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The Mole People (1956)

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

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(as Laszlo Gorog)
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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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HORROR LIKE NOTHING YOUR EYES HAVE SEEN BEFORE (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Bajo el signo de Ishtar  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Dr. Roger Bentley: Archaeologists are underpaid publicity agents for deceased royalty.
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Opening Credits rise up from a hole in the ground. See more »

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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: The Mole People (1956) (1981) See more »

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Great 1950s semi classic sci-fi monster movie.
9 June 2005 | by (Mansfield, CT USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie several times over the years. It's a real semi classic, great example of 50s sci-fi monster movies. You do get a good look at the actual mole monsters and see quite a bit of them. As good as the mole monsters are, they are only a small part of this film. It's also an adventure movie about exploring for a lost civilization. Most of the plot involves this civilization which also happens to include the Mole People. This is good stuff. The stuff that used to scare and entertain in the 50s. The thing is, if you've seen a decent amount of horror/sci-fi films from the 50s and early 60s and haven't found much that you liked, "The Mole People" is not for you. If you're a fan of 50s B movies, you'll love this one. It's a real must see.


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