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Terror Lies Below the Earth's Surface- at the Claws of "The Mole People"!

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Tonight on MeTV, we’re ready once again to hit new heights- while going to deep depths– as some archeological explorers start by heading upwards- only to end up further down, deep in the realm of an underground civilization – surrounded by its pale population, as well as- the "Mole People"!

The movie begins in way that might remind you of high school-when you’d be regaled and informed by some educational film! Dr. Frank Baxter provides a lengthy and lethargic lecture about the possibilities of what lies below the earth’s surface, leading up to our joining an expedition where archeologists make a strange find- a shard of pottery that seems a bit out of place up in a high-altitude mountain range- even more so when it’s revealed it came from a mountain peak even higher up! The explorers must head up to that peak, in spite of the treacherous climb, in order to try and solve this riddle – and, after painfully working their way upwards (via some stock footage), they are stunned to find the remains of some ancient uncharted city! Even though they are experts with vast knowledge, the archeologists can’t explain how such a place exists at that lofty an elevation. As they wander the area, one of their party falls through the crumbling rock surface into a chasm so deep, his associates can't even see the bottom!

They decide to rappel down into the chasm- with the descent proving fatal to one member of the party- followed by a cave-in that traps the remaining group far below the earth’s crust. The survivors try to discover some way that will lead them back up to the surface, and wend their way through subterranean tunnels in darkness- until ending up face to face with a strange underground race, who take them prisoners!

They discover their captors are actually descendants of ancient Sumerians. Their eons of existence so far underground without light has caused them to evolve into an albino state- with pale skin and eyes totally unable to stand bright light. They have conquered a mutant race of mole men, who have most likely always been subterranean dwellers- but now have become slaves to the Sumerians, who constantly mistreat the bizarre creatures, and force them to labor endlessly. The leaders of the pale folk threaten the unfortunate surface visitors, but the surface dwellers cleverly pull off the ruse that they are actually emissaries of the gods, sent from the heavens that lie above. This halts the brusque treatment by the Sumerians, who cautiously treat them with some respect-even though they are harboring suspicions, but are unwilling to risk upsetting their gods. The explorers also prove their godliness with the awesome weapon they possess- a flashlight! Yes, that most frightening of all weapons whose bright beam is actually painful to the underground race and causes great apprehension among them. To appease these immortal emissaries from above, the Sumerians offer a feast of their underground comestibles, heavy on the mushrooms, as well as offering them the gift of a servant girl the men have defended. Her name is Adel (or, Adad, if you read the credits) -an attractive young woman they refer to as “marked”, since she is far less pale than the others- and seems to be the only blonde in their underground civilization which must not have an equivalent of Miss Clairol.

Explorers Roger and Jud, in their assumed identity of being on a mission from gods, explore the underground city, trying to learn as much as they can about the civilization- and, even more important, a way to escape it. They witness a grisly sacrificial rite- in which victims are offered to the gods by being placed in a compartment where they are exposed to “the Eye of Ishtar”- which leaves those sacrificed as charred husks! Meanwhile, the High Priest, still suspicious of the visitors, has serious doubts about whether they truly have any connection to the gods. He is also worried about losing the power he has over the populace to these brash newcomers- leaving him with only one alternative-stealing their flashlight. Sounds more like revenge at summer camp, but more danger arises for our archeologist pals when additional proof surfaces that they are definitely NOT immortals! Will the surface dwellers be able to survive-and will the class differences between the Sumerians and the mole men erupt into an underground civil war?

The title creatures of this 1956 film certainly join Universal’s Gill Man as the most recognizable 50s Universal monsters. We’ll discuss the cast of familiar actors- including John Agar, “Leave It to Beaver”’s Hugh Beaumont , “Batman” butler Alan Napier, and veteran Gill Man nemesis Nestor Paiva. We’ll discuss the make-up design for the mole people, and, as part of our Sven shtick- present the beloved “Svensurround” version of “Leave It to Beaver”( using footage form this flick)!

"The Mole People” surfaces on MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- if you need to find the exact time and channel in your neck of the woods, feel free to check your local TV listings or go to www.metv.com and click on "where to watch".  Thanks to our fans on Twitter, we have been trending high among the most-commented-on topics Saturday nights during the show- you can join in- Tweet along in real time using the hashtag #svengoolie  ! Chicago viewing area fans get a second look at the next generation Kong- “Son of Kong”- back at our usual time for a couple weeks-  11 am on the U! We do want to thank our loyal viewers who enjoyed “Ghost and Mr. Chicken”- our national ratings came in, and we had well over a million viewers for that show! Once again, that proves what a huge favorite that film is.

Check out our store (yes, “I have a store”) for the new action figure set that includes a coffin! The figure has my traditional costume, and includes its own tiny rubber chicken!

