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Superman and the Mole-Men
Superman and the Strange People / Adventures of Superman - The Unknown People Part 1 / Adventures of Superman - The Unknown People Part 2

USA 1951
produced by
Robert Maxwell, Barney Sarecky for Lippert Pictures
directed by Lee Sholem
starring George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey, Walter Reed, J.Farrell MacDonald, Stanley Andrews, Ray Walker, Hal K.Dawson, Phil Warren, Frank Reicher, Beverly Washburn, John Baer, John T.Bambury, Tony Boris, Billy Curtis, Jerry Maren, Harry Harvey, Adrienne Marden, Stephen Carr, Margia Dean, Byron Foulger, Irene Martin, John Phillips
screenplay by Robert Maxwell (as Richard Fielding), based on the comicbook created by Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, published by DC Comics

Superman, Superman (George Reeves), Adventures of Superman

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Reporters Clark Kent (George Reeves) and Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) take a trip to the world's deepest oilwell somewhere in rural USA, only to find it being closed down by foreman Corrigan (Walter Reed), who acts rather suspicious. Kent immediately senses there's a story here, and when the night watchman (J Farrell MacDonald) of the well turns up dead, he sees his suspicions confirmed and forces Corrigan to give up the secrets of the well - and he tells him that they have dug up some materials that are possibly radium, and that they have reached some empty space deep beneath the earth's crust, and don't yet know what to make of it.

In the meantime, two weird humanoids, the mole men, have climbed up the well to investigate, and they have actuall frightened the night watchman to death (by accident), and are now seen in verious spots around town, frightening people wherever they go (even though they look rather cute), and before long, Benson (Jeff Corey), the town's hothead, has formed a lynchmob to hunt down and kill the molemen, and he won't even let the Sheriff (Stanley Andrews) stop him.

Clark Kent, upon realizing the molemen mean no harm, turns into his alter ego Superman and tries to talk reason into Benson and his mob, but ultimately all he can do is fly one of the molemen who has been shot to a hospital to convince a courageous young Doctor (John Baer) to save his life.

Meanwhile, the other moleman, whom the mob tried to burn alive in a shed, makes it back to the well, where he calls a few more molemen with a raygun for help, and while Superman tries to make peace by returning their wounded friend to them, Benson attempts to shoot them but is actually exposed to their death ray instead and only eventually saved by Superman, who then sees to it that the molemen have a safe journey home. And in the end, the molemen blow up the well so they don't ever again have to deal with us surface dwellers.

 


The stupidly cute molemen costumes aside, Superman and the Mole Men is a pretty decent B-movie that relies less on (super-)heroics and special effects than on a solid script and interesting (if clichéd) characters. And George Reeves, who always looks especially campy on publicity stills, actually plays both Clark Kent and Superman rather convincing and down to earth, getting able support from Phyllis Coates. Add to this a directorial job that is quite effective (if not exactly inventive) and you've got an enjoyable B-movie - nothing more, but certainly nothing less.

 

By the way, Superman and the Mole Men eventually spawned the television series Adventures of Superman, and the film was later cut up into two parts which became episodes 25 and 26 of the first season of the series (The Unknown People Part 1 and 2).

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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