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Author:  DrMoreau [ Sat May 26, 2012 1:23 pm ]
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The Mole People (1956)

Original Release Date: December 1956
Cast: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick and Hugh Beaumont
Writer(s): László Görög
Director: Virgil W. Vogel

A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant 5000 year old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

Author:  lazyboyx51 [ Sun May 27, 2012 8:55 am ]
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I love science fiction stories involving space and astronauts or scientists and laboratories. This movie has neither, but it's a very entertaining sci-fi movie nonetheless. Archaeologists discover an underground civilization with mole people as their slaves. I enjoy watching how the people below the Earth live and learn about how their civilization is run. Another solid sci-fi classic!


Author:  Two-Bit Floozy Betty Lou [ Wed May 30, 2012 6:55 am ]
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A lot of people say that it ends the way it does because Cynthia Patrick is technically of "another race" and it would've been touchy for her to end up with John Agar. To me, it always looks a lot simpler, like a kind of stock "tear-jerker" ending instead. Do you think that popular explanation is right or not?

Author:  lazyboyx51 [ Wed May 30, 2012 10:13 am ]
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I'm not sure what's right, but I did feel like the ending, literally the last couple minutes was a bit strange, even forced and seemed unnatural.

Author:  DrMoreau [ Wed May 30, 2012 7:27 pm ]
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I'm with you, TBFBL. She's white, blond and blue eyes after all, I don't see race being an issue. I have also heard this racial reasoning, I believe a retelling by Cynthia about a producer ordering the re shoot. However, with every lost civilization picture, the hero almost never comes back with any proof of his findings only legends.

Author:  whitsbrain [ Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:24 pm ]
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  Movie: The Mole People

  Director: Virgil W. Vogel

  Year: 1956

  My Rating: 3 - Fair

I really enjoy 1950's science fiction but this was hard to watch. Actually, John Agar (Dr. Roger) and Hugh Beaumont (Dr. Jud) made a relatively credible team of scientists. However, the third co-hort, Professor Lafarge, was one of the most helpless characters I think I've ever seen in one of these movies. First off, he's old and he can't keep up. He's also one of the biggest chickens in the history of science. Lafarge practically gets everyone killed numerous times. I know that gives away part of the story but believe me, if you watch this you'll want Lafarge dead anyway.

The underground civilization is actually called Sumerians. The mole people seem to be slaves to the Sumerians, but why they put up with the pasty white mushroom eaters, I do not know. The mole people are actually almost secondary characters which is very strange.

The hardest thing to take about this movie was how corny it was. The ancient Sumerians could barely get out of their own way. It's not even conceivable they could have survived underground for so many years.

The sets look cheesy, the matte paintings are the worst I've ever seen and Alan Napier makes an awful high priest. The ending is also totally ridiculous. Don't bother with "The Mole People" unless you're a John Agar fan or something.

Author:  Bud Brewster [ Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:27 am ]
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Not the greatest 1950s sci-fi movie, but not the worst either. The music by Heinz Roemheld, Hans J. Salter, and Herman Stein is pretty good. The mole people suits are great. This is one of the movies included on the Universal Sci-Fi box set, which is well-worth having for the other movies on it, even if you don't care for The Mole People.

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