TAC, Jr. #3
From the publisher of The Adventures Continue
Good Tuesday morning, April 8, 1997--
The deadline for ordering TAC #13 and #14 is next Friday,
and I'm still
sitting here at my computer trying to put it all together so
I can take it
to the printing company next week. There are, however, a couple
things to pass on:
1. TODAY'S NEWS --
The current issue of the National Enquirer carries a story
about Jack Larson
and how Superman ruined his career. I haven't yet seen the article,
Henderson told me it's worth reading. You are welcome to share
with me for a future issue of TAC, Jr.
2. GREAT PHOTOGRAPH --
Yesterday I received a great photo from Chuck Harter for inclusion
Adventures Continue. It is an outtake from "Money to
Burn" and shows George,
Noel, Jack, John, and Dale Van Sickle standing next to the Fireman's
truck. George must have said something funny because he has a
grin on his
face. Noel has completely broken up, and Jack is smiling. Perhaps
remark was at Hamilton's expense because he's not reacting. I
photographs like this and hope that I can find a space for it
in TAC #13 or
#14. If not, it will surely appear in TAC #15 later this year.
F F: How about a cup for you, Superman?
WHITE: He can't put it out with coffee, you idiot!
SUPERMAN: Perhaps I can using a basic ingredient of coffee --
would you turn it on back there, please?
WHITE: Incredible, he's put out every lick of the flame.
OLSEN: Don't forget who got the water turned on.
WHITE: Olsen, just because you help avert one catastophe... that
make up for the hundreds you've created!
3. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL --
Through the years several people have asked about the rumor that
Reeves has a part in The Day The Earth Stood Still as
a newspaper reporter.
It seems that once rumors get started they are hard to quell.
is from a letter to me dated 3/23/97 from writer and film researcher,
Asherman. "Sometime ago Cinefantastique magazine
did an issue devoted to The
Day The Earth Stood Still, and in that issue they printed
a photo of a TV
reporter talking to Mr. Carpenter and Bobby while the two were
spaceship. This is a scene from the film, and the interviewer
is played by
an actor named Glen Hardy. Elsewhere in that issue was a detailed
cast and credits from the film. Someone probably looked at the
photo of Glen
Hardy and concluded that he was George Reeves, but no matter
how it happened
George Reeves does not actually appear in the film at all. Anyway,
that magazine was published, at least one reference book on science
films has published a cast list of The Day The Earth Stood
George Reeves. Considering the exposure and coverage on this
I have seen some other surprising errors, including casts listing
Gray (instead of Billy Gray) and Hugh 'Beaumont' (instead of
But the George Reeves error is a most glaring bit of misinformation
fine example of how faulty research can lead to one mistake spreading
other books and articles."
4. JERRY SEINFELD --
TAC contributor Nelson Jimenez recently sent me a page from Jerry
book, SeinLanguage. Jerry remarks that "of all the
Supermans, comic books,
movies, cartoons, George Reeves will always be my favorite. Because
thing about being Superman, the thing that makes it so interesting
is it's a
thing you're saddled with. On his planet he was normal. But here,
Superman. And it was that way for George Reeves. Being Superman
was a thing
he just ended up with." Jerry goes on to list some questions
he'd like to
ask of the Adventures of Superman. I've picked out my
a. Where were the other police besides Inspector Henderson?
b. Why were the crooks always, and only, in groups of two, a
and a smart one? Often with names like "Lefty" and
"The Boss." Who was "The
Boss" the boss of? Lefty?
c. Why did Superman have no feet in the opening sequence?
d. What was that planet in the background that looked like a
e. Why didn't Superman ever just tell Lois and Jimmy, "Look,
helping. You're only making my job harder. Would you both please
let me deal
with crooks? Believe me, I can handle it."
5. SUPERHOMBRE --
This note from TAC reader Alan Kaminski: About 18 years ago one
of the local
television stations in Atlanta was running the Adventures
of Superman in
late afternoon. I watched it when I got home from school. One
day I sat down
to watch and noticed immediately that the show was in Spanish!
This went on
for more than 15 minutes. I couldn't understand why the station
did not pull
the plug on it. A few days later there was a story in the newspaper
it. The station had received a Spanish version of the show mixed
in with the
others. However the man running the board at the time of the
from Cuba and he got so into the show he didn't realize it was
English! It was not until another person at the station came
saying that they were getting phone calls that he realized what
6. SUPERMAN SCRIPTS --
I've been reading over many of the scripts from the Adventures
and am intrigued by the several differences between the script
and the film.
The script for "Superman In Exile" does not include
Clark's final comment,
"It's no wonder you wonder, you're a pretty wonderful girl."
