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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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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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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.

February 14, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 51 of The Man of Screen podcast, Bob Fisher returns to the podcast for some double-barrelled Jimmy Olsen action.

First, don’t adjust your eyes as Jimmy Olsen has a double. What will Jimmy do when Kid Collins comes to town? And what does this have to do with a local investment banker?

Why is Jimmy whistling at Lois and has someone finally discovered the greatest secret of them all?

Mike and Bob will go over all the confusion, the doppelgangers and the games of switcheroo in “Jimmy the Kid”.

Then it’s time to check in with the rich and snarky as a Mad Cap heiress flashes some dough in an attempt to turn Superman into a court jester.

Come see the show, the diamond crushing, the jumping, the tearing and why does that diplomat such have an unwieldly long name?

But what does Superman transport? What does he discover? Who is “The Girl Who Hired Superman”?

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Next time: Lois Lane will have trouble telling dream from reality in “The Wedding of Superman” and then it’s time for a treasure hunt on “Dagger Island”.

February 07, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 50 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo celebrates reaching 50 episodes with a brief thank you to you the listener, without which this milestone would not have been possible.

Then it’s to business as we head to a cottage by the sea. As it turns out, it’s Perry White’s cottage and he’s showing off his new hobby. SCIENCE!!! And deciphering ancient documents?

What did Perry learn to make out of regular seawater? And why did it require he take 2 months off the Daily Planet? And why can’t the government take care of this?

And what exactly does “top secret” mean to Jimmy? Perhaps it will just create a “Peril by Sea”.

Then the world is going to literally get turned upside down as we meet Professor Pepperwinkle and the first invention he will show off to the Daily Planet staff.

What can he use this machine for? Shouldn’t he have thought of that before spending three years on this invention? But what does this have to do with the carnival?

Find out as everything goes “Topsy Turvy”.

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Next time: Jack Larson will play a dual role in "Jimmy the Kid" and then we will meet "The Girl Who Hired Superman"

January 31, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 49 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo is once again joined by Bob Fisher for two very good episodes of The Adventures of Superman.

 

First it’s time for a contest, a jellybean counting contest. Don’t you love jellybeans? Clark enjoys counting them and making dreams come true for little old ladies.

 

Does her dream come true? Well, the show never really tells us. Is the contest crooked? You bet that raffle ticket you bought it is, and why does this random kid with big ears believe his grandmother’s tenant is Superman?

 

You can just shoot through the closet door as we reveal “The Unlucky Number.”

 

Then, let’s get POLITICAL!. And we’ll try to solve the mystery of the whereabouts of Superman’s white suit. Well. One out of two isn’t bad.

 

Watch as a pair of criminals try to rig the Metropolis mayoral election using an impossibly cold chamber and some voter fraud tactics, which bear an alarming similarity to reality.

 

But why has Superman been turned into an albino and what is he going to do about it?

 

Don’t know. Come along for “The Big Freeze”.


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Next time: Perry White takes up science in “Peril By Sea” and we meet Professor Pepperwinkle in “Topsy Turvy”.

  

January 24, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 48 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo finishes his coverage of Season 3 and begins his coverage of Season 4 of The Adventures of Superman.

First, Superman will save a Prince and a Prince wants to show Superman his gratitude by giving the Man of Steel his princely ring. Superman has already left so he gives it to Jimmy ….. who puts it on.

So, naturally, Jimmy is mistaken for the prince and gets sucked into a plot of intrigue, assassination and ends up in front of the firing squad. Does he enjoy his time as royalty and what will he do with the lovely Baroness Teena D’Amour

Come as Jimmy is coronated “King for a Day”.

And then we will start Season 4 with a horse story. A story about a girl and her horse. And the farm that’s facing financial ruin.

What will happen when the Daily Planet buys a racehorse? What kind of trouble will this cause? And why is the horse depressed?

Who will say the magic word to get this diva horse on its feet?

Come along, you will meet “Joey”.

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Or you can find the show on Facebook and on Twitter

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

Next time: Bob Fisher will be back for “The Unlucky Number” and “The Big Freeze”.

January 17, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 47 of The Man of Screen podcast, Bob Fisher joins Mike to cover two more episodes of The Adventures of Superman.

First, it’s a story of a man and his mule. It’s also a love story. A story of a man and her pie. What does Leftover Louie Lyman do to get his hands on a lemon meringue pie?

How does Sylvester J. Superman get his mule to Alaska and why does Steve look as though he is going insane?

And is this bet really important for all these machinations?

Come with us and we’ll take a “Flight to the North”.

Then it’s time to grow a collection, a collection of Superman souvenirs, that is. Mr. Willy is a less than honest shopowner selling all the best Superman souvenirs. But are they real?

And why is a man with a scar on his face assaulting people for a souvenir knife. And what does this have to do with radium?

Confused yet? Come listen as Bob and Mike try to backtrack this plot no less than three times, as they collect “The Seven Souvenirs”

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

Next time: Season 3 will end as Jimmy Olsen is “King for a Day” and then Season 4 will open with a story of a girl and her horse, in “Joey”.

  

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