Adventures of Superman

Season 1 Episode 24

Crime Wave

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Aired Friday 3:30 PM Feb 27, 1953 on
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Episode Summary

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A gigantic crime wave sweeps Metropolis. Superman is exposed to atomic rays.

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John Eldredge

John Eldredge

Walter Canby

Guest Star

Philip Van Zandt

Philip Van Zandt

Nick

Guest Star

Al Eben

Al Eben

Ed Bullock

Guest Star

Jack Larson

Jack Larson

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

John Hamilton

John Hamilton

Perry White

Recurring Role

Robert Shayne

Robert Shayne

Inspector Bill Henderson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This almost qualifies as a "best of" episode. Short clips of many other Superman episodes are used in the story line including Part One of "The Unknown People" (Clark Kent running into an alley and Superman leaping out), "The Mind Machine" (the fight in Lou Cranek's hideout), "Czar of the Underworld" (Superman knocking out two hoods in a car's front seat from behind), and one where Jimmy is being tied up and held.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Nick: (Pointing to Superman lying on the floor) Look at him boss, deader than a doornail.
      Walter: (laughs) He was gonna get me.
      (Superman jumps up from the floor)
      Walter:You stupid fools! He tricked you!
      Superman: I'm amazed that any of you thought that display of fireworks bothered me... or that I couldn't get out of this room if I wanted to.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode marked the first of four unrelated appearances from John Eldredge.
      This episode marked the first of three unrelated appearances from Philip Van Zandt.
      This episode marked the only appearance from Al Eben, Joseph Mell, Barbra Fuller, and Bobby Barber.
      This episode was marked with the uncredited narrations from Bill Kennedy. Bill Kennedy was the opening announcer in all 104 episodes.


       

    • This episode marked the first of four unrelated appearances from John Eldredge.


      This episode marked the first of three unrelated appearances from Philip Van Zandt.


      This episode marked the only appearance from Al Eben.
      This episode marked the only appearance from Joseph Mell.
      This episode marked the only appearance from Barbra Fuller.
      This episode marked the only appearance from Bobby Barber.


      This episode marked the uncredited listing as the announcer (narration) from Bill Kennedy.
      Bill Kennedy was the opening announcer in all 104 episodes.


       

    • There are two significantly different versions of this episode in circulation. Videos and DVDs released by Warner Brothers include the original 1951 edit. In this version, the opening montage does not have any narration and includes shots of violent deaths, such as a man being crushed to death between a truck and the wall of a loading dock.


      The version shown in syndication is the edit made after Kellogg's became the show's sponsor. The montage is edited differently, removing some of the violence, and has narration added, apparently to make it easier to understand what is happening. The Kellogg's edit also ends with a shot of Superman superimposed in front of fireworks. The original edit does not have this shot.

    • This is the only episode to end with an image of Superman while fireworks explode behind him.

    • The narrator mentions in this episode that Perry White was once the mayor of Metropolis. (This may refer to the Superman radio series, where Perry was Mayor from 1947 through 1949.)

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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