TAC, Jr. #11
From the publisher of The Adventures Continue
TAC, Jr. #11 - Monday, September 1, 1997
1) FILMFAX LOOKS AT HK
2) SPELL CHECK
3) CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
4) 43 YEARS AGO TODAY
5) PHOTO OP
6) NOEL'S BIRTHDAY
7) FAVORITE SCENES PAGE
8) READ AND REID... ARE THEY THE SAME?
1) FILMFAX LOOKS AT HK -
Last week I picked up a copy of Filmfax #62 (August/September,
1997). In its
Cinema SourceBook column, Ralph Schiller reviews Hollywood
so many others, Mr. Schiller was not impressed by the authors'
According to Mr. Schiller, "... this so-called 'non-fictional'
the mysterious death of George Reeves comes as a great disappointment."
After reading Jan Alan Henderson's Speeding Bullet, Mr.
that "Hollywood Kryptonite relies heavily on Henderson's
"distorts much of Henderson's carefully presented research
to conform to a
pre- conceived thesis." "With no real evidence then,
presents a largely fictional account of Reeves' final hours that
suitable for a 'What If?' comic book than a volume purporting
to solve a
decades-old mystery." He concludes by writing that immediately
death "the law didn't look very closely at the events of
that evening, ....
One could say the same things about Hollywood Kryptonite."
2) SPELL CHECK -
It was recently brought to my attention by Bill Rupprecht of
California that a spelling error exists at the end of the 1954
episodes (the first color season). If you look, you will see
that the sound
on these episodes was recorded by Ryder Sound Sevices.
Of course, who am I
to throw stones? Even with today's spell check feature I still
3) CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE -
In TAC, Jr. #10, Michael Hayde posed several questions concerning
credits to many of the first-season shows. In part he wrote:
As for "Human Bomb," Dennis Moore was supposed to
play Conway (Krugman's
part in "Bomb") and is in the credits, but in fact,
it was Lou Krugman who
appeared as Conway (and as the lumberjack in "Ghost Wolf").
Only a short time after I sent out that issue, Tom Chenevert
Massachusetts replied with this:
Dennis Moore should be in the credits of "Human Bomb."
After all, he was the
uniformed officer who came in with Marshall Reed. Moore is familiar
because he appeared in a lot of westerns.
I forwarded Tom's message to Michael, and a few days later
I received this
Oops! I messed up there. I plead ignorance, as I'm not much
of a western
fan. I also plead stupidity, since it is Gary Grossman's book
edition) which credits Dennis Moore in the role of Conway. The
credits Ted Ryan as Officer Riley, the role which Moore actually
RILEY: Please Inspector, let me take a couple of boys out
on the ledge and
grab that guy.
HILL: Not now, Riley. Maybe later.
Had I looked a little more closely at the call sheet, I would
that Moore is listed for Riley, and that Ted Ryan and Lou Lubin
henchmen committing the museum robbery.
MAN #1: You get it?
MAN #2: Sure, now move over.
(Sound of spinning tires)
MAN #!: Come on let's go. Get goin'.
MAN #2: Something's wrong.
MAN #1 Well put her in gear.
MAN #2: I've got her in gear.
MAN #1: But we ain't movin'.
MAN #2: The wheels are spinning, Can't you hear them?
(They look out back window)
Man #2: Superman!
(They run, but Superman punches MAN #2 and then picks up the
little guy and
carries him back to the car.)
SUPERMAN: All right boys, there's a police station right around
The sergeant'll be very happy to give you both free room and
Later, back in Kent's office Deputy Inspector Hill and Riley,
HILL: Hey, do you know who this crazy loon is? He's Bet-A-Million
He'll bet on anything.
(Lois confronts Butler)
LOIS: Now it's my turn to blow up!
(Slaps Butler across the face)
HILL: Well, we can take him down to headquarters now, Riley.
And we don't
have to pamper him on the way!
The call sheet does not list the role of Conway at all. Based
examples, this means that his scene was not in the original script.
pretty strange, considering the bet between Conway and Butler
sets up the
entire scenario. On the other hand, the situation is pretty well
during the course of the episode, and it certainly would have
keeping with the "mystery" theme if the show had started
with Butler walking
in, handcuffing Lois, and escorting her to the ledge. Does anyone
copy of the script for "The Human Bomb?"
4) 43 YEARS AGO TODAY -
On September 1, 1954 George Reeves, Sonia Henie, and Joan Crawford
the Hollywood premiere of The Egyptian starring Jean Simmons,
and Gene Tierney. Be sure to check the www.jimnolt.com/cal.htm
important dates in September.
5) PHOTO OP
In a previous issue of TAC, Jr., I wrote about the possibility
personally autographed photos of Noel, Phyllis, and Jack available
readers of The Adventures Continue. I had discussed the idea
with Jack, and
at the time he said he'd do whatever he could to help the magazine.
after again talking with both Jack and Noel, I have changed my
mentioned to me that they have never charged any fan for a photograph
has Jack ever taken payment for making a personal appearance.
(In fact, when
Jack attended the Superman Festival in Metropolis in 1996, he
donated to the
fund-raising efforts that week.) And so, as we spoke, I was reminded
of the reasons for the existence of The Adventures Continue,
the web site,
and this newsletter - to thank all those involved, especially
for the years of enjoyment they have already given to us. We
should not be
asking them for more. Instead, it is we who should be looking
for ways to
give back to them.
