List of Adventures of Superman episodes

This is a List of "Adventures of Superman" episodes. Much of the Superman "formula", in all forms of its media presentations, involves Superman rescuing someone, either one of his colleagues or another person or persons. In those cases, success is largely a matter of Superman simply "getting there on time" to save the day. Some of the strongest episodes in the series tend to be the ones where "Superman himself" is in peril, either due to exposure to the time-honored bugaboo of kryptonite, external forces, or from some other daunting challenge.

Countless episodes, of course, raise the threat of exposing Superman's secret identity. The only humans to know for sure, other than Clark's adoptive mother, are a few villains in some episodes, whose discovery leads them to their deaths before they can tell anyone else. Two animals, a dog named Corky and a burro named Carmelita, also know Kent and Superman are one and the same, but couldn't tell anyone, even if they wanted to tell. The only other entity to know, apparently, is a computer.

The numbering scheme in the following list is derived from the purely consecutive numbering used in "Superman: Serial to Cereal".

Season 1: 1952-1953

1 "Superman on Earth". (September 19, 1952). Baby Superman arrives on Earth, grows up and uses his powers to benefit humankind. Guest Stars: Dabbs Greer as Rescued Man (uncredited), Ross Elliott (listed in credits but not identifiable in the show), Stuart Holmes as Krypton Council Member (uncredited), Robert Rockwell as Jor-El (uncredited), Herbert Rawlinson as Rozan, Joel Nester as Teenage Clark (uncredited), Frances Morris as Sarah Kent, Dani Nolan as Receptionist, Aline Towne as Lara, Stuart Randall as Kogan, Tom Fadden as Eben Kent (uncredited), Sam Flint as Physician (uncredited) Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Richard Fielding (Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell).

2 "The Haunted Lighthouse". (September 26, 1952). Jimmy vacations on an island where some mysterious goings-on are going on. Guest Stars: Maude Prickett (listed in credits but not identifiable in the show), Effie Laird as Aunt Louisa (uncredited), William Challee as Mack (uncredited), Steve Carr as Coast Guard Commander (uncredited), Allene Roberts as Alice, Sara Padden as Mrs. Carmody, Jimmy Ogg as Chris Carmody. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Eugene Solow.

3 "The Case of the Talkative Dummy". (October 3, 1952). A ventroliquist's dummy is used to pass information to hijackers. Guest Stars: Pierre Watkin as Harry Green, Steve Carr as Armored Car Guard (uncredited), Tris Coffin as Davis, Syd Saylor as Marco the Ventriloquist, Robert Kent as Safe Mover, Phil Pine as Usher Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Dennis Cooper, Lee Backman.

4 "The Mystery of the Broken Statues". (October 10, 1952). Plaster statues, containing curios, figure in a crook's plans. Guest Stars: Buddy Mason as Police Officer (uncredited), Joel Ray as Newsman (uncredited), Wayde Crosby as Pete (uncredited), Maurice Cass as Shop Owner, Steve Carr as Shopkeeper (uncredited), Phillip Pine as Dorn, Michael Vallon as Mr. Bonelli, Tris Coffin as Paul Martin. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: William C. Joyce.

5 "The Monkey Mystery". (October 17, 1952). A locket, worn around an organ-grinder's monkey's neck, holds a secret formula.Guest Stars: Bill Challee as Max, Ned Roberts as Frisch (uncredited), Fred Essler as Jan Moleska (uncredited), Harry Lewis as Harold Crane, Steve Carr as Doctor (uncredited), Michael Vallon as Tony Urmenti, Allene Roberts as Maria Moleska. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Ben Peter Freeman, Doris Gilbert.

6 "Night of Terror". (October 24, 1952). Lois and Jimmy are trapped at a motel after discovering a murder victim. Guest Stars: Paul Bryar as Manager, Frank Richards as Solly, Joel Friedkin as Oscar (uncredited), Steve Carr as Mr. Quinn (uncredited), Almira Sessions as Miss Bacharach, John Kellogg as Mitch, Richard Benedict as Baby Face Stevens, Ann Doran as Mrs. King. Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Ben Peter Freeman.

7 "The Birthday Letter". (October 31, 1952). Superman is framed for kidnapping a crippled child. Guest Stars: Isa Ashdown as Kathy Williams, Louis Mercier as LaRue, Nan Boardman as Marie, Paul Marion as Cusak, Jack Daly as Perkins, John Doucette as Slugger, Virginia Carroll as Mrs. Williams, Maurice Marsac as Marcel Duval. Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Dennis Cooper.

8 "The Mind Machine". (November 7, 1952). Lois is called upon to testify against a gangster who has a mind-control machine.Guest Stars: Griff Barnett as Dr. Stanton, Harry Hayden as Wagner, Harold Kruger as Al (uncredited), Steve Carr as Dr. Hadley (uncredited), Lester Dorr as Bus Driver, James Seay as Senator Taylor, Ben Welden as Curley, Dan Seymour as Cranek. Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Dennis Cooper, Lee Backman.

9 "Rescue". (November 14, 1952). Lois becomes trapped in an unstable mine. Guest Stars: Housely Stevenson, Sr. as Pop, Ed Cobb as Lafe Reiser, Milt Kibbee as Harry, Fred Sherman as D.K. Sims, Ray Bennett as Stan. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Monroe Manning.

10 "The Secret of Superman". (November 21, 1952). An unscrupulous doctor uses a truth serum to try to discover Superman's secret identity. Guest Stars: Helen Wallace as Mrs. Olsen, Jimmy's Mother, Walter McGrail as Newsman (uncredited), Joel Friedkin as Herman, Steve Carr as Cook (uncredited), Larry J. Blake as Henchman, Peter Brocco as Dr. Ort. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Wells Root.

