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The Man of Screen Podcast
Following Superman on TV and in movies.
Category: TV & Film
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A weekly podcast covering Supeman's appearances on TV and in the movies from 1941 until today.
by Mike Zummo
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April 25, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 61 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo has got a bunch of “Adventures of Superman” weirdness concerning elephants and aliens.

First the children are expecting Superman to deliver an elephant to a charity event. And they will not be happy if he doesn’t. And they’ll blame him if the elephant is kidnapped.

Meet Johnny Wilson. He lives on a farm after his mother moved them out of the city. He found an elephant in his barn and thinks it’s a birthday present. At least until he’s shown … an elephant registration number?

Grab a packaderm by the tail for “The Stolen Elephant”.

And then we’re getting a strange visitor from another planet. Yep. Another one. He’s from Mars. And he’s measly. For that, he was banished.

But he’s friendly. Too friendly. And very naïve. That doesn’t sound like a good combination.

Would you roll out the red carpet for our visitor, “Mr. Zero”?

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Next time: Mike will finish up Season 5 as Jimmy determines “Whatever Goes Up” and then start Season 6 by meeting “The Last Knight”.

  

April 18, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 60 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo will enter the beginning of a difficult stretch of “The Adventures of Superman.” If you can consider watching a television show difficult.

 

First, we get a visit from something rare on this show. A recurring character. There are plenty of recurring actors, but few recurring characters, but the return of Prof. Pepperwinkle is a delight, even if the episode itself is out there.

 

But the good professor has brought a new invention. He’s going to transmit you by phone. Think of the possibilities. Imagine getting a pizza sent to you over the phone. You better catch it or you’ll have a big mess on your floor.

 

But what happens when the criminal element gets ahold of it. Will they be caught? Or will they use “The Phony Alibi”?

 

And then, we’re giving to charity. Well, we’re not, but little Bobby Jackson is. He’s going to give some of his old stuff to flood victims and he’s going to give away some of his great-grandfather’s old stuff, too.

 

Didn’t kids in the 50s have PARENTS?

 

But find out what happens when Great-Gramps’ coat has something very valuable in it. Or not at all.

 

Find out the story behind “The Prince Albert Coat”.

 

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Next time: The Daily Planet crew will determine the whereabouts of “The Stolen Elephant” and then the man from Mars, “Mr. Zero” will want to you to take him to your leader.

April 11, 2017 05:20 AM PDT

In episode 59 of The Man of Screen podcast, it’s time for a look at two good more episodes of Season 5 of “The Adventures of Superman”

First, there is a fire, and there are the Fireman’s Friends, but are they everybody’s friends, or are these two guys who run a food truck just a front for something more sinister than coffee and doughnuts?

Why is Perry White accused of fraud? What do the police, insurance investigators and DA believe? Are you sick of those wisecracks?

All in all, I hope you have “Money to Burn”.

And then I would like you to meet Tony. He just bought his barber shop, but this haircutter has a unique talent. Not only can he chat you up and cut your locks, he also has a persuasive talent and if he believes something about you, it comes true.

Does he use that gift for good or evil? What does a notorious gangster have to do all this?

Will he reform? Or will our heroes suffer a “Close Shave”?

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Next time: Professor Pepperwinkle’s latest invention will provide us with “The Phony Alibi” and a boy named Bobby will try on “The Prince Albert Coat”.

April 04, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 58 of The Man of Screen podcast, it’s more of Mike Zummo’s coverage of Season 5 of “The Adventures of Superman.

First up is a strange little tale about a man who was King and who slept on the job. A man who dreamed when he was asleep and ruled his kingdom by what the dreams told him. Of course that opens him up to manipulation by a nasty criminal who wants to … you guessed it … take over the country for himself.

Add in a naïve high school girl, a fortune teller and some reverse-gear hijinks and you have yourselves one subpar half-hour of television.

All that and “The Man Who Made Dreams Come True”.

Then, we’re going to lose track of Lois Lane, and then we’re going to look for some money and then we’re going to catch up with our favorite guest star. Who is it? You’ll just have to listen to find out.

You’ll also want to find out whether Clark Kent is going crazy. Why is Superman goofy? And what is with all the furniture moving?

Find out as we look for the “Disappearing Lois”.

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Next time: Perry White will find himself on the hot seat in “Money to Burn” and then Jimmy Olsen is going to sign up for a “Close Shave”.

  

March 28, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 57 of The Man of Screen podcast, Bob Fisher is back for his only appearance in Season 5 of “The Adventures of Superman”

The boys are concerned with missing truckers and Jimmy Olsen’s speeding ticket. Wouldn’t it be funny if the two of these things were related?

Well, it would be The Adventures of Superman if they weren’t. Traffic court is ordinarily a scam, but a fake judge and some phony cops make it even more of one as they bring mobile home to the next level with their mobile town.

Is Akport a real place or is it “The Town That Wasn’t”?

Then let’s go on a trip with some creepy cultists. What happens when Lois Lane was a strange pendant? What effect does it have on two Middle Eastern men? And why are Lois and Jimmy so excited about their upcoming trip.

What does one of the criminals do that Mike things should have crippled him and what will happen to Lois and Jimmy when they enter “The Tomb of Zaharan”?

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Feedback is always welcome. Email manofscreen@gmail.com.

Next time: We will meet “The Man Who Made Dreams Come True” and then try to solve the case of “Disappearing Lois”

  

March 21, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 56 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike is back to business with the first two episodes of Season 5 of “The Adventures of Superman”.

