of Bloomingdale, New Jersey
What was your first reaction to George
Reeves and/or the Superman series?
I was five or six years old when
I first encountered the series. I was addicted on the spot. The
funny thing is, it was really Bill Kennedy and Leon Klatzkin
who first got me hooked because I was swept away the very moment
I saw the opening sequence. The classic opening was so thrilling,
that as a young boy, I jumped up and down and clapped my hands
As for George, the very first thing
that grabbed me was his no-nonsense, straight jaw, granite face.
Because of this, he had the ability to say he was Superman without
uttering a single word. Secondly, it was his knock'em dead speech
delivery. George radiated power through his mouth with lines
such as, "You're just wasting your ammunition, Blinkie!",
"You don't seem to understand! I'm the real Superman!",
and "I'm going to give you one last chance to stop acting
like Nazi storm troopers!" Thirdly, George literally didn't
pull any punches when it came to dealing with crooks, and was
literally a smashing success when it came to handling walls.
Lastly, George always treated decent people with respect, even
to the extent of deferring to trigger happy Mr. White.
What are your ten favorite episodes?
- "Crime Wave"
- "The Perils of Superman"
- "Panic In The Sky"
- "The Face And The Voice"
- "Jimmy the Kid"
- " Divide And Conquer"
- "The Stolen Costume"
- "The Mind Machine"
- "Superman Week"
- "Around The World With Superman"
What are some of you favorite scenes
from the series?
- The scene in "Panic In The Sky"
when Superman is flying up through outer space to rendezvous
with the asteroid (to put it mildly).
- "The Face And The Voice"
when Superman confronts Fairchild, pretending all the while to
be the phony Superman. This is, in my opinion, the number one
classic scene of the series.
- I just love the scene in "The
Prince Albert Coat" where Superman leaps off the side of
a warehouse dock. I also love the following sequence of action
scenes, which culminates five Klatzkin fanfares later when those
two third-grade crooks comically wind up on the floor without
- "Divide And Conquer" where
Superman and his double decide to reunite.
- "Crime Wave" where Superman,
who is pretending to be dead, rises up from the floor and knocks
the lights out of Walter Canby and company.
- "The Stolen Costume" when
Clark Kent rushes up the stairs and bursts through the door.
I also relish the next scene when Clark is smiling after being
- The part in "The Town That Wasn't"
where Superman does a pre-takeoff sprint along the side of a
white farm fence. This wowser is also present in the "Stolen
- Another gem is the beginning of "Jimmy
The Kid" where Jimmy Olsen comes face-to-face with his carbon
copy, Kid Collins.
- "Around The World With Superman"
when Superman is flying the girl over some of the world's most
- "Through The Time Barrier"
when Superman confronts gangster Turk who is hilariously decked
out in prehistoric duds as Stone Man.
- "Peril In Paris" where Robert
Shayne plays the role of a French police inspector.
What interesting mistakes or inside
jokes have you detected?
- In "The Golden Vulture",
the scene aboard the ship is at night. However, there's a brief
scene of a small boat shoving off from the ship which is shown
in broad daylight.
- At the end of "Panic In The Sky",
Superman lands on the asteroid to plant a destruction device.
Here, you can hear birds chirping.
- In "Jimmy The Kid" the whole
episode happens at night, but the flying sequences of Superman
are at day.
- In "The Dog Who Knew Superman",
there's a shot of Superman flying into the ground to rescue Corky.
Here we can plainly see a Superman doll on a string diving into
- In "The Mind Machine", Superman
zonks the crooks at the end. He flawlessly deflects gunfire,
only to duck when a pistol is thrown at him.
- As for inside jokes, I like the end
of "Perils Of Superman" when Clark says,"If it
weren't for Superman, I wouldn't be here."
- On the same score, I also fancy the
scene in "Flight To The North" where Clark Kent shakes
hands with Superman, who in this episode is really a country
bumpkin from Skunk Hollow County.
Aside from Superman/Clark Kent, who
was your favorite character on the show, and why?
That would have to be Perry White
(John Hamilton). He had great chemistry with Jimmy Olsen (Jack
Larson). That is to say, Perry White's temper together with Jimmy
Olsen's naivete gave rise to a great many laughs, let alone Perry
White's "Great Caesar's Ghost" and "Don't call
me chief" punch lines.
How do you view the series today, as
an adult, differently from when you were a child?
The only difference for me is that
I have come to see the Adventures Of Superman more as
an inimitable masterpiece. When I was young, I always assumed
future Supermen would be like George Reeves. But as the years
went by, I saw the relatively lame Chris Reeve, and the totally
lame Dean Cain. I now know how rare a George Reeves type Superman
is. Thus, I can duly appreciate the Adventures Of Superman
as a timeless treasure of vintage acting and action.
Why have you continued to watch the
series and why do you consider yourself a George Reeves fan?
The Adventures Of Superman
is in a class by itself. No actor could touch George Reeves.
George could beat any of the other Supermen using the tip of
his pinky. Furthermore, no one can equal John Hamilton, Phyllis
Coates, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, or Robert Shayne. On top of
all that, no announcer can top Bill Kennedy, and I dare say no
composer will ever come up with a more spectacularly stirring
Superman theme than Leon Klatzkin.
If you could meet George Reeves today,
what would you most want to say to him?
I would tell him that he was the
greatest Superman there ever was, period. I would definitely
want to hear his opinions about Kirk Alyn, Chris Reeve, Dean
Cain, and what he thinks of Nicolas Cage playing the role without
the traditional blue and red costume. I would also ask him what
were his favorite episodes. Finally, I would ask him how he felt
to see himself on television flying to the tune of Leon Klatzkin's
score. Then, I would give a steel-firm handshake and a giant
heartfelt thank you for all the joy he brought to millions of