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The Mole People (1956)

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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 Mesopatamia.


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Complete credited cast:
Cynthia Patrick ...
Nestor Paiva ...
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Robin Hughes ...
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Frank Baxter ...
Himself (in introduction) (as Dr. Frank C. Baxter)


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Release Date:

December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In den Klauen der Tiefe  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The humps for the mole people were done by stuffing the backs of the actors who played them with newspapers. See more »


The positions of Dr. Bellamin's arms change when they are looking at the map. See more »


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Priest: But, are these outsiders not divine?
Elinu, the High Priest: No, they are mortal. Do they not eat when they are hungry? Do they not sleep when they are weary? When the guards attacked them, did not their faces show the fears of mortal men?
Priest: But, do they not possess the ...
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18 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Coming from 1956 is another of Universal-International's science-fiction pleasures. They made about twenty of them in the 1950s, brought on by the enormous successes of "It Came From Outer Space" (1953) and "Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954). An interesting prologue with a real professor on the Earth's interior cores is followed by a great title sequence accompanied by a superb score. John Agar leads an archaeological expedition in Himalayan mountains to search for an underground lost civilization. Eventually they find them, an albino tribe, who have trained the half-human "Mole People" to be their slaves. Agar falls in love with the lone pigmented character, lovely blonde Cynthia Patrick, who invokes a bit of Kim Novak. Sacrifices, revolt and chaos ensue, with the Mole People actually the sympathetic characters, an unexpected ending, shadowy photography, and solid direction by Virgil Vogel, make this enjoyable.

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