11 "No Holds Barred". (November 28, 1952). Superman confronts a crooked wrestling promoter.Guest Stars: Dick Reeves as Bad Luck Brannigan, Tito Renaldo as Ramm, Malcolm Mealey as Wayne, Henry Kulky as Crusher (uncredited), Dick Elliott as Sam Bleaker, Karl Davis as Adonis (uncredited), Herb Vigran as Murray, Bill Kennedy as TV announcer (uncredited). Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Peter Dixon.

12 "The Deserted Village". (December 5, 1952). Lois Lane discovers her hometown virtually deserted, its citizens fleeing a deadly phantom. Guest Stars: Ann Tyrell as Miss Walton, Ed Cobb as Peter Godfrey, Malcolm Mealey as Alvin Godfrey, Fred Sherman as Dr. Jessup, Maudie Prickett as Matilda Taisey. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Ben Peter Freeman, Dick Hamilton.

13 - "The Stolen Costume" (December 12, 1952). A mobster discovers Superman's costume. Guest Stars: Dan Seymour as Ace, Frank Jenks as Candy, Veda Ann Borg as Connie, Bob Williams as Policeman, Norman Budd as Johnny Sims. Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Ben Peter Freeman.

14 - "Mystery in Wax" (January 2, 1953). Perry White becomes a prisoner in a wax museum. Guest Stars: Steve Carr as Dr. John Hurley (uncredited), Lester Sharpe as Andrew, Mira McKinney as Madame Selena. Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Ben Peter Freeman.

15 - "Treasure of the Incas" (December 19, 1952). Lois and Jimmy search for treasure. Guest Stars: Hal Gerard as Professor Laverra, Juan Duval as Dr. Cuesta, Steve Carr as Anselmo (uncredited), Julian Rivero as Taxi Driver, Leonard Penn as Mendoza, Martin Garralaga as Chief of Police. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Howard J. Green.

16 - "Double Trouble" (December 26, 1952). A crazy doctor kidnaps Jimmy. Guest Stars: John Baer as Kreuger (uncredited), Howland Chamberlin as Dr. Fischer/Schumann, Richard Powers as Major Lee, Rudolph Anders as Dr. Albrecht, Steve Carr as Otto Von Klaben/Madame Charpentier (uncredited), Ross Ford as Heavy, Selmer Jackson as Colonel Redding, Jimmie Dodd as Jake (uncredited). Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Eugene Solow.

17 -" The Runaway Robot" (January 9, 1953). Criminals force an eccentric scientist to use his robot to commit crimes. Guest Stars: Dan Seymour as Rocko, Herman Cantor as Jail Guard (uncredited), Bob Easton as Marvin, Lucien Littlefield as Horatio Hinkle, Russell Johnson as Chopper, John Harmon as Mousie. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Dick Hamilton.

18 - "Drums of Death" (January 16, 1953). A Haitian voodoo cult holds Perry's sister hostage. Guest Stars: Milton Wood as Mr. Barbarier, Smoki Whitfield as Voodoo Drummer (uncredited), George Hamilton as Dr. Jerrod, Leonard Mudie as Leland Masters, Henry Corden as William Johnson, Mabel Albertson as Kate White. Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Dick Hamilton.

19 - "The Evil Three" (January 23, 1953). Two murderous men and a crazy old woman in an old hotel threaten Jimmy and Perry. Guest Stars: Rhys Williams as Macey Taylor, Cecil Elliott as Elsa, Jonathan Hale as Col. Brand. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Ben Peter Freeman.

20 - "Riddle of the Chinese Jade" (January 30, 1953). A stolen jade statue is a part of a crime that Lois becomes caught up in. Guest Stars: James Craven as John Greer, Paul Burns as Lu Sung, Gloria Saunders as Lilly, Victor Sen Yung as Harry Wong. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell.

21 - "The Human Bomb" (February 6, 1953). Lois is chained to a bomb-carrying madman. Guest Stars: Almira Sessions as Receptionist (uncredited), Trevor Bardette as Bet-a-Million Butler, Lou Lubin as Small Henchman, Steve Carr as Sam (uncredited), Ted Ryan as Large Henchman, Aline Towne as Receptionist (uncredited), Dennis Moore as Officer Riley, Marshall Reed as Inspector Hill, Lou Krugman as Conway (uncredited). Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Richard Fielding (Whitney Ellsworth, Robert Maxwell).

22 - "Czar of the Underworld" (February 13, 1953). Clark and Inspector Henderson investigate a film set threatened by mobsters. Guest Stars: Thomas Carr as Director (uncredited), Steve Carr as Director (uncredited), Joe Kirk as Gangster with Binoculars (uncredited), Roy Gordon as Postello, Tony Caruso as Luigi Dinelli, Paul Fix as Ollie, John Maxwell as Guard. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Eugene Solow.

23 - "Ghost Wolf" (February 20, 1953). Wolf-like footprints are a clue in the desertion of a lumber camp. Guest Stars: Stanley Andrews as Sam Garvin, Jane Adams as Babette DuLoque, Harold Goodwin as Worker, Lou Krugman as Jacque Olivier. Director: Lee Sholem. Screenplay: Dick Hamilton.