First, it’s time to go overseas as Superman appears to get suckered into some smuggling and Jimmy and Clark think they’re getting suckered by Inspector Henderson.

Why is Superman no longer welcome in the City of Love? Why is Superman dangling Jimmy over some jewel thieves like a worm on a hook. And why has Mike made so many fishing puns in this episode?

Find out as we face the “Peril in Paris”.

Then, you are welcome to meet Frank. Frank Smullins. He captured a crook by accident, but that suckers Perry, who is connecting a slow news week to the end of newspapers all over the world.

Why does Frank make Perry think he’s a crime-busting reporter or is he just a scared middle-aged man working a dead-end job and facing a midlife crisis.

Who’s Big Jack? What is the perfect job and does it take the perfect Celia to catch the perfect Smullins fish.

AGAIN, with the fishing cracks.

So, is Smullins the real deal or is he a “Tin Hero”?

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Next time: Bob Fisher will be back on the show as we meet some expert movers in “The Town That Wasn’t” and then we follow Lois and Jimmy to “The Tomb of Zaharan”.

  

March 14, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 55 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike is taking the show off the road for a week. We’re leaving the comfy confines of Metropolis and we’re going to visit New York City, to the home of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.

Yes, that’s right, Mike is covering an episode of the popular 1950s sitcom, “I Love Lucy”.

It’s Little Ricky’s birthday and his party is coming up, and opposite another classmate’s party and his mom, Lucy, has made the ultimate promise, Superman is coming to the party.

But what happens when Superman can’t attend. What will Lucy do to make her son’s birthday party a success? What lengths will she go to? And what does that have to do with Aunt Harriet and a high-ledge act on a ledge.

Find out what happens when Superman does show up and why exactly is Ricky Ricardo more of a Superman than George Reeves?

So, come on the detour as we check out “Lucy and Superman”.

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Next time: Back to regular business as we meet Inspector Henderson’s double in “Peril in Paris” and then we meet the “Tin Hero”

March 07, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 54 of The Man of Screen podcast, season of 4 of “The Adventures of Superman” will come to a close.

First, it’s a case that’s baffling the police. Someone is committing burglaries all over Metropolis and no one can get a look at the guy. Is it because he’s invisible? Clark Kent seems to think so, but Bill Henderson isn’t buying it.

This episode has it all, invisibility, some nice Superman action, and a homing pigeon. What’s an “Adventures of Superman” episode without a homing pigeon.

Plus, Lois and Jimmy will get in the action as they try to solve the mystery of “The Phantom Ring”.

And then the season will end with perhaps the strangest group of pirates you ever saw. They’ve been stranded on an island for hundreds of years and clearly don’tknow how to be pirates. Fortunately, it’s all written down for them.

But there’s also the case of the Navy. They’re planning to shell an island during weapons’ tests and our heroes are to get before and after photos. They won’t even have to give their lives for the Sunday Supplement.

So, bring your sea sickness pills as we suffer together during “The Jolly Roger”.

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Next time: It will be time for something a little different as George Reeves will take on sitcom work as a guest star in the “I Love Lucy” episode, “Lucy and Superman”.

February 28, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 53 of The Man of Screen podcast, Bob Fisher returns to the show as the podcast begins its second year with two solid episodes of “The Adventures of Superman”.

First, Metropolis Police Inspector Bill Henderson is under fire. Why does the criminal of this story have on the good inspector? What is he going to do with this anti-Superman ray gun? And why is it all Clark Kent’s fault.

Find out what Lois and Jimmy do with their stethoscopes and prepare for a bad case of “Cerebellum”, but to be sure, Jimmy Olsen will have to check your lowbar pendulum.

Listen along to find out why exactly Bill is under the threat of “Blackmail”.

Then, it’s time for a sequel as the show shows signs of CONTINUITY in this sequel to “Panic in the Sky”.

Meet a professor from Africa, who “once upon a time, had a telescope” and he saw The Superman. He has a plantation. He has hobbies. He has a telescope, but money? No money.

So he writes Big Tom Rufus, who puts a former Batman under Kryptonite’s spell in “The Deadly Rock”.

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Feedback is always welcome. Email manofscreen@gmail.com.

Next time: Mike will wrap up his coverage of Season 4 with “The Phantom Ring” and “The Jolly Roger”.

  

February 21, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 52 of The Man of Screen podcast, we’re going to take a look at two more Season 4 episodes of The Adventures of Superman that Mike remembers recording off TV when he was a child.

First Lois Lane will be proposed to by the man of her dreams. You guessed it, Superman. Find out what happens when the Man of Steel proposes to our favorite girl reporter when we feature an episode that runs like a live-action “Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane”.

Superman foregoes catching crooks as love his on his mind, but is this really happening? Or is Lois having a very vivid dream. Has substituting for the Lonely Hearts editor.

So, we kindly request the honour of your presence at “The Wedding of Superman”.

Then it’s time for some treasure hunting. An eccentric sailor will leave about a million dollars worth of diamonds to a cousin that wins a treasure hunt.

Who is generous, who is selfish and who is a dangerous criminal. And what secret is hermit Jonathan Skagg hiding? And why is it that no one in the family has heard of him?

Come and join us on “Dagger Island”.

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Feedback is always welcome. Email manofscreen@gmail.com.

Next time: Bob Fisher will be back in the house as Inspector Henderson finds himself on the receiving end of some “Blackmail” and then a goofy scientist and plantation owner needs some money and brings “The Deadly Rock” to Metropolis.

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