Adventures of Superman - The Man in the Lead Mask
Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell for Motion Pictures for Television
directed by George Blair
starring George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, John Hamilton, Robert Shayne, Frank J.Scannell, John Crawford, Louis Jean Heydt, Paul Bryar, John Merton, Joey Ray, Lyn Thomas
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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Crook Canfield (Frank J.Scanell)meets with a bunch of other crooks and
claims he is actually public enemy Marty Mitchell but has undergone
plastic surgery and altered his fingertips so he can't be caught by the
police anymore. And during future heists, he will wear a lead mask so not
even Superman (George Reeves) can figure out who he is (you see, Superman
can't see through lead). Canfield offers to have the others' faces and
fingertips altered as well, but first they have to rob various banks and
stuff for him - for some reason while wearing lead masks ...
Eventually, Superman's alter ego Clark Kent (also George Reeves of
course) stumbles upon Canfield and is sure that it's actually Mitchell,
judging from his voice and mannerisms - but neither his face nor
fingerprints match when the police gives him a check-up, so he is let go -
yet the more banks Canfield's lead-masked accomplices rob, the more
certain Superman becomes that Mitchell is acutally behind it all, and
finally, he catches one of Canfield's accomplices, don't his mask and
infiltrates the gang - to not only capture them all but also reveal
Canfield's secret: He isn't Mitchell at all but somebody impersonating him
while the real Mitchell (Joey Ray) has been behind the scheme alright, as
he and Canfield tried to cheat their accomplices out of a lot of money for
which they promised them plastic surgery and finger surgery that was never
going to happen ...
A stupid premise develops into an unnecessary convoluted plot that in
the end makes little sense, and apart from a few baddies in ridiculous
lead masks, this episode has little to offer. Not worth your while.