24 - "Crime Wave" (February 27, 1953). A powerful electrical trap is set for Superman as he tries to find the Number One Crime Boss. Guest Stars: John Eldredge as Walter Canby, Barbara Fuller as Sally, Bobby Barber as Tony, Al Eben as Ed Bullock, Phil Van Zandt as Nick, Joe Mell as Professor, Bill Kennedy as Radio announcer (uncredited). Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Ben Peter Freeman

25 - "The Unknown People", Pt.1. (November 23, 1951). A strange sort of little men turn up near an oil rig in a small western town. Guest Stars: Hal K. Dawson as Chuck Weber (uncredited), Harry Harvey as Doc Saunders (uncredited), Beverly Washburn as Little Girl (uncredited), John T. Bambury as Mole Man (uncredited), Tony Boris as Mole Man (uncredited), Margia Dean as Mother (uncredited), Irene Martin as Mrs. Pomfrey (uncredited), Walter Reed as Bill Corrigan, J. Farrell MacDonald as Pop Shannon, Steve Carr as Eddie (uncredited), Billy Curtis as Mole Man (uncredited), Jeff Corey as Luke Benson, Jerry Maren as Mole Man (uncredited), Byron Foulger as Jeff Regan (uncredited), Ray Walker as John Craig (uncredited), Stanley Andrews as Sheriff (uncredited), John Phillips as Matt (uncredited). Director: Lee Sholem. Writer: Richard Fielding (Robert Maxwell).

26 - "The Unknown People", Pt.2. (November 23, 1951). The frightened townfolk threaten the little men. Guest Stars: Billy Curtis as Mole Man (uncredited), Ray Walker as John Craig (uncredited), John Phillips as Matt (uncredited), Steve Carr as Eddie (uncredited), Tony Boris as Mole Man (uncredited), John T. Bambury as Mole Man (uncredited), Jerry Maren as Mole Man (uncredited), Jeff Corey as Luke Benson, Walter Reed as Bill Corrigan, J. Farrell MacDonald as Pop Sherman, Frank Reicher as Hospital Administrator (uncredited), Phil Warren as Deputy Jim (uncredited), Hal K. Dawson as Chuck Weber (uncredited), Adrienne Marden as Nurse (uncredited), John Baer as Doctor Reed (uncredited), Stanley Andrews as Sheriff (uncredited). Director: Lee Sholem. Writer: Richard Fielding (Robert Maxwell).

Season 2: 1953-1954

27 "Five Minutes to Doom". (September 18, 1953). Superman tries to save a falsely convicted man who is on death row. Guest Stars: Dabbs Greer as Joe Winters, Kim Charney as Billy Winters (uncredited), Sam Flint as The Warden, Lewis Russell as Mr. Wayne, William Green as Governor, Dale van Sickel as Baker, Jean Willes as Secretary, Lois Hall as Mrs. Winters, John Kellogg as Turk. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Monroe Manning.

28 "The Big Squeeze". (September 25, 1953). An ex-con wants to better his life.Guest Stars: Reed Howes as Police Officer, Harry Cheshire as Mr. Foster, Bradley Mora as Tim Grayson, Ted Ryan as Al, Hugh Beaumont as Dan Grayson, Aline Towne as Peggy Grayson, John Kellogg as Luke Maynard Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: David Chantler.

29 "The Man Who Could Read Minds". (October 3, 1953). Jimmy and Lois try to trap a thief. Guest Stars: Russell Custer as Sergeant, Tom Bernard as Doug, Veola Vonn as Laura, Larry Dobkin as Swami, Richard Karlan as Monk. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Roy Hamilton.

30 "Jet Ace". (October 10, 1953). A pilot with secret government information is kidnapped. Guest Stars: Selmer Jackson as General Summers, Jim Hayward as Tim Mallory, Larry Blake as Martin, Ric Roman as Nick, Lane Bradford as Chris White, Dick Reeves as Frenchy.Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: David Chantler.

31 "Shot in the Dark". (October 17, 1953). A photo reveals Superman's identity. Guest Stars: Vera Marshe as Harriet Harper, Billy Gray as Alan, Alan Lee as Bill, Frank Richards as Hank, John Eldredge as Burt "Tulip Man" Burnside. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: David Chantler.

32 "The Defeat of Superman". (October 24, 1953). An eccentric scientist invents synthetic Kryptonite to help a mob boss defeat Superman. Guest Stars: Sid Tomack as Ruffles, Maurice Cass as Meldini, Peter Mamakos as Happy King. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

33 "Superman in Exile". (October 31, 1953). Superman saves a nuclear reactor from exploding, and is rendered dangerously radioactive. Guest Stars: Sam Balter as Radio Announcer, Bob Carson as Allen, Don Dillaway as Fred Harris, Leon Askin as Josef Ferdinand, Joe Forte as Professor Adams, Philip Van Zandt as Regan, Gregg Barton as Sheriff, John Harmon as Skinny. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

34 "A Ghost for Scotland Yard". (November 7, 1953). A dead magician frightens his former associates. Guest Stars: Colin Campbell as Sir Arthur MacCready, Clyde Cook as News Vendor, Patrick Aherne as Inspector Farrington, Evelyn Halpern as Betty, Leonard Mudie as Brockhurst, Norma Varden as Mabel MacCready. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

35 "The Dog Who Knew Superman". (November 14, 1953). A dog is believed to know the whereabouts of Superman. Guest Stars: Dona Drake as Joyce, Lester Dorr as Man at Well, Billy Nelson as Louie, John Daly as Dog Catcher, Ben Welden as Hank. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: David Chantler.

