The Adventures of Superman: Superman on Earth (1952)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Superhero Show [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The sole survivor of the doomed planet Krypton is the baby son of scientist Jor-El (Robert Rockwell) and Lara (Aline Towne), who providently place the child in a rocketship and blast him to earth just before their planet explodes. Rescued by a farm couple named Kent, the infant, renamed Clark, grows up with the knowledge that he is "different" from other children--mainly, he has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, including the power of X-Ray vision and the ability to fly. Making his way to the big city of Metropolis, the adult Clark Kent (George Reeves) applies for a reporter job at the "Daily Planet", but irascible editor Perry White (John Hamilton) wants nothing to do with the bespectacled greenhorn--at least, not until Clark offers to "arrange" the rescue of a man dangling from a dirigible guide wire 1000 feet above ground. Of course, Clark neglects to tell anyone that he is able to pull off the rescue himself--as his alter ego, Superman! This "origin" episode of The Adventures of Superman was the first to be telecast, but was actually the 24th episode to be filmed for the series' inaugural season.