Superman (1942)





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Can it be true that Superman has become an outlaw? Actually, it's a petty thief named Severn, who wears a Superman costume while committing various robberies, but the police don't know that. Reporters Lois Lane and (especially!) Clark Kent are anxious to prove Superman's innocence, but instead they're assigned to cover the opening night at the Metropolis Opera House. As luck would have it, the phony Superman picks this very moment to steal jewelry from the various operagoers--prompting Clark to discard his rented tuxedo, don cape and tights as the REAL Superman, and settle accounts with his larcenous lookalike.
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Bud Collyer
as Clark Kent/Superman

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The title should read Showdown. Sparber had written for the Fleischers, but was now with Famous Studios along with Kneitel (this animation studio is the maker of Casper). Superman's powers are now compared to weather forces in the intro. A mob boss has his dim-witted lackey impersonate Superman. A very poor imitation, but fairly close in tone to the earlier parts of this series.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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Superman has to track down a criminal who is committing his crimes in disguise as the Man of Steel. It is a decent effort, and at least it wasn't war propaganda. I don't think this is the best work the studios produced at the time, but it is decent enough.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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