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The Mole People (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | December 1956 (USA)
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A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.


(as Virgil Vogel)


(as Laszlo Gorog)



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Complete credited cast:
Prof. Etienne Lafarge
Dr. Paul Stuart
First Officer
Frank Baxter ...
Himself (in introduction) (as Dr. Frank C. Baxter)


On an archaeological dig in Asia, Dr. Roger Bentley finds a cuneiform tablet referring to an ancient society, the Shadow Dynasty, that was destroyed. An earthquake soon after reveals an ancient artifact and the scientists discover the ruins of an ancient temple world on a remote mountain site. It leads them to an underground world, lost in time, where people have adapted to low light. The High Priest Elinu doesn't welcome the presence of the new arrivals and wants them eliminated. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el signo de Ishtar  »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was the inspiration for The Dickies' song Attack of the Molemen. See more »


Lafarge says "Dr. Bentley, do you remember the Gilgamesh tablets that George Smith found?" George Smith did not find the Gilgamesh tablets. He was the British Museum assistant that first translated the tablets in 1872. The tablets were discovered in 1839 by A.H. Layard. Later, Dr. Stuart questions the existence of a "Sumerian version of Noah's Ark." Dr. Bentley responds "Exactly. The flood has been proven to be a historical fact, why not a Sumerian version?" The Sumerian version (the story of Utnapishtim and the flood) is found in the Epic of Gilgamesh, which they spoke of earlier; therefore, it should be no surprise to Dr. Stuart. These do not appear to be very learned archaeologists. See more »


Dr. Roger Bentley: [examining a humanoid skeleton] And this one died as a result of a blow from a heavy blunt instrument.
Dr. Jud Bellamin: That's a sign of higher civilization.
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Opening Credits rise up from a hole in the ground. See more »

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A haunting childhood memory
5 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw The Mole People when it first came out. I was just a tyke and I loved 'scary' movies. (Still do. Problem is, movies aren't scary any more.) MP haunted me as a kid and I have always loved those rare times when it was shown on late-night TV. It is very camp but it is still one of my favorites. Now I rather enjoy finding all the scientific and historical inaccuracies in those old movies about giant insects, shrews the size of dogs, and an underground civilization that lives on mushrooms and speaks English. THE BIGGEST ERROR in MP is the statement by Hugh Beaumont that Noah's flood is a proved historical fact. Of course, all the evidence proves exactly the opposite.

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