Don’t forget, we return to the amazing C2E2 comics and entertainment convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place for the usual fun and excitement- with viewers from all across the country coming to meet me as well as the many celebrities and comic creators! So far, our schedule includes the following-  Friday: autograph session from 3 to 4 pm at table 2 ; Saturday:  12:10 to 12: 20 pm- celebrity photo op ; 12”30 -1:30 – Sven 40th Anniversary panel ( Room S504) – 1:45 -2:45- autograph session ( table 1). We also will be out on the floor, recording for future shows, and just might make a stop in the DC Comics area! Please watch for any updates or changes in information – also, since the autograph sessions are only an hour- try to get in line early, since they will have to cut the line off, so someone else can take over the table after our session.

Meanwhile, join us tonight to see how low we can go with the Mole People!

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CarrieLynnCastro 1 hour ago
A very busy day
relaxing with a cup
of tea 🍃🌼🍃
Ahhh peace and quite
everyone asleep even Tiny🌠

🐦...
Fun afternoon with
grandkids after school
lesson how does 🐛 Grandma's Garden
grow 😉

🎩📺🍿...
So ready for the show
Saturday night yay 👻
I needed it I'm sure
we all do 🤖
So nice we can get together for Sven
Blogger Friends 💝

😴...
I guess it's time to
turn in 🌒
See you in the
morning ☕


Lynn CarrieLynnCastro 18 minutes ago
Yes - looking forward to Saturday night. Take good care of yourself, Carrie!
CarrieLynnCastro 1 hour ago
Hi Dale happy you
had a good result 🤓
Take care 🌷🐝
Munsters 5 hours ago
Just did 14 hrs. Is it Saturday yet????
MADave 6 hours ago
Well goodnight everyone see u tomorrow after work
Lynn MADave 16 minutes ago
Be good to yourself, Dave!
MADave 7 hours ago
Yesterday I mentioned I was sending an original drawing of Sven as Batman it's going in the mail tomorrow not today as I thought but he'll still get it sometime next week I made a copy for myself I wish I knew how to send pictures here on the blog
MADave 10 hours ago
Hi all I’m back on blog looking forward to a universal classic that’ll keep me wrapped up in my seat (see what I did there?) anyway it’s great to be back I missed chatting with y’all last week
MadameYes MADave 9 hours ago
We missed YOU! Glad you're back! 😊
daleuhlmann MadameYes 9 hours ago
Welcome back, Dave!
MADave MadameYes 9 hours ago
I missed you too!
MADave daleuhlmann 9 hours ago
Thanks Dale!
TheKodakKid MADave 8 hours ago
Welcome home, MADave. It’s so nice to see you back where you belong.
MADave TheKodakKid 7 hours ago
Thanks buddy!
daleuhlmann 10 hours ago
I had mentioned in my movie review post last week that when Rock Hudson visited the set of THE MOLE PEOPLE one day, he ticked off John Agar by asking him, "How did you get into something like THIS?" I wonder if Hudson would have said this if he had known that some of his own, later movies would include such turkeys as EMBRYO and AVALANCHE!
daleuhlmann 11 hours ago
Well, group, I forgot to tell everybody that the results of Tuesday's colonoscopy turned out just fine. I don't have to worry about another one for the next five years. It's all behind me (LOL).

Incidentally, Sven's marvelous "Molgers" spoof of the old Folgers commercials might even be appropriate for THE MUMMY'S CURSE, by virtue of one of the movie's cast members. Those who have seen the film no doubt realize whom I'm referring to; however, for those who have not, I'll let the Man in the Hat do the honors of presenting this tie-in on this Saturday's show.
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daleuhlmann Islander 7 hours ago
Well-put!😅
Lynn daleuhlmann 6 hours ago
I'm glad everything went well, Dale. Good news, indeed.
daleuhlmann Lynn 5 hours ago
Thank you, Lynn!
DrClayton daleuhlmann 1 hour ago
I just knew it would all work out in the end!
UncleFestivus 13 hours ago
Found this wayward juvenile Marsupial greeting me at my basement steps last Summer. Pepè Le Pew 👃 he musked me as I guided him back outside to Mama & the rest of the clan.
JournalJeff2 17 hours ago
Happy Thursday!
Getting closer to Svengoolie time.
Have a Great Day & Take Care!!
MADave 1 day ago
Hi gang just popping in to say that I’m going to mail my original drawing of Svengoolie as Batman tomorrow, here’s hoping he will show it in a future show? I’ll be back on blog tomorrow or Friday
MadameYes MADave 1 day ago
Good luck, MADave! We'll be watching for your drawing and hoping it gets shown. 😊
Catbat MADave 17 hours ago
Good luck MADave!
1MikeM MADave 13 hours ago
Good luck Dave!
Jack 1 day ago
In case _Dracula_ is showing next month, Archie McPhee has Racing Possums!If you need to stock a large crypt, they’re available in bulk.
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Jack Lynn 17 hours ago
They are cute when they’re little—but big enough to leave the pouch.
Lynn Jack 13 hours ago
Well, that's the closest I ever want to get to that "dental formula", but I'll even go so far as to say that the adults can be kind of cute if you aren't prey, and boundaries are respected.
daleuhlmann Lynn 10 hours ago
Cute, perhaps, but, like racoons, scavengers that can spread carion-connected germs through their saliva.
Lynn daleuhlmann 6 hours ago
Certainly!
TheKodakKid 1 day ago
This one kind of fits in with last Saturday’s movie. I know Jack can have a field day with it as well.

