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Adventures of Superman - Crime Wave

episode 1.24

USA 1953
produced by
Bernard Luber, Robert Maxwell, Barney Sarecky (associate) for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by Thomas Carr
starring George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jack Larson, John Hamilton, Robert Shayne, John Eldredge, Philip Van Zandt, Al Eben, Joseph Mell, Barbra Fuller, Bobby Barber
screenplay by Whitney Ellsworth, Ben Peter Freeman, Robert Maxwell, based on the comicbook created by Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, published by DC Comics

tv-series
Superman, Superman (George Reeves), Adventures of Superman

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Metropolis is rolled over by an unprecedented crimewave ... so together with inspector Henderson (Robert Shayne), DA Walter Canby (John Eldredge) and newspaper publisher Perry White (John Hamilton), Superman (George Reeves) goes on a mission to bring the top ten crime kingpins to justice, starting with number ten and working his way up. Thing is, nobody knows who the number one actually is, and some even refuse to believe there is one ... but there is of course, and it's a man who has put a plan into motion to lure Superman into his secret headquarters and kill him with the help of the Professor (Joseph Mell).

And indeed, the plan works, Superman soon finds himself trapped, is electrocuted using super-high voltage, and eventually, he breaks down ... dead. But when Mr number one himself examines the body, Superman comes back to life, apprehends him on the spot, and reveals him to be no other than DA Canby himself, who has been using his position to evade capture.

And why didn't Superman die?

Because the Professor's death trap was pathetic, that's why.

 


For the most part, this episode is just made up of stock footage from earlier episodes, in an effort to keep production costs down, and somehow, the story that's carrying the footage is rather feeble: While the idea of Superman destroying the crime syndicate ruling Metropolis by picking out crime bosses one by one isn't bad - but the idea that the main villain hires a scientist who knows nothing better than to try and electrocute Superman is ... after all, shouldn't by now everyone know that doesn't work against Supie, especially a Professor?

Rather weak episode.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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