Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE MOLE PEOPLE
June 15, 2017 2:33 AM - Season 8, Episode 3 - Subscribe

"TERRIFYING Monsters From A Lost Age!" Archeologists discover an ancient subterrainian civilization beneath a volcano and, using the awesome power of their mighty FLASHLIGHT, free the titular mole people from their oppression. A weird movie. In the original screenplay the underground girl Adal was supposed to go off with Our Hero, but because that might be seen as an interracial relationship they had her get squashed under a pillar! There's a lot of MST veterans in this movie, particularly John Agar and Hugh Beaumont. This is the episode with The Load, a remarkably burdensome member of the heroic party who exists only to slow them, and the movie, down. YouTube (Official, with annotations! 1h32m) Premiered February 15, 1997.

Episode 803 THE MOLE PEOPLE
Satellite News - Annotated MST3K - War of the Colossal Fan Guide - Annotated MST3K - TVTropes

803's Amazing Colossal Episode Guide entry is written by Mike. Of the film, he wrote:
Smiling idiot John Agar takes Hugh Beaumont and Nestor Paiva beneath the surface of the Earth so that they have no place to run when he begins his windy pontificating through his muscled pie-hole. There they find Alan Napier and other thin men living out their sad existence in pleated skirts. Though aggressive at first, the pigmentless dress-wearers are cowed by Agar's mighty flashlight and shown the secret of their slaves, The Mole People. Actually, it's a matter of some controversy whether the mole creatures or their masters are the eponymous ones. Both could be considered "Mole People," as the former are indeed "moles" of a sort and the latter live among them --"Mole People." I became distracted by this and don't remember the rest of the movie, though I think Agar and friends escape. Without Nestor Paiva, no big loss.
Movie
Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt - Rotten Tomatoes (Critics N/A, Viewers 27%) - Wikipedia - TVTropes - Also, the trope page "Mole Men"
IMDB (1956, 4.7 stars)
"A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia."
Directed by Virgil W. Vogel. Written by László Görög. Starring John Agar, Cynthia Patrick and Hugh Beaumont.

Notes:
This is a good a time as any to remind people that the early seasons of MST3K had a couple of mole people hanging out in Deep 13, Gerry and Sylvia, named after the makers of Thunderbirds and several other supermarionation shows. They just gradually stopped appearing as did many other aspects of the show over the years, like references to load pans and ram chips.

The movie Mole People themselves have already been seen on the show; stock footage of them was used in 515 THE WILD WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.
posted by JHarris (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Hi hi hi hi hi - friendly kid!
posted by wittgenstein at 6:45 AM on June 15 [1 favorite]


It's that time again, time to get together with a bunch of other Mefites and watch REALLY BAD MOVIES. It's time for MST3K Club!

Every Thursday night (tonight!) we watch that week's episode in an online video sharing room. Currently that room is https://www.rabb.it/rodneylives. Additionally we've been watching another Season 11 episode, of which we only have five left! This week's schedule is:
7 PM Eastern/4 PM Pacific: 1110 WIZARDS OF THE LOST KINGDOM (Season 11 episode)
9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific: 803 THE MOLE PEOPLE (Classic episode)
10:30 Easter/7:30 Pacific: YouTube Potluck (random bits of video contributed by interested members -- if you know of something cool to watch here, tell us at the show!)
posted by JHarris at 7:50 AM on June 15


I believe Gerry and Silvia got dropped mostly because it was apparently incredibly hot and unpleasant to wear the mole masks on camera.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:16 AM on June 15 [1 favorite]


My standby comment when things are going slow in a movie is, "And... he's... eatenbyamole!"
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:22 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


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