Reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane arrive in the small town of Silsby to witness the drilling of the world's deepest oil well. The drill, however, has penetrated the underground home of a race of small, furry people who then come to the surface at night to look around. The fact that they glow in the dark scares the townfolk, who form a mob, led by the vicious Luke Benson, intent on killing the strange people. Only Superman has a chance to prevent this tragedy.Written by
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At 37 years old, George Reeves was the joint oldest actor to make his live-action debut as Clark Kent/Superman. Kirk Alyn was the same age when he made his first appearance in the role in Superman (1948). See more »
Two Mole Men are shot at and one of them goes down right away but the other hesitates before slowly going down, as if the actor was waiting for the sound of a second shot. See more »
You're not going to shoot those little creatures. In the first place, they haven't done you any harm. In the second place, they may be radioactive.
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Released as this feature film to minimize losses if the proposed TV series did not sell, the footage was also assembled as a two-part episode of Adventures of Superman, entitled "Unknown People". See more »
Superman and his supporting cast of characters have been portrayed on the silver screen, the small screen and the stage by a number of actors and actresses. However somehow no one can play the man of steel and the Daily Planets star female reporter Lois Lane quite like George Reeves and Phyllis Coates. Certainly no one can portray Superman's alter ego Clark Kent like Reeves did. This film has probably been seen by many as the two part "Unknown People" episode on the classic TV series but if you haven't seen the feature film of this story do so. Coates gives a great performance as Lois Lane and seems to come the closest of any actress who has portrayed this character to being the Lois that was depicted in the comics. (When she called Clark Kent a Pantywaist she meant it!) During one scene Clark almost gives away his true identity when he advises terrified townsfolk about the subterranean visitors "Go to your homes lock your doors and windows let me handle this". He then bolts away and Lois turns to the Oil well boss and exclaims "He always does that, gets himself into a jam and then runs away" Classic Lois Lane! While the effects by today's standards seem antiquated and the Mole Men/Unknown People aren't as scary as alien characters that frequent TV shows today they aren't to be missed.
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