Adventures of Superman

(ended 1958)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 13

    All That Glitters

    Aired 4/28/58

  • S 6 : Ep 12

    The Perils of Superman

    Aired 4/21/58

  • S 6 : Ep 11

    The Brainy Burro

    Aired 4/14/58

  • S 6 : Ep 10

    Three in One

    Aired 4/7/58

  • S 6 : Ep 9

    Superman's Wife

    Aired 3/31/58

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Reeves

    Clark Kent / Superman

  • Phyllis Coates

    Lois Lane (Season 1)

  • Noel Neill

    Lois Lane (Seasons 2-6)

  • Jack Larson

    Jimmy Olsen

  • John Hamilton

    Perry White

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  • show Description
  • Announcer: "The Adventures of Superman" Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! Voices: "Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" Announcer: "Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands; and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way." "And now, another episode in the exciting Adventures of Superman."moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (92)

    • Announcer: Come with us now on a far journey, a journey that takes us millions of miles from the earth, where many years ago, the planet Krypton burned like a green star in the endless heavens.

    • Jor-El: I warn you, the time will comeā€”and that time is perhaps very near at hand when you will wish you'd heeded the words of Jor-El. When Krypton is shattered into a hundred million stars. When the glorious civilization is no more. When you and your families are swept from the face of this planet like dust.

    • Sarah Kent: But the baby, Eben. we can't be dreaming. The baby's real.
      Eben Kent: Real as rain, and just as pretty.

    • Young Clark: But Mom, why am I different? Why can I do things that nobody else can do? Why can I run faster, jump higher? Why am I stronger than anybody?

    • Announcer: And so the years went by, spring melting into summer and summer into fall and fall into winter. The boy Clark grew into tall young manhood while Eben and Sarah Kent grew older and grayer.

    • Lara: Here he is, Jor-El. Jor-El: You have him well wrapped? Lara: Yes. Oh, he's so good, not even a whimper. Jor-El: The model might carry both of you, Lara. Lara: No, I'm not going. Jor-El: You must. Lara: My place is here with you. Jor-El: Lara, please, there isn't time. The take-off pressure is building up and in a few seconds now... Lara: I'd be lost in a new world without you, Jor-El. If anyone is to survive let it be our son. (Jor-El puts baby Kal-El into the rocket, than launches it.) Jor-El: It's gone, Lara. Our son is on his way to Earth.

    • (After discovering one of his new abilities)
      Young Clark: We were playing baseball and the ball got lost. Nobody could find it. But all I had to do was look around and there it was behind a rock.
      Sarah Kent: You've got good eyes, that's all.
      Young Clark: No, mom, it's more than just good eyes. I didn't see the ball behind the rock, I saw the it right through the rock. Like my eyes were an x-ray machine. Like the rock wasn't even there.

    • Aunt Louisa: Say, where's that handsome Superman? Jimmy: Oh, he went to find Mr Kent. Aunt Louisa: Well, If I was just thirty years younger...

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    Notes (130)

    • Although Ross Elliott is credited at the end, he doesn't appear in the episode. He was original cast to play Jor-El but was dropped for unknown reasons. Robert Rockwell then plays the role, although he is uncredited.

    • Marlon Brando played Jor-El in the 1978 movie Superman.

    • Kate Bosworth played Lois Lane in the 2006 movie Superman Returns.

    • Margot Kidder played Lois Lane in the 1978 movie Superman.

    • Brandon Routh played Superman/Clark Kent in the 2006 movie Superman Returns.

    • Christopher Reeve played Superman/Clark Kent in the 1978 movie Superman.

    • Although this was the first episode in the series, it was the last to be shot in season one

    • Later Dabbs Greer played Reverend Robert Alden on "Little House on the Prairie." Stuart Randall later played Sheriff Mort Corey on "Laramie." Robert Rockwell later played Sam Logan on "The Man From Blackhawk."

