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This Date in MSTory

Written and compiled by Steve Finley, Chris Cornell and Brian Henry
with assistance by Tim Brown, Gordon Lawyer and many other Satellite News commenters.

BORN ON THIS DATE
1895: Oscar Hammerstein, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 312- GAMERA VS. GUIRON.
1895: Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.
1898: Robert E. Cline, cinematographer for the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1905: Edward Bernds, director of the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1909: Lesser Stooge Joe DeRita, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
1914: Yuli Kun, cinematographer of the movie “Ilja Muromets,” seen in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1920: Robert G. Anderson, who played a guard in the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1926: Tiberio Mitri, who played one of Valmont’s henchmen in the movie in episode 1013- DIABOLIK.
1927: Jerry Ito, who played a villain in the movie in episode 314- MIGHTY JACK.
1930: Scott Peters, who played Sgt. Lee Carter in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
1932: Monte Hellman, editor of the movie in episode 207- WILD REBELS.*
1937: Bill Cosby, mentioned in a host segment in episode 616- RACKET GIRLS.*
1948: Richard Simmons, who was parodied in a host segment in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.*
1965: Mark Gregory, who played Trash in the movie in episode 705- ESCAPE 2000.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1973: Lon Chaney Jr. (age 67), who played Butcher Benton in the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, Hakur in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM and was mentioned in a host segment in episode 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON.
1987: Harold Goodwin (age 84), who played Detective Joe in the movie in episode 802- THE LEECH WOMAN.
1988: Jose Chavez (age 72), who played a train conductor in the movie in episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION and had an uncredited role as Manuel in the movie in episode 1105- THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN.
2008: Claudio Guzman (age 80), an assistant director for the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1997: Episode 813- JACK FROST first shown.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
2018: Production concludes for season 12 of MST3K.


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Ennio Morricone, RIP

ROME — Italian composer Ennio Morricone, the Oscar winner best known for creating movie scores that accentuated the dialogue-free tension of the “spaghetti” Westerns directed by Sergio Leone, died here July 6 following complications from a fall. He was 91.

MSTies will recall that, in addition to his more famous movie scores, he composed the score for the movies in episodes 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007 and 1013- DIABOLIK.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

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The Mads Plan a Streaming Event

See below for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, aka Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV’s Frank, respectively, have announced a special livestream screening of Ed Wood’s “Glen or Glenda” on Tuesday, July 21 @ 8 p.m. EDT.
The show will mark Beaulieu and Conniff’s first time performing together this year, after The Mads’ 2020 tour dates were cancelled due to COVID-19. Tickets are on sale now for $10.
“If you’ve been social distancing yourself from ‘Glen or Glenda,’ Trace and I are giving the all-clear to watch this classic film,” said Conniff. “Of all the movies we’ve riffed, from MST3K to Cinematic Titanic and our own live shows, this is our favorite. Join us!”
“The Mads Are Back: Glen or Glenda” will broadcast live via a private YouTube link that will be sent to ticket purchasers an hour prior to showtime.
A percentage of the proceeds from the event will benefit NAACP Empowerment Programs, who engage primarily in training, education, and advocacy at the national and local levels.
“’Glen or Glenda’ might be the worst movie ever made, but it is also a film with great heart and compassion for the subject matter,” said Beaulieu. “I could be wrong. I’ve only seen it 50 times.”
The Mads will also be conducting a Q&A with fans after the screening for as long as time allows.

Tickets for The Mads Are Back: Glen or Glenda are on sale now. But you can enter to win a free pair. Just send an email to tickets@mst3kinfo.com and one person will be randomly chosen to win.

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