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Svengoolie digs up ‘The Mole People’ on January 18th

Release poster for the 1956 movie "The Mole People"
Universal Studios

If you enjoy watching old horror movies with entertaining hosts like Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs it’s time you discover the great Svengoolie. In true horror host fashion he brings the viewer great horror movies with a nice side of tongue in cheek humor. He also always provides interesting information about both the film and the actors. The show airs every Saturday night on the Memorable Entertainment (ME) network at 10E/9C. Check your local listings for the correct time and channel. You can visit the Svengoolie website to find out all the fun about the show’s history, and about the man himself. However, the purpose of this article is to highlight the weekly movie that Svengoolie brings to the eager horror audiences.

This week’s movie is the 1956 Universal Pictures film “The Mole People” directed by Virgil W. Vogel, and starring John Agar as Dr. Roger Bentley, Cynthia Patrick as Adad, and Hugh Beaumont as Dr. Jud Bellamin. Vogel went on to direct quite a bit of television including episodes of “Wagon Train,” “Mission Impossible,” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.” John Agar appeared in several movies including horror films “Revenge of the Creature” and “Tarantula,” but he also had quite a few dramatic roles such as PFC Peter Conway in the film “Sands of Iwo Jima” with John Wayne. Hugh Beaumont was also quite the prolific actor, but is best known for the role of Ward Cleaver in “Leave it to Beaver.”

“The Mole People” is about a group of Sumerian Albinos living under ground that Dr. Bentley and Dr. Bellamin discover during an archeological dig. The men learn that the albinos use the mutated mole men as slaves to harvest mushrooms, and that whenever the albino population gets too large they hold sacrifices to the Eye of Ishtar, which is really just natural light coming from the surface. The men also meet Adad, whom the albino’s shun because of her normal looking skin. The albinos believe the two men to be messengers from Ishtar, and it pretty much goes downhill from there. To find out all the excitement that happens to Dr. Bentley, Dr. Bellamin, and Adad you will have to tune into Svengoolie on Saturday night!

Watch this column for a weekly article about what movie Svengoolie has in store for his viewers each week!