36 "The Face and the Voice". (November 21, 1953). A crook undergoes cosmetic surgery and voice training, to look and sound like Superman. Guest Stars: George Reeves as Boulder, Carleton Young as Mr. Fairchild, George Chandler as Scratchy, Percy Helton as Hamlet, Hayden Rorke as Tom (uncredited), I. Stanford Jolley as Plastic Surgeon (uncredited), Nolan Leary as Jewelry Store Watchman, William Newell as Grocery Store Clerk, Sam Balter as Radio Announcer (uncredited). Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

37 "The Man in the Lead Mask" .(November 28, 1953). A criminal is believed to have altered his fingerprints.Guest Stars: John Crawford as Morrell, John Merton as Doc, Joey Ray as Marty Mitchell, Louis Jean Heydt as Pawley, Lyn Thomas as Waitress (as Lynn Thomas), Frank Scannell as Canfield, Paul Bryar as Scotty.Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Roy Hamilton.

38 "Panic in the Sky". (December 5, 1953). An asteroid threatens Metropolis.Guest Stars: Clark Howat as Assistant, Tom Moore as Shopkeeper, Jane Frazee as Country Woman, Jonathan Hale as Professor Roberts. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

39 "The Machine That Could Plot Crimes". (December 12, 1953). An eccentric professor's "electronic brain" is used by crooks to commit robberies.Guest Stars: Billy Nelson as Larry McCoy, Russell Custer as Policeman, Stan Jarmen as Pinky, Sherry Moreland as Bank Teller, Sterling Holloway as Uncle Oscar, Sam Balter as Radio Announcer, Ben Welden as Nosey. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

40 "Jungle Devil". (December 19, 1953). Jimmy, Lois, and Clark travel to a jungle in search of a lost scientist, and encounter a dangerous jungle creature. Guest Stars: James Seay as Bill Hurd, Al Kikume as Native Chief, Henry Escalante as Native Man, Leon Lontoc as Witch Doctor, Doris Singleton as Gloria Harper, Damian O'Flynn as Dr. Ralph Harper, Nacho Galindo as Alberto, Bernie Gozier as Native Man. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Peter Dixon.

41 "My Friend Superman". (December 26, 1953). A diner owner tells others Superman is his friend.Guest Stars: Ruta Lee as Noisy Teenager (as Ruta Kilmonis), Tito Vuolo as Tony, Joseph Vitale as Cap, Terry Frost as Spud, Paul Burke as Ace, Edward Reider as Noisy Teenager, Yvette Dugay as Elaine, Ralph Sanford as George. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: David Chantler.

42 "The Clown Who Cried". (January 2, 1954). A telethon becomes the target for a crook. Guest Stars: William Wayne as Rollo the Clown, Harry Mendoza as San Low Too, Charles Williams as Tim, George Douglas as Security Guard, Mickey Simpson as Hercules, Peter Brocco as Crackers. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: David Chantler.

43 "The Boy Who Hated Superman". (January 9, 1954). A teenager has criminal associates. Guest Stars: Charles Meredith as Judge Allen, Tyler MacDuff as Frankie, Leonard Penn as Fixer, Roy Barcroft as Duke Dillon, Dick Reeves as Babe. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: David Chantler.

44 "Semi-Private Eye". (January 16, 1954). Jimmy acts as a private eye.Guest Stars: Richard Benedict as Cappy Leonard, Alfred Linder as Morrie, Douglas Henderson as Noodles, Paul Fix as Fingers (as Peter Fix), Elisha Cook as Homer Garrity. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: David Chantler.

45 "Perry White's Scoop". (January 23, 1954). Perry involves himself in a murder story.Guest Stars: Jan Arvan as Max, Tom Monroe as Diver, Bibs Borman as Maria, Robert Wilke as Bingham, Steve Pendleton as Lynch Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Roy Hamilton.

46 "Beware the Wrecker". (January 30, 1954). A terrorist is loose in the transportation system.Guest Stars: William Forrest as Mr. Crane, Renny McEvoy as Carnival Barker, Tom Powers as Mr. Morgan, Pierre Watkin as Mr. Kilgore, Denver Pyle as Emil Hatch. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Royal K. Cole.

47 "The Golden Vulture". (February 6, 1954). Jimmy and Lois are held prisoners by a self-styled pirate. Guest Stars: Peter Whitney as Captain McBain, William Vincent as Ship Hand, Dan Turner as Ship Hand, Wes Hudman as Dock Worker, Murray Alper as Sanders, Robert Bice as Bennet, Carl Saxe as Ship Hand, Saul Gorss as Ship Hand, Vic Perrin as Scurvy. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

48 "Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor". (February 13, 1954). Perry's place in the office is taken by Jimmy. Guest Stars: Jack Pepper as "Daily Planet" custodian, Bob Grosson as Junior Police Chief, Ronald Hargrave as Junior Mayor, Anthony Hughes as Hospital Director, Dick Rich as Toots, Keith Richards as Henchman, Herb Vigran as Legs Leemy. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: David Chantler.

49 "Lady in Black". (February 20, 1954). Jimmy investigates a mystery in his apartment building. Guest Stars: Frank Ferguson as Mr. Frank, Frank Marlowe as an extra, John Doucette as Scarface, Rudolph Anders as art thief with glasses, Virginia Christine as Mrs. Frank, Holly Bane as Police Officer (as Mike Ragan). Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

50 "Star of Fate". (February 27, 1954). An Egyptian jewel appears to be striking down anyone who opens the box containing it. Guest Stars: Ted Hecht as Ahmed, Tony De Mario as March, Lawrence Ryle as Dr. Barnack, Jeanne Dean as Alma, Arthur Space as Dr. Wilson, Paul E. Burns as Mr. Whitlock (as Paul Burns). Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Roy Hamilton.

