“The Mole People” was directed by Virgil Vogel, who also directed “The Land Unknown” (1957) and the final installment in Universal Studios’ “Ma and Pa Kettle” comedy film franchise series, “The Kettles on Old MacDonald’s Farm” (1957). Vogel’s 1956 Universal sci-fi monster/creature entry took only 17 days to film, according to IMDB.
Who was in “The Mole People” (1956)?
The players who appeared in Vogel’s Universal sci-fi creature feature were John Agar (as Dr. Roger Bentley), Cynthia Patrick (as Adad), Hugh Beaumont (as Dr. Jud Bellamin), Alan Napier (as the High Priest Elinu), Nestor Paiva (as Prof. Etienne Lafarge), Phil Chambers (as Dr. Paul Stuart), Rodd Redwing (as Nazar), Robin Hughes (as a first officer) and UCLA English professor Dr. Frank C. Baxter as himself.
Hugh Beaumont went onto greater fame as Cleaver family patriarch Ward Cleaver in the hit TV series “Leave it to Beaver” (1957-63, with Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers as the “Beaver”/Theodore Cleaver).
Later in his career, Alan Napier would be well known for his role of butler Alfred Pennyworth in the smash live-action TV adaptation of “Batman” (1966-68, with Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin).
Shortly before appearing in “The Mole People,” Cynthia Patrick appeared in an uncredited role as Jane, the love interest of character Gil Rodin (played by Dick Winslow) in Universal’s “The Benny Goodman Story” (1956, with Steve Allen and Donna Reed, directed by Valentine Davies.).
Nestor Paiva was no stranger to Universal’s monster and creature features of the 1950s, he appeared in “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1954), “Revenge of the Creature” (1955, he played the role of Lucas for the first two features in the studio’s “creature” trilogy) and “Tarantula” (1955, as Sheriff Jack Andrews).
Released as a double-feature with another Universal fantasy monster-creature feature
According to the Oct. 1956 issue of “Motion Picture Herald,” “The Mole People” was released as a double feature presentation by Universal with another fantasy monster-creature feature from the studio, “Curucu, Beast of the Amazon” (1956, with John Bromfield, Beverly Garland, Larri Thomas, Tom Payne and Harvey Chalk).
“The Mole People” was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”
Vogel’s 1956 Universal sci-fi monster fantasy feature was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (episode #803, hosted by Mike Nelson), which was broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as “SyFy”) on Feb. 15, 1997.
According to additional details on IMDB, footage elements of the creature sequences from “The Mole People” were later used in a non-Universal feature, “The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman” (1966). “The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman” was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (#515, hosted by Mike Nelson on Nov. 13, 1993 and telecast on Comedy Central).
Be sure to watch (or record) Svengoolie and his showcase of “The Mole People” (1956), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Be sure to tune into Svengoolie’s upcoming showcase of “The Mole People” (1956), this Sat. on the airlanes of Me-TV! With a cast of familiar personalities from film and television; along with Sven’s extended fun facts, Doug Graves’ song of the night and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment, you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended to all fellow SvenPals everywhere!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
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Watch or record Alan Napier as butler Alfred Pennyworth in the 1966-68 “Batman” TV series, with two back-to-back episodes Sat. evenings at 10 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Central on most Me-TV stations (right after Sven during “Super Sci-Fi Sat. Night”)
In relation to “The Mole People” (1956):
“The Mole People” (1956) is also available on DVD (manufactured-on-demand) as part of Universal’s “vault series” collection of rare and hard-to-find feature films and TV programs. “The Mole People” is also available in Universal’s multi-film sci-fi monster/creature anthology DVD set, “The Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection.”
The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K) edition of “The Mole People” (1956) is available to watch for free on Shout! Factory’s official MST3K YouTube channel. The MST3K edition of “The Mole People” is also available on Shout’s MST3K DVD box set, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXVI” (by arrangement with Universal Studios).