Peter Carnahan

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The profligate playboy son of Rufus Carnahan, a retired multimillionaire industrialist who summons Superman to his home in May 1940 and offers to pay him “any amount” if he will only cure his son of his wastrel, decadent ways. “Straighten out my son’s character so that he will be a man!” pleads Carnahan. “I’ll pay you any amount!”

Soon after Superman has agreed to accept the task, Peter Carnahan—a “weak-kneed sop and spendthrift” beset by “huge gambling losses”—is convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, but Superman produces the real murderer and stops the execution in the nick of time, prompting the grateful playboy to vow to abandon his decadent lifestyle and devote the rest of his life to helping “wayward underprivileged youth” (Act No. 24).

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