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Showdown (1942)

A crook dressed as Superman commits a series of robberies. The real Superman must work fast to counter the bad publicity.

Directors:

Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber), Dave Fleischer (uncredited)

Writers:

Jerry Siegel (comic strip created by: Superman) (as Jerome Siegel), Joe Shuster (comic strip created by: Superman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ... Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ... Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Office Boy / Fake Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa Julian Noa ... Boss (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

"Friend turned foe" reads the newspaper headline. But Lois Lane suspects there's more to the story of Superman turning into a jewel thief and bank robber. And, of course, Clark Kent, knows it can't be true. But someone is out there committing crimes--and he's doing it dressed like Superman. Clark Kent finally meets the impostor at the opera. And that's where the impostor meets the real Superman. Catching the low-class crook is easy. But behind the cheap gangster is a powerful crime boss. And he proves more resourceful than his stooge. Written by J. Spurlin

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Genres:

Animation | Short | Crime

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El duelo See more »

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Production Co:

Famous Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This marks the first time on screen when a villain shoots at Superman, realizes his bullets are ineffective and decides to throw his gun at Superman as an alternate form of attack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Voices: Up in the sky, look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
Narrator: Faster than a streak of lightning! More powerful than the pounding surf! Mightier than a roaring hurricane! This amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, The Man of Steel: Superman! Possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent.
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Connections

Follows The Magnetic Telescope (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah, So Pure!
From "Martha"
Written by Friedrich von Flotow
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Superman #11
17 May 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Showdown (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A fake Superman is going around robbing various shops and people but the real one gets a chance to grab him, which leads to another criminal. This isn't the greatest cartoon ever made but it's mildly entertaining simply because it breaks free from the plot lines of previous shorts. The movie mixes it up a little bit and for that I'm extremely grateful considering the previous shorts were starting to go down the same path. What really goes against the film is that the fake Superman is about a quarter the size of the real one so when they finally reach their showdown, it's pretty disappointing because the fake guy is so small and not much of a match.


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