SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE-MEN

Film Reviews

MPW-580691951

DIRECTOR: Leo Sholem

May Contain Spoilers!

Not having seen the George Reeves’ incarnation of Superman since the summer holidays in 1989, this was an intriguing trip down memory lane. The series, even as an 11-year-old boy, the plot-holes were gaping and this, the pilot for the series, given a theatrical release in 1951, was no exception. The running time is short at only 58 minutes, barely qualifying as a film and I would suspect that this would have been shown as part of a double bill and literally been a B-movie.

The production values are cheap, very common for TV of the time, and this was clearly a TV pilot. There’s no doubt about that. But being from the generation which was used to Clark Kent bumbling around as Christopher Reeve, what struck me first off was the strength of Kent’s characters, a strong newsman of the day…

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