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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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May 23, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 65 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo is on his own as he covers two episodes of Season 6 of The Adventures of Superman.
First we’re going to meet, Mr. Pebble. He showed up with a proposition. To donate a piece of land to a camp for children. Even better, it’s set for life as it’s on top of a silver mine, and everyone’s happy.
No one may be happier than two crooks, one of which who looks eerily like Mr. Pebble. They want the mine, but where is it.
You can be sure, questions will be asked, mustaches will be pulled and a man will be yanked up a hill by the plate in his head as we search for “The Superman Silver Mine”.
And then, Professor Pepperwinkle comes to town with his new invention, but I’ll bet he doesn’t remember having invented it. Jimmy and Lois want a raise as it’s long overdue so they have to get the story without Superman’s help to get it.
What did Pepperwinkle invent? Memory vapor. Jimmy tries to spray crooks and misses.
What secret will be revealed and why is Inspector Henderson putting himself to sleep while counting over 700.
Do you remember or have you suffered “The Big Forget”?
Next time: Bob Fisher will return to the show for a look at the next adventure with Prof. Pepperwinkle as he creates a companion in “The Gentle Monster” and then you are all invited to stare at “Superman’s Wife”.

May 19, 2017 08:00 PM PDT

In episode 10 of The Man of Screen Extra, Mike brings back his bonus show after a five-month hiatus with an episode that listeners heard about months ago and can finally listen to with their own two ears.

Even better, as promised, Mike has delivered this episode before CBS All-Access has delivered “Star Trek: Discovery”.

In a shorter episode than you may be used to, Mike covers the 1949 movie serial, “Batman and Robin”, produced by Sam Katzman, who also produced the two Kirk Alyn movie serials. Find out what Mike thinks of this 15-chapter adventure.

Follow along the adventure as Batman battles the Wizard, thugs, and an oversized costume? And why doesn’t the batsuit fit? And does Bruce Wayne know Batman is driving his car?

You’ll just have to tune in to find out.

Then, when that’s done, Mike will talk about what he hopes is on tap for the rest of the year with “Man of Screen Extra”.

Next time: Superman is returning to Supergirl. There are plans for there to be discussion

Check the Facebook group or Twitter for more details. 

May 16, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 64 of The Man of Screen Podcast, Bob Fisher is back in the house for two more episodes of Season 6 of The Adventures of Superman.

First, Paul Barton is a man in a box. He’s been in there for seven years and he’s going to stay in there until his brother can declare him legally dead.

What faulty premise is this episode based on? What scientist made an encore appearance and what was Superman unable to do that made Ben Welden’s character laugh like a hyena?

What will Superman do the get inside “The Mysterious Cube”?

Then the show will remind us that we are in post-World War II America? How many times has the nuclear test been postponed? And what sign did Lois Lane and Jimmy happily ignore? And why is this professor spitting in Jimmy’s ear?

And who is the mysterious X-29?

Grab your spy gear as we meet “The Atomic Captive”.

Next time: Mike will be on his own as he tries to find his way to “The Superman Silver Mine” and then he may or not get sprayed in “The Big Forget”.

  

May 09, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 63 of the Man of Screen podcast, the show makes its official debut on the Two True Freaks Internet Radio Network with two Season 6 episodes of “The Adventures of Superman”. And as an added bonus, after taking most of Season 5 off, Bob Fisher is back.

First, Jimmy will develop an interest in magic, and Perry is an expert in several magic tricks, including the one Jimmy is interested in. But how does that put Jimmy in position to fall into a trap and become bait for Superman?

What is this professor’s nefarious invention that will rain Kryptonite radiation down on the Man of Steel? And Mike said Superman was acting like a WHAT?

Come and learn, “The Magic Secret.”

And then it’s off to the Republic, which is apparently in South America and Superman is faced with a dilemma, how to be in two places at once. But at least he has a scientist friend who can help.

Find out how Superman splits himself into two beings and see what the drastic effect it will have, and what new thought did Lois have that we’re pretty sure she’s had before?

Watch as Superman will show you how to “Divide and Conquer”.

There’s also a letter from Dave McElvenney. Here’s a link to the story he spoke of for those of you interested.

http://www.superman.nu/k-metal-from-krypton/?page=0&w=1366

Next time: Bob Fisher will be back as Superman will need to figure out how to get into “The Mysterious Cube” and then he will need to save “The Atomic Captive”.

Feedback for this show can be sent to: manofscreen@gmail.com

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The Man of Screen podcast is a member of the Two True Freaks Internet Radio Network. 


May 02, 2017 12:00 AM PDT

In episode 62 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo will end one season and begin the final one as he covers two more episodes of “The Adventures of Superman.

First, let’s end Season 5 with some gravity issues as Jimmy Olsen stumbles and bumbles his way into creating an anti-gravity formula. It’s an accident to be sure, but he must do his great work for the government. But I think he needs to focus on his butterfly catching.

What does this have to do with a ruined pair of $60 pants? Will he let the government down? Will he make the chief feel stupid.

Come to the end of season 5 as we figure out “Whatever Goes Up”.

Then, the sixth and final season will open with a collision of past and present. Let’s preserve Knighthood and Dragons and find out how much trouble a bunch of retired old men can cause with a jewel and a few suits of armor?

And why are these suits of armor wearing coats? Is it not warm enough for them?

What will happen when we meet, “The Last Knight”?

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

Next time: Bob Fisher will return to the show with a look at two favorite episodes of the series, “The Magic Secret” and “Divide and Conquer”.

  

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

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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Or subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

Or you can find the show on Facebook and on Twitter

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”

  

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