Superman and the Mole Men was a 1951 black and white film starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane. It was shot in 12 days on a studio back lot and served as a trial run for the syndicated TV series Adventures of Superman.
The series generally employed visual effects advanced for television of the period, and, while the show won no major awards, it was popular with its audience and remains popular today. Its opening theme, known as The Superman March, has become a classic of its kind and is instantly recognizable by most classic television buffs and Superman fans.
The first television season went into production in August/September of 1951. The series discontinued production, however, and remained unaired until September 1952 when cereal manufacturer Kellogg's agreed to sponsor the show, as the company had previously done with the Superman radio series.
After the first season's filming was completed, Phyllis Coates made other commitments and did not return as Lois Lane. Noel Neill (who had played the character in the theatrical serials) stepped into the role, and remained until the series' cancellation.
Here's a clip from the December 1953 episode Panic in the Sky (episode 38, or season 2 episode 12, if you prefer):
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I chose this clip because it has more interesting special effects than most episodes, but also because the story has been reused so many time:
- In WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #68 (February 1954) "Menace from the Stars."
- In the live-actions Adventures of Superboy (December 1990) "Superboy...Lost."
- And in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (January 1994) "All Shook Up."
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Panic in the Sky @ Wikipedia
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