Beginning off our massive triple function is an installment of one in all Fleischer Studio’s legendary Superman cartoons from 1941, that includes the radio solid from The Adventures of Superman, with Bud Collyer because the Man of Metal. The first of this cartoon was even nominated for an Oscar for Greatest Quick Topic. It was additionally within the Fleischer Superman cartoons that the Man of Metal obtained his most singular superpower – the facility of flight. Beforehand within the comics, Superman merely leaped from place to position, however it was felt this is able to look ridiculous on display screen, and so a flying Superman was born!
Subsequent up, it is a chapter from The Inexperienced Hornet (1940), a serial based mostly on the long-running radio present. Lengthy earlier than the character got here to TV and have movies, the Inexperienced Hornet and Kato have been stars of a weekly present produced at WXYZ in Detroit and broadcast nationally on the Mutual Radio Community. In his first display screen adaptation, the Inexperienced Hornet (really crusading newspaper writer Britt Reid) and his sidekick Kato and an arsenal of fuel bombs and fuel weapons, units out to smash against the law syndicate led by the mysterious “Chief”. Earlier than lengthy they’re dodging time bombs, collapsing tunnels, crashing airplanes and plenty extra! Though the Hornet was portrayed within the serial by Gordon Jones, each time he dons the well-known hornet masks, his voice is dubbed by Al Hodge, who portrayed the character on radio (and later grew to become Captain Video on TV).
And eventually it is Dick Tracy Meets Ugly (1947) by which America’s High Cop comes head to head with a cadaverous dangerous man performed by Boris Karloff. In 1937 Republic Photos solid Byrd as Chester Gould’s caricature detective Dick Tracy within the first of 4 serials, together with Dick Tracy (1937), Dick Tracy Returns (1938), Dick Tracy’s G-Males (1939) and Dick Tracy Vs. Crime, Inc. (1941). Byrd additionally appeared as Tracy in two RKO options within the late Forties and, when the character was delivered to TV in 1950, Byrd was the plain option to reprise his most well-known position.
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