Superman and the Mole-Men

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Superman and the Mole-Men
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.
Release Date
23 November 1951
0 h 58 min
 United States of America
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Lee Sholem
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, Stephen Carr, John T. Bambury, Tony Boris, Billy Curtis, Russell Custer, Margia Dean, Byron Foulger, Harry Harvey, Jack Lomas, Adrienne Marden, Jerry Maren, Irene Martin, Frank McLure, William H. O'Brien, John Phillips, Johnny Roventini
Lippert Pictures
Barney A. Sarecky
Director of Photography
Clark Ramsey
Original Music Composer
Darrell Calker
Original Title
Superman and the Mole-Men


Clark Kent and Lois Lane arrive in the small town of Silsby to report on the world’s deepest oil well. That night two small, furry, bald-headed humanoids come up through the shaft and scare the elderly night watchman to death. Clark and Lois arrive at the oil well to find the deceased watchman. Clark and the foreman search the area for signs that there might be foul play, but Lois sees one of these creatures and screams at them. When she tells everyone what she saw, no one believes her.

Lois is later accompanied by the medical examiner, who is called to inspect the well. Clark stays behind to confront the foreman, who confesses that the well was closed for fear that they had struck radium and not oil. Clark is shown samples of ore that were taken at different stages of drilling. All of them glow brightly.

The two Mole Men explore the town in their innocence. The residents become terrified because of their peculiar appearance and that everything they touch glows in the dark (due to simple phosphorescence). An angry mob soon forms under the leadership of Luke Benson in an attempt to eliminate the “monsters”. Superman stops Benson’s mob and saves one creature after it is shot. He transports it to the hospital. The second creature goes back to the well head, and then disappears down its shaft.

The doctor declares that the wounded creature will die unless the bullet is removed. Clark offers to help a nurse who refuses to perform the procedure out of fear. Benson’s mob arrives at the hospital demanding that the creature is turned over. Superman guards the hospital. Lois is at his side. However, a shot from the mob misses her narrowly. Superman takes Lois inside and frees the mob from their guns and rifles.

Another three Mole Men emerge from a drill shaft bearing a new weapon. They eventually make it to the hospital. Benson and his mob spot the creatures, and Benson sets out to pursue them. The laser-like weapons of the creatures are directed at Benson by them. Superman leaps in front of the pulsating radiation, saving Benson’s life. Superman said that it was more than he deserved. Superman rescues Benson from the hospital and then carries him back to the wellhead with his companions. The Mole Men quickly destroy the drill shaft from deep underground. Lois says, “It’s almost like they were saying, ‘You live your life…and we’ll live ours'”.

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