Despite the budget restraints the studio was able to come up with enough money to reshoot the last scene. In the original ending, Dr. Bentley and Adal both survived and lived happily ever after. Share this:
Not wanting to imply an interracial relationship between Dr. Bentley and Adal, the studio insisted on a new ending being reshot two weeks after filming had been completed.
Plagued with a tiny budget, poor script and a first-time director, The Mole People (1956) was an almost certain flop and is considered to be one of Universals weakest horror films. Despite its’ poor reception and reviews this film has developed somewhat of a cult following thanks in part to its cast of well-known bit players including:
John Agar, a notable actor who appeared in a number of TV shows during from the 1950’s to the 90’s and is also known for starring in Revenge of the Creature (1955) and John Wayne classics such as Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).
Hugh Beaumont, who was best known for his role as Ward Cleaver on the TV series, Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963), was also a licensed to preacher for the Methodist church.
Alan Napier who is best remembered as Batman’s faithful butler, Alfred Pennyworth in Batman (1966) plays Elinu, the High Priest.
The Mole People (1956) is one of the better “bad” films of the 50’s sci-fi/horror craze. It is certainly worth watching, but don’t try to make any sense out of the plot; this movie is it’s meant to entertain, not educate.