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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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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”.

  

January 10, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 46 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike is marching toward the end of the Adventures of Superman’s third season.

First, we wait for a package from Prof. Jody as he claims to have found a magic necklace that will protect the user from death? Is such a thing possible and who will be taken in by the professor’s claims?

What happens when Clark is shot while wearing the necklace and where exactly would Perry White find Superman if he really did want him?

You will have to join us in Tibet as we discover the mystery of “The Magic Necklace.”

Then, we are heading out to the American frontier and apparently the small town that time forgot as Dry Gulch never seemed to make it out of the 1950s?

A gunslinger will be met, Jimmy will be jailed and Clark Kent will …. Not care? But you can bet your cape that Superman will care when our unfriendly gunslinger makes “goo goo eyes” at Lois.

But as for the gunslinger, is he for real or is he no more than “The Bully of Dry Gulch”?

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

Next time: Bob Fisher will be back as Sylverster J. Superman comes to town for some fish-out-of water adventure, lemon meringue pie and snow in “Flight To the North” and then we will find out what makes a scar-faced man so interested in “The Seven Souvenirs”.

January 03, 2017 12:00 AM PST

In episode 45 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo will ring in the new year with continuing coverage of season 3 of The Adventures of Superman.

First, Jimmy is going to strike it rich because Superman saved a cat. And that’s just the beginning, an old widow will reward him $1 million for the act.

What does millionaire status do to our favorite reporter? Does it change him? Does he stay the same? Is he still as gullible as ever? And why exactly does he need a canoe in a high-rise apartment?

And find out what is going to fuel Jimmy’s smoke signals as we count “Olsen’s Millions.”

Then, Clark Kent is going to be the next Daily Planet staff member to change, but this isn’t going to be a change for the better as those closest to our mild-mannered reporter think he has turned to a life of crime.

Is it a frame-up? Did Clark really turn to the dark side? And what exactly does he have in common with Jimmy Valentine?

Come along and we’re going to put an APB on “Clark Kent, Outlaw”.

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

Next time: We’re taking this show on the road. First we will go to the Middle East to discover the wonder of “The Magic Necklace” and then we’re going to the American frontier to meet “The Bully of Dry Gulch”.

December 27, 2016 12:00 AM PST

In episode 44 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo will again be joined by Bob Fisher as he continues his coverage of the color Season 3 of The Adventures of Superman.

Do you believe in ghosts? Perry White didn’t. At least until he was haunted by one. The illustrious editor’s favorite catchphrase will come back to bite him when he finds himself face to face with the ghost of Julius Caesar.

Is Perry going crazy? Is he having a nervous breakdown? And what exactly does this have to do with an upcoming trial the chief is scheduled to testify in.

Come as they go over one of their favorite episodes and introduce you to “Great Caesar’s Ghost”.

And then, the show will take a turn for the worse as they cover one of their least favorite episodes. Superman is going to disguise himself as an ancient Native American totem as he helps a chieftain-elect qualify for his new position.

How will they survive the bear, the tree and the smoke? How many Native American actors can you spot? Will it ever get better? Should they have even made this.

Come, if you are brave enough to face the “Test of a Warrior”.

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

Next time: Jimmy will come into some money in “Olsen’s Millions” and then we will meet “Clark Kent, Outlaw”.

December 23, 2016 12:00 AM PST

In episode 9 of The Man of Screen Extra, Mike Zummo will take you on a Christmas journey to uncover one of the stories of that famous Christmas icon.

A fat man.

In a red suit.

Santa Claus.

Join Mike as he covers the 1985 feature film “Santa Claus: The Movie” in what could be the start of an annual Christmas episode. Find out how this could be a tale of two movies. The origin of Santa Claus and the climactic battle to save Christmas from an evil toymaker.

There will be magic. There will be wonder. There will be elves, reindeer and … scenery chewing. That last part comes courtesy of John Lithgow.

Does Mike like this movie? Does he hate it? Is it somewhere in between? And how exactly is this box-office failure related to the Christopher Reeve Superman films?

Find out.

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

Next time: There are no plans at this time for the next Man of Screen Extra. Check the Facebook group and Twitter for more information.

December 20, 2016 12:00 AM PST

In episode 43 of The Man of Screen podcast, join Mike Zummo as he continues his coverage of the color Season 3 of The Adventures of Superman.

Are you superstitious? For your sake, I hope not as we are going to meet a group of well-to-do businessmen, who have nothing better to do than defy any superstition they can think of. Who’s hopping on the lines all the way to work? Who is setting himself up for lung cancer? Why is all this happening?

And what kind of weapon is Jimmy Olsen carrying in his pocket?

Find out and try to avoid “The Lucky Cat”.

Then it’s time for some pomp and circumstance as Superman is honored for the good work he’s done. Check out the paiting, check out the bust made in his honor and check out Clark Kent’s live interview with Superman.

But wait, there’s more. Jimmy Olsen will pose as a telephone repairman and get lit up on truth drug and tell a criminal the secret of Kryptonite.

Come, as we celebrate “Superman Week”.

