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Adventures of Superman - The Mind Machine

episode 1.8

USA 1952
produced by
Bernard Luber, Robert Maxwell, Barney Sarecky (associate) for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by Lee Sholem
starring George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, John Hamilton, Griff Barnett, Dan Seymour, Stephen Carr, Ben Welden, James Seay, Harry Hayden, Lester Dorr, Frank Orth
screenplay by Dennis J.Cooper, Lee Backman, 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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Dr. Stanton (Griff Barnett) has invented a machine to control people's minds, and he wants to use it for good, to help the mentally disabled and stuff. But then there's mobster Cranek (Dan Seymour), who figures he can use the machine to influence a few witnesses about to testify against him in a hearing - and really, he manages to change the testimonies of the first three witnesses. Thing is, all three die within a few hours from aftereffects.

Witness number 4 is to be Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates), which worries at least Clark Kent (George Reeves), who figures she might suffer the same fate as the other witnesses - but Clark Kent is also smart, and when Doc Stanton's assistant Hadley (Stephen Carr) tells him about the missing scientist and his amazing invention, Clark is quick to put two and two together, and together with Hadley he tries to track down the signals of the mind machine by aeroplane. Once they have found the mind machine though, Clark has to knock out Hadley (even though he's the pilot of the plane) to change into Superman, take care of the baddies, free Doc Stanton - who immediately destroys his machine to prevent further abuse - then go back into the air to save knocked out Hadley's airplane (and Hadley inside of course).

 


Campy fun: Sure, the idea of a mind machine is far fetched - but hey, so is the idea of Superman as such. Certainly not the best episode of the series, but still pretty entertaining.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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