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Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Action / Adventure / Crime / Family / Sci-Fi
Original Title: A Ghost for Scotland Yard
Director: George Blair
Writers: Jackson Gillis
Released: 1952–1958
Duration: 30min
Video type: TV Episode
Brockhurst, a famous magician, has been dead for a number of years. Yet, he his ghost is supposed to be returning. Clark Kent, while in England on assignment for the Daily Planet with Jimmy Olsen, is a skeptic. However, Sir Arthur McCredy, an old friend of Perry White's, is involved and Clark and Jimmy are assigned to stay over and work up a story about Brockhurst's supposed return. As Superman, Clark narrowly saves Sir Arthur's life after he has fainted while driving. It turns out he has seen a giant image of Brockhurst's face in the sky. Now, Clark is determined to find out the truth.
Episode cast overview:
George Reeves George Reeves - Superman / Clark Kent
Noel Neill Noel Neill - Lois Lane
Jack Larson Jack Larson - Jimmy Olsen
John Hamilton John Hamilton - Perry White (credit only)
Robert Shayne Robert Shayne - Inspector Henderson (credit only)
Leonard Mudie Leonard Mudie - Brockhurst the Magician
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell - Sir Arthur McCredy
Norma Varden Norma Varden - Mabel McCredy
Patrick Aherne Patrick Aherne - Insp. Farrington
Eve Brenner Eve Brenner - Betty (as Evelyn Halpern)
Clyde Cook Clyde Cook - News Vendor

There is a road sign saying "Lemon Raegis," a joke on the British town "Lyme Regis."

The comic book that the news vendor gives Jimmy in the final scene is Superman #83 (July/August 1953). The main story is entitled "Clark Kent, Convict."

Reviews: [3]

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    Clark and Jimmy are in England. They have just traveled from Sweden and after a day are to return home. But there is a big story on the streets. A magician who had died five years previously after being run over by a Lorry (a truck, not a large woman) guaranteed he would return five years to the day. This guy was a piece of work. He was a great artist but was cruel and was hated by everyone. Clard is furious that he has to stay but the family that has become the target is convinced he will come back, so out of courtesy, the Planet reporter stays. An elderly man who is in fear of is life goes to the scene of the accident, thinks he sees and hears the ghost. When he passes out in the car as it's moving forward, Superman saves him. Back at the house, people begin to get phone calls from the dead man, but the telephone operator has no knowledge of these calls. This is actually a pretty good mystery, one of the better episodes.
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    CONTINUING to make use of Hollywood's standard types of movies, the producers of the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN opted to bring on board a venture into the world of the paranormal; also called parapsychology. In short, it is an old fashioned Ghost Story. Having viewed this many, many times, ever since its premiere showing in November of 1953; the episode remains both fresh and familiar. Hey, this old bastard (yours truly) was 7 years old then!

    THE story is pretty common stuff. Clark Kent (Mr. Reeves) and Master James Olsen arrive in Merry Old England where they are to check out a local story about a legend of a haunting. The Great Magician, Brockhurst, who had died years earlier had claimed that his Ghostly Visage would return to haunt his old enemies and Sir Arthur McRedy (Collin Campbell), an old Brit Pal of Perry White's, is nearly killed by losing control of his auto when he supposedly saw a vision of Brockhurst in the night sky.

    SUPERMAN manages to save him and Kent, Olsen and the Man of Steel manage to investigate and solve the mystery.

    'A GHOST FOR Scotland YARD' marked a decidedly obvious change of pace for the SUPERMAN Series. First off, right from the episode's start, the audience is prepared for something a little difference. Whatever the title had been, as long as it referred to the Spirit World and to its British Isles venue, it would suffice.

    THIS was a good move on the part of the folks over at National Comics/D.C. on multi fronts. First of all, it makes perfect sense to portray the World's Mightiest Mortal in some other countries besides the U.S.A. Also, the Comics Publishers various titles were sold in the United Kingdom and were said to be very popular. This is an excellent example of the quote from Mr. George Bernard Shaw, who said: "The British and the Americans are two peoples who are separated by a common language."

    THE episode makes use of only Kent/Superman and Jimmy Olsen out of the series' regulars. This is the first adventure to do so ever since the first season's 'The Haunted Lighthouse', (remember-"HELP! HELP-I'm D-R-O-W-N-I-N-G!!!!"). The scarcity of other players, Lois Lane (Noel Neill), Perry White (John Hamilton) and Inspector William Henderson (Robert Shayne) all remained back in Metropolis.