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

Next time: Next time, Bob Fisher will return as Perry White is haunted by “Great Caesar’s Ghost”. And then Superman will face the “Test of Warrior”.

  

December 13, 2016 12:00 AM PST

In episode 42 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo reaches the dawn of a new era. Starting with Season 3 in 1955, The Adventures of Superman went color, and who better to join Mike for this new stage in this exciting adventure is semi-regular Adventures of Superman co-host Bob Fisher.

They will take you through the ins and outs of color, the diminished volume of episodes, the new and fewer flying sequences, the pitfalls of shooting in color and the genius behind the decision.

Then, it’s on to the episodes as they will follow the Daily Planet staff back to the Stone Age as an eccentric professor builds a time machine. What oversight did Prof. Twiddle make when using his machine for the first time? Why bring a gangster along, and who is boss in 50,000 B.C.

To find out, you’ll have to come “Through the Time Barrier.”

Then meet, Ray Henderson, Inspector Henderson’s boy. He’s got an interesting hobby and in true Adventures of Superman fashion, this hobby is going to get him into some serious trouble.

Check out what may be a futuristic tape recorder as it fools two people into thinking something is going on outside, and why are these two robbers taking out the “Secret Weapons Lab.”

Let us know if you can decipher “The Talking Clue”.

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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: Next time, Mike is on his own as Superman battles superstition in “The Lucky Cat” and then the Daily Planet is going to host “Superman Week”.

 

December 06, 2016 12:00 AM PST

In episode 41 of The Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo has reached the end of season 2 of The Adventures of Superman with the final 2 episodes of the season.

First, let’s check in with Uncle Oscar. What has he been up to since we’ve seen him last? What first-world problem is he trying to solve and why will the secretaries of America erect him a statue?

What wrecks his lab? And just what does his bird know? And why is it whistling at beautiful women?

Come join Uncle Oscar, you might just be embarrassed by “The Whistling Bird”.

Then, we’re going to finish the season with a contest. The winner gets a free trip around the world while being carried by Superman.

Whose name did this little girl write on the letter? And why doesn’t she want to go around the world? Who is this doctor that is violating HIPAA laws to tell Clark Kent about Ann’s condition?

And why doesn’t she believe in Superman?

Watch the Daily Planet staff try to fix a family while the daughter goes “Around the World with Superman”.

And then a special bonus. Mike will cover the PSA urging kids in the 1950s to buy U.S. Treasury savings stamps. You don’t see much about that these days, but do the lessons on saving your money hold up today?

You’ll want to check out “Stamp Day for Superman” to at least get a look at Jimmy’s “cute” portable typewriter.

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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: Next time, Mike will welcome Bob Fisher back to the show as they march bravely forward into the color episodes, starting with Season 3’s “Through the Time Barrier” and “The Talking Clue”.

November 29, 2016 12:00 AM PST

In episode 40 of The Man of Screen podcast, it’s the penultimate episode of Mike Zummo’s coverage of the second season of The Adventures of Superman.

First, Jimmy is going to house sit at his mother’s deaf friend’s apartment while his mother is away. Putting aside why Jimmy isn’t housesitting his own place, what are they mysterious noises Jimmy is hearing?

What’s with the guy with the scar? Why is the man at the bus stop wearing huge glasses?

But is any of it really happening? Or has Jimmy cried “wolf” once too often?

Come, meet the “Lady in Black”.

Then, let’s go to the auction and feel the stupid as a scientist plops down big bucks on a box with unknown contents that may be cursed.

But do you believe in curses? Even if you don’t, the box will still take you out. And if someone tells you not to open the box, what will you do?

You’re going to open the box, aren’t you?

Maybe you just want to check out the “Star of Fate”

Check out the Homepage for the show.

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: Next time, Mike will finish up Season 2 as Uncle Oscar returns with “The Whistling Bird” and then a blind little girl wants her mother to go “Around the World With Superman.” Then, as a special bonus, Mike will finish off the episode covering “Stamp Day for Superman.”

 

November 22, 2016 12:00 AM PST

In episode 39 of the Man of Screen podcast, Mike Zummo will be on his own to discuss two more episodes in the march toward the end of season 2.

First, we’re going to take a trip onto the high seas – or at the very least Metropolis Harbor to visit a scavenger ship. But not all is as it seems.

What does Jimmy learn from a message in a bottle? What’s up with the captain? And will he please stop singing that song?

How does Clark get on the boat and in what way does he endanger his secret identity needlessly.

Find out when our heroes visit “The Golden Vulture”.

Then, it’s Perry White’s worst nightmare: Jimmy Olsen is in charge of the Daily Planet for 24 hours. What kind of scheme does the boy cub editor dream up to catch a criminal?

How old are these boys? Why is the boy police chief wielding a gun?

Find out why the Boys Day Program might be a silly idea in “Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor”.

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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

The Man of Screen Podcast is a member of The Superman Podcast Network.

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

Next time: Next time, Jimmy will be in a strange apartment with a creepy art collection and will meet “The Lady in Black”. Then, we learn about the deadly “Star of Fate”.

  

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