Jack TheKodakKid 1 day ago
For reasons you can readily imagine, _Frank and Ernest_ was the favorite comic of my undergraduate anthropology advisor.
Dept. of Forestry vs. Med School/Neonatal Care: Nature vs. Nurture....
PatS TheKodakKid 17 hours ago
Dept. of Fisheries hatchery meets Shallow waters environmental studies -- Roe Vs. Wade...
scottieO PatS 14 hours ago
That's deep, ya'll are trying to inundate my shallow mind.
Jack TheKodakKid 9 hours ago
Medical Dept. of Anatomy meets History and Philosophy Joint Program in Future Studies— Anatomy versus Destiny….
daleuhlmann 1 day ago
One of the most popular Don Post movie monsters masks in the 1960's was of the Mole People. Here is a vintage ad that appeared in FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, along with an ad for another blast from the past that is gone but not forgotten, I'm sure, the 8mm home movie projector.
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Carl_N_Brown daleuhlmann 23 hours ago
Stuck in my mind was the issue dealing with the frequently double featured 12 TO THE MOON and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE. Ackerman referred to them as 7 UP TO THE MOON and BOTTLE IN OUTER SPACE. When a pun like that sticks in you head for 60 years, you know it is bad.
daleuhlmann Carl_N_Brown 18 hours ago
Super Forry puns!
Munsters Carl_N_Brown 6 hours ago
Yep. Captain company was the place that you sent the money to....
Berwyn1979 1 day ago
Since there was no song this week. I'm going to tell you about the movie in song!
It starts out with a kid talking about why he found on top of the mountain. "High, High!"

With rocks in mind, that why there down their. The rock trap them all night.

Then they meet the king of the underground people "Alfred from Batman!"

The guys shine a light in there's eyes. Which they can't stand.

Because of this light he thinks there gods.
I DON'T WANT TO TELL HOW IT ENDS but it's something like this...


PEACE AND LOVE!
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Berwyn1979 Jack 1 day ago
In my first draft I had Here Comes The Sun but cut it. I DIDN'T WANT TO TELL THE ENDING! I had about five more in there ranging from Frank Sinatra to The Monkees to Tennessee Ernie Ford! Oh well to each it's own.
Jack Berwyn1979 1 day ago
I can guess the Tennessee Ernie Ford song, but the others?!?! With that many songs mebbe you could sync them to the movie!
PatS Berwyn1979 17 hours ago
Gosh, Berwyn, this could be a regular feature on the blog -- the movie in songs! Good idea to wait until Wednesday to post, so it's reasonable to suppose we've all seen the movie and "spoilers" aren't a big issue. I like your style!
Jack PatS 17 hours ago
Yes!
daleuhlmann 1 day ago
Also in THE MOLE PEOPLE was Robin Hughes, who played the Sumerian First Officer (picture#1). Hughes was in another Universal-International horror film Sven has shown, THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE, as the beheaded warlock searching for the rest of his body (second picture). He was also in another fun horror film, THE MAZE, and guest-starred in an episode of TV's THRILLER. In addition, he was in an episode of ONE STEP BEYOND, and in two episodes of PERRY MASON. His most famous role on the small screen was as "The Howling Man," which was one of THE TWILIGHT ZONE's best-remembered episodes (third picture). That episode also featured John Carradine.
CarrieLynnCastro 1 day ago
Good morning 🌷
Nice day of plenty of
Sun 🌞

🎏...
Like spring day 🐛
tired of winter and
eager to plant my garden 👩‍🌾
Bring on the monster bugs 😨 I saw my
first 2days ago 🐛
spring is surely
almost here 🐦

📺...
Hope today I can
catch some Metv
🤔 busy grandma
these days 😉

Have a great day!
Do your happy 💝
JournalJeff2 1 day ago
Happy Hump Day!
Have a Great Day & Take Care!!
I thought it was take your mole to work day. I guess moles don't care what day it is, not like they ever get the weekend off anyway.
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