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This Date in MSTory

1903: Tor Johnson, who played Lobo in the movie in episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY, essentially the same character in the episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and Joseph Javorsky in the movie in episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS.
1903: Robert Hardy Andrews, who wrote the original story for the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1907: Alex Montoya, who played Morales in the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1913: Newell P. Kimlin, editor for the movie in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1915: Seth Banks, costumer for the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.
1920: Harry Alan Towers, producer and screenwriter for the movies in episodes K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU, 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU and 519- OUTLAW OF GOR. He was also a writer for the latter two movies under the pen name Peter Welbeck.
1921: George Nader, who played Roy in the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER, Glenn Martin in the movie in episode 420- THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS and Nick West in K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.
1932: Robert Reed, who played Johnny in the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST and Capt. Jim Walsh in the movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.
1934: Eva Maria Hagen, who played a reporter in the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.*

1988: Lawrence W. Butler (age 80), who did the special effects for the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.
1988: James R. Haskin (age 66), who played the civilian announcer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.

1991: Episode 316- GAMERA VS. ZIGRA first shown. Bridget Nelson makes her on-screen debut as little Helen.

1966: the movie in episode 813- JACK FROST is reviewed in Variety.

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RIP Jimmy Clem

Sometimes it takes a while for word to get out of the passing of a MSTed movie cast member, because he or she is long retired to flyover country and is out of the public eye. Such is the case with James “Jimmy” Clem, who had a memorable role as Old Man Crenshaw in the movie in episode 1006- BOGGY CREEK II. Clem died July 22 at his home in Texarkana, Texas. He was 84.

Find out more about him here.

Thanks to Rick for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Moments

Alert reader Torque the Dorque opines:

As fans, we love crappy movies. We mostly realize that wrong-way movie making can be spotted due to a variety of reasons; bad acting, script, special effects, directors (I’m looking at you Mr. Corman), editing, bad financing, etc. That’s what makes it so much fun for me. However, there are those WTF moments that leave me confused and want some sort of explanation of what happened.

A perfect example is the movie THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH. Why was Elaine Gavin’s part dubbed throughout the movie? Why did the “horrors” have a mouth full of hot dogs/pickles?

I am sure others feel the same way. Please add your WTF and/or explanation for these events. Speculating is fine but if you have data that backs up your claim please provide.

Um, the gun sliding down Mitchell’s pant leg. I know this sounds horrible but I think somebody thought it would seem sexy.

Off we go!

Stuff Going On…

Here’s some stuff going on with our favorite people.

Mary Jo (isn’t that an adorable photo of her?) is taking part in something called the “10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival” in the Twin Cities Oct. 19-21. Find out where you can catch her here.

Mike and RiffTrax writer Conor Lastowka have been doing a podcast called “372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back,” which they describe as a “podcast book club” which involves rifffing Ernest Cline’s book “Ready Player One” which, as the podcast’s website says, “they’re pretty sure they’re going to hate.”
It’s on itunes, or wherever you get your podcasts, and at

J Elvis is doing several days at the Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis. Details here.

Anything else goin’ on?

Now Available from RiffTrax…

Wikipedia says that this film is “notable for being the first live-action film to use the visual effects known as bullet-time.” Which sounds way cooler than it actually is. Get it here.