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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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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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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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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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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.

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