- X 2019
Adventures of Superman - The Whistling Bird
Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by Thomas Carr
starring George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, John Hamilton, Sterling Holloway, Joseph Vitale, Otto Waldis, Toni Carroll, Allene Roberts, Marshall Reed
screenplay by David T.Chantler, based on the comicbook created by Jerry Schuster, Joe Siegel, published by DC Comics
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A professor (Sterling Holloway) has tried to develop a tasty stamp glue
- but by mistake, he has developed a very powerful explosive instead.
Somehow, a trio of enemy agents (Joseph Vitale, Otto Waldis, Toni Carroll)
got wind of this, and they soon birdnap the professor's talking parrot,
the only one who actually knows the formula - you know, out of security
and secrecy reasons, the professor never took notes about his formula, but
taught it all to his bird. When the baddies can't make the bird talk
though, they return to the professor, force him to get the formula out of
the animal, then lock the professor, his niece (Allene Roberts, and cub
reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson), who just happened to stop by, in a
secret room in the basement of the professor's house. Jimmy thinks up a
plan to escape by setting off the fire alarm ... but all that only causes
the sprinklers to go off and slowly filling up their room nobody has an
idea about with water. Now only Superman (George Reeves) can help ... and
he does, too, first freeing the professor and company, then, thanks to a
tip from the parrot, arresting the enemy agents, at the same time saving
them from the professor's explosive, which is still terribly unstable, and
which goes off almost immediately after everybody's out of danger.
Rather bad episode with a premise that is simply too childish to really
work - because let's face it, nobody would think it's a good idea to teach
a top secret formula to a parrot to keep it under wraps, and nobody trying
to develop tasty stamp glue develops an explosive more powerful than