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George Reeves has to be the best Superman that
ever was. He looked the part; face, build, height, everything
(even though he wore a padded suit for muscles). He also
acted more like Superman should; an authority figure you could
respect. Reeves' Superman didn't have problems like other people,
hence the "super" of his namesake.
the "Adventures of Superman" so great is that they are all
half-hour shows with quick, fascinating plots that hold your
attention. Once Superman starts fighting, things get resolved
quickly. A blazing fire goes out with one single puff, bad guys
get knocked out with the first blow, doors get ripped off without much
effort. The producers didn't stretch out the special effects to
get their money's worth like you see in so many other superhero shows.
had quite a bit of acting talent. An example of this
is in the episode "The Face and the Voice" where Reeves has a dual role
as a Superman imposter. This criminal, before taking on the guise
of the Man of Steel, was a grotesque looking thug with a thick Brooklyn
accent. Overall, Reeves' Superman was not arrogant or
whiny. He is truly a role model for children and adults
alike. Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen, remembered Reeves of
having a photographic memory and could memorize a day's script in just
one reading. Wow!
to this series is Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen. He's a likeable
character as Clark Kent/Superman's pal and photographer for the Daily
Planet newspaper. I think the combination of Jack Larson and
George Reeves is what really made Superman "fly".