You may recall our friend. longtime MSTie and painter Jean Jackson passed away a while back. Her family has decided that her original paintings — and some other items — should go to the MSTies who would enjoy them most.
That’s why they’ve set up a charity auction of all her work and other miscellaneous items including DVDs of MST3K movies (many unopened), and full-sized props of Crow, Servo and Gypsy. Beginning base price for all paintings is $250. Props vary from $50-$150. Movies vary from $3-$75. The shipping is free on all items (US only, no international).
All proceeds will go to St Joseph’s Church in Fort Collins, Colorado (Jean’s chosen charity).
1908: Jack Bolger, who did the sound for the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
1915: William A. Forester, who played an announcer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1917: Sid Melton, who played Sgt. Willie Tatlow in the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT and Pill Box in the movie in episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE.
1919: Douglas Heyes, who directed the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1920: Ralph Brooke, who was the producer, director and screenwriter for the movie in the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST!
1922: Quinn Martin, executive producer of the movie in episode 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.
1927: Phil Tucker, producer/director of the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1927: George R. Nelson, set designer for the movies in episodes 411- THE MAGIC SWORD and 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.
1929: Shirley Falls, who played the switchboard operator in the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.
1932: Merry Anders, who played Lt. Karen Lamont in the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
1938: Susan Strasberg, who played Nancy Kingman in the movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.
1952: Mike Muscat, who played a terrorist/waiter in the movie in episode 324- MASTER NINJA II.*
1959: Morrissey, who was parodied by Mike Nelson in a host segment in episode 403- CITY LIMITS.*
1989: Gerd Oswald (age 69), director of the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
1954: The third chapter of “The Pirates of Prah” from TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” premieres in syndication. The three chapters of “The Pirates of Prah” would later be released on video in the format seen in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE.
1985: The movie in episode 403- CITY LIMITS is reviewed in Variety.
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Alert reader Patricia muses:
I know you’ve had a discussion about which movies would be good remakes, and I know that when there was a discussion about the MST movie being remade, Canucklehead actually mentioned Pixar remaking it as an animated movie.
But what if the Pixar/Dreamworks form of 3-D animation was used to remake, oh, Manos: The Hands of Fate, or Gamera vs. Guiron? Would the movies be more watchable? How would that serve a movie like Hobgoblins or Pod People? Imagine what the animators could do with the scene of Tor chasing the kids in Beast of Yucca Flats? And just think how the outhouse scene in Boggy Creek II could come alive!
All I know is, if I were very, very rich, I’d fund one of the studios to turn Wild Wild World of Batwoman into an animated romp. Fun!
So which MSTed movie would you like so see in an animated version? What would it be like?
I think “Teenagers from Outer Space” is a good candidate. The gargon could look like anything!
What’s your pick?
Movie: (1981) A street punk fights an evil corporation overseeing a forced evacuation of the Bronx.
First shown: 3/2/96
Opening: Crow’s charity auction
Intro: Crow starts a fire on the SOL, Dr. F. puts his mother in a “home”
Host segment 1: Mike helps Crow try bio-feedback, a fire starts
Host segment 2: Men’s night on the SOL
Host segment 3: Dr. F. has a plan to boost ratings: Timmy Bobby Rusty
End: Letter, Servo arrives by helicopter, and Toblerone visits Deep 13
Stinger: “PTOO!” “HA, HA, HA!” sez Toblerone
• This one is hit and miss for me. Some funny segments, some “meh” ones. Some great stretches of riffing, some quiet sections. And the movie: wow. Boy, is it stupid but, wow, does it have some wacky characters. But above all, there is Toblerone, Dablone, or whatever his name is.
• This episode is not yet on DVD.
• Mary Jo also provided the commentary for this episode in our season seven episode guide. Did she mention she loves Dablone? Yes. Yes, she did.
• Fans had been getting episodes pretty regular for the past month, but this was the last one we would get until mid-May (about 10 weeks away) and THAT would would the last one we’d get for close to a year.
