Brad Shey of New York, New York.
What was your first reaction to George
Reeves and/or the Superman series?
I was probably five or six years
old when I saw my first episode of the Adventures Of Superman
and I was immediately hooked. I think what impressed me the most
was that George Reeves made me believe he really was Superman.
He brought the character to life and protected the secret identity
of Clark Kent with a passion like it was his own. One of the
things that always amazed me and still does is how different
George looked with and without eyeglasses. To me he is and always
will be the one and only Superman.
What are your 10 favorite episodes?
- "Superman on Earth"
- "The Stolen Costume"
- "Shot In The Dark"
- "The Face And The Voice"
- "Panic In The Sky"
- "The Big Freeze"
- "The Wedding of Superman"
- "The Town That Wasn't"
- "The Big Forget"
- "Superman's Wife"
What are some of you favorite scenes
from the series?
- The scene in "Panic In The Sky"
when Clark returns to his apartment and opens his shirt with
Jimmy in the background. Another is from the same episode when
he is wearing the Superman suit and Kent glasses then realizes
who he is.
- "Around The World With Superman"
when he talks with Ann Carson alone trying to convince her that
he is Superman.
- The opening scene in Kent's office
from "Shot In The Dark" when Harriet Harper visits
him and addresses him as Superman in front of Jimmy Olsen. I
think it's priceless the way George reacts with "You may
think I'm Superman but I can assure you I'm not!" and the
way he tries to explain the photo of him changing into Superman.
- Another would be from "The Face
And The Voice"... George stating "I look like Superman
why don't I sound like Superman?"
- I was always amazed how Lois &
Jimmy couldn't recognize Clark as Superman when he would remove
his glasses. My favorite scenes which show this are from "Five
Minutes to Doom." Clark jumps from the moving car he and
Lois are driving when his x-ray vision discovers a bomb under
the back seat. His clothes are ripped apart from the explosion,
exposing his costume, and he asks Lois to toss him a trench coat
from the back seat. When he comes up the hill to the car she
is looking right at him without the glasses and doesn't recognize
him as Superman. Clark removes his glasses again in "The
Clown Who Cried" and "The Jolly Roger" but Lois
& Jimmy don't recognize him.
- I love the part in the "Big Forget"
when Clark, Lois, Jimmy and Professor Pepperwinkle are tied up
and Clark bursts out of his ropes declaring "I guess there's
no use keeping this a secret any longer" Jimmy says.."Golly,
Mr. Kent really is Superman"
What interesting mistakes or inside
jokes have you detected?
In "The Man Who Could Read
Minds," Clark, Jimmy, and Lois are chasing the phantom burglar
and shots are fired. Clark and Perry White are driving in a car
looking for them. Clark is looking in the distance to see how
Lois and Jimmy are doing and tells White to stop the car. At
that point the film also stops -- there is about a five-second
freeze frame of Kent and White in the car. Another oddity of
this episode is that the outdoor scenes are supposed to take
place at night and you can see the sun is clearly shining.
Aside from Superman/Kent, who was your
favorite character on the show and why?
I would say John Hamilton aka Perry
White. I loved the way he yelled at Jimmy all the time. "Don't
call me chief" and "Great Caesar's Ghost" were
priceless. He had some other classic lines too "I guess
the only thing left for me to do now is fire myself" and
"People come and go around here all day and tell me nothing."
How do you view the series today, as
an adult, differently from when you were a child?
I think the only difference for
me today is I am aware of the history and background of the actors
who make the show so special. Aside from that the show still
captivates me and has a magic that will never fade.
Why have you continued to watch the
series and why do you consider yourself a George Reeves fan?
The series is timeless. I think
it will go on forever with new generations of fans. No matter
how many times I've seen each episode it's like watching it for
the first time.. every time. I never get tired of it. George
Reeves was a great man who, I'm sure, would be proud today of
the impact his work had and the joy it has brought to so may
people. He will always be my hero.
If you could meet George Reeves today,
what would you most want to say to him?
First I would tell George how much
I admire him and what a great actor he was. I would thank him
for all of the joy I have received from the Adventures of
Superman from early childhood until today. I'd also want
to discuss his recollections of specific episodes and ask him
if he imagined that the series would still have such a strong
following forty years later. I'd be curious to get his opinions
on the portrayal of Superman by his successors, Christopher Reeve
and Dean Caine...and what he would think of Nicolas Cage being
the next in line to assume the role. I would also ask George
one question that has always puzzled me and I don't think has
ever been answered: Where does Superman put his Clark Kent clothes
when he changes into Superman so he can change back to Clark
Kent again? Lastly I would thank him for bringing the magic and
mystique of Superman to life in such a way that it still captivates
my imagination today.