Superman - The 1948 & 1950 Theatrical Serials Collection
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Superman Serials: The Complete 1948 & 1950 Collection (DVD)
Kirk Alyn sets the heroic standard for generations to come – as Superman, the Man of Steel – in these fun, multichapter cliffhanger adventures. The 15-chapter Superman from 1948 spans our hero's first arrival on Earth to his alter-ego as reporter Clark Kent of The Daily Planet alongside Lois Lane (Noel Neill) through his battle with the sinister Spider Lady and her "relativity reducer ray." Next, while the real world faced the dawn of the nuclear age, Metropolis's caped hero faced that menace and more in the 15-chapter Atom Man vs. Superman. Is archvillain Lex Luthor behind both the UFO and the atomic bomb that threatens to level Metropolis? Of course not. He claims to be a simple television repairman! Before George Reeves starred in the classic 1950s television series, these Superman serials truly started the superhero craze and set the bar for all future portrayals of the Man of Steel.]]>
- Includes the 1948 "Superman" serial and the 1950 "Atom Man vs. Superman" serial
- "Saturdays with Superman" - a look back at the first live-action Superman
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Childhood memories are sometimes are clouded by time and revealed as such many years later, but in the case of these two serials, they brought back great memories of Saturday afternoons at the "show". Superman was terrific then and is still terrific now. I do remember that when the Superman TV program came on a couple of years after seeing the first "Superman" serial, I always thought George Reeves was the wrong choice to play Superman because he didn't look like Superman from the comics, he didn't look like Kirk Alyn (who did look like Superman in the Comics), and he didn't have a curl. The first year on TV had Phyllis Coates playing Lois Lane (a good actress but not the Lois Lane of the serials), but they got it right bringing in Noel Neill for the remaining years of the TV show.
If you like serials, or are not familiar with serials, then "Superman" and "Superman Vs Atom Man" are great fare and a great introduction to the world of Saturday afternoon matinees.
Gary Gross (not Gary Grossman who has written a great book on Superman in the media by the way, and who I would love to compare memories with sometime.)
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Kirk "Superman" Alyn played ONE of many sailors from Portugal--- DID have a speaking part, but NOT in English.
Well, anyway this has plenty of faces that'll make you scratch your head:
It is 1948---the year before I was born---,and, NOEL NEILL, probably not much older than 25 is a cute little boogger in hats almost as big
as herself. This IS B&W, so, hopefully she didn't have that Lucille Ball-Red hair like the final season of "THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN"...
when she's STILL Lois, and pressin' forty. In the (more recent) "SUPERMAN RETURNS" movie, she's the old lady that dies leaving Lex Luthor a
TOMMY BOND plays Jimmy Olsen in both of these serials... I think he's still alive. He wrote a book:
Darn Right It's Butch: Memories of Our Gang-------------------------------------$1
Darn Right Its Butch Inscribed-------------(autographed)------------------------$40
I guess I just settled THAT one. Well, anyway the actor that played "Butch", Alfalfa's foil in OUR GANG is Jimmy Olsen in these thirty episodes.
LYLE TALBOT plays Lex Luthor. If he sorta looks familiar it's only because he spent most of MY childhood playing neighbor roles for Ozzie & Harriet
Nelson... and a few other families as well.
Both 15-chapter serials are here. I enjoyed them! If you remember that I'll be 64 next year, AND that one of these serials is a bit younger,
while the other is a bit older, than me. I think you'll enjoy the first time a HUMAN BEING played Clark Kent instead of a cartoon... or just
Bud Colier's radio voice... perhaps an hommage... when Clark turns into Superman and FLIES he does it via cartoon-annimation, like Dracula
turning into a bat... in "BUD ABBOTT AND LOU COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN"[coincedentally 1948, too]. Maybe WALTER "Woody Woodpecker"
LANCE did these scenes as well as those Lugosi transformations?
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