• By this time, fans knew the show had been canceled on CC and suddenly, on this brand new thing called World Wide Web, there were already hundreds of “Save MST3K” sites. It would be several more months before Sci-Fi Channel would make the announcement that the show was coming back.
• Between this and the next episode, “MST3K: The Movie” hit theaters. Indeed, by the time the next episode aired, the movie was already fading fast.
• The phrase “Leave the Bronx!” became an immediate catchphrase.
• Is it me, or does leaving the Bronx for New Mexico seem like a pretty good idea?
• My copy of this episode has a lonnng commercial for the movie “Fargo.” I haven’t timed it, but it feels like more than a minute. I’d forgotten there were commercials that long.
• The opening is a cute idea but it kind of gets driven into the ground. The intro, in which Dr. F puts Pearl “in a home” is a very nice reveal. And nothing says “We’ve been canceled” having a big fire for no reason.
• Nice reference to the Spinal Tap song “Sex Farm.”
• The “men’s night” bit is great, with poor Crow completely unfamiliar with Mike’s 700 different slang requests for a brewski. Nice and breezy.
• Sometimes in an MST3k episode, they’re going along, riffing the movie, minding their own business, then all of a sudden a larger than life character appears. Torgo is like that, of course. And later there would be Rowsdower. But in season seven, there was Toblerone. Ha-ha!
• In 1980 Peter Gabriel wrote and recorded a song called “Jeux Sans Frontières.” Many casual listeners — like Crow — never guessed that the phrase he was singing was French, and instead struggled to find an English phrase that fit the phonemes they were hearing. Crow apparently thinks Peter was singing o/` “She’s so pop-u-lar …” o/` (I will admit that, before I knew better, I thought he was singing “She’s so funky.”)
• The Timmy Bobby Rusty stuff definitely reflects the kind of notes I’m sure they’d been getting from the suits at Comedy Central at this point. Not terribly funny, but probably cathartic for them. Segment 3 is also the first reference in a long time to Dr. F “selling the results of his experiments to cable TV” as Joel used to tell us all the time. That’s Paul as TBR, of course.
• Annoying commercial: Apparently some sort of flower shop association ad in which “Buzz the bee” suggests that we “think flowers.” Well, okay, then.
• Callbacks: “I gotta get to the ‘Zombie Nightmare’ set,” “I’m Cherokee Jack.” (Red Zone Cuba) “No, Lupita!” (Santa Claus).
• With only one episode to go, BBI seems to have created a brand new bumper for this episode, one with the planet Earth in the background and the SOL going by. It’s pretty,
and we never see it again, I don’t think and it was used again in the next episode.
• Somebody makes a riff that is premised on the notion of a Kinkos being on every corner. I’d forgotten that era 15 years ago when Kinkos was aggressively expanding. They’ve now been absorbed by FedEx and the brand is fading away.
• That’s Mike, of course, as Toblerone, in the closer.
• Cast and crew roundup: Just one name this time: Costumer/Art Director: Massimo Lentini was also art director on “The Cave Dwellers.”
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Jim Mallon.
• Fave riff: “Kill us! … Thank you!” Honorable mention: “All right we’re here in the K-Rock super van with the — AIIIEEEEEE!!!”
Alert reader Timmy suggests:
How about a topic on things that remind you of MST3K. i live near a busy airport in the dc area and i see planes take off ever so often. i always say once a day, “john sununu goes for a haircut” when i see a plane takeoff. also some news things i see i say mst3k lines. there was a story about a man getting bit by a snake, i said, “watch out for snakes”.
When I see a plane taking off, I tend to hum the Starfighters music: o/` “Laaa, da-da-daaaa…” o/`
What examples can you think of from your life?
Several people alerted us to the story by The AV Club, which notes
that AIP is at it again: Remaking some of their old movies, including some that were riffed by our beloved cowtown puppet show.
