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Superman and the Mole Men

Superman and the Mole Men (1951)

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Superman, the comic-book "Man of Steel" created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, made his feature-film debut in Lippert's Superman and the Mole Men. The story takes place in the small town of Silsby, where the local oil company is drilling what will become the world's deepest well. When the drillers reach the six-mile point, the results are astonishing: four subterranean Mole Men (Jack Banbury, Billy Curtis, Jerry Marvin and Tony Barvis) emerge from the well. Though basically harmless,

May 1, 2001

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Directed with a certain crudity but retaining an innocence that worked out nicely.

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Even at under an hour, this children's fantasy is sluggishly paced by today's standards...but it does have its charms and a relevant social message at its core.

July 11, 2006
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When the world's deepest oil well unleashes a race of peaceful Mole Men, Superman must save the creatures from angry locals who see them as a threat.
After the two serials this was the first regular feature film to showcase the Man of Steel. It was actually a theatrically released pilot for what would become the successful TV series "The Adventures of Superman" and would later be aired as a two-parter on the small screen. This certainly feels more like a TV episode than a movie, with a lack of action throughout. Superman only takes flight once and, just as with the serials, this sequence is animated. A dull chase scene is drawn out to bum numbing lengths, presumably just to fill the running time for a theatrical release.
As Clark Kent and Lois Lane, Reeves and Coates are a much blander pairing than Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill, the charismatic stars of the earlier serials. Reeves is more believable when playing Superman but as Kent he's not very convincing, looking just like a jock wearing glasses. He lacks the bumbling charm that Alyn had in spades. The story goes that Alyn demanded too much money and so the role was given to Reeves. Coates makes for a rather abrasive and unlikable Lois Lane. She would actually go on to be replaced by the more energetic Neill in the second season of the TV show.

The Mole Men themselves are just a couple of little people wearing cheesy bald caps. They don't speak and spend most of the movie being hunted by redneck stereotypes. Compared to the serial this has a much darker turn with Superman and the Mole Men actually being shot at and a generally violent atmosphere throughout. It all ends with our hero giving a lecture on tolerance for those who appear different to us. Tolerance is always a good attribute to possess, especially if you plan on making it through this turkey.
July 25, 2012
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