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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302878799
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,967 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.

Customer Reviews

And the Mole Men...you`ll feel compassion for them.
Bruce Welton
This is highly recommended for anyone in their mid 50's or older as it's very likely it had been a part of their life!
David W. Nesbitt
No offence to Noel Neill, but Phyllis Coates is my favorite Lois Lane.
SHR Sr.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Beers on 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 By A Customer on June 18, 1999
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 By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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 By A Customer on February 10, 1999
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 By SHR Sr. on 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 By Bruce Welton on 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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