Adventures of Superman - Return to 1950's TV
The Adventures of Superman had to be one of the most popular television shows of the 1950's. As a young boy I certainly remember being glued to the old B&W TV every week for the next episode.
This DVD collection of 5 discs has all 26 episodes of the first season, with additional features including the theatrical release of Superman and the Mole Men (minus Jimmy Olson!), and original Kellogg's cereal commercials.
This is a fun series to watch, not just for nostalgia, but also with a more observing eye! Why is it that no matter what town or city Clark Kent is in, he always runs into the same alley to change into his Superman costume? Likewise, whether he's in Perry White's office, Lois Lane's office, or his own office, he always runs into the same closet to change? It's fun to observe other "errors" - in episode 10 he's wearing a pinkie ring while in bed, it later disappears. Of course, during the flying sequences he's obviously being supported on a flat board under his costume. And was that the only suit he owned???
I guess the one disappointment of the series is that Superman was generally battling petty gangsters. What ever happened to such comic book villains as Lex Luthor and Mr. Mxyzptlk?
The first season was filmed in 1951, but not released until 1952 once a sponsor was found. This season co-starred Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane, later replaced by Noel Neill. Lois is probably the first "independent" woman in a TV series - if you think of all the other TV series at the time women were almost always stay-at-home wives. And, of course, while she had her suspicions that Clark and Superman were on in the same, she never quite pieced it together.
Adventures of Superman is currently being shown on MeTV, but this DVD set offers the opportunity to see the episodes in order, without commercials. Great for binge-watching!
There are three more DVD sets in the series, can't wait to get them also!