Adventures of Superman (1952–1958): Season 2, Episode 12 - Panic in the Sky - full transcript

Superman rams a giant asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The impact causes the asteroid to now orbit the planet. However, Superman is staggered as he returns to Earth. He manages to change back to Clark Kent (apparently a reflex action) but doesn't remember who he is. Meanwhile, the orbiting asteroid still presents hazards for Earth. Only Superman can place an explosive device that will demolish the asteroid -- and no one, including Clark, knows where Superman is.

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NARRATOR: Faster
than a speeding bullet.

More powerful than a locomotive.

Able to leap tall buildings
at a single bound.

MAN 1: Look! Up in the
sky! MAN 2: It's a bird!

WOMAN: It's a plane!
MAN 3: It's Superman!

NARRATOR: Yes, it's Superman,

strange visitor
from another planet,

who came to Earth
with powers and abilities

far beyond those of mortal men.

Superman, who can change
the course of mighty rivers,



bend steel in his bare hands,

and who, disguised
as Clark Kent,

mild-mannered reporter for a
great metropolitan newspaper,

fights a never-ending battle

for truth, justice and
the American way.

And now, another
exciting episode

in the Adventures of Superman!

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There, there. It's all right.

It's just a meteor, that's all.

Would you like to look
through these night glasses,

Miss Lane?

No, thanks, Jim.



It doesn't do any good.

You can't see anything, anyway.

You didn't find
Mr. Kent, did you?

No, sir. I'm sorry.

Oh, that's all right.

Clark probably found a
nice deep cellar someplace

to hide in.

I'm sorry, I didn't
really mean that.

Nobody said that meteor's
gonna hit Metropolis.

Maybe it won't
even hit the Earth.

"Asteroid" is what the
scientists are calling it.

That's a meteor, king-size.

Did you talk to the observatory?

Mm.

I wish we could see
the blasted thing.

At least last night we
could see where it was.

It's only flamed up like that
when it's passed other planets.

That's exactly
what I meant before.

It zoomed right past
Venus and Mars, didn't it?

Just because a big
thing runs wild and gallops

all over the solar system

doesn't mean it's gonna hit us.

I know, Jimmy. I know.

Still...

it does seem funny
we can't see it anymore.

That's because it's so close,
it's in the shadow of the Earth.

Chief, what did the
observatory say?

Measurements, just measurements.

It's 5 miles and a quarter
in diameter, they figure.

Oh.

Chief, do you wanna get
out an extra on its size?

With maybe an
artist's drawing of it?

Why bother?

What do you mean, "why bother"?

We might as well
wait and print it with

the morning wind-up
story. If there is one.

Gosh, but there's...

Golly, that isn't daylight,

is it?

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Any change, professor...?

Out of the way.

Superman! But
the sky is getting...

There isn't time.
Where is Superman?

Superman? Superman!

Over here, professor.

I'm just watching it.

Well, your eyes probably
do a better job of it

than the telescope.

It's stopped moving now.

Well, it's turned
from its course.

And it's starting to burn again.

You can't see it
move because now

it's coming straight toward us.

Straight...

Straight toward
Metropolis? Yeah.

Well, excuse me, professor.

I've got a date in outer space.

No, don't try it, Superman.

Maybe I can knock
it off its course.

Now, listen, they've got
spectroscopic photos in there,

and we can't even identify
the minerals and gases

in that asteroid. So?

Your powers may have
no control over them.

Here on Earth, yes.
But suppose that's made

of Kryptonite or some
other unknown element

from cosmic space, which
even you can't handle.

That's just a chance
we'll have to take.

Look.

It's starting to fall now.

It's picking up speed.

Goodbye, professor.

[SUPERMAN BLASTING OFF]

Chance.

That's all it is.

Just a chance.

And it may cost the
world a terrible price...

Superman.

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He did it. He did it!

Its motion stopped entirely.

It's just floating in space.

