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Adventures of Superman - The Case of the Talkative Dummy

episode 1.3

USA 1952
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, Tristram Coffin, Syd Saylor, Pierre Watkin, Robert Kent, Phillip Pine, Hayden Rorke, Stephen Carr
screenplay by Lee Backman, Dennis J.Cooper, 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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During a ventriloquist's (Syd Saylor) act, the dummy suddenly starts to talk with a second voice, a voice not originating from the ventriloquist and saying stuff that bears no relation to his act. Ace reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves) grows suspicious immediately, and right he is: The stuff the dummy said points at the exact location of a heist of a money transport ... and interestingly, the money transport was commissioned by bank president Green (Pierre Watkin), whose money transports have been robbed repeatedly. Clark Kent and Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) decide to investigate, and soon find out a thing or two, like that the bank's vice president Davis (Tristram Coffin) is a former crook and that the usher (Phillip Pine) of the ventriloquist's theatre is using the ventriloquist act to spill the information to those who actually rob the money transports ... but ultimately, it's the bank president himself who is the mastermind of all the heists to cover up the fact that he has been embezzling money for years. Enter Clark Kent's alter ego Superman to set everything right again.

Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen is at one point locked into a safe and dropped from a building, but Superman saves him. This though is of little importance to the plot.

 


Like many of the early episodes of Adventures of Superman, this is less of a superhero-tale and more of a crime story putting the emphasis on Clark Kent rather than his superhuman alter ego, and the plot would have worked just as well without Superman altogether.

As a crime story though, The Case of the Talkative Dummy is rather far-fetched and not 100 percent believable, but in the context of early (crime-)television it fares quite well, it's well-directed, does have a few plottwists to keep things going and doesn't give away too much of the plot too soon. So if you don#t expect anything too great, you'll probably be entertained.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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