51 "The Whistling Bird". (March 6, 1954). An eccentric scientist entrusts his secret formula to a pet parakeet, which is then stolen. Guest Stars: Allene Roberts as Nancy, Toni Carroll as Dorothy Manners, Otto Waldis as Scientist, Sterling Holloway as Uncle Oscar, Marshall Reed as Security Agent, Joseph Vitale as Speck.Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: David Chantler.

52 "Around the World with Superman". (March 13, 1954). Superman works to restore a blind girl's sight.Guest Stars: Raymond Greenleaf as Dr. Anderson, James L. Brown as Jim Carson (as James Brown), Max Wagner as Radio Operator, Patrick Aherne as Murray, Judy Anne Nugent as Ann Carson, Kay Morley as Elaine Carson. Director: Thomas Carr. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis

Season 3: 1955

Episodes 53-91: Color. The series began to take on the lighthearted, whimsical tone of the "Superman" comic books of the 1950s. The villains were often caricatured, Runyonesque gangsters, played with tongue in cheek. Violence on the show was toned down further. The only gunfire that occurred was aimed at Superman, and of course the bullets bounced off. Superman was less likely to engage in fisticuffs with the villains. On occasions when Superman did use physical force, he would take crooks out in a single karate-style chop or, if he happened to have two criminals in hand, banging their heads together. More often than not, the villains were likely to knock "themselves" out fleeing Superman. Now very popular to viewers, Jimmy was now being played as the show's comic foil to Superman. A lot of the plots had him and Lois being captured, only to get rescued at the last minute by Superman.

53 - "Through the Time Barrier". (April 23, 1955). An eccentric scientist transports the "Daily Planet" staff to prehistoric times. Guest Stars: Ed Hinton as Cave Man, Jim Hyland as Turk Jackson, Florence Lake as Cave Woman, Sterling Holloway as Professor Twiddle. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: David Chantler.

54 - "The Talking Clue". (April 30, 1955). Henderons's nephew's collection of sound recordings provides a clue to his abduction. Guest Stars: Richard Shackleton as Ray Henderson, Julian Upton as Claude James, Billy Nelson as Muscles McGurk, Brick Sullivan as Policeman. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: David Chantler.

55 - "The Lucky Cat". (May 7, 1955). An anti-superstition club is the target of a saboteur. Guest Stars: Charles Watts as Bill Green, Ted Stanhope as Mr. Fredricks, Carl Harbord as Charlie King, Harry Tyler as Mr. Botts, John Phillips as Plainclothes Officer. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

56 - "Superman Week". (May 14, 1955). Superman Week is threatened by Kryptonite. Guest Stars: Buddy Mason as Bank Guard, Herb Vigran as Cy Horton, Jack George as Mr. Vanderglass, Tamar Cooper as Portrait Artist, Paul Burke as Matthew. Director: Harry Gerstad. Writer: Peggy Chantler Dick.

57 - "Great Caesar's Ghost". (May 21, 1955).
Julius Caesar's ghost visits Perry White. Guest Stars: Trevor Bardette as Julius Caesar, Olaf Hytten as Jarvis, Jim Hayward as Gangster. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

58 - "Test of a Warrior". (May 28, 1955). A test of valor is required of an old Indian chief. Guest Stars: George Lewis as John Hancock, Maurice Jara as Red Hawk, Francis McDonald as Great Horse, Ralph Moody as Medicine Man, Lane Bradford as Indian. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Leroy H. Zehren.

59 - "Olsen's Millions". (June 4, 1955). Jimmy receives a million dollars from an eccentric old lady. Guest Stars: Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Peabody, Leonard Carey as Herbert, George E. Stone as Big George, Tyler MacDuff as Delivery Boy, Richard Reeves as Stacey Tracey. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: David Chantler.

60 - "Clark Kent Outlaw". (September 10, 1955). Clark poses as a safecracker. Guest Stars: John Doucette as Foster, Lyn Thomas as Nurse, George Eldredge as Wingate, Pat O'Moore as Bennet, Sid Tomack as Curtis, Tris Coffin as Stoddard. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Leroy H. Zehren.

61 - "The Magic Necklace". (September 17, 1955). An ancient necklace is believed to protect its wearer from harm. Guest Stars: Lawrence Ryle as Jake Morrell, Ted Hecht as Correspondent, Cliff Ferre as Dispatcher, Frank Jenks as Lazy, Paul Fierro as Abdul, Leonard Mudie as Professor Jody, John Harmon as Clicker. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

62 - "The Bully of Dry Gulch". (September 24, 1955). A phony gunslinger dominates a western town. Guest Stars: Myron Healey as Gunner Flinch, Eddie Baker as Bartender, Raymond Hatton as Sagebrush, Martin Garralaga as Pedro. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: David Chantler.

63 - "Flight to the North". (October 1, 1955). Another man is mistaken for Superman. Guest Stars: Chuck Connors as Sylvester J. Superman, Richard Garland as Steve, Marjorie Owens as Margie Holloway, Ralph Sanford as Buckets, George Chandler as Hotel Clerk, Ben Welden as Leftover Louie Lyman. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: David Chantler.

64 - "The Seven Souvenirs". (October 8, 1955). Superman souvenirs provide clues to a crime. Guest Stars: Louise Lewis as Lady, Phil Tead as Mr. Willy, Steve Calvert as Louie, Rick Vallin as Scar Man, Arthur Space as Mr. Jasper. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

65 - "King for a Day". (October 15, 1955). Jimmy stands in for a king to help him defeat revolutionaries. Guest Stars: Chet Marshall as Prince Gregor, Peter Mamakos as Marcel, Jan Arvan as Rigor, Leon Askin as Vallin, Stephen Bekassy as Colonel Gubeck, Carolyn Scott as Baroness, Phil Van Zandt as Maral. Director: George Blair. Screenplay: Dwight Babcock.

