TAC, Jr. #4
From the publisher of The Adventures Continue
April 25, 1997
1) TAC #13/14 UPDATE:
All orders for the two upcoming issues should now be in, and
I took all the
pages and photographs to the printer earlier this week. As soon
finishes his job, both issues will be on their way. Putting out
single issue is not an easy task, so when I'm able to publish
two issues at
one time, I feel doubly proud. Most readers have no idea how
much work goes
into putting an issue of The Adventures Continue together,
but I'm very
happy to do it. Both upcoming issues will be collectors' items,
2) NATIVIDAD VACIO
One of George's best friends was Natividad Vacio. Nati passed
but TAC #13 will feature an interview with his widow, Queta,
who sheds much
light on the kind of man George Reeves was. You may add to that
these comments from Nati himself which he included in a letter
to me a
couple years ago:
Jim, a big wonderful thank you for The Adventures Continue.
excellent memories of George. All the greats in the industry,
and all of the
peoples that worked and became dear friends, everyone spoke of
George as a
loving, humanitarian... as "Man's humanity to man."
Rancho Notorious was a hilarious movie, and we (Fritz Lang,
Mannix, Queta, and myself) spent a whole day of celebration at
a cookout in
his back yard in Benedict Canyon when the film was completed.
Fritz Lang was
truly a great humorist. He loved George as a son.
Thank you again for keeping this remembrance of George.
3) In previous issues of TAC,Jr., I mentioned some
of the differences
between a couple of the written scripts and the finished episodes.
I'd like to take a look at "The Big Forget" which features
the talents of
Phil Tead as Professor Pepperwinkle, Herb Vigran as Muggsy Maples,
Nelson as Knuckles Nelson. The first scene in this episode always
INT. WHITE'S OFFICE - DAY
JIMMY: I did not faint. After all, I'd been awake for almost
48 hours... I
was tired. I fell asleep.
CLARK: That's right Jimmy, and when you woke up you wrote a fine
JIMMY: How about that. Superman rescues us, captures the crooks,
Lane and I get another scoop. As easy as that.
LOIS: Hmmm, I'm glad you think was that easy.
WHITE: Incidentally Kent, where were you when all this was going
KENT: Ah, Chief, now you know that. Yesterday was my day off.
LOIS: Well, I'm sure glad it wasn't Superman's day off.
WHITE: It'll be a sorry day for you and Olsen if Superman ever
takes a day
off. You two couldn't do a thing for yourselves without his help.
maybe get yourselves killed.
What we never saw was a scene which appears in the script
but was omitted
from the final print. The script opens in a shack with Jimmy
and Lois tied
to kitchen chairs gazing at a stick of dynamite. Just before
explodes, Superman comes crashing through the wall, picks up
and throws it outside.
SUPERMAN: Are you all right, Miss Lane?
LOIS: Just barely, I guess - thanks to you.
Superman looks at Jimmy o.s. Lois' gaze follows his.
SUPERMAN: And you, Jimmy?
Then both Superman and Lois smile broadly as they see Jimmy with
slumped, he has fainted.
(This note follows the scene in the script. PRODUCTION NOTE:
Scenes 1 to 4
inclusive will not be shot unless the footage is needed, and
therefore be scheduled for the tag-end of the work-week in which
picture will be the first to be shot.)
Now, back to Perry White's office. I think perhaps Jack missed
a line or
perhaps Noel stepped on it, but the script includes two lines
the film. After White's line... "except maybe get yourselves
JIMMY: I don't know about that. I covered the Boy Scout Jamboree
without any help from Superman.
WHITE: Yes, I remember that. You burned the seat of your pants
fire-making contest. You two nit-wits couldn't get a story in
years without Superman's help.
Only then should Lois come in with her... "Suppose we
did? A real front page
There is also another bit which is completely left out. When
you watch the
episode, it appears that Kent is quite satisfied with the conditions
and Jimmy put on White when he indicates he wants to see this
story from its
JIMMY: Miss Lane's right, Chief...I mean Mr. White. This time
you have to
promise to let us run the show.
KENT: I'm afraid they've got you chief. You've made yourself
a deal and
you're stuck with it.
In the script, however, Kent adds this line:
KENT: Fun's fun, but I'm not sure I like the whole idea. Those
two might get
themselves into some serious trouble.
WHITE: Stop worrying. I'll be with them the whole time.
KENT: (drily) I know.
Before we leave this subject, there is one other interesting
line in the
script which was omitted from the film. In the film, after Professor
Pepperwinkle leaves White's office...
WHITE: I forbid it. You're not going to fool around with any
inventions or Muggsy Maples.
LOIS: Ah-ah-ah, Chief, remember the agreement... no interference.
Now in the script, this additional dialogue appears:
WHITE: Look. I've raised you both in the newspaper business
since your were
pups. You, Lois - and even you, Olsen. You're more like my children
employees. I don't want anything to happen to you.
JIMMY: Thanks... Dad. (White gives him a dirty look.)
LOIS: But we're going ahead.
WHITE: Please. Call it off. I'll give you a raise.
LOIS: An agreement's an agreement. We don't want the raise unless
it. Come on, Jim, we've got to figure something out.
White is deflated as they start for the door. But just as
they are about to
exit, he yells after them:
WHITE: And don't call me "Dad"!
4) MUGGSY'S REAL NAME
In "The Big Forget," Muggsy identifies himself as Dr.
Horatio Maples when he
calls Prof. Pepperwinkle. On the door to his office, however,
his name is
listed as J.G. Maples. Of course the part was played by a man
name we all know - Herb Vigran. Vigran died several years ago,
but in a
letter to me shortly before his death, he too remarked about
it was working with George Reeves and the others on the Adventures
5) UPDATE TO WEBSITE
Be sure to check the George Reeves website <www.jimnolt.com>
if you haven't
done so in the last week or so. I've added the May dates to the
page; I'll be adding to and changing the site in the coming weeks.
adding another book to the Recommended Reading page
<www.jimnolt.com/reading.htm> -- Mike Bifulco's Superman
Although it's out of print, Mike has plans to republish it. More
6) LONG WEEK
It's now 6:30 on Friday at the end of a long week, so I'll have
to close for
this time. Gail, Sam (my pup), and I hope you have a good weekend.
THE END - PRINTED IN LANCASTER, PA
The Adventures Continue . . .
. . .with George Reeves