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Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, Family  |  23 November 1951 (USA)
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When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertantly cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy.

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Phyllis Coates ...
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Walter Reed ...
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Pop Shannon (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
Stanley Andrews ...
Ray Walker ...
Hal K. Dawson ...
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Mole-Man (as Tony Boris uncredited)
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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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23 November 1951 (USA)  »

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$275,000 (estimated)
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Jeff Corey (Luke Benson) would later play Lex Luthor in the screen tests for Superman (1978), though he did not appear in the film itself. See more »

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When the Mole Men are chased and trapped on top of the dam, it is nighttime. After they get away from the dam, they are being chased again and it is clearly daytime. See more »

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Superman: You're not going to shoot those little creatures. In the first place, they haven't done you any harm. In the second place, they may be radioactive.
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Sometimes the originals are always the best.
17 May 1999 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

Superman and his supporting cast of characters have been portrayed on the silver screen, the small screen and the stage by a number of actors and actresses. However somehow no one can play the man of steel and the Daily Planets star female reporter Lois Lane quite like George Reeves and Phyllis Coates. Certainly no one can portray Superman's alter ego Clark Kent like Reeves did. This film has probably been seen by many as the two part "Unknown People" episode on the classic TV series but if you haven't seen the feature film of this story do so. Coates gives a great performance as Lois Lane and seems to come the closest of any actress who has portrayed this character to being the Lois that was depicted in the comics. (When she called Clark Kent a Pantywaist she meant it!) During one scene Clark almost gives away his true identity when he advises terrified townsfolk about the subterranean visitors "Go to your homes lock your doors and windows let me handle this". He then bolts away and Lois turns to the Oil well boss and exclaims "He always does that, gets himself into a jam and then runs away" Classic Lois Lane! While the effects by today's standards seem antiquated and the Mole Men/Unknown People aren't as scary as alien characters that frequent TV shows today they aren't to be missed.


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