- Atom Man vs. Superman
name = Atom Man vs. Superman
caption = Promotional poster for "Atom Man vs. Superman"
Spencer Gordon Bennet
writer = David Mathews
George H. Plympton Joseph F. Poland
Kirk Alyn Lyle Talbot Noel Neill Tommy Bond
Ira H. Morgan
Earl C. Turner
released = Flagicon|USA
July 20, 1950
runtime = 15 chapters (252 min)
country = USA
language = English
preceded_by = "Superman"
amg_id = 1:74865
imdb_id = 0042211
"Atom Man vs. Superman" (1950), Columbia's 43rd serial, finds
Lex Luthor( Lyle Talbot), secretly the Atom Man, blackmailing the city of Metropolisby threatening to destroy the entire community. Perry White( Pierre Watkin), editor of " The Daily Planet", assigns Lois Lane( Noel Neill), Jimmy Olsen( Tommy Bond) and Clark Kent( Kirk Alyn) to cover the story.
Lex Luthor, the Atom Man, invents a number of deadly devices to plague the city, including a disintegrating machine which can reduce people to their basic atoms and reassemble them in another place. But Supermanmanages to thwart each scheme. Since Kryptonitecan rob Superman of his powers, Luthor decides to create a synthetic Kryptonite and putters about obtaining the necessary ingredients: plutonium, radiumand the undefined 'etc.' Luthor places the Kryptonite at the launching of a ship, with Superman in attendance. He is exposed to the Kryptonite and passes out. Superman is taken off in an ambulance driven by Luthor's henchmen, and he is now under the control of Luthor. Superman is placed in a device, a lever is pulled, and the Man of Steel vanishes into "The Empty Doom" (which bears a similarity to the Phantom Zoneof the comic books). Most of chapter 7 is a repeat of the origin story from chapter 1 of Columbia's first "Superman" serial, and this serial also finds a way to work in stock footage from Ken Maynard's 1936 " Avenging Waters" (also directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027322/] ). The serial features several elements re-used in later Supermanfeatures: the Man of Steelis exposed to synthetic Kryptoniteduring a public function, as he is the motion picture Superman III. When he escapes from "The Empty Doom", the headline of the Daily Planetproclaims: " Superman Returns", the title of the most recent Supermanmovie.
Kirk Alynas Superman/ Clark Kent
Noel Neillas Lois Lane
Lyle Talbotas Lex Luthor/The Atom Man
Tommy Bondas Jimmy Olsen
Pierre Watkinas Perry White
*Jack Ingram as Foster (dapper henchman)
Don C. Harveyas Albor (lab henchman)
Rusty Wescoattas Carl (beefy henchman)
Terry Frostas Baer (medium henchman)
Wally Westas Henchman Dorr
Paul Staderas 'Killer' Lawson
George Robothamas Earl, TV truck cameraman-driver
Lyle Talbot as Lex Luthor, wore a rubber scalp for baldness.cite book
last = Harmon
first = Jim
Donald F. Glut
authorlink = Jim Harmon
title = The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury
origyear = 1973
publisher = Routledge
isbn = 9780713000979
pages = pp. 215-217
chapter = 9. ]
In 2006, the "Atom Man vs. Superman" serial was still available for purchase on
videotape, where it was first released back in 1989. It was officially released on DVDby Warner Home Video, along with its predecessor, 1948's Superman, on November 28, 2006 as "Superman - The Theatrical Serials Collection".
In their book The Great Movie Serials, Jim Harman and Donald F. Glut describe the serial as "far more gimmicky and gadget prone" than the first Superman serial. In addition to this, they also found it to be "flawed by the same Katzman cheapness.”
# "Superman Flies Again"
# "Atom Man Appears"
# "Ablaze In The Sky"
# "Superman Meets Atom Man"
# "Atom Man Tricks Superman"
# "Atom Man's Challenge"
# "At The Mercy Of Atom Man"
# "Into The Empty Doom"
# "Superman Crashes Through"
# "Atom Man's Heat Ray"
# "Luthor's Strategy"
# "Atom Man Strikes"
# "Atom Man's Flying Saucers"
# "Rocket Of Vengeance"
# "Superman Saves The Universe"Source: [cite book
last = Cline
first = William C.
title = In the Nick of Time
origyear = 1984
publisher = McFarland & Company, Inc.
isbn = 078640471X
pages = pp. 250-251
chapter = Filmography ]
List of film serialsby year
List of film serials by studio
* [http://superman.ugo.com/movies/superman_atomman/default.asp# Superman.UGO.com]
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