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Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)

When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertantly cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy.

Director:

Lee Sholem

Writer:

Robert Maxwell (original screenplay) (as Richard Fielding)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Reeves ... Superman / Clark Kent
Phyllis Coates ... Lois Lane
Jeff Corey ... Luke Benson
Walter Reed ... Bill Corrigan
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Pop Shannon (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
Stanley Andrews ... The Sheriff
Ray Walker ... John Craig
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Chuck Weber
Phil Warren Phil Warren ... Deputy Jim
Frank Reicher ... Hospital Superintendent
Beverly Washburn ... Child
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Storyline

Reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane arrive in the small town of Silsby to witness the drilling of the world's deepest oil well. The drill, however, has penetrated the underground home of a race of small, furry people who then come to the surface at night to look around. The fact that they glow in the dark scares the townfolk, who form a mob, led by the vicious Luke Benson, intent on killing the strange people. Only Superman has a chance to prevent this tragedy. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unknown People See more »

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Budget:

$275,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Lippert Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Superman: Since you can't be trusted with guns,I'll have to take them away.
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Alternate Versions

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Fantastic!!!!
5 June 2000 | by dls-3See all my reviews

We got our first television in 1951, the year that this movie "Superman and the Mole Men" came out. I was 7 years old at the time and of course we were always glued to the kids programs especially all the cartoons etc on Saturday morning.

One of my favorite programs that aired every Wednesday night at 7:00PM, sponsored by Kelloggs cereals, was Superman. We watched every episode religiously.

At the end of each episode there were a few scenes from what was going to be shown the following week. A few times they had some scenes from this movie, "Superman and the Mole Men" but for some reason it was never shown. Reading some of the other people's comments about this movie explained to me what the reason was.

However, the scenes that were shown really had me interested in seeing this movie. One of the scenes that was shown was the little girl in bed reading her book and then all of a sudden the two mole men peer in through the window and she eventually starts to play ball with them.

Another scene was the two mole men on top of the dam and Luke Benson and his cohorts trying to shoot them.

The third scene really scared me. It was when the mole men had that weapon (looks like a modified vacuum cleaner) and were firing it at Luke Benson.

This movie reminds me quite a bit of when "War of the Worlds" was aired on radio in the 1930's. Everybody was scared out of their wits because they couldn't understand anything else except the human race. Well this movie basically reveals the same message. People are afraid of the unknown.

I have always associated George Reeves with Superman. It bothered me when Christopher Reeve was give that honorary position in his full length features of Superman. I didn't even know, until 4 or 5 years ago that Kirk Alyn was really the very first Superman, even before George Reeves.

As has been said, this movie is in its own way is a classic and will be forever etched in movie history as ONE G-R-E-A-T MOVIE!


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