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Adventures of Superman - Semi-Private Eye

episode 2.18

USA 1954
produced by
Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by George Blair
starring George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, John Hamilton, Elisha Cook jr, Richard Benedict, Douglas Henderson, Alfred Linder, Paul Fix
screenplay by David T.Chantler, 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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When his colleague Lois Lane (Noel Neill) and private eye Garrity (Elisha Cook jr) are kidnapped right from the detective's office, Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) puts on the P.I.'s trenchcoat and hat and starts investigating - and even though private eye is a role not suitable for him, and he has his problems with handcuffs, he is able to track his friends down to blackmailer Cappy (Richard Benedict) ... where he only gets trapped with Lois and Garrity, who decides to gas them. Fortunately though, Jimmy and Lois are friends with Superman (George Reeves), and he somehow manages to follow Jimmy's tracks and arrive at the gas chamber just before Jimmy, Lois and Garrity have breathed their last. And of course, Superman not only sees to it that his friends are saved but also that the baddies get their just desserts.

 


Essentially a Jimmy Olsen adventure that plays up the comical aspects of its story - but one has to give the episode more credits for trying than for achieving: While Jack Larson sure has some comic talents (which he proves in almost every episode), he hams up his pseudo tough guy act a bit too much to really remain funny in the long run. Still, one of the better episodes of the second season of Adventures of Superman.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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