your Eye lashes Clark. Anyway as always, things work out as Clark gets a nice commission check from Mary Kay cosmetics. No just kidding! The Mobsters re neg on there cash offer to the naive Doctor Watts which brings him to the Daily Planet as he tells a concerned Clark Kent that Superman will regain his powers by entering ac blast furnace or it might kill him. I give this episode 6 out of 10 electoral votes. Oh by the way, vote for Buckley!

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