A criminal who was sent to prison by Superman and the Planet staff goes to the Planet office and tells them of his intention to go after them. They respond that Superman will stop him. Only problem ...
"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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To emphasize Superman's size, the producers hired two short actresses to play Lois Lane. Both Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill were only 5'4" tall. See more »
In some shots where Superman used the springboard to leap out of frame, the tip of the springboard would bounce back up and appear at the very bottom of the frame. See more »
[to Lois Lane]
This is a job for Superman... I mean, I've got to find him!
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Some episodes from the first and second seasons were censored for network broadcast. These edited versions were carried over to the early 16mm television syndication prints. The cut footage was restored in the 1960s. See more »
Equally successful combination of action and cheese
This was a very weird series in execution. One part of its life was serious, generally well executed action. The other part was uproarously funny, probably unintentionally so.
Running a span of both black and white and color, the shade factor of the episode determines what you'll get. Black and white generally guarantees serious action scripts, usually well executed for the time. Good episodes include "The Unknown People," (The Mole People movie.) "The Runaway Robot," and "Panic In The Sky." (Superman looses his memory trying to divert an asteroid heading for Earth.) Color usually means in you're in for something outrageously improbable, almost along the lines of the Adam West "Batman" series nearly 10 years later. Episodes so bad they're good include "Flight To The North," (Chuck Connors thinks he's Superman, and a crook wants a lemon meringue pie.) "Great Ceaser's Ghost," (A crook dresses up as Ceaser's ghost to drive Perry White insane.) and some silly episode with a mind reading burro. (Bank robbers steal a peasant boy's burro because it can read minds. They want it to read a vault combination from a guard, and clop it out for them...)
A decidedly unusual series whose only faults would be the special effects of the time, the on the surface unsettling mix of action and stupidity, and there were no licensed character or recurring villains. But, all in all, in the end, a series definitely worth watching.
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