Season 4: 1956

66 - "Joey". (February 18, 1956). The "Planet" invests in a racehorse. Guest Stars: Mauritz Hugo as Luke Palmer, Bill Kennedy as Race Track Announcer, Jay Lawrence as Henchman, Tom London as Peter Thomas, Janine Perreau as Alice, Billy Nelson as Sulley. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: David Chantler.

67 - "The Unlucky Number". (February 25, 1956). A rigged jelly bean guessing game attracts Superman's notice. Guest Stars: John Beradino as Dexter Brown (as John Berardino), Russell Conklin as Slippery Elm, Henry Blair as Bobby, Jack Littlefield as Boots, Tony De Mario as Vendor, Elizabeth Patterson as Clara Exbrook, Alan Reynolds as Mr. Kelly, Alfred Linder as Collector. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: David Chantler.

68 - "The Big Freeze". (March 3, 1956). Thugs use a super-cold freezer to disable Superman. Guest Stars: George E. Stone as Duke Taylor, Eddie Baker as Guard, John Phillips as Citizen, Rolfe Sedan as Dr. Watts, Richard Reeves as Little Jack. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: David Chantler.

69 - "Peril by Sea". (March 10, 1956). Perry White's seaside cottage becomes a target for crooks. Guest Stars: Claude Akins as Ace Miller, Ed Penny as Guard, Julian Upton as Barney. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: David Chantler.

70 - "Topsy Turvy". (April 21, 1956). An eccentric scientist invents a machine that makes people feel upside-down. Guest Stars: Ben Welden as Carney, Mickey Knox as Yo-Yo, Charles Williams as Flag Pole Sitter, Phillips Tead as Professor Pepperwinkle. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: David Chantler.

71 - "Jimmy the Kid". (April 28, 1956). A look-a-like thug takes Jimmy's place. Guest Stars: Damian O'Flynn as J. W. Gridley, Florence Ravenel as Mrs. Cooper, Diana Darrin as Macey, Rick Vallin as Thug, Jack Larson as Kid Collins, Steve Conte as Thug. Director: Philip Ford. Screenplay: Leroy H. Zehren.

72 - "The Girl Who Hired Superman". (May 5, 1956). A foreign dignitary hosts Superman. Guest Stars: John Eldredge as Jonas Rockwell, George Khoury as Casper, Gloria Talbott as Mara Van Cleaver, Lyn Guild as Milly, Maurice Marsac as Orresto Director: Philip Ford. Screenplay: David Chantler.

73 - "The Wedding of Superman". (May 12, 1956). Superman proposes to Lois, while a criminal plots her murder. Guest Stars: Milton Frome as Farraday, Dolores Fuller as Joan, Doyle Brooks as Poole, Julie Bennett as Mabel, John Cliff as Assistant, Nolan Leary as Justice Of The Peace. Director: Philip Ford. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

74 - "Dagger Island". (May 19, 1956). An eccentric millionaire leaves his fortune to three relatives. Guest Stars: Myron Healey as Paul, Ray Montgomery as Jeff, Raymond Hatton as Jonathan Scag, Dean Cromer as Mickey. Director: Philip Ford. Screenplay: Robert Leslie Bellem.

75 - "Blackmail". (May 26, 1956). Inspector Henderson is found with stolen money. Guest Stars: Herb Vigran as Arnold Woodman, Sidney Tomack as Eddie, Selmer Jackson as Commissioner, George Chandler as Bates. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: David Chantler, Oliver Drake.

76 - "The Deadly Rock". (June 2, 1956). Mobsters use Kryptonite to try to disable Superman. Guest Stars: Steven Geray as Professor Van Wyck, Robert Lowery as Gary Allen, Bob Foulk as Big Tom Rufus, Lyn Thomas as The Dutchess, Sid Melton as Thug, Jim Hayward as Baggage Man, Vincent G. Perry as Doctor, Ric Roman as Snorkel. Director: Harry Gerstad. Screenplay: Jackson Gillis.

77 - "The Phantom Ring". (June 9, 1956). Superman pursues a ring of invisible jewel thieves and bank robbers. Guest Stars: Peter Brocco as The Spectre, George Brand as Clerk, Paul Burke as Rosey, Ed Hinton as Joe, Henry Rowland as Luke, Lane Bradford as Al. Director: Philip Ford. Screenplay: David Chantler.

78 - "The Jolly Roger". (June 16, 1956). Modern-day pirates hold the planet staff captive on an island.Guest Stars: Eve Brent as Lady (as Jean Lewis), Eric Snowdon as Capt. Thud, Chet Marshall as Lieutenant, Patrick Aherne as Capt. Scud, Dean Cromer as Riffles, Pierre Watkin as Admiral, Ray Montgomery as Tyler, Myron Healey as Capt. Mud, Leonard Mudie as Capt. Blood, (uncredited), William Henry as Capt. Mud, Charles Cane as Lt. Schultz. Director: Philip Ford. Screenplay: David Chantler.

Season 5: 1957

79 - "Peril in Paris". (March 8, 1957). Superman helps a woman escape from a land behind the Iron Curtain. Guest Stars: Peter Mamakos as Gregor, Charles La Torre as Officer Gerard, Albert Carrier as Inspector Lamont, Lilyan Chauvin as Anna Constantine, Franz Roehn as Jacques du Cray, Robert Shayne as French Police Inspector. Director: George Blair. Writer: David Chantler.