Now it'll never hit the earth.

It'll just float out
there in its own orbit,

like a second moon.

It can't reach our atmosphere.

Isn't that... right, professor?

Isn't that what it means?

I don't know.

I don't know what it means, yet.

Except that every single one
of us owes his life to Superman.

Hey, it's not so bright anymore.

And it's changed direction.

Hey, Mary! Quick!

Look.

Ah, it's gone.

Hooray!

[ALL CHEERING]

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[CAR MOTOR RUNNING]

Hi.

Whoa!

Whoa, Nelly!

Hey, stranger, you want a lift?

Huh?

I said do you want a lift?

I guess so.

Well, come on. Get in, then.

Boy, oh, boy.
D'you see that thing?

Wow!

"Zooooom," like this.

Then "whap," she goes!

What... did... you say?

That planet thing up in the sky.

I thought we was
goners for sure.

Superman done it.
The radio said so.

Superman?

Yeah, yeah. Superman done it.

All right, get in.

Don't mean nothing to you.

World gets saved. "Ha!
Happens every day."

Ha.

Here's the front page, chief.

Yes, that's right,
from the White House.

I could have told them
Superman would come through.

All right, professor. Yes,
we'll be cautious, sure.

The mayor, this is White
again. Yes, I'll hang on.

Huh? We're taking
pictures on the roof.

The asteroid's just
circling the Earth.

We've got to get it
before it's out of sight.

All right, sure. Yes,
that's much better.

I'll call you the minute
we get in touch with him.

Boy, what excitement.

The mayor's planning a
big reception for Superman.

Yes, but... London
observers wouldn't believe

it was Superman who stopped it.

What did Professor... In
Rome, people are going

crazy on the streets. Huh?

Oh, the astronomer? He's
a Gloomy Gus, that's all.

Wondering about the
effect of that thing after...

But does he know what
happened to Superman?

No.

They couldn't see
what happened to him.

After that terrific collision,

do you think he could be dead?

Mabel, is Clark
Kent out there yet?

I want him to get on
the ball and find out

what happened to
Superman... Chief.

He isn't back yet, either.

Clark's still missing too.

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[FOOTSTEPS]

[DOORKNOB RATTLES]

Mr. Kent!

Excuse me, please, I...

Jeepers, where'd you
go? I've been worried sick,

what with you not coming
to the office since last night

and the chief yelling
for you all the time,

and all that stuff about
Superman going on.

I had these keys...

It seemed like the
right place to come to.

I don't know.

You're not mad at me for
coming to your place, are you?

No. The guy
downstairs let me in,

and I figured you wouldn't mind.

[SIGHS] I don't know.

What's the matter, Mr. Kent?

Gee, you look tired.

Tired.

Yes...

Yes, I'm tired.

Well, it's no wonder, with
all this excitement going on.

I'll tell you what.
Why don't you go

and take a good hot
shower. I'll run out and get

some sandwiches and coffee.

Shower?

That's a good idea.

I'll be back right away.

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[SHOWER RUNNING]

I'm back, Mr. Kent.

I got some coffee
and sandwiches.

I'll put them on the
table in the bedroom.

[GLASS SHATTERING]

Mr. Kent.

Here we are.

[DOORBELL BUZZES]

Wait a minute!

[DOORBELL BUZZES]

All right, where is he?
What's this all about?

He's in the bedroom.

I finally got him in bed.
He must weigh a ton.

I guess he cracked
his head pretty hard

when he hit the floor.

Jimmy, all that glass!

I know.

He must be the luckiest
guy that ever lived.

Not a scratch!

Probably slipped
on a piece of soap.

Only why didn't you send
for a doctor instead of us?

Well, I...

Please, I... I'm all right.

What happened to me?

Don't you know?

Well, no.

Not since I opened
my eyes. I'm sorry.

Are you all right, Mr. Kent?

What?

What did you call me?

Mr. Kent.

Who?