Jackson Gillis has Lois absolutely convinced that Clark is Superman.
fact, when Clark starts to explain how the plane was forced down
and that it
may have traces of radioactivity, Lois replies, "Never mind,
understand." Lois is under the assumption that Superman
radioactive, and only after turning the geiger counter in Clark's
and hearing no clicks, does she change her mind and laugh at
her silly idea.
Continuity between episodes of the Adventures of Superman
was not common.
For instance, in "Great Caesar's Ghost," Perry White
agrees with the
delivery man that he takes two lumps of sugar in his coffee,
yet in "Money
to Burn," he barks at Lois, "You know I never drink
coffee!" However, when I
read the script to "The Ghost Wolf," I noted that Garvin
tells the operator
he wants to place a person-to-person call to Perry White at Metropolis
In the finished episode, that is changed to Metropolis 6-0500,
the number used
consistently through the series.
The script to "The Evil Three" indicates the call
number to Perry White's
car phone is MX 4762, yet in the finished film, it becomes MX
39162. This is
a portion of the script:
VOICE: Mobile radio-telephone exchange. Come in, please.
WHITE: This is Perry White. Call number MX4762. Get me Clark
Kent or Lois
Lane at the Metropolis Daily Planet. Metropolis 6-0500.
VOICE: One moment, please.
KENT: Kent speaking. Why hello, Chief! I was just leaving the
office when --
WHITE: Kent, listen to me! Jim and I are at the Bayou Hotel in
Lordsville. There's something screwy going on here.
KENT: What is it, Chief? Do you need any help?
WHITE: No, no! Now listen! Check the morgue files and see what
you can dig
up on a man named George Taylor. They say he drowned a couple
of years ago
but I seem to recall he disappeared. See what you can find out
KENT: George Taylor, you say?
WHITE: Now there's no phone here at the hotel. I'm calling from
my car. It's
eight o'clock now. Call me back in an hour. I'll be in the car
KENT: What's your call number?
WHITE: MX 4762.
More incredibly, the script doesn't have the opening scene
of Jimmy and
Perry discussing the mosquitos.
WHITE: Mosquitos, mosquitos! Is that all you can think about?
JIMMY: I'd stop thinking about them if they stopped biting! It'll
be a sad
day when I go fishing again.
Instead, the script opens with Macy Taylor napping in his
chair, but spying,
in a small round mirror, the Colonel sneaking up on him from
are also lengthy scenes in the script which are not included
in the finished
7. WHITNEY ELLSWORTH ON DABBS GREER --
The following is from a letter from Whitney Ellsworth dated February
Dabbs Greer -- good actor, nice man. Next time you write to
him, ask if he
remembers the touching scene where he says good-bye to his wife
son before being taken off to die in the electric chair for a
crime he never
committed. His "son" was playing what is called a "silent
bit." Dabbs tells
him to be a good boy and to take care of his mother. Unable to
lad nods sadly. The reason he is unable to speak is that if he
does, he is
entitled to slightly higher pay -- and automatically becomes
residuals. Well, Dabbs' boy had it explained to him that he was
to keep mum,
and he said he understood. The scene went well -- very moving
-- and I guess
Junior got caught up in the spirit of the thing: when Dabbs said
goodbye, the boy looked up at him and said his own clear "goodbye."
director said "Cut!" and everybody laughed. The boy's
real mama looked
embarrassed. Question: Did she or did she not tell him to slip
single word? Nobody would have accused her of such a thing, of
any event, "time is money" on a movie set, and it would
have cost more to
re-shoot the scene than to pay the boy the few dollars involved.
youngster had his one-word "speaking part" instead
of a "silent bit."
This, from the script:
WINTERS: ...and remember what I told you about Billy's education.
CLARE: (being brave, smiling) I'll remember.
WINTERS: As soon as you can I want you to move out of this state
- get away
CLARE: Yes, Joe.
WINTERS: I'll write a list of things I'd like you to do - I don't
talk about them now. (he looks off) I guess it's time for you
to go, honey -
there's the Warden.
At these words Clare almost breaks down completely. She clings
to his hands
as she sobs bitterly.
CLARE: Joe! Joe! What will I do?
WINTERS: Take care of Billy for me - see that he gets his chance.
CLARE: I will.
Winters reaches out and puts his hand on Billy's head and
speaks to him.
WINTERS: Goodbye, Bill -- be a good boy.
Billy looks wide eyed at his father but doesn't speak. Clare
her face in her handkerchief and sobbing audibly she starts for
Billy is clinging to her.
(Now, compare that to what you see in the filmed episode.)
8. CLOSING -- Published in Lancaster, USA.
The Adventures Continue . . .
. . .with George Reeves