In 1989 the readers of The Adventures Continue supported a
memorial tribute to George Reeves commemorating the 30th anniversary
death. I think it would now be fitting to do something which
the entire cast. Reader Marc Levenson and I have been in discussion
Marc feels that perhaps we can get People Magazine or Entertainment
to do a story on our efforts to honor the series. We'll be looking
and other ideas in the coming months. If you have any suggestions,
let me know.
In the meantime you may still receive personally autographed
Jack, Noel, and Phyllis by sending your requests to The Adventures
Put each photo in a stamped envelope with JACK LARSON, NOEL NEILL,
PHYLLIS COATES on the front. Be sure to include a self-addressed
with correct return postage. Do not seal any of the envelopes.
entire contents to The Adventures Continue, and I'll forward
at no additional charge. It may take some time, but you should
receive a reply. [Note: Autographed
photos are no longer available
through The Adventures Continue. jln 12/26/2000]
6) NOEL'S BIRTHDAY -
Noel Neill will turn 77 on November 24. This could be an extra
for her if all readers of The Adventures Continue and
TAC, Jr. would send a
card or two. In fact, it would be great if you got your wife,
children, grandchildren, girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, father,
boss, and second cousin twice removed to send one. Wouldn't it
to see Noel's face when, like Jimmy Olsen in "The Wedding
of Superman," her
mail carrier delivers bags of cards to her address. If you are
this project, please put your birthday card in a stamped envelope
Noel's name on the front. Put that in another envelop and mail
it to The
Adventures Continue so I can forward it to her. Please try
to have all cards
to me by November 1.
7) FAVORITE SCENES PAGE -
Last week I added a new page to my web site. The Favorite Scenes
include photos and dialogue from episodes of the Adventures of
will change approximately every month. First up are my favorite
"A Ghost For Scotland Yard." (Here I am, Sir Arthur.
Here I am.)
8) READ AND REID... ARE THEY THE SAME? -
I was recently rereading the article by Pat Ellsworth Wilson
Adventures Continue ("It Was Fun Growing Up With Superman"
TAC #7, Spring
1992). On page 45 Pat wrote:
My father often named the characters in the "Superman"
Sunday page stories
after my classmates at Riverside School. This sent my friends
into fits of
ecstasy - but on occasion it gave our local physician quite a
Frank Read was far away in the Laurentian Mountains on a fishing
hoping for a complete escape from the hometown scene. His hope
one day when he glanced down at the comics pages wrapped around
What should leap out at him but the names Betty Braley and Tom
of my best friends and two of his most boisterous little patients.
I had read this narrative many times, but only this time the
name "Dr. Read"
strike a chord:
SUPERINTENDENT: That man in the costume...
SUPERINTENDENT: He had no right to bring that... monstrosity
in here... And
you, Dr. Reid, had no right to admit it without my authorization.
DR. REID: I'm sorry, sir, but...
KENT: You can't blame Dr. Reid. It was an emergency.
SUPERINTENDENT: Young man, I'm running this hospital. Get that
thing out of
KENT: It's been shot. It might even be dying. You wouldn't treat
a dog like
SUPERINTENDENT: This is not a dog hospital. Well I'm leaving
now, but I'll
be back in the morning. Don't let me find that thing here or
KENT: The milk of human kindness.
NURSE: But really, it isn't human!
DR. REID: But how do we know?
KENT: That's just right... how do we know? Doctor, would you
bullet from its chest?
DR. REID: How can I, Mr. Kent, if it's radioactive? I don't dare
it. (Sudden thought) Wait a minute! The lead screen we use in
NURSE: Oh no, you don't get me in that operating room?
DR. REID: I'll need an assistant.
KENT: I'll assist. Come on.
Later, outside the hospital...
LOIS: I never thought I'd live to see anything like this.
(Mob advances up the street)
BENSON: Get her out of the way Corrigan, before she gets hurt.
LOIS: Mr. Corrigan doesn't have to get me out of the way. I'll
get out of
the way myself if I feel like it... but I just don't feel like
(Benson grabs Lois' wrist)
LOIS: Take your filthy...
(Corrigan comes to Lois' aid and is struck by Benson)
LOIS: Why you dirty coward.
BENSON: (To his men) Get her out of the way.
(Superman emerges from the hospital)
SUPERMAN: Don't even try to get in there, Benson. Dr. Reid's
tonight... he's left orders that no one's to be admitted.
BENSON: There's your answer, mister.
SUPERMAN: It may be an answer to you... it means nothing to me.
WEBER: Yeah?... we're running this town... we oughta string you
(Crowd noises... Superman holds hospital door open so Corrigan
can be taken
in. Lois stands by Superman's side.)
SUPERMAN: Are you all right, Miss Lane?
BENSON: You gonna step aside, or do we have to make trouble?
WEBER: Put some lead in him, Luke.
SUPERMAN: Mr. Benson tried that once already. It didn't work.
Now I'm going
to give you one last chance to stop acting like Nazi storm troopers.
BENSON: Who are you to tell us what to do?
SUPERMAN: All I'm telling you is that that little creature in
there has as
much right to live as you do. Don't forget, you invaded his world!
a pipe six miles into the ground. When he climbed up you set
dogs on him...
(Shot is fired into the hospital door)
SUPERMAN: (To Lois) Get inside and stay away from the front of
(Turning to crowd) Whoever fired that shot came close to killing
Obviously none of you can be trusted with guns, so I'm going
to take them
away from you.
I wondered if this Dr. Reid could be named after the Ellsworth's
doctor, so I wrote to Pat. Last week she confirmed my suspicions:
Reid was named to honor our own family doctor, Dr. Frank Read.
would sometimes change the spellings, sometimes not.
So, there you have yet another inside story.
The Adventures Continue . . .
. . .with George Reeves