Adventures Of Superman: The Complete 1st Season (1952)
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
IMDb Rating 8.0 (423 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Richard Benedict
Maurice Cass
William 'Bill' Challee
Phyllis Coates Lois Lane (1952-1953)
Tristram Coffin
Ann Doran
Ross Elliot
John Hamilton Perry White
John Kellogg
Bill Kennedy Announcer (uncredited)
George Reeves Clark Kent/Superman
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!

"The first superhero created for comic books, Superman leaped from radio to television when The Adventures Of Superman debuted in 1952. Produced by Robert J. Maxwell (who also produced the radio version) and Bernard Luber (a veteran of Hollywood serials), each First Season Episode screens like a classic crime movie, where danger and death lurk in the shadows. Working with some of the industry's best character actors, George Reeves plays the Man Of Steel with a genuineness that captivates viewers of all ages. Now enjoy this legendary series as never before, digitally mastered from original film elements, in a soaring Deluxe 5-Disc Set with exciting extras!"

- Allan Asherman, DC Comics Historian
Movie Details
Genre Comic; Family; Television
Warner Bros.
Movie Release Date 1952
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 662 mins
Color Color
Disc 1:
Features Pony Express Days: Vintage Warner Bros. historical short starring George Reeves. Commentary on 4 key episodes by Superman chroniclers Gary H. Grossman and Chuck Harter

Original Kellogg’s Cereal Commercials

Retrospective Documentary: Adventures of Superman: From Inkwell to Backlot - Featuring Jack Larson, Leonard Maltin and others.

1951 Theatrical Feature Superman and The Mole Men, later to be televised as the 2-part The Unknown People
Director George Blair; Philip Ford; George Reeves; Lew Landers; Thomas Carr
Writer Dwight V. Babcock; Lee Backman; Joe Shuster; Jerry Siegel; Robert Leslie Bellem; Roy Chanslor; David T. Chantler; Jackson Gillis
Cinematography Harold E. Stine; Clark Ramsey
Producer Whitney Ellsworth; Bernard Luber; Robert J. Maxwell; Robert Maxwell
User Credit 1 Sam E. Waxman; Albrecht Joseph
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Format DVD
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
Barcode 012569420021
Release Date 10/18/2005
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 1.0 [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 5
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 439
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Kryptonite, Adopted Planet, Lois Lane, Metropolis, Alien
Also Known As:
Superman (Australia)

Filming Locations:
Desilu Studios - 9336 W. Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, USA

The Superman costume was padded to make it appear that George Reeves had greater bulk. However, Reeves himself did most of the stunts, which required impressive athletic ability including jumping from substantial heights (to simulate Superman landing in the frame), hitting a springboard with sufficient force to propel him out of frame (to simulate Superman taking off in flight), swinging through windows, and hours spent doing wire work and being in a body support platform to create the scenes of Superman flying. (more)

Revealing mistakes: With the switch to more expensive color film in 1954, there was a mandate to shoot no more new effects scenes than absolutely necessary. Most Superman-in-flight footage was filmed right-to-left. When the plot unavoidably required Superman to fly in the opposite direction, the footage was "flipped," as can be detected by the reversal of the "S" chest emblem. Another explanation is that George Reeves' "body pan' was attached to a pole that was blocked from view by his body. Unfortunately it was attached on only on his right side. If he had to be shown flying in the opposite direction the film had to be reversed. This not only occurred in the colour episodes, but the black and white ones as well. (more)

[repeated line]
Perry White: Great Caesar's Ghost!

1 win & 2 nominations (more)

Movie Connections:
Featured in Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (2003) (TV) (more)

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