SUPERMAN MOVIE CAST (G. REEVES) - LOBBY CARD UNSIGNED (MEX) 1952 - HFSID 260035
Sale Price $108.00
SUPERMAN. Mexican Lobby card unsigned. Color, 16x12.
Promotion for the 1952 film, Superman. Adventures of
Superman, also sometimes known simply as Superman, went into
production in 1951, following the shooting and theatrical release of the feature
film Superman And The Mole Men. The latter, produced by Robert Maxwell
and directed by Lee Sholem, starred George Reeves in the dual role of Superman
and Clark Kent, and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane. In the wake of, Superman Vs.
Atom Man (1950), the decision was made to do a television series, with a
feature film as the "pilot"; unlike the serials, however, which were relatively
low-budget productions, the series would break new ground in terms of quality
and special effects, mostly because - in contrast to the serials, in which
Superman turned into a cartoon in those scenes in which he flew - this version
of Superman would actually show him flying. That meant that the show would be
shot on film, which was then a new concept in television production - up to that
time, virtually all dramatic programming was done live, and all science
fiction-oriented programming and kids programs up to that time had been done
live, in front of the camera, as it went out over the air. Shooting on film was
much more expensive, but it would allow for a sharper image, proper editing and
the insertion of special effects, better sound and superior sound effects, and
for the preservation of that program over time. The first thing that the
producers - radio veteran Robert Maxwell and serial hand Bernard Luber - had to
do was find a new Superman. The producers recast the role in a tougher manner,
which they did in the guise of a 36-year-old film actor named George Reeves.
Born in 1914 in Woolstock, Iowa, he had been in Gone With The Wind in a
small but prominent role, and also in such high-profile films as Lydia
and So Proudly We Hail, the latter in a starring role, but his career had
faltered since the end of World War II. Reeves was a former aspiring boxer, a
well-built, powerful looking man, and also an intense actor. In addition to
making a more powerful looking version of Superman, he would make a much more
substantial Clark Kent, all of which would make the television show more complex
than the serials had been. The next cast member in place was Texas-born Phyllis
Coates, 11 years younger than Reeves who, in addition to being very pretty,
projected a toughness in the role of Lois Lane, and also had one of the great
movie screams of her era - one never forgot those moments in which Coates' Lois
Lane had to let out a shriek for the cameras, as exhibited in the pilot,
Superman And The Mole Men. Slightly creased at corners. Staple holes at
margins. Lightly soiled.
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