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Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) Poster

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This was the first feature-length film based on DC Comics (although others such as Batman and even Superman himself had had theatrical serials).
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Kirk Alyn, who played Superman in Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), was originally to have reprised his role but he wanted too much money.
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This is the only live action "Superman" film in which Perry White, the Daily Planet and Metropolis do not appear.
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According to director Lee Sholem, both Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane) and George Reeves (Clark Kent / Superman) were knocked cold on the same day in fights involving stuntmen.
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This was Jeff Corey's final role before he was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1951. His next on screen role was in the short film Inside Magoo (1960) nine years later.
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Over a year after this film's release, it was split up and used to make a "two-parter" to close the first season of Adventures of Superman (1952): Adventures of Superman: The Unknown People: Part I (1953) and Adventures of Superman: The Unknown People: Part II (1953).
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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).
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The film was originally created by National Publishing (now DC Comics) as a "calling card" in their bid to bring Superman to television for the first time. Its theatrical release was originally planned only as a last resort to recoup the production budget if the networks passed on the project.
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At only 58 minutes, this is the shortest "Superman" film.
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The film was included as a special feature in Warner Home Video's 2005 DVD release of the first season of Adventures of Superman (1952).
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The film was included as a special feature on the fourth disc of the Christopher Reeve Superman Collection and the Complete Superman Collection DVD.
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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.
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Final film of J. Farrell MacDonald.
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