Adventures of Superman: Season 1, Episode 26

The Unknown People: Part II (10 Aug. 1953)

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One of the "unknown people" is shot while atop a dam near Silsby, Texas. Superman catches him before he falls into water and takes him to the Silsby hospital. Superman, in his Clark Kent ... See full summary »

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Superman / Clark Kent (archive footage)
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Luke Benson (archive footage)
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Mole-Man #4 (archive footage) (as Tony Boris uncredited)
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One of the "unknown people" is shot while atop a dam near Silsby, Texas. Superman catches him before he falls into water and takes him to the Silsby hospital. Superman, in his Clark Kent identity, assists a doctor who operates on the creature. The doctor discovers his patient has all the organs and internal body structure as humans. Meanwhile, the Luke Benson-led mob tries to kill the other visitor from the center of the Earth. That creature escapes, later bringing up more of his people along with a weapon. Superman races to defuse an explosive situation. Written by Bill Koenig

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Last appearance of Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane. See more »

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Lois Lane: It's almost as if they're saying: You live your lives and we'll live ours.
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Edited from Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) See more »

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Turangalila-symphonie
by Olivier Messiaen
[Brief quotation played on soundtrack as Superman absorbs energy bursts from the mole man's ray gun.]
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Racism in the Fifties
31 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the second half of this two parter gets going, the mob is getting uglier. They shoot one of the little mole men and Superman gets him to the hospital. While this is being done, the other is pursued by the townsmen. They corner him in an old shack, set fire to it, but he manages to escape and return to his world...for the time being. Superman uses every possible means to keep these guys from lynching the wounded alien. He even takes their guns away (a little anti-NRA business) and tells them to mind their own business. Soon the mole-men return with a weapon. The results are interesting. At a time when suspicion and racism were being practiced like never before, this proves allegorical as Superman tries his best to reason with these hate-mongerers. This episode wears very well today. Even if the production value is not that good, the story has withstood the test of time.


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