Adventures of Superman - Star of Fate
Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by Thomas Carr
starring George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, John Hamilton, Lawrence Ryle, Paul E.Burns, Jean Dean, Ted Hecht, Tony De Mario, Arthur Space
screenplay by Roy Hamilton, based on the comicbook created by Jerry Schuster, Joe Siegel, published by DC Comics
Superman, Adventures of Superman, Superman (George Reeves)
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Whitlock (Paul E.Burns) and Barnak (Lawrence Ryle) are in a bidding war
over an ancient Egyptian box, about nobody knows anything except for the
fact that it is supposed to be cursed. Eventually, Barnak wins out over
Whitlock, but once he has taken the box back home, he refrains from
opening it, obviously believing in the curse. His secretary (Jean Dean)
does open it though and falls into a state of suspended animation.
Whitlock steals the box and plans to destroy it to avert its curse
forever, but his assistant is too curious to not open it - suspended
animation as well. The box somehow gets into the hands of reporters Clark
Kent (George Reeves) and Lois Lane (Noel Neill), and for whatever silly
reason, she opens the box as well, and falls into suspended animation
instantly. Then Clark Kent opens the box, and since he's also Superman,
he's immune to the box's curse, which is actually based on small poisonous
dart that's somehow linked to the box's mechanics. Kent doesn't only find
and break the dart but also find the antidote to its poison somewhere in
the box - but to get it in time, he (as Superman) has to bfly to Egypt,
lift a pyramid (really) and retrieve the plant that's goring under it. In
the end, everyone is saved thanks to Superman, and since this episode for
some reason seems to need a baddie, Barnak is revealed as the villain of
the piece ...
Mediocre episode: Its basic plotline is so childish it's almost
charming, but somehow, the unnecessary inclusion of a gangster subplot
detracts from turning this one into enjoyable high campt, and the
highlight of the whole story - Superman lifting a pyramide - is done in a
very low key fashion, no doubt for budgetary reason of course. Still quite
ok compared to many other episodes of the series.