The behind the scenes TV stories you wouldn’t have known - from the people who were there.
A few years back, the pop culture world lost two beloved icons from the golden age of television. Before there was Batman vs. Superman, before there was Supergirl, before there was Smallville, before there was Justice League and Lois and Clark and Superboy and Superman the Movie and even BATMAN - there was… The Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves, which aired from 1952 through 1958 and, beginning around its third season, the first TV series - ever -to be produced in color!
Jack Larson was, for an entire generation, THE Jimmy Olsen – the intrepid cub-reporter/photographer, Superman’s Pal, – the guy who was always getting in trouble, relying on the man of steel to get him out of it.
And Noel Neill was Superman’s scrappy, wannabe girl-friend, the girl reporter Lois Lane.
Neill was 95 when she passed away in 2016. Jack Larson passed away in 2015.
In addition to playing Jimmy Olsen, Larson was a prolific playwright and well-loved in the theater world. Their final screen appearances, appropriately enough, were in 2006’s SUPERMAN RETURNS.
A while back, I had the pleasure of interviewing both Larson and Noel Neill about their experiences on the 1950’s Adventures of Superman series which starred George Reeves. In part one of 9, we talk about the early episodes, and working on the legendary sound stages that were part of Hollywood history. working at Hal Roach studios. Jack tells of his first day of shooting with George Reeves, shooting in color, working with Orson Welles' Citizen Kane crew. Lots of great movie trivia in this episode.