Adventures of Superman

Season 1 Episode 17

The Runaway Robot

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Aired Friday 3:30 PM Jan 09, 1953 on
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A Daily Planet correspondent invents a robot which is stolen by robbers to use for looting banks.

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  • First Season attepmt at light drama

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    Season One under Robert Maxwell carried forward the film noir look and feel of the 1940's. The series was extremely violent for the time, yet well written. Because Superman did appeal to kids, Maxwell produced two episodes that fared more lightly with the younger crowd. "Runaway Robot" was one. Unfortunately, when Maxwell veered from the tough radio dramas he was used to doing with Superman, the show does suffer somewhat. The robot was so low tech that I would think even a child would know that there was actually a man inside a tin costume. Fortunately, episodes like these are far and few between.moreless
Lucien Littlefield

Lucien Littlefield

Horatio Hinkle

Guest Star

Dan Seymour

Dan Seymour

Rocco

Guest Star

John Harmon

John Harmon

Mousie

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The robot costume in this episode also showed up in a sketch on The Red Skelton Show. Red is trying to sell the robot as the housewife's ultimate appliance.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Jimmy: I phoned Inspector Henderson and I phoned the Planet office, but there's no word about Miss Lane. What do you suppose happened to her?
      Clark: I don't know.
      Jimmy: And Horatio. Golly, I wish we could get in touch with Superman.
      Clark: Superman isn't psychic, Jim. He wouldn't know where to locate them either.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Horatio Hinkle is based on the recurring character in the Superman radio series of Horatio F. ("for French") Horn, introduced in the radio serial "Horatio F. Horn, Detective", airing from July 2 to July 19, 1946.

    • The actor and role of Horatio Hinkle is given the same billing in the end credits as Perry, Jimmy, and Inspector Henderson in this episode, suggesting he may have been intended as a recurring character.

    • Russell Johnson is best known for playing the Professor on "Gilligan's Island"

    • Later Russell Johnson played Marshall Gib Scott on "Black Saddle."

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