What... What's the matter?

Don't any of you know me?

Please answer me. Who am I?

Amnesia!

He's lost his memory.

Oh, nonsense!

Kent, wake up.

You're a reporter.
You work for me!

Now come on, stop this!

Am I?

A-are you sure?

Who are you?

Well, I'm Lois Lane,
reporter at the Planet...

Kent, I want you to stop this!

Now, you can't lose your
memory. It's not possible!

You know us!

I'm White. This is
Jimmy. That's Lois.

This is just a
joke, isn't it, Clark?

Of course that's all it is.

But let me tell you
one thing, young man:

I'm in no mood for jokes.

I've had all the
headaches I want

from all this asteroid
business, Superman missing...

Please. Just a minute.

You said Superman?

I seem to have heard of
him before, somewhere.

Who is Superman?

Great Caesar's ghost!

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Professor.

What are they gonna name it?

Superman's Moon?

Don't be stupid.

What's eating you?

It's settled down in
its own orbit, hasn't it?

Circling the earth twice
a day, nice and steady.

It's cooled off too.

Oh, I developed
those pictures for you,

from the big lens.

It's got a lot of little
bumps on its surface.

Looks just like it oughta
look. Perfectly normal.

I know, I know.

Well, then what's
wrong, professor?

We're gonna find
out soon enough.

There's some government
research men, a scientist

and the Weather Bureau
flying in this afternoon

for a conference.

If I'm not back,
meet them, will you?

Weather Bureau?

Well, where are you going?

To see Perry White
at the Daily Planet.

I think we should have
Superman here at the conference.

I'm afraid we'll need him.

The Earth is still in deadly
danger from that asteroid.

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[CAR HORN HONKS]

You say this is where I work?

Are you sure?

Well, of course, Mr. Kent.

Don't you remember anything?

It's a big city, isn't it?

Lots of big buildings.

Guess the chief
had the right idea.

When you get
behind your own desk

and start pounding
your old typewriter,

you'll snap out of it.

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They say it's gonna
cross the sun like that

nearly every day?

[CHUCKLING] Hm?
What are you talking about?

That's always been
up there, hasn't it?

It's what you call
the moon, isn't it?

That does it. In here!

[CAR HORN HONKS]

Doesn't anything come
back to you, Mr. Kent?

Look. There's the
desk I fell against.

Remember the day the
chief was trying to find out

who spilled the ink on his rug?

No, I'm sorry, Jimmy.
That is your name, isn't it?

Kent! Kent!

I wanna see you!

Oh, that's me.

Yes, sir? Oh, wait.

Chief, it's hopeless.

All you can do is get
him a good doctor.

I have no time for that!

See there? Home again.

Everything's gonna be all right.

Nothing to worry about.

Only this, Kent.

I want you to find
Superman for me.

I don't care how you do it.
You've done it for me before,

so I want you to find him.

Well, do you know
what he looks like, sir?

Now, see here, Kent.

I told you, chief, it's useless.

I'll help him, Mr. White.

I was supposed to
cover the flower show...

Be quiet! Be quiet!

Kent, the whole world needs him,

don't you understand?

They need him in a hurry!

Why? What is it?

You're the only one who's
ever been able to contact him.

You've got to find him!

Well, sir, I'll do my best.

I'll study up on him real hard,

look all through
the files downstairs,

and uh... I'll ask
everybody I meet and...

How about putting an
ad in the paper? That...

No, no, no. I'm sorry.

You just, uh... You
just rest for a few days.

You cover the flower
show with Jimmy,

while the world's
coming to an end.

Chief, what did you mean by
the world coming to an end?

Read this. Just
came in on the wire.

Tidal wave, down in Brazil.

Oh, that's terrible.

I'll get right on the story.

Just a minute, Miss Lane.
This tidal wave, I'm afraid,

is just the beginning.

Well, I don't understand.

Does it have something to do

with the asteroid that
Superman stopped?

