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Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Walter Reed ...
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Pop Shannon (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
Stanley Andrews ...
Hal K. Dawson ...
Phil Warren ...
Deputy Jim
Hospital Superintendent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Roventini ...
Mole-Man (as Tony Boris uncredited)


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 <>

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Release Date:

23 November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Unknown People  »

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$275,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first of only three live action theatrical "Superman" films not to feature his arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. The others are Superman III (1983) and Man of Steel (2013). See more »


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George Reeves is still THE Superman!
28 June 1999 | by (Manassas VA) – See all my reviews

Considering it was shot in 11 days; considering its "special effects" are something less than primitive, George Reeves and this film still pack a Kryptonite-sized wallop.

Mysterious Mole-Men emerge from "the world's deepest oil well," and scare the inhabitants of the nearby town of Silsby. Despite pleas for tolerance and patience, Superman must disarm the town and protect the aliens while hard-headed Luke Benson repeatedly tries to kill them.

FACTOID #1: Despite other accounts, this film was NOT a "pilot" for the eventual series. In fact, there WAS no pilot. The day after shooting wrapped, the company spent another 12 weeks shooting 24 half-hour episodes. The comic book company decided to include a feature film as part of the schedule, so they'd be sure to recoup their investment at the box office in case no one bought the series. Lucky for us, that didn't come to pass.

FACTOID #2: Although the two-part TV version, "Unknown People," had been edited and packaged with the other 24 half-hours, it had to be withheld during the series' original run. It had been produced in 1951, and SAG rules forbade films copyrighted after 9/48 to air on TV without residuals. Not until 1960, when the rules were revised, did "Unknown People" appear.

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