The Adventures of Superman: Crime Wave (1953)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Superhero Show [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This slam-bang episode opens with a montage of highlights from previous Superman entries, illustrating a crime wave that has swept over Metropolis. Declaring war against every racketeer in town, Superman (George Reeves) rounds up such hoodlums as Nick Marone (Phil Van Zandt and Big Ed Bullock (Al Eben) with comparative ease--but who is the mysterious and elusive "Mr. Big" behind the explosion of crime? Hint: Take a look at the membership roster of the Metropolis Citizen's Action Council. The episode climaxes with the classic f.x. scene in which Superman is mercilessly bombarded by atomic "death rays."