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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Since I featured the early Batman TV Show yesterday I felt it only right that I hit up the BTS folders for a look at George Reeves’ Superman show. This photo has everything you’d expect from a 1950’s shoot! Giant equipment, men in business suits and everybody smoking a cigarette. Oh, and it also happens to have Superman and Noel Neill’s Lois Lane in fantastic color! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. In celebration of how awesome Harrison Ford looks in Cowboys and Aliens I think tomorrow’s pic might just have center around the man. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)
- Superman
- Twilight Zone (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet)
- The Public Enemy
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Barbarella
- Ghostbusters II
- The Thin Man
- Faust
- Batman TV Show

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  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I'm not "first" am I?

    by scallywagthedog

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    Reeves looks half pissed...heh-heh...

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy as Hugo Strange...

    by Heckles Dark Knight Rises, so says the nets.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Thanx Quint

    by scrote

    ...the more I look at that, the funnier it gets....

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Nice Granny Panties, Superman!

    by scallywagthedog

    "Hey! No hitting below the belt!" "Wow. What's left?" "My face...wait! NOT THE FACE!"

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Great Ceaser's Ghost!

    by HomerJay1

    It is odd to see a SuperMAN, not a SuperTiger Beat Pin up who looks 20.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    not Faster than a speeding bullet

    by krod

    Too soon?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    "the camera's over here, George, fer chrissakes!"

    by scrote

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Those are some big underpants!

    by eric haislar


  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Pull up your pants ya damn punks!

    by br1947

    If your belt is more than 3 inches from your pecks, you're doin' it wrong...<br><br>I never understood that era's weird fascination with pants that just needed a little more fabric to be a jumpsuit

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I don't understand this generation's weird fascination with wearing pants that are too small, wearing a teeny tiny belt under a huge gut and then blousing the shirt out at the waist hoping no one will notice the fatness. <p>Higher waisted pants gave Largeass-Americans dignity.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by thot

    Used to watch this every day when I was a kid (re-runs of course). Despite its obvious technological and budgetary limitations, it was a damned good TV series that has stood the test of time. I prefer Reeves' serious Clark Kent to Reeve's bumbler. I hope they play him straight in Godfather Nolan's version.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    some Simpsons quote

    by phifty2

    "..the bordello where his bullet riddled body was found."

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    I wonder why they bothered making the costume color

    by boogel

    If the show was going to be shot in B&W. Or am I remembering wrong. It was B&W right?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Oh "Is it true his ghost haunts...(see earlier post)

    by phifty2

    funny shit.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Later seasons were in full color

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Even though few people had color sets

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I like how Kent would wink right at the viewer

    by rev_skarekroe

    One of his super powers is knowing that he's in a TV show.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by Keeper Of Chimps

    All of the Noell Neil episodes were in color. I think there was only one B&W season (which was the best one with the better and HOTTER Lois)

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Reeve did it to at the end of every Superman movie.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Is that

    by SSquirrel

    a velour Superman suit? Looks comfy heh Boogel, yes it was in B&W early on, but you could still tell differences in color. One would be darker than another. If he was flying around in a pure white suit, it would have been strange

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Wait, he didn't wink, he looked at the camera...

    by phifty2

    ...and smiled.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah, those high waisted pants were insane

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Hard to believe people thought that looked good. You still she old guys in their 80's here in Florida (where America comes to die) with their pants pulled up to their armpits.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Damn, I love this series (pics that is)

    by Aloy

    When it first started I was indifferent but it's an amazing window into the old days (recent and way back). Good on you once again Quint.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    most annoying lois lane ever

    by FrodoFraggins

    God she was annoying as hell

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    he looks like hes having alotta fun.

    by alice133

    its probably those red granny panties.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Looks like the costume is made from

    by magnetoelectric

    Recycled crushed-velvet track suits

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    The series was only shot in color the last three seasons

    by Cheif Brody

    but those "color" episodes didn't AIR in color until it was syndicated in 1965. <p> This is why Ben Affleck's costume in "Hollywoodland" portraying George Reeves was seen in the monochromatic brown, gray & white version.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Phyllis Coates...

    by knightrider still the hottest Lois Lane in screen history, just pipping Teri Hatcher there. She had a fantastic 50's style.</p> And Reeves would often wink to the camera at the end of the episodes! My favourite was when Jimmy asked, "Gee, Mr. Kent, how did you get here so fast?!" and he replied, "I flew." [smiles, winks to camera]

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I think you mean "all that stuff"

    by ThreeOranges

    Shouldn't he be peeping through a window?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    When the episodes switched to color production...

    by Cheif Brody

    the writing got more and more campy...and the scripts were lightened in tone considerably. <p> The cost of shooting in color also was way more expensive...thus, less takes and zero reshoots. You'll notice alot more spoken mistakes/and other bloopers in the last three seasons, as the editors were forced to use whatever shots/takes the daily rushes had in them. <p> Th reason for color episodes not appearing til its second run syndiaction, was the same reason some shows aren't shot in HD right now. Not enough households had color TVs to warrant the extra cost to broadcast it in color at the time. <p> By 1965...the cost had dropped enough on the "new" color TVs, that more & more people had them in their homes...and everyone wanted to see Supes in Blue, Red & Yellow.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    George Reeves looks like he's drunk...

