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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1880: Edwin Stanley, who played Dr. Fred Mallory in season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1895: Alexander Laszlo, composer of the musical scores for the movies in episodes 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES and 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST. He was also the musical director for the “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” TV series, episodes of which were seen in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1897: Harry Wilson, who played a trophy in the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST!
1923: Guy Doleman, who played Ralph Hargrove in the movie in episode 905- THE DEADLY BEES.
1924: Robert M. Young, who wrote the original story for the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.*
1932: Robert Vaughn, who played the title role in the movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN and Gordon Cain in the movie in episode K19- HANGAR 18. Vaughn also appeared in a 1994 Turkey Day bumper.
1943: Tennis pro Billie Jean King, who was parodied by Dr. Forrester in a host segment in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE.*
1956: Richard Kind, who played Wamthool in the movie in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1943: Lorenze Hart (age 48), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 312- GAMERA VS. GUIRON.
1949: Richard Connell (age 56), whose story “The Most Dangerous Game” was adapted for the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST!
1959: Frank O’Connor (age 77), who played a policeman in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1955: Shemp Howard (age 60), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD.
1963: John F. Kennedy (age 46), American president, whom Joel impersonated in a host segment in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
1964: Max Alexander (age 56), who produced the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1971: Helena Grant (age 92), who played Mrs. Fitzhugh in the movie in episode 203- JUNGLE GODDESS.
1992: Ronald Sinclair (age 68), editor for the movies in episodes 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT, 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS and 808- THE SHE-CREATURE, as well as THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1995: Ronald Kinnoch a.k.a. George Barclay (age 85), screenwriter for the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1998: Les Podewell (age 91), who played (and was in real life) Buzz’s dad in the short MR. B NATURAL, seen in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
2002: Adele Jergens (age 84), who played Lila in the movie in episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE and Ruby in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”). Jergens was married to Glenn Langan, who played the title role in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
2002: Joan Barclay (age 88), who played Alice Wentworth in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
2003: David Stern (age 92), screenwriter for the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.
2004: Daniel McCauley (age 88), assistant director of the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.
2004: Robert M. Anderson (age 78), lead man (props) for the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
2014: Venita Wolf (age 69), who played Tina Moss in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
2016: Shout! Factory releases The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. XXXVII.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1997: episode 821- TIME CHASERS first shown.


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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1893: Chris Beute, production manager for the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
1897: Julia Heron, set decorator the movies in episodes 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE, plus THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1902: Frank Hursley, co-creator of the TV soap opera GENERAL HOSPITAL, episodes of which were seen as shorts in season four.
1912: Ralph Butler, sound man for the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1917: Dorothy Arnold, who played reporter Jean Drew in season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1919: Steve Brodie, who played Dr. Charles Vance in the movie in episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION and Flanagan in the movie in episode 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.
1920: Tom McCrory, process photographer of the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1933: Joseph Campanella, who played Frank Lafferty in the movie in episode K19- HANGAR 18.*
1933: Louie Elias, who played a soldier in the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST and also had a role in the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.*
1937: Marlo Thomas, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS.*
1939: Jeannot Szwarc, producer and director of the movie in episode 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.*
1939: Gary Mule Deer (aka Gary C. Miller), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.*
1952: Lorna Luft, who was mentioned in host segments in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER and 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1993: Bill Bixby (age 59), mentioned in host segments in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE and episode 205- ROCKET ATTACK USA.
1996: Sandro Continenza (age 76) screenwriter for the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
2005: Hugh Sidey (age 78), who was mentioned in an host segment in episode 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1962: The movie in episode 1009- HAMLET is reviewed in Variety.
1987: Demi Moore, star of episode 322- MASTER NINJA I, married actor Bruce Willis.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Thanksgiving Guests

Bluefuego suggests:

With Turkey Day coming up, I am interested in which crew member, MSTed movie actor or MSTed movie character you would invite over for Thanksgiving dinner. Any crew member, any actor, from any period.

My pick would be Trace. Outside of Joel, he was heavily involved with the creation and continuation of MST3K and I always loved his style of humor. Hopefully he will bring Kim Cattrel, and she is wearing that dress from the Ace Awards.

Happy T Day to you and yours.

My choice is obvious: Batwoman.

Your pick?

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RIP Keith Barron and Liz Smith

Versatile British actor Keith Barron died Nov. 15 after a short illness. He was 83.
Barron enjoyed a “long and varied career… of which he was immensely proud”, a statement said, referencing his many roles across television which included appearances in “Coronation Street,” “Casualty,” “DCI Banks,” “Doctors,” “Holby City” and “Benidorm.”
But MSTies will remember him as Bradley in the movie in episode 1107- THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT.”

The Guardian has the story.

And while we’re noting departures, gossip columnist Liz Smith died Nov. 12. She was 94.

MSTies may remember that she was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”

Her New York Times obit is here.

Thanks to Timmy for his copious headses ups.