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Superman - Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
President Monroe "Magic Coin" is used to teleport people
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The 1950 Columbia pictures serial film "Atom Man vs. Superman" shows a "Magic Coin"
used to teleport people. The coin is a dollar-sized film prop token with President James Monroe on it.
 
This serial film had 15 chapters, each about 15 minutes long, and was released in July of 1950.
It was based on the popular Action Comics character Superman and followed the 1948 serial "Superman".
 
Superman came from the destroyed planet Krypton to Earth. He has super powers, including being
able to fly, super strength, and x-ray vision. He has a cover identity as Clark Kent, who works as a
newspaper reporter for the Daily Planet newpaper in the city of Metropolis, U.S.A.
 
His co-workers are Lois Lane, an experienced woman reporter and Jimmy Olson, a "cub" or
new reporter. Their boss is the newspaper's editor Perry White.
 
Lothor is a super-villian, who "could have been the world's greatest scientist" if he hadn't
turned to crime. Lothor has his headquarters in a cave and has several middle-aged men working for him.
 
He has many inventions, including a teleportation device which moves people to and from his cave,
several types of ray guns including a heat ray, a thermal gun, a sonic vibrator ray, an Atomic Reduction Ray,
a flying saucer, and a rocket. Later on a Directional Cyclotron is added.
 
Superman becomes weak and ill in the presence of the rare element Kryptonite and Luthor plans to
use this weakness to destroy Superman. Lothor also has an alternate identity, "Atom Man",
who always wears a mask.
 
This film has plenty of action with continual captures and rescues of the players.
Atom Man vs. Superman
1. Title
 
Each chapter has a title card.
 
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2. Chapter 1 Heading - Superman Flies Again
 
The title one refers to the previous 1948 serial "Superman".
 
In the office of the Daily Planet newspaper are the main players.
 
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3. Perry White, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen
 
Perry has a police radio which also receives broadcasts from Lothor.
 
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4. Lothor on the radio
 
Lothor issues threats against Metropolis and warns the police and Superman to stop looking for him.
 
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5. Superman
 
Superman appears.
 
The police arrest some robbers.
 
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6. Robbers busted
 
One pulls out a coin which causes the robbers to disappear.
It is called a "Magic Coin" or "Activated Coin" and activates Lothor's
Matter Transmission Machine which teleports people to and from his headquarters.
 
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7. The Magic Coin appears
 
The coin is a US silver dollar sized prop coin with which has a picture of US President James Monroe on it.
Only one side of the coin is shown in this film.
 
An example of the prop coin obverse:
 
President Monroe Bird Paradise
8. Los Angeles Rubber Stamp Company - Motion Picture Prop Coin - Bird of Paradise
 
White metal, 35mm, 9.28gm
 
Obverse: President James Monroe facing half left, no text
 
Reverse: Bird of Paradise and man kneeling in temple surrounded by eight-pointed rounded star, no text
 
These tokens were made for motion picture use.
 
Atom Man finally appears in Lothor's cave hideout.
 
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9. Atom Man appears
 
A "Magic Coin" is brought to the Daily Planet offices.
 
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10. Perry examines a Magic Coin
 
Lothor now owns a television station and is claiming to no longer commit crimes.
 
Lois manages to fall into the hands of the crooks and is rescued.
 
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11. Superman flies Lois away
 
The flying sequences in this film were done using animation.
 
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12. Superman uses X-ray vision to examine a Magic Coin
 
He finds that it is mostly silver with some copper and a mystery element.
 
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13. Lois holds a Magic Coin
 
It transports her to Atom Man's hideout.
 
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14. Atom Man holds Lois at his cave
 
Lothor's men have stolen some Plutonium which is needed to make synthetic Kryptonite.
 
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15. Lothor examines the box of Plutonium
 
Superman is lured to Lothor's hideout and given Kryptonite.
 
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16. Chapter 8 Heading - Into the Empty Doom
 
Lothor puts the reduced Superman into his transporter machine.
 
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17. Superman enters the transporter
 
Luthor sends Superman to the "Empty Doom" which is something like the Fourth Dimension.
 
Superman becomes like a ghost and Lois wonders why Clark Kent is also missing.
 
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18. Superman passes a message to Lois
 
Lothor has a televison set.
 
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19. An early television set
 
Superman finds the cave and slugs Atom Man, knocking off his head.
 
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20. Atom Man loses his head
 
This Atom Man is apparently a robot.
 
Lois has quit the Daily Planet and gone to work for Lothor's television station as a
news announcer.
 
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21. Lois works a television camera
 
Another one of Lothor's inventions, a security camera.
 
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22. Lothar's security camera catches a burglar
 
Lothor gets out his Flying Saucer.
 
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23. The Flying Saucer arrives
 
One of Lothar's man has an old-fashioned weapon handy.
 
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24. Lothar's man with a rifle
 
The rifle appears to be a Winchester Model 1894.
 
After issuing more threats, Lothar launches a rocket towards Metropolis which is intercepted.
 
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25. Superman rides again
 
Superman steers the rocket into the ocean.
 
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26. Lois receives a gift
 
It is "from an admirer".
 
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27. A mounted Magic Coin
 
Lois is transported to Lothar's cave, where he takes her onto his rocket.
 
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28. Lothar's rocket flies into space
 
Lothar picks up an uninvited passenger.
 
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29. Lothar's rocket has surprise passenger
 
Lothar is taken in hand and he and Lois are flown back to Earth.
 
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30. Lothar busted
 
Lois still wonders if Superman and Clark Kent are related.
Notes:
 
Cast:
Kirk Alyn as Superman / Clark Kent
Noel Neill as Lois Lane
Tommy Bond as Jimmy Olsen
Lyle Talbot as Luthor / Atom Man
 
Director: Spencer Bennet
Writers: George H. Plympton, Joseph F. Poland, David Mathews
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