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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:49 pm    Post subject: Adventures of Superman! Reply with quote




I loved this show when I was a kid in the 1950s. George Reeves was such a hero of mine that I remember sitting down on the front porch of my house and crying after reading that he had "killed himself".

I still don't believe that is was suicide, and I'm not the only one who doesn't.

If the Adventures of Superman is a favorite of yours, too, sound off here!

Bud-el, the Last Son of Krypton

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now on MeTV.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dog gone it, I keep hearing about MeTV, but I don't get that channel!

Good thing I've got the box sets of this great series. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: #GeekFirstWorldProblems Reply with quote

Pow wrote:
Now on MeTV.

It's great to watch it that way, too.

Unfortunately, since canceling my cable and getting an antenna (great decision, despite what I am about to say), I no longer have a DVR. I used to record MeTV from Superman thru Voyage on Sat nights, 8 hours of programming. Now I can't and don't want to sit and watch TV for 8 hours straight.

So I at least try to catch Wonder Woman, Star Trek, Svengoolie (sometimes), and Lost in Space. It's still a long slog, and I miss Supes.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read a bio on Deforest Kelly. Never knew that he & his wife were close friends to George Reeves.

Traveled across the country together as young actors.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

De once told me that he had auditioned for the part that George got in Gone With The Wind (M-G-M 1939).
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of Reeves: I love his Clark Kent.

For what I assume were budget reasons, you obviously see very little actual "Superman". The mysteries tend to be solved by Clark and Lois as detectives. He's brave and strong, unlike Chris Reeve's Kent. It makes more sense that a girl like Lois would hang around George's Clark. (or Dean Cain's Clark, for that matter)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a pleasure to hear from a fellow fan of Adventures of Superman

Don't they sell DVR devices you can get at places like Best Buys that do the same thing the ones provided by DISH, etc. does?

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With all due respect to Kirk Allyn, the first live Superman, George Reeves was superior in the role.

Several theories running around regarding George's death & what the real cause was. Have read about it & watched documentaries on it.

I'm unsure as to what really happened, but I also believe that we did not get the real story from the witnesses that June night in 1959.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are still plenty of us George Reeves Supe fans around, though I suppose our numbers are less each year. His version of the character wasn't plagued by angst. He was just a good humored, likable guy who could fly and resist bullets. He was the kind of guy everybody in 1950s liked to know.

Just the other day my friend Irv was telling me how he can't stand all the whining that characters in shows like The Arrow are always doing and that the 1950s Superman never bothered with any of that. He just caught the bad guys, then had a few laughs with his friends. We'll probably never see another DC superhero depicted like that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a very interesting observation Mr. Jones.

As a guy who grew up in the 1950s (born in 1948), I've observed over the decades that the movies and TV shows made during that period depicted characters who are now considered unrealistic -- and yet that was exactly the point.

Those characters where meant to encourage people to emulate them. They weren't trying to reflect the ordinary behavior of average people, they were demonstrating the extraordinary behavior of above average people.

I'm happy to say that the current trend in superhero movies has (for the most part) moved back in that direction -- although we do see efforts on the part of the film makers to show the internal suffering of the characters, and the emotional struggles they go through before demonstrating that extraordinary behavior.

Compare this to the decades of "anti-heroes" we went through. The Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns are fun to watch, but characters like that were certainly not intended to be heroes.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, while I enjoyed the style of the Sergio Leone westerns, I was never a big fan of the anti-hero concept, either. I can understand the desire to increase the human realism, but I wonder if decades of such characters haven't had a negative effect on generations of viewers. Today it's pretty common to have central characters of TV series that are actually cold blooded killers-- not really even anti-heroes. Let's bring back the spirit of George, folks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that by not promoting a high standard of human behavior with characters which present an ideal -- not just a realistic depiction -- we condone our basic nature (which is not exactly saintly) and excuse our short comings with the attitude that "everybody does it, nobody is perfect".

There's nothing wrong about feeling that you could be better than you are. The "I'm okay, you're okay" philosophy is fine up to a point.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was born years later so I only got to see reruns when I was young. I enjoyed that one, together with reruns of My Favorite Martian.

Strangely enough, I can only remember one scene, which I think involved a diner, with steak and side dishes served for a dollar. But it might have been another series.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the reasons that I'm looking forward to the new Supergirl series is that we see in the previews she loves being Supergirl.

Not just because she has incredible powers but because she is helping mankind & leading an authentic & meaningful life.

She is smiling & not going about her work in a grim, humorless manner & subjecting us to diatribes of angst & woe about her life.
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