Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) Reviewed

Original poster for 1951's Superman and the Mole-Men

Original poster for 1951's "Superman and the Mole-Men"

Superman and the Mole Men features the first cinematic non-serial outing for the Man of Steel as essayed by  George Reeves in his first performance as Superman. The story is a morality tale about tolerance in which Reeves’ Supes teaches the world that just because these funny looking underground midget monsters are ugly, there’s no reason they can’t be our friends(?!) This is also the first time we’d see Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane — a role she continued playing opposite Reeves in the much-loved long-running TV series. SatMM was later split into two parts for two episodes of the series’ first season. Reeves makes an impression and it’s easy to see why he was the only man to play the role for years — even though it was, sadly, the role that ruined his movie career. SatMM is as entertaining as any early episode of the series and an important artifact in superhero history. Reeves career (and tragic demise) is outlined in Hollywoodland (2006), in which he’s impressively portrayed (with a prosthetic nose and chin) by Ben Affleck.
** 1/2

~ by Number5ive on October 12, 2008.

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