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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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JournalJeff2 1 hour ago
Very sad news about Radio George. R.i.P. !
Thanks for all the laughs! I will miss you.
My prayers go out to his family.
CarrieLynnCastro 1 hour ago
My cell posted twice
Sorry but my cell was
not working right.
Sorry about that
🌒Good night.
CarrieLynnCastro 1 hour ago
I do not know how
to say this...I really
almost can't say this
😢 I'm sorry to you all.
Please for give me for sharing this sad
news 💔

🥀...
I got a forward e-mail
Radio George has passed
away. I think I saw on Feb 10th of a massive
heart attack.
His wife sent a e-mail
to one of our bloggers
to be forwarded to our e-mails 🕊

I'm sad too and
shocked like all of
you 😔

Sorry to his wife of the loss of George 🦋
God Bless you🍃🌺🍃

Take my friends💝
CarrieLynnCastro 1 hour ago
I do not know how
to say this...I really
almost can't say this
😢 I'm sorry to you all.
Please for give me for sharing this sad
news 💔

🥀...
I got a forward e-mail
Radio George has passed
away. I think I saw on Feb 10th of a massive
heart attack.
His wife sent a e-mail
to one of our bloggers
to be forwarded to our e-mails 🕊

I'm sad too and
shocked like all of
you 😔

Sorry to his wife of the loss of George 🦋
God Bless you🍃🌺🍃

Take my friends💝
TheKodakKid 1 hour ago
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is with much sadness that I must tell you that Radio George has passed away.

This is an excerpt from the email I received from his wife, “I have terrible news to report. Please share with the group. You all meant a lot to him and he was looking very much forward to Chicago.

On Saturday February 8 we were in San Antonio, planning our return home on February 10. Late in the afternoon he had a massive heart attack and died within minutes. He had checked the blog about an hour before and as always reported to me comments he had received, they pleased him so much.

I am back home now in Lenexa and awaiting his ashes. I'm having a memorial service here in our home on the 29th, please keep us all in your prayers. I am devastated.”

We all looked forward to his jokes every Saturday. I had the honor and privilege of meeting George and Nancy in person last year, when they attended The Big Blogcast 4 here in Tennessee. He was just as entertaining and gracious in person as he was on the blog.

His presence on the blog will definitely be missed.




George and Nancy are at the center of this group pic.
Catbat TheKodakKid 1 hour ago
RIP Radio George
You are very missed and loved.
Thanks for the chucks
RIP, Radio George. It was a real pleasure meeting you and Nancy at B B 4 in August. I will always remember our conversations together and your wonderful sense of humor.

