Saturday, April 20, 2013

1951 - SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE MEN, or another hour out of my life I won't get back.

Had about an hour to kill and thought I would revisit an episode of the old Superman TV series that frightened me as a kid.  Superman and the Mole Men was a warm up for the old TV series.  The producer Robert Lippert made pictures cheap and fast so I kind of knew what to expect for production values.  Even taking that into consideration, this was pretty bad. 

Some oil company has drilled the deepest hole ever looking for oil and has accidentally opened up an underground world inhabited by little guys (the mole men)  who climb up out of the well hole and scare the crap out of everyone in a small town.  Superman conveniently shows up to sort this situation out.

I can't believe these mole men goofballs scared me as a kid particularity with their over sized ray gun which doesn't actually seem to do anything to anyone.  In fact it looks like they can barely hold this contraption up much less use it against the small town lynch mob trying to kill them. 

About the only thing this film has going for it is George Reeves.  He is about the only one who attempts to bring some depth to this silly film.  Reeves plays Clark Kent and he is hardly "mild mannered" in his secret identity.  His Superman also has a little spine to him and is not the overbearing goody two shoes that this super hero usually ends up sinking into.

Still Reeves is not a reason to watch this.

58 minutes.

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