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Goodbye Sci-Fi

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

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This Date in MSTory

1914: Louise Lewis a.k.a. Louise Fitch, who played Mrs. Ferguson in the movie in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1916: Anthony Dawson, who played Alpha in the movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007.
1917: Allen H. Miner, director of the short THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS, seen in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1926: Klaus Kinski, who played President Boong in the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.
1927: George C. Scott, who was imitated many times in many host segments over the years.
1934: Kir Bulychyov, screenwriter for the movie “Cherez Ternii K Zvyozdam,” seen in episode K11- HUMANOID WOMAN.
1957: Denise Dufort, member of the band Girlschool, which had two songs featured in the movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.*
1961: Wynton Marsalis, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.*

1931: Thomas Alva Edison (age 84), whose Edison Electric Institute produced the short A YOUNG MAN’S FANCY, seen in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS. He was also mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1985: Jun Tazaki (age 75), who played the base commander in the movie in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.
1988: William A. Forester (age 73), who played an announcer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1997: Marshall Green (age 78), assistant director of the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1999: Gwen Kenyon (age 83), who played Peggy Woods in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1999: Tony Crombie (age 74), musical score composer for the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.
2001: Paul Radin (age 88), producer of the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.
2007: Manfred Barthel (age 83), screenplay writer for the movie in episode 323- THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.

2011: Shout! Factory re-releases episodes 908- THE TOUCH OF SATAN and 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN.

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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.