It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman! by David Newman and Robert Benton
Very good/professional quality video, 1 hour, 28 minutes long.
David Wilson as Superman/Clark Kent
Lesley Ann Warren as Lois Lane
Loretta Swit as Sydney Carlton
David Wayne as Dr. Abner Sedgwick
Allen Ludden as Perry White
Kenneth Mars as Max Mencken
Synopsis: The one and only Superman is nearly destroyed by an evil scientist angered over losing the Nobel Prize 10 times, who works with a reporter colleague of Clark Kent’s on The Daily Planet to find the superhero’s weak spot.
It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman was made into a TV special on February 1, 1975. Filmed on video over the course of 3 days, the show was significantly shortened, the script significantly changed, and the ethnicity of a troupe of evildoers was changed from Chinese acrobats to Mafia-style gangsters. The musical numbers “Doing Good”, “It’s Super Nice”, “So Long, Big Guy” and “We Don’t Matter at All” were all dropped from this production, while the sound of the remaining musical numbers was updated to a more contemporary 1970s sensibility. In addition to these, a new musical number was made for the TV special: “It’s a Great Country.” The show was broadcast on the ABC network under its Wide World of Entertainment late-night umbrella title.