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Gregg Allman, RIP

Savannah, Georgia–Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, which inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock and jam-band movements, died on May 27 at his home here. He was 69.

MSTies will recall that a snippet of the Allman Brothers standard “Melissa” (which Allman co-wrote) can be heard coming from the radio of the “loaner Crow” in a host segment in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.

The New York Times has the story.

Thanks to Timmy for suggesting we include him in our files.

Weekend Discussion Thread – Episode Guide, First Draft: 1106- Starcrash

Movie: (1978) An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon owned by the evil Count Zarth Arn.

Opening: J&B are playing spin-the-bottle
Invention exchange: Kinga takes the salsa-filled sombrero to the next level with the Band-Eat-O; Jonah has BB-Servo
Segment 1: Crow has a new screenplay: “World War Space”
Segment 2: Jonah becomes Ackton and the bots are impressed
Segment 3: Venture capitalist Freak Masterstroke visits
Closing: J&tB are playing Starcrash and the Torpedo Sketch
Stinger: Acton is pleased
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (12 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)

• Skeleton Crew songs: “Livin’ In Deep 13,” “To Earth,” “United Servo Academy,” “I Wish I Was in Old Canada.”
• Great song in the theater: “A Stranger’s UFO”
• Callbacks: “Chili peppers burned his gut.” (Sidehackers); crappy effects are powerless against me (Prince of Space ), “Pumaman?”
• A notable comment/question on Twitter: No riffs about Marjoe Gortner? Do they not know who Marjoe Gortner was? A good question.
• I guess the big news for this one is Seinfeld’s appearance. Joel really called in some favors with the stunt casting. The performance was GOLD, Jerry! GOLD!.
• The many names of the spaceships is a great list
• Patton says: “It’s moon o’clock and 200 degrees below zero.” Is that a KTMA reference?
• Jonah removes Tom’s head in the theater when he won’t stop the spaceship names.
• Fave riff: “That’s the thing about this movie: it’s not afraid to take its time to aggravate you.” Honorable mention: “Ooh, right in the Shatner!” “That’s not the part I would have started with, but yeah go ahead.”


This Date in MSTory

1898: George Gordon Nogle, camera operator for the movies in episodes 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER and 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1904: Joji Oka, who played the Phantom of Krankor in the movie in episode 816- PRINCE OF SPACE.
1911: Hubert H. Humphrey, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1917: Gene Fowler Jr., director of the movies in episodes 419- THE REBEL SET and 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1919: Ray Montgomery, who played Reggie in the movie in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE.
1922: Christopher Lee, who played Fu Manchu in the movie in episode 323- THE CASTLE OF FU-MANCHU.
1923: Henry Kissinger, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.*
1924: Jack Reitzen, who played a Russian invader in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1932: Steve Franken, who played Henry Maitland in the movie in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.
1936: Lou Gosset Jr., who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.*
1944: Robert A. Burns, art director of the movie “Time Walker,” seen in episode 405- BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET.
1947: Kenpachirô Satsuma, stuntman in the Gigan costume seen in the movie in episode 212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON.*
1965: TV child star Todd Bridges, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.*

1958: Cardinal Stritch (age 70), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.
1978: Shelly Novack (age 34, heart attack), who played Brooks in the movie in episode K15- SUPERDOME.
1993: Jan Wiley (age 77), who played Virginia Rogers Scott in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1998: Mark Williams (age 38), who played a pool player in the movie in episode 904- WEREWOLF and also did the special effects make-up for that movie.
2015: William Newman (age 80), who played Quigley in the movie in episode 1012- SQUIRM.

1950: The featured movie in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M has its premiere.
1959: The movie in episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED is reviewed in Variety.
2004: TV Guide for May 30-June 5 is on the newsstands and contains the article “The 25 Top Cults Shows Ever!” in which MST3K is ranked number 11.

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Episode Guide: 803- The Mole People

Movie: (1956) Pompous archaeologists find a lost civilization underground.

First shown: 2/15/97
Opening: Crow’s thinks his goofy eyes make him a “space child”
Intro: The space child is overthrown. While Bobo suffers through the 32nd Annual Lawgiver Daze, Tom offers baked goods and Crow takes a fall
Host segment 1: Mike tries an imitation of the gesture professor from the movie. It brings everyone down…down…down…
Host segment 2: Tom tries–and fails–to sing a ballad about his adventures in space
Host segment 3: Crow the archeologist, searching for evidence of a previous him, has a breakthrough
End: Crow believes there’s life beneath the floorboards…and he’s right. Meanwhile in Deep Ape, The Lawgiver is presented with a hunky gift
Stinger: “The Load” hits the wall
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (233 votes, average: 4.30 out of 5)

