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Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.
Based on the SUPERMAN adventure feature appearing in SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS magazines, in daily and Sunday newspapers coast-to-coast and on the SUPERMAN radio program broadcast over the Mutual Network (original poster)
Also Known As:
The Adventures of Superman
Release Date: January 05, 1948
Runtime: 244 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Brimstone Pit Rating: 8.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: Approved
Spencer Gordon Bennet
Kirk Alyn ...Superman / Clark Kent (as Superman)
Noel Neill ...Lois Lane
Tommy Bond ...Jimmy Olsen
Carol Forman ...'Spider Lady'
George Meeker ...Henchman Driller
Jack Ingram ...Henchman Anton
Pierre Watkin ...Perry White
Terry Frost ...Henchman Brock
Charles King ...Henchman Conrad [Chs. 6-15]
Charles Quigley ...Dr. Hackett [Chs. 6-15]
Herbert Rawlinson ...Dr. Arnold Graham [Chs. 3, 9-11, 13-15]
Forrest Taylor ...Prof. Arnold Leeds [Chs. 3-4]
Stephen Carr ...Morgan [Chs. 3-4]
Rusty Wescoatt ...Henchman Elton [Chs. 7-15]
Fred Aldrich ...Policeman at Museum [Ch. 5]
Phil Arnold ...Taxi Driver [Ch. 2]
Jimmy Aubrey ...Wave Tracer [Ch.10]
Robert Barron ...Ro-Zon, leader of Krypton [Ch. 1]
Roy Butler ...Radio Operator
James Carlisle ...Government Agent [Ch. 1]
Virginia Carroll ...Martha Kent [Ch. 1]
Ed Cassidy ...Eben Kent [Ch. 1]
Jack Chefe ...Dupe [Ch. 14]
Edmund Cobb ...Auto Mechanic [Ch. 10]
Tom Coleman ...Government Agent [Ch. 1]
George DeNormand ...Agent with Crandall [Ch. 3]
Alan Dinehart III ...Clark as a small boy [Ch. 1]
Frank Ellis ...Mine Security Guard [Ch. 2]
William Fawcett ...Phoney News-Hawker [Ch. 7]
Eddie Foster ...Fred Collier, Mining Engineer [Ch. 12]
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George H. Plympton
Joseph F. Poland
Royal K. Cole
More Movie Taglines:
- Based on the SUPERMAN adventure feature appearing in SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS magazines, in daily and Sunday newspapers coast-to-coast and on the SUPERMAN radio program broadcast over the Mutual Network (original poster)
- THE ONE AND ONLY 'SUPERMAN'...Rocketing To REAL LIFE In A Mighty SUPER-SERIAL! (original poster)
- Introducing SUPERMAN'S most sinister foe...the exotic SPIDER LADY! (original poster)
- FOR THE FIRST TIME! (original poster
- all caps)
- Jimmy Olsen: [unaware of approaching derailment] This train is really goin'. The engineer must be late for dinner. Lois Lane: The way he's traveling he hasn't eaten all week! [looks out window]
Perry White: [gruffly] What do you want? Superman: [as Clark Kent] Uh... a job. Perry White: [sarcasticly] Any special kind? Or would mine do? Superman: Well, I would like to be a reporter. I haven't had any experience in writing, but... uh... Perry White: That should help. Superman: Well, I have other qualifications that might be valuable.
Ro-Zon, leader of Krypton [Ch. 1]: [after vote to remain on Krypton] The counsel has spoken, Jor-El. Jor-El, father of Superman [Ch. 1]: Not spoken, Ro-Zon. It has pronounced the death sentence for all Krypton.
- In Episode 1, the depot at "ATSWORTH" is actually the Southern Pacific depot at CHATSWORTH, California, with the "CH" painted out.
Considered to be the most successful serial of all time.
Due to the crudity of special effects at the time (and the incredibly high cost of portraying it convincingly) all images of Superman in flight were animated in a manner similar to the way Superman flew in the Fleischer studios cartoons of the early 1940s. Sometimes animated images were even superimposed onto live action shots.
Kirk Alyn was credited only as Clark Kent because the studio felt that no one should know who was playing the part of Superman. In fact, they spread the story that Superman was portraying himself in the serial.
Episode titles: - 1. Superman Comes to Earth - 2. Depths of the Earth - 3. The Reducer Ray - 4. Man of Steel - 5. A Job for Superman! - 6. Superman in Danger! - 7. Into the Electric Furnace! - 8. Superman to the Rescue - 9. Irresistible Force! - 10. Between Two Fires - 11. Superman's Dilemma - 12. Blast in the Depths - 13. Hurled to Destruction - 14. Superman at Bay - 15. The Payoff
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