Tim James of St. Ann, Missouri
What was your first reaction to George
Reeves and/or the Superman series?
I cannot remember the first time I watched the show, when I look
at pictures of my childhood it is clear to me that the series it
changed my world. I was born in 1954, so I guess my first episode
must have been in late 1956 or early 1957. Almost all of my
pictures feature me with a cape safety pinned around my neck. One
of the most treasured items I kept from my youth was the handmade
Superman outfit my Mom made for me. The pants are long gone, but
the shirt is tucked away for posterity. I think the thing I liked
the most about George was that he was so natural, so real. Unlike
other shows designed for kids my age where the characters were
exaggerated, or seemed to talk down to kids, George, with that
great wink at the end of many episodes, seemed like a personal
friend, and a Super one at that. I remember well the day he died,
and my folks tried to help me through it. They did their best,
but it was like I lost my best friend. Although I still watched
the show religiously, everytime I saw him on the screen there was
a tinge of sadness. That faded some with time, but I still get
that feeling sometimes to this day.
What are your 10 favorite episodes?
What are some of your favorite scenes
from the series?
and Jimmy discussing the ball game with the White Sox in "Night
opening scene between Mr. White and Jimmy in "The Evil
Three" when the mosquitoes were biting.
The wonderful take off from the
observatory in "Panic in the Sky."
What interesting mistakes or inside
jokes have you detected?
shadow against the outdoor scenery in "The Haunted
springboard in the shot on the take off from the woods in "The
The reflection of the crew on the
side of the car in "Five Minutes to Doom."
Aside from Superman/Kent, who was
your favorite character on the show and why?
is a toss up for me. On one hand, John Hamilton was one of the
best character actors I have seen. But Jack Larson had a gift of
adding a certain something special to his character. Whether it
was finding a button to close a scene or simply listening to the
other actors, he was always in the game and always interesting.
How do you view the series today, as an
adult, differently from when you were a child?
a child I wanted to be so much like George/Superman. I remember
well, during hide and seek games after dark, wishing not on a
star, but on the planet Krypton, that I could fly! As an adult,
and a professional actor since I was very young, I look at the
series from the actors' point of view. As a kid the best thing in
the world would be donning a real Superman suit.( In fact I tried
to wear mine to school under my white uniform shirt and got
busted before I left the house.) Now I look at it from George's
perspective, as a classically trained actor, who had to don
tights instead of starring in "A" list features. I
marvel at his professionalism in treating a comic book character
with respect and dignity and making his moments on film as real
as possible. That same respect filters through the entire cast.
They were pros--all the way.
Why have you continued to watch the
show and George Reeves?
Part of the answer is reliving
the carefree days of my youth. It seems each episode can be tied
to an important step in my young life, and watching the show
again seems to crystallize otherwise hazy memories. I also want
to experience the Action, Adventure, and Mystery
again. As far as George is concerned. he has always just been my
friend, and, aside from his great work as an actor, it makes me
feel good to see him.