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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1902: Franklin Adreon, producer of the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1903: Roland Anderson, production designer for the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1923: Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1923: Astronaut Alan Shepard, who was mentioned in a host segment of episode 1109- YONGARY MONSTER FROM THE DEEP.
1926: Ward Ellis, who played Jeff in the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1939: Brenda Vaccaro, whose raspy voice was imitated by Joel in a host segment in episode 308- GAMERA VS. GAOS.*
1942: Linda Evans, who played Greta the hooker in the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1886: Chester A. Arthur (age 57), American president, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1952: Lev Fenin (age 65), who played a Varangian Leader in the movie “Sadko” seen in episode 505- MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
1962: Niels Bohr (age 77), who was mentioned in host segments in episodes 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES and 515- THE WILD WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.
1968: Agustin Mayor (age 32; anyone know the cause?), who played Mike in the movie in episode 817- HORROR OF PARTY BEACH.
1986: Jack Denton (age 61), who played a detective in the movie in episode 209- THE HELLCATS.
2005: Harold J. Stone (age 92), who played Tony Gallano in the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.
2005: Carolyn Kearney (age 75), who played Jessica Burns in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1989: episode 102- THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (with the serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON — Chapter 1) first shown (we think).

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1987: The movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE is reviewed in Variety.
2003: Rhino Home Video releases “The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 4.”


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Episode guide: 1204- The Day Time Ended

Movie: (1979) An unsuspecting family spend the night at their newly built solar-powered house and are confronted by concepts.

Open: J&tB are still hanging out in Moon 13. Jonah is still at work on the containment vessel and the bots are just making mischief. Max seeks assurances from Jonah, and gets them, giving Max a good feeling.
Back on the SOL, J&tB are having’ a cup o’ joe, while the Mads drink from empty mugs.

Invention exchange: J&tB present the Fortune Meal. Meanwhile, the Mads show off their spray-on mustard gas.

The Mads tell Ardy to flush the movie, but he is busy suiting up Bonesy the dog, so he can go walkies.

Segment 1: J&tB are rugged men of a certain age until interrupted by hill bikers.

Segment 2: Script writers Jonah and Crow get help from Prof. Harold Servo, along with Growler and M. Waverly and, later, Max and Kinga.

Close: J&tB are losing it. Meanwhile, Max & Kinga are visited by Dr. Lawrence Erhardt, who gives them a mission.

Stinger: The little green guy pleases Jenny.

Thoughts:
• Callbacks: “Pretty nice.” (Mac and Me). “Bah-boom!” (Atlantic Rim). “Knew your father I did.” (Mr. B Natural). The movie “Avalanche.”
• The great “concepts” song is another winner from Paul & Storm.
• Nice to hear a Flash Bazbo reference.
• Kinga’s mom was Kim Catrall? Of course! (That comment was meant to be sarcastic. There was a bit of a fan grumble by fans who noted that Dr. F never once mentioned Kim and that it was Crow who was in love with her.)
• The voice of Bonesy was the great Ivan Askwith. A commenter says Bonesy previously appeared in the first issue of the comic book series, though he did not talk.
• Cast and crew roundup: This one has many connections to “Laserblast.” Writer J. Larry Carroll was a producer on “Laserblast.” Steve Neill, a producer who was also credited with the original story, did the special effects makeup for “Laserblast” and played an alien. Producer Charles Band also produced “Laserblast.” Producer/director of visual effects Paul Gentry also did the laser effects and still photographer on “Laserblast.” Composer Richard Brand also did the music for “Laserblast. Makeup artist Ve Neil was also makeup artist on “Laserblast.” Sound mixer Joel Goldsmith also did music for “Laserblast.” David W. Allen, who did dimensional animation and was a technical advisor to the special visual effects unit, also did animation effects for “Laserblast.”
Also, director John “Bud” Cardos also directed “Outlaw of Gor.” Property master Michael F. Hoover was also special effects technician on “Cry Wilderness.” In front of the camera, Robert Contreras also appeared in “The Black Scorpion” and “The Beast of Hollow Mountain.
• Fave riff: “Don’t talk to the Lovecraftian obelisk, dear.” Honorable mention: “Uncle Owen, a Star Wars story.”

Turkey Day 2019 Info

We’ve been asked quite a bit lately about what is happening with Turkey Day. Today Shout! has the answer:

Shout! Factory TV to Host 2019 Mystery
Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon

Annual Holiday Streaming Marathon Invites Fans to Spend Thanksgiving with their Robot Friends 

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey—cinematic turkey, that is! This Thanksgiving, crack open some canned wassail and join your fellow MSTies for the beloved annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon! Hosted by everyone’s favorite robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, this year’s marathon features six classic episodes of MST3K hand-picked by series creator Joel Hodgson.

Starting at noon/9 a.m. PT on Thursday, Nov. 28, the holiday marathon will showcase six classic MST3K episodes, as well as new episode intros featuring Tom Servo and Crow. Visit MST3KTurkeyDay.com for info on how to watch the Turkey Day marathon and participate in Turkey Day festivities during the holiday week by using the hashtag #MST3KTurkeyDay.  

Check out the Turkey Day promo video here:

For those who can’t get enough helpings of cheesy cinema, Shout! Factory TV will whet your appetite with the launch of the dedicated Mystery Science Theater 3000 Twitch channel! Leading up to the start of the Turkey Day marathon, this new channel will launch with a full week of classic MST3K episodes livestreamed in chronological order, starting at 1 p.m. eastern/10 a.m. pacific on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Following the Turkey Day marathon, the channel will remain a dedicated home for classic MST3K episodes and related programming. Visit www.twitch.tv/mst3k for more info. 

For updates on all things Mystery Science Theater 3000, follow @MST3K, @JoelGHodgson, @ShoutFactoryTV and @ShoutFactory on Twitter, “Like” https://www.facebook.com/MST3K on Facebook, and follow @MST3K on Instagram. To keep up to date on all MST3K news, visit MST3K.com.

RIP Virginia Leith

Palm Springs, Calif.–Actress and model Virginia Leith, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, as well as co-starring with Robert Wagner in “A Kiss Before Dying,” died at her home here on Nov. 4, following a brief illness. She was 94.

MSTies know her for perhaps her most famous role, that of Jan (-in-the-Pan) Compton in the movie in episode 513- THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

Review of the Upcoming ‘Eegah’ Blu-Ray

Our buddy Bruce Westbrook has a review of the upcoming “Eegah” Blu-Ray, which has plenty of MST3K-related stuff.