RedRiver wrote:Dude! Ward Cleaver!
Yeah, I forgot that Hugh Beaumont
was among the poor devils trapped in The Mole People
. I tried to stay with it last night, but I think I can pin the blame for my falling asleep on John Agar's snappy repartee, such as "Archaeologists are underpaid publicity agents for deceased royalty," and the exchange that began with Agar observing that "This one died from a blow from a heavy blunt instrument," and Beamont replying "Well, that's a sign of a higher civilization!" That last one sounded like something Dad would have said to Wally and The Beav when confronting their lackadaisical cleaning skills.
Btw, in this interview
with Tom Weaver in the book Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers
, Agar mentioned that he left Universal-International just after this movie, hoping to find work in something other than sci-fi (that didn't work out too well, in part because of the disintegration of the studio system, Agar's alcoholism, and his changing agents repeatedly ). At one point Agar told the author regarding "the silly dialogue in The Mole People...[prompted him to go] to producer Bill Alland and tell him, 'Bill, people don't say
things like this.' He said something to the effect that he paid a guy a lot of money to write that dialogue, and I said, 'Well, you got cheated!'..."And I think I got my nose out of joint one time when I was on the set and Rock Hudson came over. [This was at the time when Hudson, along with Tony Curtis, Jeff Chandler and George Nader was getting a big build-up by the studio as leading men] He [Hudson] looked around at the production that was going on and he said, "How'd you get into this
Poor actors, they have such little control over their own fates, and so often their own impulsive instincts are not the best. I kind of admire them more because they take so many chances, but I would imagine the missteps are easier to see in retrospect.
The good news is that Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
(1943-Roy William Neil) is being repeated next weekend and on April 7th, one of the few films to actually star
the great Strother Martin
,the drive-in hit, SSSSSSS
(1973-Bernard L. Kowalski), is going to be aired. The synopsis says that "A famed herpetologist bends the laws of nature experimenting with the transformation of man into snake." Since the overlooked but seemingly ubiquitous Tim O"Connor
and Jack Ging
are also in the cast of this movie, I'll try to overlook my latent dislike of second lead Dirk Benedict and my fear of snakes for this one.