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Can You Hear Me Now?

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In the opening minutes of the Adventures of Superman TV series episode entitled “Beware the Wrecker” (Season 2 Episode 20), which first aired on 30 January 1954, Clark Kent apologizes for being unable to trace a telephone call from the Wrecker, opining that the villain might be using a “portable telephone.”

Ummm, hit the rewind there. Say what?! Yep, I heard that correctly: “Whoever it is who is making these calls must be using a portable telephone,” says Clark. Not only that, but neither the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet, Lois Lane, Inspector Henderson nor the heads of the city’s three transportation systems (in the IMDB page’s snapshot of the episode, depicted moments before Mr. Kent’s statement) think to ask what he means. And just as obviously, the show must have expected the TV audience to know what was meant. That, and apparently everyone understood without second-guessing that of course Clark Kent was right, about calls from such a device being immune to a trace.

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Written by macheide

10 January 2015 at 12:03 am

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