Adventures of Superman

Season 3 Episode 1

Through the Time Barrier

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Aired Friday 3:30 PM Apr 23, 1955 on
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Professor Twiddle invents a time machine which takes Jimmy, Lois, Clark and a thug back 50,000 years.

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  • It was interesting

    7.0
    This is the first episode of season three. Also the very first color episode. The plot was ok but strange. The Daily Planet crew & crook plus professer get sent back to stone age. They are sent back cause of a device the professer built. Now they must find a way back to present time. The crook wants to stay so he dont have to go jail. Even though he was gonna give him self up. He decides to go back when he gets some diamonds. They turned out to be some worthless stones. Also Superman helps them get back with the metal they needed. To cover up Clark says Superman can now get back since he touched the metal. They all get back in the end. I just thought it was allright. Just a so so plot. It was cool to see in color for first time. Could of been a better episode though.moreless
Sterling Holloway

Sterling Holloway

Professor Twiddle

Guest Star

Jim Hyland

Jim Hyland

Turk Jackson

Guest Star

Florence Lake

Florence Lake

Cavelady

Guest Star

Jack Larson

Jack Larson

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Noel Neill

Noel Neill

Lois Lane

Recurring Role

John Hamilton

John Hamilton

Perry White

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After the second season wrapped, George Reeves actually quit the show over money. He also didn't want to get typecast into the part especially after the dismal reaction to his role in "From Here To Eternity". When Reeves appeared in a scene with Burt Lancaster, the crowd was reported to have shouted, "Hey, there's Superman!". Producers were aghast at this and virtually cut Reeves part out of the film save for a couple of key scenes.

      The producers convinced Reeves that they would commit to another four seasons of Superman and that all episodes would be shot in color. Reeves accepted assuming they would shoot 26 episodes per season just as they had done previously. Unfortunately for Reeves, with the cost of shooting in color as well as his pay increase, only 13 episodes were shot each season thereby allowing the sponsor to pay half of what Reeves thought he was going to get and repeating those four seasons of 13 episodes continuously.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • This is based on the comics story "The Challenge of Stoneman!" in ACTION No. 201, February 1955 -- accounting for the curious scene here where Turk draws an "S" on his fur caveman outfit and proclaims himself "Stoneman"!

    • Due to the tremendous cost of shooting in color, many of George Reeves' fantastic take-offs and landings were trimmed to only a few stock shots. Reeves was also fitted with a new blockier padded costume which made movement a little more difficult. If you notice in all the color episodes, when Reeves actually takes off (when they shoot it for the episode and not a stock shot), it's usually a slight springboard leap off camera left or camera right. In the few instances when he does leap over the camera, when it is part of the show and not a stock shot, the camera is set at foot level. There would be no need for a springboard as Reeves would run as close to the camera as possible and do a little jump so all you really see is two red boots leap over the camera. By season six, even those leaps were far and few between as the 43 year old Reeves opted to just step out of frame rather than "leap" into the air.

    • This is the first color episode.

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