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Adventures of Superman - Superman on Earth
Bernard Luber, Robert Maxwell, Barney Sarecky (associate) for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by Thomas Carr
starring George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, John Hamilton, Jack Larson, Herbert Rawlinson, Aline Towne, Robert Rockwell, Stuart Randall, Frances Morris, Tom Fadden, Joel Nestler, Danny Sue Nolan, Dabbs Greer
screenplay by Robert Maxwell, Whitney Ellsworth, based on the comicbook created by Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, published by DC Comics
Superman, Superman (George Reeves), Adventures of Superman
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Scientist Jor-El (Robert Rockwell) warns the planet Krypton's council
that their world is heading for extinction, and he suggests a plan for a
large sclae evacuation - but he is only ridiculed by the council members.
So, when the planet starts to crumble, all he can do is place his baby son
Kal-El in a prototype rocket and launch it with destintion earth.
On earth, the rocket is found by simple but righteous farmers Eben (Tom
Fadden) and Sarah Kent (Frances Morris), who take care of the baby as if
it was their own son and call him Clark. Teenaged Clark (Joel Nestler)
though soon realizes he is different and only thanks to his foster
parents' guidance is he able to come to terms with his super powers.
Aged 25, Clark (now played by George Reeves) heads for Metropolis, to
try his luck as a news reporter, but Perry White (John Hamilton),
editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, has no real use for the boy -
until news breaks about a man hanging from a blimp (Dabbs Greer), and
Clark figures if he can get an exclusive interview with the man, White
will just have to hire him ... so he puts on the superhero costume his
foster mum made for him, flies over to the blimp, catches the man just
when he loses grip ... and changes back into Clark Kent to get the
interview before anyone else can even get near the guy.
And wouldn't you know it, that lands him the job.
This episode tries to tell Superman's whole origin in
approximately 25 minutes - which is good and bad. It's good because what
could have been a cheesy and overlong epic is cut down to its essentials
and almost immediately gets the series up to speed. But it's also bad,
because, well, Superman's origin story just isn't all that
good a story to begin with. Still, at least it's a valiant effort.