Adventures of Superman

Season 1 Episode 8

The Mind Machine

Aired Friday 3:30 PM Nov 07, 1952 on
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Episode Summary

Three congressional witnesses are killed by a hypno-therapy machine run by Lou Cranek, "Kingpin of Crime."

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  • Hard Hitting Epsiode

    This is a very exciting epsiode and excatly what makes it a great show. I liked mainly cause anyone who tries to put away a crook gets warped into saying wrong thing and ends up being killed. Cause there mind is destroyed. More and more die. Then our brave reporter Lois is gonna go up next. Clark trys to stop her but she still goes. So he must find this machine and stop them before they use it on Lois. This was a exciting epsiode cause of how its race against time. In the end Superman finds the crooks and beats em down. Also the guy who made it destroys so it can never be used for evil again. I would put this epsiode as one of the best yet.moreless
  • A scientist invents a machine that can control a person's thoughts from a distance. Gangsters kidnap the scientist and force him to use the machine to stop witnesses trying to testify against them. This causes the death of the witness and Lois is schedulemoreless

    This episode features several classic moments:

    Superman takes off from a standing position not once but three times. And he does so with other actors in the frame.

    Superman saves a bus full of children careening down a mountain road.

    He stops an airplane from taking off by grabbing the rear wing.

    He puts the airplane on auto pilot, flys out of it to save Lois, then returns and lands the plane!

    It is well-written, has plenty of action and a good fantasy plot. If you only saw one episode, this would be a good choice.moreless
Griff Barnett

Griff Barnett

Dr. Edward Stanton

Guest Star

Dan Seymour

Dan Seymour

Lou Cranek

Guest Star

Ben Welden

Ben Welden


Guest Star

John Hamilton

John Hamilton

Perry White

Recurring Role

Jack Larson

Jack Larson

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Lois: Yes Clark, where were you?... Explain.
      Clark: Well Lois, I thought you were in danger. I just tried to help.
      Lois: You!? Why should I need your help when I could always count on ...
      Clark: I know... Superman.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode marked the only appearance from Griff Barnett.

      This episode marked the first of three unrelated appearances from Dan Seymour.

      This episode marked the first of eight unrelated appearances from Ben Welden.

      This episode marked the first of two unrelated appearances from James Seay.

      This episode marked the only appearance from Harry Hayden.

      This episode marked the first of two unrelated appearances from Lester Dorr.

      This episode marked the only appearance from Frank Orth.

      This episode marked the seventh of fourteen uncredited appearances(Dr. John Hadley) from Stephen Carr. Stephen Carr was the script supervisor in 52 episodes and the dialogue director in 47 episodes. Stephen Carr was brother of director Thomas Carr. Stephen Carr was also in the two-part episode Superman and the Mole Men.

    • Later James Seay played Captain Richardson on "Swamp Fox."