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Old 07-21-2006, 07:06 PM   #1
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look, up in the sky..it's a bird, it's a plane.

Talk about airstreams!..that whoosh sound that accompanies the red caped hero zoomed through the cinema screen, as I viewed the new Superman Returns movie yesterday ..any one remember the old 50's series with George Reeves, or is that too "way before my time" for you all?..
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of course....who could forget that show....what fun for us 50's kids.
George was cousin to Mr. America and star of Hercules, Steve Reeves.
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:16 PM   #3
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I remember bullets bouncing off his chest, and wondering why he ducked when someone threw their gun at him...
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Well I grew up with the series. I even tied a towel on me and then jumped off the garage roof. Needless to say I learned that it wasn't the cape!

I was at Best Buy last month and picked up the DVD compilation of Season 1 and Season 2 for $20 each. 26 episodes in each season, in a great B&W restoration.

For Father's day Patty bought me the next release of DVD which included seasons 3 and 4 in color. Because of the cost of filming in color, each season only contained 13 episodes. They really were forward thinking since color TV hadn't made an appearance back in '53 & '54. As a bonus the DVD included a free admission to Superman Returns (only good in July). A good flick.

Next year comes the release of seasons 5 & 6.

A lot of folks didn't know that a lot of us kids really took it pretty hard when George Reeves died. It was purported to be a suicide but the thinking today is that it was a murder due to George's involvement with the wife of an underworld character. In my young mind it just didn't seem possible that Superman was dead. The headlines rang out "Superman Commits Suicide".

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Old 07-22-2006, 12:03 AM   #5
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Well I grew up with the series. I even tied a towel on me and then jumped off the garage roof. Needless to say I learned that it wasn't the cape!

I did the same thing, Jack..except I shopped at Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart to buy the dvd collection...interesting trivia info on the internet about the series..there was another actor named Kirk Alyn who was the first to play the caped one in the '48 film serial and starred w/Noel Neill in a '78 feature film: Superman, The Movie..

The latest Superman doesn't come w/that wonderful whoosh sound that I love hearing everytime George takes a flying leap out of the window or from the ground into the sky..but the latest one does land ever so lightly!..and Perry White got a complete makeover in attitude towards his reporter staff..not too spoil it for anyone wishing to see the newest version, but I think I like the old gruff one better!..and if you do catch it, check out the bartender in the movies..nice cameo by one of the original stars..
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I remember bullets bouncing off his chest, and wondering why he ducked when someone threw their gun at him...
Hi Overlander63!

Probably 'cause he didn't want to get hit with those guns made of bendable licorice or chocolate!..(hahaha)
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and if you do catch it, check out the bartender in the movies..nice cameo by one of the original stars..
And did you recognize the old lady in the beginning? Another cameo by one of the TV members.

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And did you recognize the old lady in the beginning? Another cameo by one of the TV members.

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No darn it, I think I missed seeing her, where was Noel in the beginning or later??? we came into the show late about 10 minutes..my husband and I were supposed to go see "Cars" with my son and grandson, but we ended up at the 'wrong' cinema..so we took a vote to just stay put and see Superman..I saw the credits at the end, and wondered how come I didn't see her!....I did see some stills of her at the Superman website..oh well..

Which Lois did you like: Noel, or Phyllis Coates?..
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I grew up being called "Clark Kent" and asked where my cape was and if I would like some kryptonite? To make matters worse I also wore glasses which at that time came in one flavor- black plastic. It left no real impression on my demeanor since in high school when I went to work for a Clark gas station I would answer the phone- Jim's Clark Kent speaking, mumbling the Jim's and plainly speaking the Clark Kent part.
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No darn it, I think I missed seeing her, where was Noel in the beginning or later???

Which Lois did you like: Noel, or Phyllis Coates?..
It was in the beginning of the picture. As a kid it was Noel since she was Lois for the bulk of the series. As an adult I much more appreciate Phyllis. I liked the way she played the tough independent Lois. If you look at the credits in the first season she received equal billing with George Reeves.

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It was in the beginning of the picture. As a kid it was Noel since she was Lois for the bulk of the series. As an adult I much more appreciate Phyllis. I liked the way she played the tough independent Lois. If you look at the credits in the first season she received equal billing with George Reeves.

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Hi Jack,

I Just got back home from helping out a couple of friends who my husband and I helped move from their house they're selling to a rental..I asked why they didn't wait till their new house was almost finishished being built...they thought they wouldnn't have the house sold for months..surprise, they have to move out by the 30th!!!..so they'll stay in the rental for about a year ..and it was a scorcher here in Sacramento and Auburn!!..why is it that this is always the best time to do moving????...where's Superman when you need him???..

re: Lois - I did think that Phyllis was much more headstrong and no nonsense in her personality compared to Noel's version..did you read that Jimmy Olsen, in some of the original radio shows actually knew that Clark was Superman?..also in the new dvd collection there was a really cute episode where he reveals his dual identity to Lois as they're about to wed..

Hey, Chaplain, hi!!!..so you're another Clark Kent, huh?..there's a guy in my husband's organization named Clark, and I'm always calling him Clark Kent..his last name rhymes with Kent too..do you have any super powers we haven't heard about???..can you make the world a better place full of peace?
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Superman update

Anyone wanting to see the original Lois Lane (Noel Neill) can catch her making a public appearence here signing autographs in Sacramento at the upcoming California State Fair August 11-September 3..this is included in a Superheroes exhibit..the life-size Batmobile will also be featured. So if anyone of you lives in No.California, or who is going to be out this way, check it out!
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Noel Neill also had a cameo in the 1978 Superman (Chistopher Reeve) movie. She was on the train that young Clark Kent raced on his way home from school.
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Noel Neill also had a cameo in the 1978 Superman (Chistopher Reeve) movie. She was on the train that young Clark Kent raced on his way home from school.
Hi azflyvsaster,

That's good to know..next time I watch the Chistorpher Reeve version, I'll have to check it out..thnx!
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