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||IMDB Rating: 5.9/10 from 1,011 votes
||Release: 23 November 1951 (USA) /
||Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Science Fiction
||Director: Lee Sholem,
||Stars: Beverly Washburn, Frank Reicher, George Reeves, Hal K. Dawson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Jeff Corey, Johnny Roventini, Phil Warren, Phyllis Coates, Ray Walker, Stanley Andrews, Walter Reed
||Synopsis: 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 Doug Sederberg <[email protected]>
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In anticipation of the television series, 'The Adventures of Superman',
this third 'live-action' Superman was the first 'feature' film (the
previous entries had been serials). Replacing serial 'King' Kirk Alyn
as the 'Man of Steel' was George Reeves, a gifted 37-year old actor who
had been impressive in such 'A'-list productions as 'Gone With the
Wind', 'The Strawberry Blonde', 'Lydia', and 'So Proudly We Hail!'
Returning from the war, however, his career, as was the case with so
many other young actors, had stalled. Reduced to supporting roles, or
leads in 'B' films and serials, 'Superman and the Mole Men' represented
yet another minor film, but Reeves hoped the exposure from both film
and television might jump-start his flagging career...
He little anticipated what impact Superman was about to have on his
A cautionary tale, with elements 'lifted' from 'Frankenstein' and 'The
Day The Earth Stood Still', begins as miners drill the world's deepest
shaft, and break through to an underground world. Two of it's
inhabitants, bald, radioactive midgets, decide to secretly investigate
our world. Doing a feature story on the well for the 'Daily Planet',
reporters Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates, inheriting the role from the
serials' Noel Neill), and Clark Kent (Reeves), finds a town gripped
with fear and prejudice, as an old man had suffered a heart attack
after seeing the 'visitors'. Despite pleas for tolerance, the residents
arm themselves, and plan to 'shoot first and ask questions later',
particularly after the ball of a little girl who sees them (and has an
innocent encounter), has enough residual radioactivity to glow in the
dark. Shots are fired, the aliens bring up their own weapons, and it's
up to Superman to 'save the day'!
Reeves' interpretation of 'Clark Kent/Superman' was far less jovial and
buoyant than Alyn's; decisive, serious, and nearly combative, this was
a 'Superman' you didn't mess with (the characterization would be toned
down, for television). Square-jawed and more muscular (aided by a tee
shirt with sewn-in shoulder pads, beneath the costume, to make him even
more formidable-looking), the greatest variance between his
interpretation and the comic books' was in his 'take' on Clark Kent.
Reeves gave the reporter courage and integrity, as opposed to the
'meek, mild-mannered' geek that readers were familiar with (and who
would be revived by Christopher Reeve, 26 years later). While some
critics complained that he made Kent and Superman's personalities too
similar, Reeves and the producers wisely realized that as budgetary
restraints kept Superman's presence in the movie (with the FX required
to show his 'super powers') to a minimum (there aren't ANY flying
sequences in 'Superman and the Mole Men, only cast comments..."Look, up
in the sky"... and a close-up of his 'catching' a falling alien), Clark
Kent would be on-screen more, 'standing in' for the Man of Steel. Kent
'had' to be stronger, to fill the void.
Phyllis Coates was fabulous, as Lois Lane. No longer the serials'
air-headed girl reporter who kept getting into trouble, Coates' Lois
was strong, smart, and every bit Clark Kent's equal. She redefined the
role, and when Noel Neill returned to the part, on TV several years
later, she had big shoes to fill!
Aided by an excellent supporting cast (including screen veterans Jeff
Corey, Walter Reed, and J. Farrell MacDonald), 'Superman and the Mole
Men', despite its small budget, offered excellent performances, and a
theme of tolerance that still rings true, today.
With the success of the film, 'Superman' moved on to television...and
history was about to be made!
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, Frank Reicher
, George Reeves
, Hal K. Dawson
, J. Farrell MacDonald
, Jeff Corey
, Johnny Roventini
, Phil Warren
, Phyllis Coates
, Ray Walker
, Stanley Andrews
, Walter Reed
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