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This Date in MSTory

BORN TODAY
1894: Minerva Urecal, who played Fagah in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1903: George DeNormand, who played a guardsman and did some stunts in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1909: makeup artist Harry Thomas, whose work can be seen in the movies in episodes 103- THE MAD MONSTER, 109- PROJECT MOON BASE, 320- THE UNEARTHLY, 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, 602- INVASION U.S.A., 616- RACKET GIRLS, 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT and 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1914: Alfred DeSoto, who played Mario in the movie in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.*
1917: Peter Adams, who played Capt. Carmody in the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1919: Franz Peter Wirth, who directed the movie in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1927: Alf Joint, who played the Overseer in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.
1933: Robert Banas, who played Sonny DiMarco in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O and was the choreographer for episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS.*
1936: Art Metrano, who played the truck driver in the movie in episode 205- ROCKET ATTACK U.S.A.*
1943: Toni Basil, who played Red in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS. She also did the movie’s choreography.*
1954: Shari Belafonte, who played Linda in the movie in episode 405- BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET.*
1961: Scott Baio, whose voice was impersonated in a host segment in episode 419- THE REBEL SET. In real life, Baio was a high school classmate of MST3K’s Bill Corbett.*

DIED TODAY
1973: Charles Previn (age 85), one of the uncredited musical score composers for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS and the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1980: Jimmy Bryant (age 55), who, with his band The Night Jumpers, provided the dance tunes in the movie in episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS.
1991: John Daheim (age 75), who played a soldier in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
1995: George C. Emick (age 88), music editor for the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1999: Carl Hittleman (age 92), producer of the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
2005: Sadamasa Arikawa (age 80), director of special effects for the movies in episodes 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.**
2010: Jackie Burroughs, (age 71) who had a brief role as Fingal’s mom, Emmaline Ozmondo Fingal, in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.

EPISODE PREMIERE
1990: Episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M first shown, which also features the debut of Frank Conniff as TV’s Frank, as well as Kevin Murphy doing the voice of Tom Servo. Also, Mike Nelson appears on-screen for the first time.


This Date in MSTory is written and compiled by Steve Finley, Chris Cornell and Brian Henry. Copyright © 2014 All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce This Date in MSTory items in any form without express written permission from the authors.
* = According to the IMBD this person is alive. If you can supply evidence that he or she has died, and when, please let us know.
** = If this appears next to a birthday, the IMDB indicates that the person has died, but the IMDB does not have a full death date (probably just a month and year or just the year he or she died). If you can give us the exact date (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.
** = If this appears next to a death date, the IMDB does not have this person’s full birthday. If you can provide it (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.

Linda Griffiths, RIP

linda-griffiths-lg TORONTO–Actor and playwright Linda Griffiths died Sept. 21, at the Bridgeport Health Center here, after a battle with breast cancer. She said she was 57, but those close to her says she was actually 60. MSTies will remember her performance as Appollonia James in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.

The Globe and Mail has an obit.

Thanks to Jon for the heads up.

This Date in MSTory

BORN TODAY
1866: H.G. Wells, on whose stories the movies in episodes 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS and 814- RIDING WITH DEATH were VERY loosely based.
1903: Ronnie Rondell, assistant director for the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE.
1906: Derrick de Marney, who played Latham in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.
1907: Jack Mather, who played an officer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1909: Vladimir Solovyov, who played Kassyan in the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1918: Rand Brooks, who played Andrews in the movie in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1923: Paul Lehmann, production designer for the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.*
1936: Burr DeBenning, who played Dr. Ted Nelson in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
1944: Fanny Flagg, of whom Crow did an impression in a host segment in episode 502- HERCULES.*
1954: Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer for the band Motorhead, whose song “Ace of Spades” was heard in the movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.*

DIED TODAY
1985: Harry L. Gianneschi (age 57), camera assistant for the movies in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER and episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1991: Angelo Rossitto (age 83), who played Toby in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES and a dwarf in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1992: Bill Williams (age 77), who, in the movie in episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION, played Dutch.
2000: R. Wright Campbell (age 73), screenwriter for the movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN.
2002: Maurice Manson (age 89), who played Prof. Ulbrect Olinger in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
2009: Robert Ginty (age 60), a.k.a. “the Paper Chase guy,” who played “The Rider” in the movie in episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD.
2010: John Crawford (age 90), who played a bar patron in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.