• We’ve had a number of examples where the riffing is good and the segments are good but the movie just drags everything down. Well, let’s also note when it’s other way around. I think this episode is a good one, but I think a lot of the credit goes to the wonderfully stupid movie. I mean, you got The Gesture Professor, Ward Cleaver, Alfred the Butler, John Agar and Nestor “The Load” Paiva. And you got ropes and asses, whipping the mole and all sorts of outlandish stuff. The segments are okay and the riffing is good, but I think it’s the movie itself that puts this one over the top.
• References here.
• Mike’s take on this episode can be found here.
• Pearl’s float is not very convincing — but, then, it’s pretty tough to approximate a full-scale parade in about 10 square feet of set space.
• The strange blue light still suffuses the set, and it’s especially strong in segment 2. Stonehouse was experimenting.
• The concept of “the sketch that never really gets started” is a long tradition on this show (see “The Emotional Scientist” or “The Life of Fu Manchu” or “Joel wants to be a soda jerk”). This episode has not one but TWO such segments—Mike’s attempt at being the gesture professor and Servo’s aborted folk song.
• Crow finally remembers who he is, and who Mike is. At last.
• Crow’s voice begins to settle down a bit in this episode.
• Robert Smith was the first actual guest star for the show.
• Ward E has a list of the pastries in the intro segment.
• That huge underground cavern and those Mole People should look familiar to you … they were briefly (and incongruously) seen in episode 515-THE WILD WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.
• It’s been widely reported that this movie’s original ending had Dr. Bentley and Adal happily strolling off together. The studio insisted that a new ending be shot two weeks after filming was completed, because there was reluctance to imply an inter-racial relationship. After all, Adal was a Sumerian. So she got clobbered with a column instead. Sheesh.
• By the way, Dr. Baxter, the gesture professor, was a University of Southern California professor of ENGLISH, not science.
• That’s Paul and Patrick, of course, as “pale day players.”
• Cast and crew roundup: Producer William Alland also worked on “Revenge of the Creature,” “The Deadly Mantis,” “The Space Children” and “This Island Earth.” Screenwriter Laszlo Gorog also worked on “Earth vs. The Spider.” Cinematographer Ellis Carter also worked on “The Deadly Mantis” and “The Leech Woman.” Editor Irving Birnbaum also worked on “The Phantom Creeps.” Special effects guy Clifford Stine also worked on “This Island Earth,” “The Creeping Terror” and “The Thing That Couldn’t Die.” Costumer Jay A. Morley Jr. also whipped up some gowns for “Revenge of the Creature” and “The Deadly Mantis.” Makeup guy: Bud Westmore worked on lots of MSTed movies. Hairdresser Joan St. Oegger also worked on “Revenge of the Creature,” “This Island Earth and “The Amazing Colossal Man.” Art Director Alexander Golitzen, set designer Russell A. Gausman, sound person Leslie I. Carey and music supervisor Joseph Gershenson worked on a bunch of MSTed movies too. Score composer Hans J. Salter also worked on “The Brute Man” and “This Island Earth. Score composer Herman Stein also worked on “Revenge of the Creature and “This Island Earth. Score composer Henry Mancini worked on “Revenge of the Creature,” “The Deadly Mantis,” “The Thing that Couldn’t Die” and “This Island Earth.”
In front of the camera: John Agar also appeared in “Revenge of the Creature and “Women of the Prehistoric Planet.” Hugh Beaumont also appeared in “Lost Continent” and “The Human Duplicators.” Nestor Paiva also appeared in “Revenge of the Creature.” Robin Hughes also appeared in “The Thing that Couldn’t Die.” Marc Hamilton also appeared in “This Island Earth.” Patrick Whyte also appeared in “Kitten with a Whip.” Eddie Parker also appeared in “This Island Earth,” “Bride of the Monster” and “Undersea Kingdom.” Regis Parton also appeared in “This Island Earth.” Ben Chapman was production manager for “The Giant Gila Monster” and appeared in “The Killer Shrews.” Robert Hoy also appeared in “Revenge of the Creature” and “Master Ninja II.” Bob Herron also appeared in “The Slime People.”
• CreditsWatch: Jim gets the “produced and directed by” credit this week and Kevin gets the “associate producer” credit. This is the last episode, for the duration of the show’s run. for which Jim gets a “contributing writer” credit.
• Fave line: “Disney’s Dominatrix World!” Honorable mention: “Why, thank you! Oh, you mean the flashlight.”

RIP Roger Moore

Switzerland–Roger Moore, the dapper British actor who brought tongue-in-cheek humor to the James Bond persona in seven films, eclipsing his television career, which had included starring roles in at least five series, died here on Tuesday. He was 89.

His obit appears here because he was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.

The New York Times has the story.