    by ForceRENDER

    wait a min... He was.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Phyllis Coates was much hotter than Neill and...

    by Carl's hat

    ..the first 2 seasons she was in, the black and white eps, were by far the best. Film noirish and more mature plots with dangerous criminals instead of the dis, dat, dose buffon crooks we got in the color eps. Classic first season eps include: "The Stolen Costume", "Night of Terror", "The Evil Three' and "The Human Bomb". Superman is my comfort show. When you got a bad cold, stretch out on the lounge with a cup of hot soup and hit play all on your Supes dvds. Guaranteed to make you feel better.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Watched 'The Stolen Costume' the other day...

    by knightrider

    Love the conclusion to that episode. All superheroes whose secret identities are discovered - take note!

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Never saw this show

    by SithMenace

    Was he really Christopher Reeves father?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    If he had a son named Chrstopher he was. If he changed his last name to Reeve and had a son named Christopher he also was.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by SithMenace

    I'll take that as a no.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Too bad he wasn't really bulletproof!

    by TheComedian77

    Eh? Eh? C'mon!!! What, too soon?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Looks a little pudgy to be the "Man Of Steel"

    by SithMenace

    Ah, the 50's.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    by CharlesFosterKane

    This is the definitive screen Superman for me. What a great show. I don't see any men in business suits in that pic though.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    George Reeve was the best

    by deelzbub

    That's the kinda Superman that Nolan should go for. Christopher always delivered his lines with a laugh, like he couldn't believe the shit he was saying.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    God, I love that show

    by dukeroberts

    It was pure, unadulterated joy for me when I was a kid. I can still repeat the opening from memory. Of course, I don't need to because I have the entire series on DVD. The black and white episodes were darker, more film noirish. The later episodes were more cartoony and got sillier as they shot in color. Despite all of that, I still love it. Phyllis Coates was sexier, but Noel Neill is always the first Lois I think of, even though she was a redhead. I may have to watch some of The Adventures of Superman tonight.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I loved Reeves's pot belly

    by Kaitain

    And the way you could see him start to drop through the air whenever he leaped out of a window.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Armie Hammer for Superman.

    by UltimaRex

    You know it to be true.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    If only you had shown Phyllis Coates as Lois

    by planetran_fan

    Noel Neille SUCKED!

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    And John Ha,ilton (?) was the BEST Perry White!

    by planetran_fan

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by planetran_fan

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    George Reeves looks like my dad

    by OutsideChance

    ...except for the tights of course. But that probably explains why, to me, there's always something fatherly about Superman.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    And how much better the suit looks in dark blue

    by OutsideChance

    I've never understood why, especially with the whole "truth justice and the American way" thing, that more creators didn't color Superman's suit the same dark navy blue as the US flag. It looks way better than that psuedo torquoise/royal blue that we get most of the time.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    How about Christopher Reeves flying wheelchair?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Reeves' Kent

    by BizarroJerry

    On that series, they played Clark as the casual personality, with Superman being stiffer, maybe more dignified. Not that I mind the bumbling nerdy character, but I think Clark works better if that's the identity that lets him relax and be "normal".

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    now if we can just get rid of

    by frank cotton

    empire waist dresses

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    50's Highwasted Superman

    by brobdingnag

    Would punch Obama in his commie balls while smoking a Lucky Strike.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Donny Osmond is......Superman!

    by MJDeViant

    He looks like more of an oddly dressed ballet dancer than a Superhero....BUT it had to start somewhere and he would probably think all the stars today playing him were pretty boys.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    RE: The Stolen Costume

    by cookylamoo

    Well, Superman only put them on that mountain temporarily. It was their stupid idea to try to climb down. So, he didn't really kill them...or DID he!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    WAY TO GO, QUINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Now THIS is an awesome pic

    by ricarleite2

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    RE: 'Nice Granny Panties'

    by IMC1965

    Dear 'Scallywagthedog', I just wanted to say thank you for that post. That was the funniest thing I've read for ages. What a hoot. And thank you to Quint for the picture. Made my day. Now I must get back to work (but am still chuckling to myself).

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Why was it that...

    by DrMorbius

    when a crook would be shooting at Supes he would stand there and let the bullets bounce off his chest, but then with the gun empty, the crook would throw the gun at him...<p>and he would duck to avoid being hit by the gun?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Come off it Morbius..

    by Carl's hat

    That's an old myth... never happened. Watch the show will you?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Fucking hell all you guys, how hard can it be?

    by white_vader

    George REEVES. Christopher REEVE. <p> Jesus, how many decades has it been? <p> Of course it won't stop you all from picking on tiny perceived continuity details. Fanboys eh?...

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Superman's pants weren't drawn that high

    by Nem_Wan

    Despite the popularity of the TV show, the comic-book Superman of the 1950s stays pretty true to the non-George Reeves look that Christopher Reeve would eventually be discovered to match uncannily.