Billion Dollar Limited (1942)
Article 5598 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Featuring the voices of Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander and Jackson Beck
What it is: Fleischer Superman short
Masked crooks in an armored car attempt a train robbery to get the largest shipment of gold ever made. Can Superman stop them?
Personally, if I were in charge of the biggest gold shipment in history, I certainly wouldn’t invite the press in so they can have a big front-page story about it, but what do I know? What we have here is another efficient Superman animated short from the forties; it’s packed with action and short on character (the villains in particular are pretty anonymous this time), but that’s par for the course. Granted, it looks like the villains are more interested in crashing the train rather than robbing it, but I’m sure that was just their way of stopping it so they could get the gold out. It’s entertaining enough, but the cookie-cutter style of plotting for this series is becoming rather apparent.