This Date in MSTory is written and compiled by Steve Finley, Chris Cornell and Brian Henry. Copyright © 2014 All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce This Date in MSTory items in any form without express written permission from the authors.
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** = If this appears next to a death date, the IMDB does not have this person’s full birthday. If you can provide it (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.

MTV.com Acts Like We Don’t Know This Stuff

Kat Rosenfeld of MTV.com asks “Where are they now?” but neglects TV’s Frank completely, (and Josh, and Jim, and Paul, and Bridget…) and apparently couldn’t find photos of Bill and Kevin. Sheesh.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Cringeworthy Moments in MSTed Movies

Alert reader James writes in to say:

This week’s thread about non-sensical lines got me thinking about things that made the movies MST did truly cringeworthy (as opposed to being arduous because they were boring). Even things that get riffed can penetrate and affect the viewer, causing there to be some basis for Dr. F’s experiment to work. The hurtful way that horrid kid in Hobgoblins pretends to be a rock star in the opening minutes does it to me.

I’ve still got to go with the peeper privates in “Attack of the the Eye Creatures.”

Keep those suggestions coming!

New Short from RiffTrax…

Does Batman win in the end? If only we had a clue…

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See a sample or download it here.

Episode guide: K17- Time of the Apes

Movie: (1974 TV series; 1987 compilation movie) A trio of young people take refuge in cryogenic capsules during an earthquake, and awaken in a world populated by intelligent apes.

First shown: 4/2/89
Opening: The Mads try to reach Joel, but Crow and Servo give them the runaround
Host segment 1: The bots look for Joel and find his empty uniform in a pod bay. They guess he’s floating in space
Host segment 2: Crow and Servo ponder mutiny as Joel pounds on the door to get back in
Host segment 3: Cambot uses a tape of Joel to fool Crow, but Servo isn’t fooled
End: Joel floats outside the Satellite of Love, as Crow and Servo discuss their new Joel-less life together
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• This is the only MST3K episode that does not feature a human character aboard the Satellite of Love. Joel had to go out of town, so the episode was shot without him; therefore, Servo and Crow watch the movie alone. (Note that Crow sits in Joel’s seat.)
• For me, this one gets dragged down by the film, which is just a big giant carbuncle of a movie. Though it’s much funnier, of course, I’m not a big fan of the season 3 version either.
• References. http://www.annotatedmst.com/episodes/ktmaapes/index.htm
• This is one of the first episodes that has a continuing plot line running through the host segments.
• As with the previous Sandy Frank movies, we get to see a bit more of the movie that was cut in the season 3 version.
• Springtime has definitely come to the Twin Cities. It’s a lovely 57 degrees as the show begins later dropping to 56 and to 54 by the end of the show.
• Callbacks: Servo recalls the episodes when Crow was frozen and served as the SOL’s Christmas tree. Crow is not amused. Also: “That flame is leftover from City On Fire.”
• Both Crow and Servo sneeze in the theater.
• This movie reminds of us of a goof they would make about a decade later. In the introduction to “Deep Ape,” Bobo lists his noble lineage, including Godo. Except, as we know from watching this episode, Godo wasn’t an ape. They could have said “Pepe,” (which is who I think they were thinking of) but I guess that sounds less ape-ey.
• The imdb says the main ape’s name is Gaba, but it is variously pronounced by the actors Gaybor or Gaybar. Either way…not good.
• The guy we see behind the doors in segment 3 is longtime Twin Cities weatherman Barry ZeVan, who is still with us and apparently still “zany.”
• That ending segment is the first time we’ve gotten a look outside the ship, other than in the opening.
• CreditWatch: Vince Rodriguez is back as director. Todd Ziegler is back on Audio.
• Fave riff: “More gorilla warfare.” Honorable mention: “A guy with a flea collar concession could clean up around here.”

Shout! in Deal with Vimeo

Says Variety

A collection of 80 episodes of cult comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” featuring a man and his robot sidekicks riffing on especially terrible B-movies and assorted shorts, is now available on Vimeo.
In addition, under Vimeo’s pact with Shout! Factory for “MST3K,” the online-video service has exclusive rights to any newly cleared episodes launching over the next year.

The main page is here.

Jim Appearance this Friday

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Jim Mallon will be a guest at this Friday’s “Our Funny University – We’ll Make You Laugh on the Way to Success” event at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More information here.

Thanks to Danielle for the tip!

Bill’s ‘Super-Powered Revenge Christmas’ Comic

The icons of pop-culture Christmas do battle as superheroes and supervillains in this book written by Bill and illustrated by our pal Len Peralta. More info here.