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Superman and the Mole Men [VHS] (1951)

George Reeves , Phyllis Coates , Lee Sholem  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey, Walter Reed, J. Farrell MacDonald
  • Directors: Lee Sholem
  • Writers: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Robert Maxwell
  • Producers: Barney A. Sarecky
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 18, 1994
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302878799
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

When a townchr(39)s drilling project goes too far and unearths the Mole Men, Superman rushes to the aid of the Mole Men, about to fall victim to mob mentality.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better as "Edited for Television" March 8, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Sorry, but this has to be a dissenting opinion. As some of the other reviewers have noted, "Superman and the Mole Men" was later edited into a two-part episode for the George Reeves TV program, now rechristened as "The Unknown People." Sorry, folks, but in this case the "edited for TV" version is a distinct improvement and for one reason: THE MUSIC! The score used in the original movie is a pallid, third-rate job that does nothing to advance the action or to support the eerie, "film noir" feel of the camera work. But when the film was mixed down for presentation on TV, the show's producers had the genius to replace the film's soundtrack with some of the scariest, most vivid background scores then available. (As a matter of fact, this weird and wonderful music - used over and over again as background music throughout the first, black-and -white season of the 1950's "Adventures of Superman" TV show - has been helpfully collected on CD by the Varese-Sarabande label. You can order it right here, at Amazon.com! The Adventures of Superman: Original Television Soundtrack (1950s TV Series)) Anyone who gets to know "Superman and the Mole Men" only through the original theatrical release with its substandard, tepid musical score will have no idea of how good the film really is, or understand how the effective use of great background music can turn a third-rate movie into a very good film. Luckily for everyone, the DVD release of the first season of 'The Adventures of Superman' made both TV re-mix and original theatrical version of 'Mole Men' available for comparison. Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season Trust me, after seeing the TV re-mix, you'll never want to watch the theatrical release again!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT OLD FUN SUPERMAN MOVIE June 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
George Reeves does a great job in his first appearance as the man of steel. The Mole Men are not the bad guys in this film. The people that live in the small town that the Mole People surface from are the true bad guys due to fear. Superman tries to make the towns people understand that The Mole Men are not bad. But like in most films the people don't listen and they try to kill the Mole People.This film was the only George Reeves Superman that was shown in theaters. It's very low budget but it's great fun, like most Superman movies and TV shows. Superman and The Mole Men also apeared as a two part episode when the show was on TV. But was edited down due to time. If you want to see this film buy or rent this full length version. It's worth the time if your a fan of Superman.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The pilot that lauched the Superman craze of the 1950's. September 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This 1951 feature served as the pilot for the series that lives on today in syndication. Shot in just eleven days in July of 1951, this low budget film introduced George Reeves as the Man of Steel, fighting small town intolerance when Mole Men from the center of the Earth arrive in Silsby through an oil well drilled to the core of the planet. Fans of the series will enjoy the different music used to cue the flying sequences, and the standing take off Superman employs in one scene. (It was one of two times wire take offs were used, and both times Superman wound up on his Superrump on the cutting room floor. Later Reeves would use a spring board to achieve the effect.) This 58 minute feature was later cut into a two part episode called The Unknown People. The no nonsense approach by George Reeves in the title role will fascinate fans of the series, watching to see how the character would later evole in the TV format. The film noir tone serves as a time capsule of 1951. A must see for the diehard Superman fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Icon of the Baby Boom!!! February 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This Motion Picture represents the first Feature Film Starring the "Man of Steel" : SuperMan. Two Serials and 27 Animated Shorts Had been viewed by the "Public at Large" but "SuperMan and the Mole Men" introduces us to the Cast of the TV Series...which began filming soon after the release of this feature....if you are part of the Baby Boom then the Image of George Reeves as the "Strange Visitor from another Planet who came to Earth with Powers and Abilities far beyond those of Mortal Man..." is already implanted firmly in your mind and viewing this remarkable film will bring you back to those days of youth and innocence...when Life was simple and men could fly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's more than your deserve! June 18, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Nice movie with extra footage not on the TV re-broadcast. It also contains a different music soundtrack, but that's OK. No offence to Noel Neill, but Phyllis Coates is my favorite Lois Lane. I wish the Phyllis Coates episodes came out on DVD. They are much more serious and contain lots of suspense. Don't worry about the no show of Jimmy Olsen, he isn't missed. This is a classic film all Superman fans must have in their collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing!!!!! August 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
George Reeves and Phyllis Coates at their best! Superman at his most assertive, seldom smiling as he to often did in later episodes.Clark Kent proving he is as good a detective as he is a reporter. Lois Lane at her very best...Phyllis Coates projecting her fear and wonder very convincingly. And the Mole Men...you`ll feel compassion for them. With an excellent supporting cast and the ooh so beautiful automobiles....Superman and the Mole Men is a must see !!! Highly entertaining!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars George Reeves at his best
I was moved by this movie as a child because of the lessen it taught about prejudice. (The malice shown towards the mole people, and how Superman stands up for them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Reeves' Impressive Debut as the Man of Steel
The first feature-length Superman movie was a 1951 science-fiction drama that served as the pilot for the classic TV series. Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by Scott T. Rivers
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Great With Great Appeal
Being 24 years old, I'm not a part of the baby boomer generation. I didn't see this film when it was brand new, but I am a fan of Superman. Read more
Published on September 6, 2007 by GameraRocks
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Superman and Science Fiction/Adventure
Before "Superman" of TV became more and more a "kid's show", and before it even became a series, there was this movie with Reeves and Coates. Read more
Published on July 8, 2007 by Phil S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Witness horror, witness, suspence, it's all here!
An outstanding film, the guy that wrote the review at the movies home page is all wrong on his review. Read more
Published on December 29, 2003 by "bab5757"
5.0 out of 5 stars George Reeves : The "Real" Superman
For "Baby Boomers" there really is only one Superman and his name was George Reeves....this Video is of historical value both because it is the very first Superman Feature Film and... Read more
Published on October 29, 2002 by Windslipper
2.0 out of 5 stars Definately try before you buy- Another dissenter
I was really disappointed in this but I didn't realize why until I read the review that pointed out the music shift when they recut it for TV. Read more
Published on August 22, 2002 by Mak Thorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic look at 1950's America
A must see film. George Reeves and Phyllis Coates do an excellent job. This is the springboard for the series. The mole men come out of the ground and have to be protected. Read more
Published on October 15, 1999 by Geoffrey K
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is 'superman's' best and greatest adventure.
i have this video in my video library collection it's superman's best and greatest venture into the realm of science fiction. Read more
Published on July 2, 1999
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