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It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975)

TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.

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Jack Regas

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Romeo Muller (adaptation), David Newman (based on libretto by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Mars ... Max Mencken
Loretta Swit ... Sydney
Lesley Ann Warren ... Lois Lane (as Lesley Warren)
David Wayne ... Dr. Abner Sedgwick
David Wilson ... Superman / Clark Kent
Phil Leeds ... MIT Technician
Harvey Lembeck ... Gangster
Allen Ludden Allen Ludden ... Perry White
Al Molinaro ... Gangster
Malachi Throne ... Boss
Lou Wills Jr. Lou Wills Jr. ... Gangster
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Newsroom Copy Boy
Geoffrey Horne ... Ray Clive
George Chandler ... Jonathan Kent
Irene Tedrow ... Martha Kent
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TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.

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The funniest Superhero story ever!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lesley Ann Warren would later audition for the role of Lois Lane in Superman (1978) but lost it to Margot Kidder. See more »

Quotes

Superman: Lois is in danger, I must split!
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Soundtracks

(It's a) Swell Country
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Malachi Throne, Harvey Lembeck, Al Molinaro, Lou Wills Jr. and Chorus
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I Remember This SUPERMAN Play!
2 January 2003 | by drmark7See all my reviews

Being a big SUPERMAN fan, I can remember when this musical was on TV. I think it was broadcast as an episode of the late night ABC WIDE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT. At the time, the old SUPERMAN TV show was popular in reruns again. What made me think to look this up, is that I am currently watching a vintage (c.1966) episode of I'VE GOT A SECRET on THE GAME SHOW NETWORK. The celebrity guest is an actor named Bob Holiday, who was currently starring on broadway in the original play. With songs by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, who also wrote "Bye Bye Birdie." Holiday came dressed in his Superman costume, and his "secret" was to teach Steve Allen how to fly on a wire. I seem to recall seeing a TV GUIDE article about the play from around this time. I can remember the cast album of this play being available in budget "cut-out" record album bins for many years. The stars in the stage play (or at least on the show album) were Jack Cassidy and Linda Lavin. I sure wish I would have bought one then, but checking on the net, the cast LP was re-released on CD in 1992! Those are my memories of IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE. Mark R. Hill


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