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Secret Agent (1943)

Approved | | Animation, Short | 30 July 1943 (USA)
Superman battles saboteurs determined to stop a lady double agent from getting important documents to Washington D.C.

Director:

Seymour Kneitel

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 ... Secret Agent (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Narrator / Police Chief / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ... Clark Kent / Superman / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa Julian Noa ... Perry White / Police Officer / Nazi Saboteurs (voice) (uncredited)
Sam Parker Sam Parker ... (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Clark Kent helps a pretty blonde Federal agent escape a gang of Nazi saboteurs, and lets himself be captured to learn their plans. The blonde, pursued again, falls into the gears of a drawbridge... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Animation | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

30 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the River See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Famous Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Superman has only one line of dialogue in the entire short. That line, which he speaks while disguised as Clark Kent, is "But, Chief...." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Perry White: Now look here, Kent, you can't pick your assignments. Hurry over and cover that consumers' meeting.
Clark Kent: But, Chief...
Perry White: But nothing! That's final.
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Follows Japoteurs (1942) See more »

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Bravo!
18 October 1999 | by AthanatosSee all my reviews

This cartoon has a great deal to recommend it. The female character, though she appears only in this cartoon, never to be seen again, is courageous and quick thinking. The pacing, albeit unrealistic, is terrifically well handled. The animators, in the days before computer animation, do a credible job with the representation of such things as geared mechanical devices. Superman has not yet evolved into the overly powerful demigod of later years, and is plausibly challenged -- especially in an early scene where he has, in the guise of Kent, leapt on the back of a speeding automobile, and cannot risk doing anything too "super".

Generally speaking, the Fleischers in this series succeed in taking what amounted to a dumbed-down combination of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche and Alexander Gillespie Raymond, and producing something genuinely exciting from it.

It should be noted, however, that this and many of the other cartoons in the Fleisher series (and in the Famous cartoons that continued it) are sometimes quite violent, and parents should preview these cartoons before allowing younger children to watch them.


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