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803 - The Mole People
0803
Air Date February 15, 1997
MST3K Director Kevin Murphy
Movie Director Virgil W. Vogel
Year 1956
Cast John Agar
Cynthia Patrick
Hugh Beaumont
Nestor Paiva
Preceded by 802 - The Leech Woman
Followed by 804 - The Deadly Mantis
"It's a civilization of elderly great-aunts."
  — Tom Servo


This article is about Episode 803. For the Mads' Mole People assistants, see Gerry and Sylvia.

The Movie

Synopsis

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The Mole People

A narration by Dr. Frank Baxter, an English professor at the University of Southern California, explains the premise of the movie and its basis in reality. He briefly discusses thehollow earth theories of John Symmes and Cyrus Teed among others, and says that the movie is a fictionalized representation of these unorthodox theories.

Archaeologists Dr. Roger Bentley and Dr. Jud Bellamin find a race of Sumerian albinos living deep under the Earth. They keep mutant humanoid mole men as their slaves to harvestmushrooms, their primary food source, since mushrooms can grow without sunlight. The Sumerian albinos' ancestors relocated into the subterranean after cataclysmic floods in ancient Mesopotamia. Whenever their population increases, they sacrifice old people to the Eye of Ishtar, which is really natural light coming from the surface. These people have lived underground for so long that they are weakened by bright light which the archaeologists brought in the form of a flashlight. However, there is one girl named Adad who has naturalCaucasian skin who is disdained by the others since she has the "mark of darkness." They believe the men are messengers of Ishtar, their goddess.

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The Mole People of The Mole People

When one of the archaeologists is killed by a mole person, Elinu, the High Priest, realizes they are not gods. He orders their capture and takes the flashlight to control the Mole People, not knowing it is depleted. The archaeologists are then sent to the Eye just as the Mole People rebel. Adad goes to the Eye only to realize its true nature and that the men had survived. They then leave for the surface. Unfortunately, Adad dies after reaching the surface, when an earthquake causes a column to fall over and crush her. [1]

Information

  • The original ending had Bentley and Adal blithely strolling away together, headed for wedded bliss. The studio insisted that a new ending be shot two weeks after filming was completed because they were reluctant to imply an interracial relationship (as Adal was a Sumerian).
  • The humps for the mole people were done by stuffing the backs of the actors who played them with newspapers.
  • Shot in 17 Days.
  • This movie was the inspiration for The Dickies' song Attack of the Molemen.
  • The intro by Dr. Frank Baxter was intended to lend some semblance of credibility to the movie. Take note that this man was an English professor.
  • This film stars three repeat offenders from a previous film. John Agar and Nestor Paiva were also seen in Revenge of the Creature. Hugh Beaumont had appeared with Agar and Cesar Romero in Lost Continent.
  • Clips of The Mole People likewise appear in The Wild Wild World of Batwoman, which aired as a prior experiment.

The Episode

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Tom tries to play guitar

Host Segments

Prologue: Crow claims he's a space child because he has replaced his normal inanimate eyes with glowing balls. His "Supreme Leader" orders him to enslave Mike, Tom and Gypsy, but he can't get it together and naturally, they remain un-enslaved

Segment One: It's Lawgiver Daze! Pearl Forrester forces her simian charges to honor her with lame floats and lifeless parades. Professor Bobo, uncomfortable doing any of it, ends up kneeling before her begging to be killed. I think we've all been there! The S.O.L. has been ordered to make baked goods for the event. Servo goes over board, making way too many funny sounding, ethnic folded pastries. Crow makes a mile-high meringue pie that is actually a mile high!

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Mike's "funny" impression

Segment Two: Mike goes about thinking he's funny again by dressing up as the "Gesture Professor", a strange character from The Mole People who is not only mostly bald but dabbles in weird gesticulations, a deadly combo. The 'Bots have to talk Mike down.

Segment Three: Tom tries and fails to play the guitar and sing a ballad about what he’s been up to for the past five hindered years or so

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Special guest star Robert Smith

Segment Four: Crow the archeologist, searching for evidence of a previous Crow, has a breakthrough, and suddenly remembers Mike

Segment Five: Crow believes there’s life beneath the floorboards of the SOL . . . and he’s right. On Earth, the Lawgiver is presented with a hunky gift - Minnesota Vikings running back Robert Smith

Stinger: Nestor Paiva reaches his limit

Guest Stars:

Trivia

  • The 1st host segment features the first of several instances where Crow falls from a great height.
  • Features a rare special guest star: Robert Smith, a star running back of the Minnesota Vikings.

Running Jokes

  • Referring to Lafarge exclusively as "the load."
  • Mike's "Going down, down, down" and the Bots telling him to stop.
  • "...Pilgrim."
  • How Bentley (John Agar) supposedly never stops talking.
  • Adad appears to be playing a banjo. Servo substitutes hillbilly music accordingly.
  • The albino guys being compared to elves, or Smurfs or other small races

Quotes & References

  • "It's a jump to the left."

A reference to the song The Time Warp, in which one chorus presents the instructions to the dance given by the Criminologist in his office at his desk. (It should be noted as well as the character of The Criminologist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show is itself a reference to heavy-handed narrators in old sci-fi movies like this guy.)

  • "Oh, these are the people who make that nice Mexican sauce!"

​Molé sauce (or simply molé --- "molé sauce" is redundant) is a concoction made from peppers, spices, and unsweetened chocolate. Molé comes in a myriad of varieties.

  • "Mike, I don't love you anymore because the mountains are crumbling [possibly mumbled: 'into the sea'?]"

Could be a reference to the Led Zeppelin song "Thank You" ("If the mountains should crumble to the sea, there would still be you and me.") which in itself is probably a reference to the Ben E. King song "Stand By Me" which also talks of mountains crumbling into the seas.

  • "Oh, Pilate's favorite! What I wouldn't give to be spat upon!"

Paraphrase of "Ohh! What wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face! I sometimes hang awake at night dreaming of being spat at in the face." from Monty Python's Life of Brian .

  • "Earthquake, shut up already, damn!"

A parody of the song "Housequake " from Prince's 1987 album Sign 'O' the Times.

  • "It's baby Jessica! She's digging her own way out!"

​A reference to Jessica McClure , a toddler who was trapped in a well in Midland, TX on Oct. 14, 1987.

  • "Thank you, Hannah Arendt."

Hannah Arendt was a political philosopher who books were largely concerned with totalinarianism.  She is chiefly remembered for her coverage of the trial of Adolf Eichmann for war crimes, during which she coined the phrase "the banality of evil".

Memorable Quotes

[The film begins with an introduction from Professor Frank C. Baxter of the University of Southern California.]
Baxter: This is science fiction of course. It's a fiction, it's a fable.
Mike: It's a fabulous funny freak-out.
Baxter: But I think if you study this picture and think about it, when it's over...
Crow: You'll feel dirty.
Baxter: You'll realize that this is something more than just a story told.
Servo: It's a story botched.
Baxter: It's a fable with a meaning and a significance for you and for me in the 20th century. Thank you, and goodbye.
Mike: Peanut nostrils happy clams.
[The opening credits scroll out of a huge crater]
Mike: Mt. Pinatubo erupted yesterday, spewing movie credits all over the Southern Hemisphere.
[Dr. Bentley and his crew find a suitable camping site on the summit of Mt. Kuitara]
Bentley: We'll make camp here!
Crow T. Robot: Then we'll dig our graves over there!

Video Release

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MST3K DVD Cover

Commercially released on DVD by Shout Factory in November 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 26, a 4-DVD set with The Magic SwordAlien from L.A and Danger!! Death Ray.

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