Saturday, January 5, 2013

Vital Viewing (Cuban Kryptonite Edition)

The first actor to play Superman on television, George Reeves was born on this date in 1914.

In this clip, Reeves meets a fellow 1950s TV icon:


  1. I was always so sad about his death.
    What a shame if it was true that he was so typecast that he couldn't find work.
    Hey my Birthday is the 4th but I am not as old, close but....
    Not that you asked but since you posted the clip... I think I am the only person in America that can't stand "I Love Lucy" I know it was a comedy show but her voice alone sent me running. I remember the opening so we must have watched it some ? but I really don't remember it much so I guess we didn't.

    Are you snowed in ?

    cheers, parsnip

  2. Happy birthday, parsnip. I took you as someone who would like Lucy but not George. You continue to surprise me. One reason I look forward to your comments.

    But I'm afraid I'm going to have to side with the majority of Americans on this one, parsnip. I thought I LOVE LUCY was a very funny show. And not just because of Lucille Ball. I also liked Desi Arnaz (Ricky), Vivian Vance (Ethel), and William Frawley (Fred). Now, Ball's later shows, the ones in color, I didn't find funny at all, in large part because she didn't have the other three to play off of. And Gale Gordon sends ME running!

    George Reeves is my favorite actor so far to have played Superman. Now, that's not to say I think the show he was on was all that great. It was really pretty cheesy. But actors are often much better than the vehicles in which they appear, a point I've made in the past on this blog, and plan to make again in the future.

    Reeves played such an easygoing Superman, it's hard to believe he took his own life. Of course, he WAS an actor. Some say he was actually murdered, which may just be a rather morbid form of wishful thinking by those who find his suicide disturbing. Though, I have to say, that he was despondent over typecasting doesn't really make that much sense. THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN hadn't been off the air all that long when Reeves died, not nearly long enough for him to conclude that he would never work again (Adam West--1960s Batman--must have somehow found the will to go on. He continues to be typecast to this very day!) Matt Damon played Reeves in a movie a couple of years ago. I'm going to have to seek it out.

    Lot of snow the last two weeks in Ohio, but I still have to go out in it. I saw your comment on the NUMINOSITY blog. Southern Arizona is snowed in? Wow!