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    Trivia (87)

    • After Sarah tells Clark about finding him in the spaceship 25 years worth of dates flash across the screen, 1926-1951. After the dates Sarah says it was 25 years since they found him and the spaceship, but that's not true. Clark was already 12 years old when the dates started. It had actually been 37 years since they found the spaceship.

    • The costume worn by Robert Rockwell (Jor-El) was seen earlier, in Universal's "Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars", a 1938 serial.

    • Tom Fadden, who played Clark's foster father, Eben Kent, might be best known as the tollkeeper in the Christmas classic "It's A Wonderful Life." His character is present--and shocked--when Clarence (Henry Travers) tells George Bailey (James Stewart) that he is George's guardian angel.

    • The only use of the name Smallville in this version of the origin is on the bus depot sign as Clark bids goodbye to his mother and leaves for Metropolis.

    • Here the Kents are named respectively Eben and Sarah, as they were in the radio show and the 1948 serial. This follows the 1942 Adventures of Superman novel by radio screenwriter George Lowther, who introduced the characters of Clark's adoptive parents and recounted his rural childhood. (Lowther also changed the spelling of 'Jor-L' to 'Jor-El.') The now standard forms Jonathan and Martha were not introduced in the comics until 1951.

    • According to The Adventures Continues website, Season One was shot on the MGM backlot (now Sony Studios in Culver City) known as 40 Acres. 40 Acres urban backlot was used as Metropolis and then as Mayberry in "The Andy Griffith Show". It was also the home of Scarlett O'Hara's home Tara in "Gone With The Wind" where George Reeves appeared some 13 years earlier as one of the Tarelton twins. Little did he know that he would be at this same location as a kiddie superhero rather than the next great movie star he had hoped to be.

    • While it isn't shown/explained in the episode, in the comic book, Martha Kent unravelled the material that the blankets were made from, and "knitted" the costume together.

    • While Sarah Kent says she made the costume from the blankets he was wrapped in, she never said she cut or sewed it. In the comics, Clark's mother unraveled the material and knitted the costume. Clark 'cut' it using his heat vision.

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    Allusions (5)

    • George Taylor: Reference is made, in this episode, to a character named George Taylor. In the comics, Clark Kent originally worked for editor George Taylor at the Daily Star, not Perry White at the Daily Planet.

    • MR. FOSTER (when Dan has been accidentally locked inside the fur vault) : What we need is a Jimmy Valentine! This refers to the O. Henry story "A Retrieved Reformation", in which safecracker Jimmy Valentine goes straigh under an alias, only to have to use his skills in public when a loved one is accidentally locked in a bank vault.

    • Casey Jones: When a henchman sets up a train crash, he says, "This is better than Casey Jones." Jones was a famous railroad engineer who was killed in 1900 when his speeding train collided with a freight train. A 1957-8 TV series starring Alan Hale, Jr. was based on the character.

    • At the end of the episode, a newspaper seller gives Jimmy Olsen a magazine from America to read on the plane back to Metropolis. He then holds up another copy of the same magazine to read allowing the viewing audience a quick glimpse of Superman Vol 1. Issue 83 Main title: "Clark Kent, Convict!") It shows Superman bending back the bars of a cell, saying to himself: "Now that I've made this Clark Kent dummy to fool the jailer, SUPERMAN can go into action!" The issue date is July 1953.

    • Ellsworth: The criminals rob "Ellsworth Jewelry Company," named after series producer Whitney Ellsworth.

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • The classic superhero show: an invulnerable hero with a secret identity, a clear-cut line between good people and evil, a single means to destroy the hero, and 104 imaginative ways that one might devise to defeat him.

    By gwactuary, Mar 25, 2006

  • From Serial To TV Show

    By TVMichigan, Jul 08, 2012

  • They don't make shows like this anymore...though I wish they did...

    By BatJane, Feb 18, 2011

  • It's a bird, it's know the rest!

    By GameraTrekkie, Mar 25, 2008

  • You will again be amazed at how simple the production is, and yet how extremely effective it is. The color is great, and the special effects work well for the most part.

    By 1Hombre, Jul 27, 2007

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