Wednesday, June 02, 2010

But it is these first season stories that I remember most vividly, as I’ve confirmed by seeing them on DVD. The cast was the same throughout: George Reeves as Superman and also a mostly crusading Clark Kent (who still got Lois Lane’s contempt for “disappearing” in a crisis), with Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen, and John Hamilton as the quintessential Perry (“Great Caesar’s Ghost!/ Don’t Call Me Chief!”) White.

The major cast different was Phyllis Coates as the harder-edged Lois Lane in the first season, replaced by the softer Noel Neill. I remember that Coates did scare me a little, and Neill was more reassuring. But I got the undoubtedly sexist and yet eternal message: no matter how mouthy and dumb a girl gets, you’re supposed to rescue her.

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