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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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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This episode, and the previous one, The Unknown People: Part I (#1.25), was originally part of theatrical film Superman and the Mole-Men (1951). The producers of the series later edited the film into episodes of the show. See more »

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Restoring Reason & Civility to a Mob..............
31 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

.........IN THE PREVIOUS Episode, the World's Deepest Oil Well has brought some dwarf humanoids to the surface, where their presence is met with inordinate hostility. The ignorant and fearful townspeople are revved up to a fever pitch. Chief fear-monger, Jeff Benson (Jeff Corey) has the upper hand with the people and it looks ugly.

WITH THE DAILY PLANET'S sending both Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) and Clark Kent (Mr. Reeves) to cover the story, Superman is present. After one of the "Little People" is wounded and his fellow Mole Man displays his extreme sorrow by crying, the people are shown by the Man of Steel that these humanoids may well be much more like the surface dwellers than we knew.

THE STORY IS both basic and yet brilliant. At under an hour for both Parts I & II, there is very little (if any) wasted time.

THE "MORAL" OF the story is one of acceptance of those who are different than are we. It also expounds the values of the Golden Rule of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It is an excellent and early example of the virtue of judging one as an individual or "by the content of his character."

ALTHOUGH THIS EDITED presentation of the 1951 Lippert Pictures release of SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE MEN was the first Reeves' Superman adventure filmed, it was presented as the last two episodes of the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN's 1st Season. (Go figure!)


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