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The Mole People (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | December 1956 (USA)
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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 Mesopotamia.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel (as Virgil Vogel)

Writer:

László Görög (as Laszlo Gorog)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Agar ... Dr. Roger Bentley
Cynthia Patrick ... Adad
Hugh Beaumont ... Dr. Jud Bellamin
Alan Napier ... Elinu, the High Priest
Nestor Paiva ... Prof. Etienne Lafarge
Phil Chambers ... Dr. Paul Stuart
Rodd Redwing ... Nazar
Robin Hughes ... First Officer
Frank Baxter Frank Baxter ... Himself (in introduction) (as Dr. Frank C. Baxter)
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Storyline

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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From a Lost Age... HORROR Crawls from the Depths of the Earth! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mole People See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the inspiration for The Dickies' song Attack of the Molemen. See more »

Goofs

As the archaeologists descend underground (long before they reach the "illuminated" cavern), there is far more light than physically possible, even without use of their single flashlight. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Roger Bentley: Jud, come here. Take a look at this.
Dr. Jud Bellamin: Claw marks! Maybe a hand. There're four cuts.
Dr. Roger Bentley: Some hand. Whoever it was needs a manicure.
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Opening Credits rise up from a hole in the ground. See more »

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What is wrong with everybody, this is a good movie!
10 May 1999 | by BigSteve-64See all my reviews

I can't help feeling that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon saying this is the worst film ever made etc.

I viewed this film for the first time on laserdisc on a video projector in a darkened room with some mates and we found it to be entertaining different atmospheric in parts. John Agar for once has some good lines and does well. The script is a fairly complex one far more than other film of its vintage and budget. We thought the writers should be commended for using such plot devices as intolerance to light and the sub-culture within a sub-culture. Even the ending is unexpected and different. It even has an opening prologue which is a lot of fun. While this film does not hit its target on everything it tries to do, we thought the creators had a pretty good go at it.

I do not honestly understand why so many people think this film is so bad. Maybe seeing it projected on a big screen in a darkened room made a difference, I don't know, but if you have never seen the film before try it with an open mind you may well enjoy it as much as we did.


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