Thirty days to go and they’re already over halfway to their goal. Let’s make sure they make it, and more.
BORN ON THIS DATE
1909: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, musical score composer for the movie in episode 909- GORGO.
1913: Harry Keller, producer of the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1918: Bernard Girard, screenwriter for the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
1923: Frank Chase, who played a helicopter pilot in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.
1938: Diane Sayer, who played Midge in the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1944: Jonathan Demme, who played Matt Winters in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.*
1947: Maurizio De Angelis a.k.a. Antony Barrymore, musical score composer for the movie in episode 911- DEVIL FISH.*
DIED ON THIS DATE
EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
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Pennsauken, New Jersey–Joseph R. Crowthers, husband, father and MST3K fan who had a rare chance to contribute to a small element of the show, died here Feb. 13. He was 63.
Crowthers was an 18-year veteran of the Pennsauken police department and loved to play ice hockey, which led to him getting jobs maintaining ice hockey arenas, first at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and later as the general manager at the University of Pennsylvania Class of 1923 Arena. Joe was a lifetime member of the Highland Fire Co. of the Pennsauken Fire Department.
Joe built his home, countless pieces of furniture, go carts and many other things–including the Crow and Tom Servo robots featured in this video, which was an extra on the single-disc version of “The Giant Gila Monster,” which Rhino replaced “Godzilla vs Megalon” with after being threatened with litigation from Toho, aka Vol. 10.2.
Online he was known as “JoeCrow,” and he ran his own bot building web site. Our condolences to his family.
Thanks to Bookworm for the heads up.
Middlebury, Vermont–Actor Warren Frost, perhaps best remembered as Doc Hayward on the classic TV series “Twin Peaks,” or as the father of George’s fiancee Susan on “Seinfeld,” died at his home here after a lengthy illness. He was 91.
MSTies might remember his small role as a switchboard operator in the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.
Alert regular Timmy suggests:
Well, I’d go with “Moon Zero Two” since it already has a cartoon theme song.
What’s your pick?
Have a WDT idea? Send it to email@example.com!
Some news from the business side…
Short: (1955) A minister urges railroad workers to stop selfishly getting injured on the job.
First shown: 3/18/95
• In terms of the host segments, this episode feels like the opposite of last week, where the segments were kind of blah. These are mostly inspired. The short is a classic, with very good riffing. The riffing feels like it falls off a bit during the main feature, but it definitely has its moments.
Mystery Science Theater 3000:Vol. XXXVIII
Four DVD Box Set Features Previously Unreleased Episodes
Invasion USA, Colossus and The Headhunters, High School
Big Shot and Track of The Moon Beast
Available on DVD March 28th, 2017 from Shout! Factory
Riffer extraordinaire Mike Nelson hosts all four episodes in the 38th collection of episodes from the beloved comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, but the true theme for this set is diversity. Proving to the world that no single genre is immune to cheesy movies and that our hilarious heroes aboard the Satellite of Love are equal opportunity critics, Shout! Factory presents an incredible melting pot of cinema’s multicultural genres, including the worst in Cold War drama, Sword and Sandals, Juvenile Delinquents, and Monster movies.
Available March 28th, 2017 from Shout! Factory, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII includes previously unreleased episodes Invasion USA, Colossus and The Headhunters, High School Big Shot and Track of The Moon Beast, as well as a plethora of bonus features including the featurette Zugsmith Confidential , Tracking A Moon Beast with actress Leigh Drake, Mike, by Joel interview, the original feature film of High School Big Shot, four mini-posters by artist Steve Vance and more!
In Invasion USA, a tapestry of Cold War-era American archetypes discuss the perils of Communism before witnessing the invasion of America by an unnamed but Soviet-flavored army; Colossus and The Headhunters is a 1960 Italian flick that clearly found the swords and the sandals at an Italian movie thrift store. We have a hero, we have a damsel in distress, and we have plenty of bad guys. Atypical of this genre, however, there are no monsters, unless you count the filmmakers and cast; High School Big Shot follows a beleaguered young man who gets involved in a crime for a payoff that he thinks will cure the troubles with his alcoholic father and cheating girlfriend; and Track of The Moon Beast brings us a sad tale of a mineralogist’s nightly transformation into a killer reptile following an unfortunate meteor shower. Alas, even make up effects by legend Rick Baker cannot redeem this film.
Volume XXXVIII Bonus Features
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