The 1956 production of “The Mole People” was directed by veteran Universal editor-turned-director Virgil Vogel. Vogel’s other Universal feature productions include “The Land Unknown” (1957, with Jock Mahoney, Shawn Smith, William Reynolds, Henry Brandon, Douglas Kennedy and Phil Harvey) and the finale feature in Universal’s “Ma and Pa Kettle” comedy series (sans Percy Kilbride), “The Kettles on Old MacDonald’s Farm” (1957, with Marjorie Main, Parker Fennelly, Gloria Talbott and a young Claude Akins). The screenplay for Vogel’s 1956 Universal creature production was written by veteran screenwriter László Görög. “The Mole People” was produced by veteran Universal feature film producer William Alland and was filmed over a brief timeframe of 17 days, according to IMDB.
This will mark Sven’s eighth big broadcast of “The Mole People” (1956) on Me-TV. He previously aired Virgil Vogel’s classic Universal sci-fi creature/fantasy-thriller masterpiece back in Oct. 2011*, March 2012*, Sept. 2012*, April 2013, Jan. 2014, Dec. 2015 and June 2018.
Who was in Virgil Vogel’s Universal creature production of “The Mole People?”
The players who appeared in “The Mole People” were John Agar (as Dr. Roger Bentley, Agar also appeared in Jack Arnold’s 1955 Universal monster sequel to “Creature From the Black Lagoon,” “Revenge of the Creature” and in Arnold’s 1955 Universal arachnid-monster production of “Tarantula!”), Cynthia Patrick (as Adad/Adel, Patrick appeared in an uncredited role in Valentine Davies’ 1956 Universal biopic of bandleader Benny Goodman with Steve Allen and Donna Reed; “The Benny Goodman Story”), Hugh Beaumont (as Dr. Jud Bellamin, Beaumont went onto greater fame for his role of Ward Cleaver in the 1957-63 sitcom; “Leave It to Beaver” with Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers), Alan Napier (as the High Priest Elinu, Napier went onto greater fame during the latter part of his career in the role of butler Alfred Pennyworth in the 1966-68 “Batman” live-action TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward), Nestor Paiva (as Prof. Etienne Lafarge, Paiva previously played the role of Lucas in Jack Arnold’s Universal productions of “Creature From the Black Lagoon” in 1954 and “Revenge of the Creature” in 1955), Rodd Redwing (as Nazar), Robin Hughes (as a first officer), Dr. Frank C. Baxter as himself (Baxter was a professor of English literature at the University of Southern California and was nicknamed “Dr. Research” for his appearances in the Bell System’s series of educational science films), Phil Chambers (as Dr. Paul Stuart), and the “Mole People” creature ensemble of Bob Herron, Bob Hoy, Joe Rubino and Eddie Parker.