Well, Superman
just sidetracked it.

That's the trouble. It
should have been destroyed.

Its gravitational influence is
upsetting the Earth's rotation.

I just had a call from
our bureau in Cairo.

North Africa is having the
worst wind and sandstorm

it's ever had. Well,
the seismograph

out at the observatory
shows an earthquake.

But we haven't
determined its origin yet.

You mean all these disturbances
were caused by the asteroid?

What other explanation
can there be?

That thing up there
might disturb the balance

of the entire solar
system! I don't know.

Just find Superman,
do you understand?

Find him.

Where's Kent?

He went home.

I'm pretty worried
about him, chief.

You're worried about him?

I'm worried about Superman.

I guess we're all pretty
worried about Superman.

Well, we better be.

If he doesn't turn up,
we're finished, that's all.

You're right.

Oh, I sent Jimmy up to
Clark's apartment to make sure

he's all right.

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[DOOR OPENING]

Okay to come in?

Sure, Jimmy. Come on in.

Are you feeling better?

Hm? Oh, yes, thanks, Jimmy.

I'm feeling much better, thanks.

You look worried, Mr. Kent.

Is something bothering you?

Well, Jimmy,

I've been thinking
about Superman.

Do you suppose it's his costume

that gives him his
peculiar power?

I, uh... I don't follow you.

You know what I mean.

They haven't been able to
find him, and they've got to.

The world might
not last another day.

But suppose...

Suppose someone
else found his costume.

No. No, wait, Mr. Kent

That's not right.

Superman explained
it to me once.

That costume doesn't
have any particular powers.

Only Superman
can do super things.

Nobody else. Nobody.

Well, someone has gotta
try and save this world of ours.

Huh?

Jimmy, you came over
to see if I was all right.

Well, I am. Thank you very much.

Now if you don't
mind running along,

I've got some things to do.

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Professor Roberts.

The observatory!

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Just this.

It could save the world.

But without
Superman, it's useless.

Couldn't the Army or
the Navy or somebody

put it in a guided missile

and shoot it
towards the asteroid?

I'm afraid they haven't
developed a guided missile yet

that can go that
far out into space.

So the only answer
is still Superman.

Yeah, and nobody
knows where he...

Look!

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What can I do for
you, professor?

This box.

Do you think you can
carry this out to the asteroid?

Yes, sir.

Now, nothing can happen
until you set the controls.

After you reach the
asteroid, throw the first switch.

This one here?

That's right.

That'll start the
chain reaction.

Then 5 seconds later,
throw the main switch.

That does it.

That's right.

Now the atomic energy
people are positive

there's enough explosive
in that to destroy the entire...

[♪♪♪]

Goodbye, professor.

Miss Lane, everyone.

You sound as though you
don't expect to come back.

I may not.

You had a pretty
rough time of it before.

The asteroid was burning then.

But since you changed
its orbit, it's cooled.

Now, perhaps the elements
that almost destroyed you,

were altered in
the cooling process.

I don't know. It's just a
chance, nothing more.

I understand, sir.

[♪♪♪]

Well...

No matter who I am...

Here goes.

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"Thus, the asteroid was
completely disintegrated

"and the world saved
from possible destruction

"due to its influence.

"Superman, who
was slightly injured

"by his first collision
in space, seemed to be

"completely recovered
when he returned to Earth.

Probably it was the
second blow that"...

Wait a minute!

How do you know all of that.

Oh, didn't I tell you?

I've my memory back again, now.

Really, Clark.

Just because you
got hit on the head

is no sign that's what
happened to Superman.

Why not?

I think we have
something in common.

As a matter of
fact, I know we do.

You see, I know
who he is now too.

Oh, you do.

Mm-hm. Well, come on, who?

Oh, just knock me
on the head sometime,

you'll find out.

Mr. Kent, I'm really very
glad you're well again.

But I'm not so sure it's
much of an improvement.

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