- X 2019
Adventures of Superman - The Monkey Mystery
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, Allene Roberts, Michael Vallon, Harry Lewis, William Challee, Fred Essler, Ned Roberts, Stephen Carr
screenplay by Ben Peter Freeman, Doris Gilbert, 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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Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) gets a note from an organ grinder's (Michael
Vallon) monkey that's supposed to tell her her fortune - instead it's a
secret message for a gangster, Crane (Harry Lewis), telling him the
whereabouts of a woman, Maria (Allene Roberts), who carries a most
important defense secret in a locket around her neck, a secret her Eastern
scientist father (Fred Essler) gave her shortly before his death to give
to the president of the United States.
Lois is quick to find Maria, but a henchman of Crane's has already
taken care of her and now knocks out Lois as well. And Crane also takes
care of the organ grinder, only the monkey escapes ...
Enter Clark Kent/Superman (George Reeves), who soon enough figures out
that the only way to solve this mystery and regain the locket is to track
down the monkey, which he eventually does, but by that time, Crane and his
henchman (William Challee) have already captured Clark's pal Jimmy Olsen
(Jack Larson) and threaten to kill him ... which is when Clark figures the
monkey is actually a sort of carrier pigeon and uses him to track down
Crane, and as Superman, Clark saves the day.
The set-up of this story is very silly (Why an organ grinder ? Why a
monkey ? And how come the organ grinder mixes a secret message in with his
collection of notes supposed to tell fortunes ?), but apart from that, the
episode is not bad at all, and actually quite suspenseful.