Marketed as "science fiction," The Mole People is just a fiction. The only "science" element is the hero's claim to being an archeologist - in which case "Raiders of the Lost Ark" would be science fiction also. Really I think The Mole People must be seen as a comedy. Specialists in Babylonian studies profess a vague familiarity with the story of Gilgamesh. They discover a race of unmanly albinos living under a mountain. The albinos don't know about the world above ground. They harness Mole People as slave labor to grow mushrooms and spend their days whipping and flogging them. Apparently they do nothing else. The most sympathetic characters are Cynthia Patrick and the Mole People. The Mole People rebel against their taskmasters; Cynthia Patrick is killed before she can rebel against the will of John Agar.
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The Mole People (1956)
The Mole People is a movie starring John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, and Hugh Beaumont. A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in...
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On an archaeological dig in Asia, Dr. Roger Bentley finds a cuneiform tablet referring to an ancient society, the Shadow Dynasty, that was destroyed. An earthquake soon after reveals an ancient artifact and the scientists discover the ruins of an ancient temple world on a remote mountain site. It leads them to an underground world, lost in time, where people have adapted to low light. The High Priest Elinu doesn't welcome the presence of the new arrivals and wants them eliminated.
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Sci-Fi?Reviewed byHoward SauertiegVote: 7/10
"The Mole People" isn't your usual '50s sci-fi flick. It has a slightly more intellectual side to it: a combination of the Hollow Earth Theory and a look at ancient civilizations. The plot is that a pair of archaeologists uncover an underground civilization consisting of descendants of the Sumerians. The ancient culture takes the archaeologists for gods after the archaeologists' flashlight hurts their eyes, since five millenniums underground have made them photosensitive.
Yeah, it's pretty far-fetched. The title characters are the civilization's slaves: burrowing creatures with arachnid heads and webbed hands. Overall, the movie is pretty original, and very enjoyable.
Starring John Agar (Shirley Temple's first husband), Hugh Beaumont (the dad on "Leave It to Beaver"), and Alan Napier (Alfred on the 1960s "Batman").
By "Asia" at the beginning of the movie, I'm guessing that they meant either the Middle East or Central Asia.
The Mole People is introduced in a dull-as-ditchwater fashion by Dr. Frank C. Baxter, who gives a dry mini-lecture about the possible structure of the Earth, with particular reference to the 'hollow earth' theory. Basically, what this balding boffin is trying to say is that we have no idea what fantastic secrets might lie miles beneath our feet.
The film starts proper in Asia, with a team of archaeologists, lead by Dr. Roger Bentley and Dr. Jud Bellamin (John Agar and Hugh Beaumont), discovering clues to a lost Sumerian civilisation that survived a terrible flood by building an ark, coming to rest on a mountaintop. Following a perilous climb up the peak in question, the men discover an ancient temple, and, when one of their number falls down a deep hole, they descend into the bowels of the Earth.
Shortly after locating the man's lifeless body, the party experience a rock fall that claims another life and blocks the exit for the three remaining men (Bentley, Bellamin and Professor Etienne Lafarge, played by Nestor Paiva). With no option but to try and find another route, the scientists explore a tunnel that leads them to an underground city where they encounter two subterranean races: albino humans, who miraculously speak perfect English, and subservient mole-men, who don't (they just slobber and grunt).
When the albinos sentence the trio of explorers to death, Lafarge makes a run for it but is killed by one of the monstrous mole-men. Fortunately for Bentley and Bellamin, they are able to use their torch to convince the light-sensitive albinos that they are messengers sent by the goddess Ishtar, after which they are treated like gods, given all the mushrooms they can eat and a sexy non-albino babe, Adad (Cynthia Patrick), to do their bidding. Unfortunately, when the albino guards find Lafarge's body and realise that the visitors are mortal, the good times quickly come to an end.
As much fun as all of this sounds, The Mole People descends into mediocrity shortly after the archaeologists descend into the Earth, with albino high priest Elinu (Alan Napier) plotting to seize power from his king making for unremarkable viewing, and the heroes' quest to find a way back to the surface proving rather repetitive. Torpid direction from Virgil Vogel doesn't help matters much, although he does at least deliver a few impressive shots of the city (through the use of matte paintings). The mole people themselves are fun looking creatures, with creepy eyes and shovel-like hands equipped with huge (rubbery) claws, but they are given little to do for much of the time except cower and hide from their cruel masters. Gorgeous blonde Patrick provides some welcome eye-candy, but meets an abrupt ending, her demise apparently demanded by meddling studio execs who weren't comfortable with the film's implied interracial relationship.
To summarise, The Mole People is mindlessly entertaining but unremarkable sci-fi/horror schlock. 5/10.