Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
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The Human Bomb 

"Bet A Million" Butler, who will "bet on anything," wages $100,000 he can keep Superman under his control for 30 minutes. He shows up at the Daily Planet and abducts Lois Lane, forcing her ... See full summary »


Lee Sholem


Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell (as Richard Fielding)




Episode cast overview:
George Reeves ... Superman / Clark Kent
Phyllis Coates ... Lois Lane
Jack Larson ... Jimmy Olsen
John Hamilton ... Perry White
Robert Shayne ... Inspector Henderson (credit only)
Trevor Bardette ... Bet-a-Million Butler
Dennis Moore ... Officer Riley
Marshall Reed ... Inspector Hill
Lou Lubin ... Small Henchman
Ted Ryan Ted Ryan ... Large Henchman


"Bet A Million" Butler, who will "bet on anything," wages $100,000 he can keep Superman under his control for 30 minutes. He shows up at the Daily Planet and abducts Lois Lane, forcing her onto the ledge of the newspaper's office building. Butler, calling himself only the "human bomb," has strapped dynamite to himself. After Superman arrives, the "human bomb" says he'll detonate the explosive unless Superman agrees to stay put for 30 minutes while a robbery takes place. Superman agrees but has no intention of allowing the robbery to take place. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

6 February 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is either the only time or one of the few times Perry White has flowers on his desk. See more »


Superman's double cross consists of him tricking Butler into thinking he's always present (profile in shadow) in the adjacent window and using a tape recorded response when spoken to. There are countless flaws in this ruse, but a very significant one is that Butler at any time could have had Superman come to the window or demand that he sit in plain sight. See more »

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The Bad Guys on This Show Were So Dumb
30 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

"No comment until the time limit is up!" A man who will bet on anything bets with a friend a hundred thousand dollars that he can keep Superman at his beck and call for thirty minutes. He will have some cohorts commit a minor robbery while Superman stays away. He does this by strapping dynamite on his body and handcuffing himself to Lois Lane. He then takes her out on what appears to be about a tenth story ledge. In order for things to work, Superman must remain in a room nearby so the bettor knows he hasn't gone to break up the robbery. Now for the height of stupidity. Superman records his voice using the first line of this commentary. A police detective throws his coat over his back and sits in a chair. Whenever the bad guy asks Superman a question, they play that comment on a tape recorder. Meanwhile Lois is up there, helpless. Now, why wouldn't the guy insist that Superman simply sit at the window where he could see something other than his shadow. There is a funny scene where Jimmy Olsen says goodbye to his girlfriend before he goes out on the ledge to rescue Lois. The way this ends just seems lacking.

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