Also, CNN Entertainment uses the upcoming “Friday Night Lights” feature film as the peg to do an item about TV shows that have become movies, and mentions, well, guess who? (Thanks to our pal Tom for the heads up.)
Movie: (1977) Upon his return to Earth, an astronaut develops melting skin and murderous tendencies, and the authorities try to hush it all up.
First shown: 2/24/96
Opening: M&tB are playing a little hardball
Intro: Crow’s “Earth vs. Soup” screenplay is being made into a movie, with Dr. F. and Pearl in charge
Host segment 1: A script conference goes nowhere
Host segment 2: Crow shoots his movie
Host segment 3: Dr. F. leads a focus group
End: Crow learns the fate of his movie
Stinger: “Let’s get the hell out of here!”
• You can read Mary Jo’s entry thoughts on this episode here.
• Of course, this ep is dominated by the movie-making segments. The Brains openly admitted that this was their chance to get even with the Hollywood suits who made their lives a living hell during the making of MST3K: The Movie. If they saw it (and they probably didn’t) a few execs may have recognized themselves. In any case, the segments are great fun, the movie is dumb and a little drippy and the riffing is very memorable. A great episode.
• References. http://www.annotatedmst.com/episodes/incrediblemeltingman/index.htm
• Trace and Mary Jo are pitch-perfect as smug studio heads and it’s nice to see Dr. F and Pearl working together, rather than being at odds. Trace’s running gag with the water bottles is classic.
• Callbacks: Tom is singing “Are you happy in your work” (from “I Accuse My Parents”) as segment 1 begins. M&tB sing a few bars from “Only Love.” (Sidehackers) “What’s the matter, don’t you like it?” (Brute Man) “You always were a good judge of men, Deathstalker.” (Deathstalker) “The melting man was found alive and of normal size” (Monster A-Go-Go).
• This is one of those movies where the Brains find themselves having to riff the same scene (in which our hero Steve gets a bloody nose) several times. They managed it remarkably well.
• Obscure/then-current reference: “He’s gonna steal back his snowblower.” (A reference to the Paul Newman movie “Nobody’s Fool.”)
• Director Crow is wearing a Deep 13 hat.
• Annoying commercial: Comedy Central’s “Finger that candidate” bits.
• This is the movie that features the great “What did we learn?” conversation. They should have done it for every movie.
• A little behind-the-scenes note: Confused about the scene showing a girl sobbing in a police car and a photographer taking pictures of everything in sight? That’s because the scene just before it was cut from the MSTed version. In the scene, the photographer gets the girl model (played by Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith) to pose and bounce around, then forcibly removes her top after she refuses to. She starts hitting him as he continues to take pictures, and then trips over the Bill-Gates-look-alike corpse, making an oozy mess and screaming a lot. That’s why she’s crying in the police car, and that’s why the photographer happens to be there.
• Then-current reference: Now-forgotten sitcom “Caroline in the City.”
• Cast and crew roundup: Executive producer Max J. Rosenberg also worked on “The Deadly Bees.” Makeup/special effects guy Rick Baker also worked on “Track Of The Moon Beast” and “Squirm. Special effects guy Harry Woolman also worked on “Laserblast,” “Aent for H.A.R.M.” and “Hangar 18.” (Also “Rattlers.”) Assistant director Henning Schellerup also worked on “Hangar 18.” In front of the camera, Myron Healey was also in “The Unearthly” and Don Walters MAY have been in “Radar Men from the Moon.”
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Kevin Murphy. Crist Ballas did hair and makeup for the only time this season. The focus group members were Paul, Jim, Beez, Ben Mooers, Helena Espinoza, Kelly Schrandt and Barbara Tebben.
• Fave riff: “You know, I’m actually starting to hate Hans Geiger.” Honorable mention: “Did they have a race horse tied up to the wall?”
LONDON — Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen died here May 7. He was 92.
Harryhausen never worked on an MSTed movie, but he was mentioned in passing in a host segment in episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION.
Here’s his New York Times obit.