The Adventures of Superman: Five Minutes to Doom (1953)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Superhero Show [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Season Two of the Adventures of Superman opened with a bang, and a new level of sophistication in the writing and directing, with "Five Minutes To Doom". Clark Kent (George Reeves) and Lois Lane (Noel Neill) are at the death house in state prison to try and get an interview out of Joe Winters (Dabbs Greer), who is about to be executed for murder; but even for the Daily Planet's offer of $5000 for his honest account of the killing -- which Winters would dearly love to give to his wife and young son -- he can't bring himself to admit to a murder he didn't commit. Kent, using his super-powers, determines that Winters is telling the truth about being innocent; and a murder attempt against the two reporters while on their drive back to Metropolis convinces Lois and their editor, Perry White (John Hamilton), that Kent is onto something. The reporters find some shady aspects to the case surrounding Winters, and a connection to a ruthless, powerful businessman named Wayne, who seems to be hiding something. But can even Superman work fast enough to save a man scheduled to be executed in less than a day?