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Adventures of Superman - The Big Squeeze

episode 2.2

USA 1953
produced by
Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by Thomas Carr
starring George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, John Hamilton, Hugh Beaumont, John Kellogg, Robert Shayne, Aline Towne, Brad Morrow, Ted Ryan, Harry Cheshire, Reed Howes
screenplay by David T.Chandler, based on the comicbook created by Jerry Schuster, Joe Siegel, published by DC Comics

TV-series
Superman, Adventures of Superman, Superman (George Reeves)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Daily Planet wants to make Dan Grayson (Hugh Beaumont) their Citizen of the Year - but what nobody knows it that Grayson is an ex convict. He's gone clean alright, but that doesn't keep a certain Luke Maynard (John Kellogg), an acquaintance from back in the day, from blackmailing him. Maynard wants to force Grayson into helping him rob the fur factory he works at, but when Grayson outright refuses, MAynard robs the company anyhow, leaving clues that point to Grayson as the tailor-made suspect. Fortunately though, Grayson has confided into the Daily Planet's star reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves) earlier on, who pormises his assistant of course. Eventually though, Grayson grows restless and he follows Maynard to his hide-out, gun in hand, and wants to force him to confess - but only becomes his captive instead. Fortunately though, Clark Kent is secretly also Superman, and he manages to track down and free grayson and bring the real baddie to justice. And in the end, Grayson becomes Citizen of the Year after all.

 


Rather campy episode of the series, and not campy in a good way: The lines between good and bad are a tad too clearly drawn, with a special emphasis been put on Grayson's family life, and there's little investigating for Clark Kent/Superman to do, he just arrives as the notorious do-gooder and saves the day. This all wouldn't be so bad if there was any tension and suspense carrying the episode - but unfortunately, there is none.

 

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