80 - "Tin Hero". (March 15, 1957). A mild-mannered bookkeeper catches a criminal and becomes a crime reporter. Guest Stars: Paula Houston as Celia Adams, Carl Ritchie as Frank Smullins, Sam Finn as Fingers Danny, Jack Lomas as Big Jack, Frank Richards as Marty. Director: George Blair. Writer: Wilton Schiller.

81 - "Money to Burn". (April 19, 1957). Perry White is believed to be an arsonist. Guest Stars: Dale van Sickel as Slim's Partner, Mauritz Hugo as Slim, Richard Emory as Fire Marshal. Director: Harry Gerstad. Writer: David Chantler.

82 - "The Town That Wasn't". (March 22, 1957). A mysterious town appears and disappears and re-appears. Guest Stars: Charles H. Gray as Fake Arresting Policeman, Michael Garrett as Mr. Harris, Phillip Barnes as Truck Driver, Jack Littlefield as Diner Counterman, Frank Connor as Driver Paying Fine, Richard Elliott as Judge, Terry Frost as Fake Policeman. Director: Harry Gerstad. Writer: Wilton Schiller.

83 - "The Tomb of Zaharan". (March 29, 1957). Lois becomes the target of an ancient cult. Guest Stars: Ted Hecht as Abdul ben Bay, George Khoury as Prefecture of Police, Gabriel Mooradian as Airport Robber #2, Jack Reitzen as Ali Zing, Jack Kruschen as Airport Robber #1. Director: George Blair. Writer: David Chantler.

84 - "The Man Who Made Dreams Come True". (April 5, 1957). Scammers try to dupe a naive and superstitious monarch. Guest Stars: Keith Richards as The Dreamer, Laurie Mitchell as Ruby, Hal Hoover as Mike, Sandra Harrison as Nancy Boyd, Cyril Delevanti as King of Sartania, John Banner as Bronsky. Director: George Blair. Writer: David Chantler.

85 - "Disappearing Lois". (April 12, 1957). Lois plays as a housemaid to a mobster, in order to get a news story. Guest Stars: Yvonne White as Sarah Green, Milton Frome as Garrett, Ben Welden as Lefty. Director: Harry Gerstad. Writer: Peggy Chantler Dick, David Chantler.

86 - "Close Shave". (April 26, 1957). A barber with the gift of pursuasion tries to get a criminal to go straight. Guest Stars: Harry Fleer as Lefty, Rick Vallin as Rick Sable, Jack Littlefield as Mickey, John Ferry as Trigger, Don Diamond as Harry (as Donald Diamond), Richard Benedict as Gambini. Director: Harry Gerstad. Story: Steve Post. Teleplay: Benjamin B. Crocker.

87 - "The Phony Alibi". (May 3, 1957). Crooks transport themselves over telephone lines using an eccentric scientist's invention. Guest Stars: Phillips Tead as Professor Pepperwinkle, Harry Arnie as Moe, John Cliff as Ed Crowley, Frank Kreig as Benny, William Challee as Clippy. Director: George Blair. Writer: Peggy Chantler Dick.

88 - "The Prince Albert Coat". (May 10, 1957). An old coat contains an old man's life savings. Guest Stars: Raymond Hatton as Grandfather Jackson, Claire DuBrey as Mrs. Craig, Steve Wooton as Bobby Jackson, Jack Finch as Tom Summerfield, Ken Christy as Mr. McCoy, Frank Fenton as Mortimer Vanderlip, Dan White as Mike (as Daniel White), Phil Arnold as Cueball. Director: George Blair. Writer: Leroy H. Zehren.

89 - "The Stolen Elephant". (May 1, 1957). A stolen elephant delights a boy who thinks it has arrived on its own. Guest Stars: Thomas Jackson as Mr. Haley, Gregory Moffett as Johnny Wilson, Gregg Martell as Butcher, I. Stanford Jolley as Spike (as Stanford Jolley), Eve McVeagh as Johnny's Mom. Director: Harry Gerstad. Writer: David Chantler.

90 - "Mr. Zero". (May 24, 1957). Crooks want to use a Martian in their plans. Guest Stars: George Barrows as Slouchy Magoo, Herb Vigran as Georgie Gleap, Leon Alton as Clerk, George Spotts as Martian Leader, Billy Curtis as Mr. Zero. Director: Harry Gerstad. Writer: Peggy Chantler Dick.

91 - "Whatever Goes Up". (May 31, 1957). Jimmy invents an anti-gravity fluid. Guest Stars: Tristram Coffin as Major Osborne, Milton Frome as Mr. Gannis. Director: Harry Gerstad. Writer: Wilton Schiller.

Season 6: 1958

Episodes 92-104: Color. Scripts for the last season did not hit the campy lows of the previous two years and reestablished a bit of the seriousness of the show, often with science fiction elements like a Kryptonite-powered robot (a left-over prop from "The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters"), atomic explosions, and impregnable metal cubes. In one of the last episodes, "The Perils of Superman" (a takeoff on "The Perils of Pauline"), there was indeed deadly peril straight out of the movie serials: Lois tied to a set of railroad tracks with a speeding train bearing down on her, Perry White nearly sawed in half while tied to a log, Jimmy in a runaway car headed for a cliff, and Clark Kent immersed in a vat of acid. This was one of three episodes directed by George Reeves himself, in an attempt to inject some new life into the series. Noel Neill's hair was dyed a bright red for this season, though the color change was not apparent in the initial black-and-white broadcasts. Although Reeves' s efforts did not save the series from cancellation, "Perils of Superman" is regarded as one of the best episodes.

