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- Classic Movie Serial, 1948
1948 TV Serial
comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be the world's most
famous superhero. His first major challenge is to oppose The Spider
.... Superman/Clark Kent
Neill .... Lois Lane
Forman .... 'Spider Lady'
Bond .... Jimmy Olsen
.... Perry White
Ingram .... Anton
Frost .... Brock
Quigley .... Dr. Hackett
King .... Conrad
Meeker .... Driller
.... Dr. Arnold Graham
Taylor .... Prof. Arnold Leeds
Carr .... Morgan
.... Hawkins, the stoolie
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Atom Man vs. Superman - Classic Movie Serial, 1950
Luthor (Lyle Talbot), secretly the Atom
Man, blackmailing the city of Metropolis by threatening to destroy
the entire community. Perry White (Pierre
Watkin), editor of "The Daily Planet",
assigns Lois Lane (Noel Neill), Jimmy Olson (Tommy Bond) and Clark
)to cover the story.
Luthor invents a number of deadly
devices to plague the city, including a disintegrating machine
which can reduce people to their basic atoms and reassemble them in
(1950) is a 15-chapter follow-up that represents a vast improvement
over the first Superman serial, SUPERMAN (1948). The original cast
members who played Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White
all return, but they are joined by a new villain,
archnemesis from the comic book.
Luthor's evil genius gives Superman far
more opportunities to use his superpowers than did Spider
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"The Adventures of
Superpup" (1958) was meant to be a children's show with little
people in dog costumes. Billy Curtis, star of "Superman and the
Molemen," played Bark Bent who was a reporter working for Perry
Bite. When the evil Professor Sheepdip kidnaps Pamela Poodle, it's
our hero to the rescue. Faster than the speediest jet More powerful
than the mightiest rocket Able to fly around the world faster than
you can say "Superpup" Yes it's Superpup, and only you and I know
that Superpup is really Bark Bent, star reporter for the Daily
The series never
found a sponsor, perhaps because it could be said that the series
was mocking the company's flagship character. It was also filmed in
colour but only a black and white print was produced, perhaps
indicating the lack of commitment in the project.
Billy Curtis .... Super Pup/Bark Bent
Superboy pilot espisode there are four interviews by Whitney
Ellsworth to four girls in order to find an actress to made the
roll of Lana Lang, the girl friend in Superboy/Clark Kent's youth.
The interviews are short and are followed by two sequences, one
with Clark Kent and another with Superboy. In the sequences, Lana
suspects Clark Kent to be Superboy, a typical plot in the Superboy
comics of the age.
The four actresses
that act with John Rockwell, the young 23 year old actor that plays
Superboy/Clark Kent, were Bunny Henning, Trudy Ellison, Marla Ryan
and Mary Ann Roberts. Trudy Ellison got a short appearance at the
begining of the pilot episode and Bunny Henning was the girl who
got the Lana Lang roll.
The pilot episode
was entitled 'Raja's Ransom' and the plot was almost the same as an
adventure published in SUPERBOY NO.88 in April 1961 in the third
adventure of the issue entitled 'The Saddest Boy of Smallville'.
There are some more details in the TV film, but the plot is almost
ceased on the Adventures of Superman television series, Whitney
Ellsworth, who had co-produced the original show, hoped to continue
his success with a new follow-up series. The Adventures of Superboy
attempted to extend the Superman series with the same spin-off that
had worked so well in the comic books. Whitney Ellsworth produced
and co-wrote the half-hour pilot episode, which is a heart-warming
tale of Superboy foiling some jewel thieves who have targeted
Smallville, and restoring a son's faith in his father at the same
time. It stars John Rockwell in the dual role of Superboy and
Clark Kent, and the keen-eyed viewer will note that Rockwell wears
a uniform very similar to the one worn by George Reeves in the
earlier Superman series.
12 additional Superboy scripts which remain unfilmed.
Rockwell … Superboy/Clark Kent
Ellison...Donna Stacy Harris
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