    AS a means to "Bulk-Up" the installment and add some measure of British Authenticity, the Producer Whitney Ellsworth, added several veteran British Actors from the Anglo-American Enclave in Hollywood. We have Colin Campbell (Sir Arthur McRedy), Norma Varden (as Mabel McRedy), Patrick Ahern (as Inspector Farrington of Scotland Yard-a sort of 'Road Show' Lastrade!), and Evelyn Halpern (as Betty).

    IN a finely conceived and neatly carried out gag, the part of a News Stand Vender was played by veteran of the English Music Hall and the Silent Movies, Comic Actor Clyde Cook. His presence both insured that both another authentically British Actor was on deck; but also one who would make the most of even a small bit. In this case, as Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen are leaving their hotel, the Newsman, Mr. Cook calls them back, handing Olsen some publication; which turns out to be a copy of the latest issue of SUPERMAN Comics! (Some other DC Publications are visible on the newstand, such as BATMAN; who would be getting his big chance about a dozen years later!)

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    Though this episode may take place in England, a notable change considering all the action usually takes place in Metropolis, it doesn't make a huge difference outside of the characters having mildly annoying stereotypical British accents and mannerisms. What's far more distinctive is the seemingly supernatural focus, a relative rarity this early on in the series. A late magician, Brockhurst, claimed that he would reappear as a ghost five years after his death, and of course, it's been five years since he died. Now Clark, Jimmy, and the local inspector have to figure out what's going on, especially since Sir Arthur, Brockhurt's manager and a friend of Perry White's, is pretty freaked out - he thinks that Brockhurst wants to come after him because he was always kind of nutty in real life and thought that Arthur was cheating him.

    Overall, this was an enjoyable episode mostly because Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen were wonderfully portrayed by George Reeves and Jack Larson as always. I found it amusing, if perhaps a bit weird, just how angry Clark got over being asked to cover a story about something he thought was based on superstition. Reeves' ability to convey such intense emotion in Kent was truly excellent (one of my all-time favorite aspects of the show is how it makes Clark feel like a real person with genuine emotions), but I guess it also felt odd that Clark would get SO angry about something like that. He is an intelligent, logical, and down-to-earth person, so I'm not surprised he would have no patience for treating the fanciful as reality, but I wouldn't have expected him to get quite that worked up about it. It's also dreadfully ironic considering that Clark himself is an alien living among us who can fly with no means of propulsion, which isn't exactly the most grounded, believable thing ever. I can only speculate that Clark's passion for his job and for helping his community made him hate the idea of wasting time on what seemed to him to be a worthless assignment, especially since Superman's time would be wasted too.

    This episode, while certainly solid, isn't one of the series' best or anything, mostly because of how they handled the villain and his schemes. For one thing, if they wanted to tell a story about a person faking supernatural happenings, they could've stood to come up with more interesting tricks, especially since Brockhurst was supposed to be one of the best magicians in the world. There wasn't anything wrong with the ways in which the ghost's appearance were faked, they were just quite mundane. But a bigger issue is how the villain's motives were not well developed; he thought his manager was cheating him, but apparently, this was ONLY because he was insane - no other elaboration whatsoever required. What's even more inexcusable is how they allude to Brockhurst having a bone to pick with the local inspector because Brockhurst got in trouble with the law, but don't see fit to elaborate on that beyond vaguely mentioning some heist. Why would a famous magician even want or need to commit a crime, anyway?

    Another flaw connected with Brockhurst is how they explain several really major plot points by citing his amazing disguise abilities, but they do this in a way that's barely expanded on and very hard to believe. Yes, plot holes are par for the course in this show, but at the very least, they could've mentioned his disguise abilities earlier on so it would feel more natural and less like a cop-out.

    Of course, I always enjoy seeing Clark and his friends investigating mysteries as opposed to just Superman punching villains (another major reason I love the show), and this episode had that, which is definitely a positive point in its favor. It was especially nice to see Jimmy doing some investigating and not just Clark, as I love seeing that he has some skills as a reporter despite his lack of sense at times.

    Overall, this was still a fine episode, with an interesting premise and the primary characters being lovable and well-acted as always. There are just several aspects where I can't help but wish they'd done a better job and made better use of the premise. I can look past plot holes, but it's a little harder when patching up the plot holes would have made the story not just more sensible, but more interesting. Still, it's not really that big a deal; if you like this show, you'll enjoy this.