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And now, another
exciting episode in the
Monday August 27, 1951 – (Work continued on the third set of episodes: Monkey Mystery, The Deserted Village, Rescue, Treasure of the Incas, and The Haunted Lighthouse.)
After a day of rest, everyone returned bright and early on Monday morning to film a big portion of "The Haunted Lighthouse." All scenes with Mrs. Carmody, the real Aunt Louisa, and Alice were completed on this day.
Allene Roberts appeared in three episodes of Superman... as Alice and Maria Moleska in the first season and as Nancy Quinn in the second. She and Jack Larson worked together a year earlier in a short film called "A Wonderful Life." They remained close friends for many years, and Jack always spoke fondly of her. Allene Roberts died in 2019 at the age of 90.
Additional notes on "The Haunted Lighthouse."
1) Both the cast sheet and the script identify Allene Roberts' character only as "Alice." I don't have any idea why IMDB identifies her as "Alice Horne."
2) Oddly enough, the cast sheet and script list characters named "Louisa Horne" and "Woman." Since the character identified as "Woman" turns out to be the real Aunt Louisa, the person the cast sheet/script list as "Aunt Louisa" should really be listed as "Mrs. Carmody."
3) The script originally opened with Jimmy's call to Kent not from Moose Island, but from "Trumbo Island."
As Superman flies out the window, it cuts to the narration and montage and continues through the scene beginning with Aunt Louisa stopping Alice and Jimmy from leaving the kitchen ("Where do you two think you're going!")
4) On screen we next witness Jimmy's call to Kent, but since the script already placed that at the beginning, the script dissolves from Jimmy saying goodnight to "Aunt Louisa" to Jimmy standing in his bedroom where he again hears the call for help. From there it goes to Kent's arrival the next morning.
Obviously that didn't make sense as there was too much time between Jimmy's call and Superman's arrival, and so the scenes were rearranged.
5) There is also this change in dialogue in that kitchen scene after "Louisa" catches Alice and Jimmy. On screen "Louisa" says, "Go to your room" and Jimmy says, "Good night, Aunt Louisa."
The script, however, says…
Louisa: Alice ought to have known better than that!
Jimmy: She was just trying to help.
Louisa: Of course. I'm sorry if I was a little sharp... What made you think I was in trouble, Jim?
Jimmy: Why, the... I guess I was just imagining things again!
Louisa: You should have been asleep hours ago. You, too, Alice! What are you standing there for, catching your death of cold? Go to bed.
After Alice leaves…
Jimmy: It must be hard going through life not able to hear or to talk.
Louisa: Don't waste your pity on Alice. She's happy and contented... which is more than I'm going to be if you don't take yourself right off to bed, Young Man, and stop imagining things! Now say good night.
Jimmy: Good night, Aunt Louisa.
Next: Tuesday, August 28, 1951
"Like The Only Real Magic -- The Magic Of Knowledge"