My deepest condolences to Nancy.
SOBX 4 hours ago
Anyone email Radio George
TheKodakKid SOBX 3 hours ago
I emailed him yesterday. Still haven’t heard back from him. If I haven’t heard from him by tomorrow afternoon, I’ll text him.
Bobby12 6 hours ago
I'm no troll...just haven't liked the recent movies.
Geo Bobby12 4 hours ago
I still prefer less stooges as well, but that's just me.
PatS Bobby12 2 hours ago
It's fine if you say it... ONCE. It's better if you suggest a better plot or a movie you'd like to see. (And among us, throw in a line from JAWS or something about fishnets.)
daleuhlmann PatS 2 hours ago
Also, to have mocked, in your previous post, Sven's "I HAvE A STORE?" in the tone that you did, merely because you disliked the movie, was disrespectful.
DrClayton PatS 2 hours ago
I sure wish Bruce the Shark had been wearing fishnets in JAWS!!
Bobby12 7 hours ago
Well I still thought it sucked!
You have my permission to delete this one also.
Carl_N_Brown Bobby12 4 hours ago
We'll make up it to you with a marathon weekend of The Beast from Yucca Flats, Manos: the Hands of Fate, The Creeping Terror, and Howard the Duck.
You could throw in THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN and MONSTROSITY (AKA THE ATOMIC BRAIN).
Islander 8 hours ago
So Dale, are you drinking that nasty stuff yet ?
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Klaatu daleuhlmann 5 hours ago
Ugghh , when I had a colonoscopy my doctor had a comic strip posted in his exam office: Man sitting on the exam table with the doctor inserting the scope tube down the patient’s throat, saying to the patient saying “This is my first colonoscopy too.”
daleuhlmann Islander 5 hours ago
Thanks, Mike--always in the end--ha-ha!
daleuhlmann Klaatu 5 hours ago
Hilarious!
daleuhlmann 8 hours ago
I just saw Mike Farrell on an episode of THE MONKEES today.
scottieO 9 hours ago
Saw a quick appearance by Barry Williams in The Invaders last night. Not sure if he was "one of them" or just a snitch. Also Suzanne Pleshette, as MachineryPete mentioned. David found out she had moxie.
Carl_N_Brown scottieO 6 hours ago
I remember trying to get some Moxie.
Even in the stores with rows and rows of specialty sodas including retro brands, no Moxie to be found.
PatS Carl_N_Brown 2 hours ago
Have you tried "Box of Maine (dot) com"? Lots of obscure products there.
MachineryPete10 10 hours ago
Now this is the Reality of Folks living the Subterranean “life”.....
A fascinating read
"Life finds a way."
Their lives aren't boring.
Munsters scottieO 5 hours ago
Was that Ward Cleaver last night
MachineryPete10 10 hours ago
C.H.U.D
cannibilistic•humanoid•
underground•dwellers
Kolchak went underground in several of the episodes. Great place to meet nasty critters, if you like that sort of thing.
Saw that in a long defunct drive in
scottieO 13 hours ago
The Mole People probably just wanted to go back to their 'sedimentary' lives, where they would be no Tribble at all.
daleuhlmann 13 hours ago
Sexism in last night's movie: None of the "marked ones," deemed inferior by the Sumerians and relegated to slave status, were males; they were all females. So no boys were born with this supposed genetic throwback trait? I think that would have been highly unlikely.
scottieO daleuhlmann 13 hours ago
Dale, I hope this helps explain why it would be very rare for males to have that trait.
scottieO daleuhlmann 13 hours ago
Easy as 123
daleuhlmann scottieO 10 hours ago
As Spock would say, "Fascinating!"
daleuhlmann scottieO 10 hours ago
Oh, the Jackson 5!
PatS daleuhlmann 3 hours ago
For that matter, did we see ANY children in this movie? Or ANY mole females? An awful lot left to guesswork here. And if they limited to community to 40 people (16 times 2.5), you'd probably want more males than females? (Also, did we look closely at the sword makers? One of them could have been 'marked.')
scottieO 14 hours ago
The mole people could have been oppressed for hundreds of years. It's strange that it took them so long to wake up and smell the Molger's ☕ Maybe they were intelligent enough to use the distraction caused by the outsiders with the power to create light to stage the uprising. I’d like to think that if any of the Sumerians survived the mole people would turn the tables on them and make them their whipping boys, so they can see how it feels.
Klaatu scottieO 14 hours ago
The other relevant song might be Whip It by Devo.
scottieO Klaatu 14 hours ago
Yes it is. I listened to it countless times, especially when I was speed skating, nice and fast song.
Klaatu 15 hours ago
Up early this Sunday before work ☹️ watching Batman featuring Louie the Lilac and Egghead. Boy, Yvonne Craig was hot as Batgirl. I wish MeTV could get the rights to air the old Batman as a pre-Svengoolie show.
Islander Klaatu 11 hours ago
Somethings gotta give in the 7pm time slot. I can't imagine ME TV will continue with 2 hours of Stooges. Last night's skit with Shemp as a voice coach. Didn't they just show that last week ?
Munsters Islander 8 hours ago
Stooges rule
PatS Klaatu 3 hours ago
To me, Stooges are like garlic. I can enjoy a moderate portion. Two hours is immoderate IMO. Gotta be something else...?
daleuhlmann Islander 2 hours ago
Well, that was a short called HUSBANDS BEWARE, which was a remake, with a lot of stock footage, of one of Shemp's best shorts, 1947's BRIDELESS GROOM. That's probably why it seemed so familiar.
1MikeM Munsters 2 hours ago
It was nice of Adam Sandler to include "all Three Stooges" in his Hanukkah song. The audience goes wild at the part.
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