92 - "The Last Knight". (February 3, 1958). An organization of would-be modern-day knights imprisons Jimmy and Lois. Guest Stars: Jason Johnson as Sir Henry, Morgan Windbiel as Policeman #2, Thomas Dillon as Museum Guard, Ronald Foster as Policeman #1, Ollie O'Toole as Chaffeur/Squire, Paul Power as Sir Gawaine, Marshall Bradford as Sir Arthur, Pierre Watkin as Sir Lancelot. Director: Thomas Carr. Writer: David Chantler.

93 - "The Magic Secret". (February 10, 1958). Superman is trapped by a Kryptonite ray gun. Guest Stars: Jack Reynolds as Jewel Thief, Buddy Lewis as Eddie, Freeman Lusk as Mr. Grizwald, Kenneth Alton as Jewel Thief, Budd Buster as Professor Von Bruner. Director: Philip Ford. Writer: Robert Leslie Bellem, Whitney Ellsworth.

94 - "Divide and Conquer". (February 17, 1958). Superman rearranges his molecules to fight a criminal. Guest Stars: Robert Tafur as Hernando Obreon, Jack Littlefield as Jail Guard, Jack Reitzen as Felipe Gonzales, Donald Lawton as Presidente Bateo, Everett Glass as Professor Lucerne. Director: Philip Ford. Writer: Robert Leslie Bellem, Whitney Ellsworth.

95 - "The Mysterious Cube". (February 24, 1958). A criminal hides in an impenetrable bunker. Guest Stars: Bruce Wendell as Paul Barton, John Ayres as Admiral, Joel Riordan as Acetylene Torch Operator, Keith Richards as Steve Barton, Everett Glass as Professor Lucerne, Ben Welden as Jody Malone. Director: George Blair.Writer: Robert Leslie Bellem, Whitney Ellsworth.

96 - "The Atomic Captive". (March 3, 1958). Lois and Jimmy become stranded on an atomic testing ground. Guest Stars: Ben Ari as Dr. Latislav, George Khoury as Nicolai, Elaine Riley as Miss Collins Agent X-29, Mark Sheeler as Igor, Jan Arvan as Zarinski Agent X-249, Walter Reed as General Barrow. Director: George Blair.Writer: Robert Leslie Bellem, Whitney Ellsworth.

97 - "The Superman Silver Mine". (March 10, 1958). Two crooks try to steal a silver mine. Guest Stars: Dabbs Greer as Mr. Pebble/Dan Dobey, Charles Maxwell as Boris "Bordelaise". Director: George Blair. Writer: Peggy Chantler Dick.

98 - "The Big Forget". (March 17, 1958). An eccentric scientist creates an anti-memory vapor, which is used to stage a robbery. Guest Stars: Phillips Tead as Professor Pepperwinkle, Billy Nelson as Knuckles Nelson, Herb Vigran as Mugsy Maples. Director: Howard Bretherton. Writer: Robert Leslie Bellem, Whitney Ellsworth.

99 - "The Gentle Monster". (March 24, 1958). Criminals force an eccentric scientist to use his robot to commit crimes. Guest Stars: Ben Welden as Blade, John Vivyan as Duke, Orville Sherman as Gangster Scientist, Wilkie DeMartel as Mr. MacTavish, Phillips Tead as Professor Pepperwinkle. Director: Howard Bretherton. Writer: David Chantler.

100 - "Superman's Wife". (March 31, 1958). Superman marries a beautiful blonde policewoman. Guest Stars: Joi Lansing as Sgt. Helen J. O'Hara, John Bennes as Dugan, Harry Arnie as Blinkie, John Eldredge as Mr. X, Wayne Heffley as Duke Barlow. Director: Lew Landers. Writer: Robert Leslie Bellem, Whitney Ellsworth.

101 - "Three in One". (April 7, 1958). Three circus performers pool their talents to commit crimes. Guest Stars: Sid Tomack as Harmon, Rick Vallin as Pallini, Buddy Baer as Atlas, Craig Duncan as Mr. Dawson. Director: Lew Landers. Story: Wilton Schiller. Teleplay: Wilton Schiller, Whitney Ellsworth.

102 - "The Brainy Burro". (April 14, 1958). Jimmy and Lois are believed to be thieves, with a burro as the only witness to the crimes. Guest Stars: Marc Cavell as Pepe, Sid Cassel as Waiter, Edward LeVeque as Juan Luque, Natividad Vacio as Inspector Tomayo, Ken Mayer as Albert, Mauritz Hugo as Tiger. Director: George Reeves. Writer: David Chantler.

103 - "The Perils of Superman". (April 21, 1958). Murderous criminal take revenge on the Planet staff. Guest Stars: Yvonne White as Ethel, Michael Fox as Masked Man #1 "Boss", Steve Mitchell as Masked Man #2 Director: George Reeves. Writer: Robert Leslie Bellem, Whitney Ellsworth.

104 - "All That Glitters". (April 28, 1958). Jimmy acquires super powers, while an eccentric scientist develops a method for manufacturing gold. Guest Stars: Phillips Tead as Professor Pepperwinkle, Jack Littlefield as Boots, Myrna Fahey as Mr. Golby's Secretary, Paul Cavanagh as Mr. Carter, George Eldredge as Mr. Salem, Dick Elliott as Mr. Golby, Len Hendry as Mitchell. Director: George Reeves. Writer: Robert Leslie Bellem, Whitney Ellsworth.

Sources

* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044231/episodes IMDb: Episode List for "Adventures of Superman"]
*"Superman: Serial to Cereal", by Gary H. Grossman, 1976
*"Adventures of Superman". Complete series DVD. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2006, 2007.


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