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Adventures of Superman - Lady in Black

episode 2.23

USA 1954
produced by
Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by Thomas Carr
starring George Reeves, Jack Larson, Virginia Christine, Frank Ferguson, John Doucette, Rudolph Anders, Mike Ragan (= Holly Bane), Frank Marlowe
screenplay by Jackson Gillis, based on the comicbook created by Jerry Schuster, Joe Siegel, published by DC Comics

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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) spends a few days at his aunt's place, but somehow the place seems to be haunted - he hears weird sounds and voices, pictures are appearing and disappearing, and the like. But when he calls his friend and colleague Clark Kent (George Reeves) and he stops by as his Superman alter ego, there's nothing weird going on, and furthermore the neighbour Mr Frank (Frank Ferguson) assures Superman theres nothing wrong around here. The next day it gets even worse though, when Jimmy gets mixed up with a man with a scar (John Doucette), a lady in black (Virginia Christine), a bundle of money and a dead man, but when Superman comes around again to look after Jimmy, all of this is gone and it sounds very much like something straight from the pulp novel he's reading. It seems Jimmy is becoming the boy who cried wolf. The next night it gets even worse, and this time when he calls Clark, he hears the voices too, and his superhearing tells him there's something going on - and yes there is, Mr Frank and the man with the scar are actually robbing the museum next door via the basement, and the lady in black is actually there to keep Jimmy distracted. Of course, Superman has soon sorted everything out and brought the bad guys to justice ...

 


On a narrative level, this episode might suck, as there are more plotholes than plot, but in its excessive use of pulp clichés, it's still cute - in a very harmless sort of way.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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