Happy 100th Birthday to George Reeves!


Happy Birthday, George Reeves!

We know him best as The Man of Steel in The Adventures of Superman. George Reeves helped make Superman a household name, enchanting children and becoming beloved by adults and kids alike. He's our Superman, and he always will be. 

Although sadly, the role may have contributed to his tragic end. Superman followed him everywhere he went typecasting him away from what he felt were more challenging roles. Eventually his opportunities dried out, and so did his spark.

I thought that while I was trying to keep my extremities from freezing off under the covers this evening, that I would make it a George Reeves movie night. I want to show my gratitude for his contribution and sacrifice to comic book history by watching something other than The Adventures of Superman. 

I can't even get down on Gone With The Wind, especially if I plan on watching several movies tonight. My Momdukes watched it into oblivion when I was growing up, so I think I want to try something new. While George Reeves may not be the star in all of the following movies, here are a few that I am going to try to get down on.
Directed by Fritz Lang
George Reeves as Police Capt. Sam Haynes
A telephone operator ends up drunk at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning, she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.
I like murder mysteries. Old school murder mystery movies are the best. And this title is currently available for 7 day rental on Amazon Video
Directed by Lewis D. Collins
George Reeves as Mike Patton
When a plane carrying the daughter of a millionaire crashes in an African jungle, two pilots set out to collect the reward. They discover she has become the goddess of a primitive tribe. An insurgent witch doctor and fierce wild animals make escape from the jungle difficult for the trio.
I chose this one because his character has the same name as the singer for Faith No More. The only place I found this movie was in a double feature of Mystery Science Theater on Youtube. Watch The Phantom Creeps with Bela Lugosi followed by Jungle Goddess.

Samson and Delilah (1949)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille

George Reeves as The Wounded Messenger

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Ok, so he has a pretty small role in this movie, but I always liked this one and you gotta watch the classics. Plus I really like Hedy Lamar. This title is currently streaming for Prime members on Amazon Instant Video. Amazon Prime Membership gives you instant access to many videos on Amazon at no extra cost. 


Hollywoodland (2006)
Directed by Allen Coulter

George Clooney as George Reeves
A detective investigates the mysterious death of George Reeves / Superman.

I'm a big conspiracy buff, so I should have watched this one a long time ago. I can't believe my Superman would commit suicide. LIES!! I feel this is a good one to end with! Catch it for rent on Amazon Video.




Unfortunately, I cant find any George Reeves movies on Netflix, but there are a few streaming for instant access by Amazon Prime Members:


Thanks for the memories, Mr. Reeves! And here's to another 100 years of delighting audiences with your super charm. 




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