1892: Arthur Caesar, who wrote the original story for the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1895: Wallace Fox, director of the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1912: Ned Lefevre, who played a newscaster in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and an announcer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1918: Marguerite Chapman, who played Laura Matson in the movie in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1924: Richard Walter, who played the monster in the movie in episode 416- FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE.**
1940: Raul Julia, who played Aram Fingal and Rick in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.
1943: Arlon Ober, musical score composer for the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
1945: Paola Quattrini, who played young Iole in the movie in episode 502- HERCULES.*
1969: Richard Crane (age 50), who played Rocky Jones in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS .
1979: Quentin Lawrence (age 58), director of the movie in episode 101- THE CRAWLING EYE.
2001: Giancarlo Prete a.k.a. Timothy Brent (age 59), who played Strike in the movie in episode 705- ESCAPE 2000.
1951: Dick Contino’s first album, appropriately entitled “Dick Contino” is released. He played the title role in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O and Stan Joyce in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1963: The Cascades song “Rhythm of the Rain” rises to its highest spot, number 3, on the Billboard charts. The group appeared in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.
2004: Rhino Home Video releases “The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 5.”
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As you may remember, because we mentioned it in previous years, the annual Sci-Fi London convention has, as one of its most popular attractions, a MST3K all nighter.
This year, the organizers are hoping to bring Trace and Frank over the pond to attend the event and do a panel. BUT, they (the organizers) are broke. So they are raising dough to fly Trace and Frank over and put them up in London.
If contributing to that is something you feel you would like to do, the page is here.
Alert reader Sue emails to say:
While watching ESPN this morning, there was a brief segment on retired NFL star Brett Favre’s new look. Although only 44, he’s currently sporting a very thick, very white beard. All I could think of when I saw his picture was Cameron Mitchell’s Santa look in Space Mutiny, further evidence that MST3K rules my life.
So…. WDT idea: Epic (or Epically Bad) Facial Hair in a MSTed Movie
My choices would be (1) for over-the-top supernatural facial hair, Michael Landon in “I Was a Teenage Werewolf,” (2) for just plain ugly, that Abraham Lincoln-ish spy in “Danger!! Death Ray!” and his lame chinstrap, and (3) for perfectly appropriate, the ventriloquist in “Devil Doll” with his lush yet creepy and almost pointed beard (“Mephistopheles goes uptown!”).
I’d pick Voldar from SCCTM. (“Pack your other mustache!”) Too bad we can’t pick the lady with the Rollie Fingers ‘stache in “Planet of Dinosaurs!”
Have at it!
As the RiffTrax site notes: contains some pointless nudity. You have been warned. See a sample or download it here.
The votes are in and they won
! But they won’t actually officially inducted until next year. But still! Congrats, fellas.
Thanks to Laura for the heads up.
On Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at 10:00pm, “MST3K: The Movie” will be shown at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ.
General Admission is $6, $5 for Loft Members. For more information, click here.
Movie: (1985) A smug professor and his students camp out in the rural Arkansas swamp, in hopes of finding a Bigfoot-like creature.
First shown: May 9, 1999
Opening: Crow and Mike’s Cub Scout meeting is crashed by Servo the Brownie
Intro: Now Servo’s a Flemish glass blower; Pearl has a potato-powered evil plan
Host segment 1: M&tB’s flashbacks get fuzzier and fuzzier
Host segment 2: Pearl cooks up a monster legend, complete with haunting, evocative folk song
Host segment 3: Tom takes up whittling in a big way
End: Crow’s tends to his fires; Pearl’s legend biz gets kicked in the ankle
Stinger: “I saw the little creature.” “Nooo!!”
• In some episodes, the riffers need a little extra something from the movie to take their riffing from good to great. This is one of those episodes. It starts out as only okay. They keep up with the action with some funny stuff, but it really didn’t have me rolling. But when mountain man Crenshaw arrives, they really have something to work with and they take full advantage of it. The movie itself is stupid but at least it’s watchable. The host segments are mostly good fun. So all in all this one comes out a winner.
• Bill’s thoughts are here.
• References are here.
• This episode was on Rhino’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 5.
• Mike gets the title of the movie wrong in his intro on the DVD version (as he did with his “The Touch of Satan” intro).
• It’s fun to hear Kevin and Bill harmonizing as the sing “On the Wings of a Dove.”
• Gypsy is acting weird again. Did Joel completely fix her?
• The whole IMF accreditation thing was created because the suits at the channel were pushing for a “story arc.” So I only give the Brains partial blame on this. But I have to say that with this episode (or maybe the previous one?) the IMF stuff really starts to feel very invention exchangey. Not sure whether that’s a good thing or not.
• Segment one is a clever idea, one of those segments that practically writes itself in response to something really stupid in the movie.
• Segment 2 is saved by Bill, whose delivery is pitch perfect.
• That’s Kevin’s wife Kathleen’s guitar in that segment. She gets a credit at the end.
• An “s-bomb” got missed by Sci-Fi censors, and Rhino left it in.
• Movie observations: What was that whole “let’s play this out” business when the girls returned to the camp? They walk in and you expect something to happen, but they just say hi and go on with the movie. Play WHAT out?? Also, during the yucky outhouse flashback, I need to point out: If you can hose somebody off, that means you have plumbing. If you have plumbing, why are you using an outhouse?
• I have to say that I don’t really feel the white-hot rage Bill feels toward Old Man Pearce. Yeah, his character is a bit of a jerk, but I just don’t find him that despicable. He’s certainly not the movie’s bad guy. In fact, one of the biggest structural flaws of this movie is that there are no real antagonists (except, perhaps, for the derisive locals).
• Segment 3 is also a lot of fun, a good example of a sketch where they take a simple idea and take it to the extreme.
• Riff that’s a bit of stretch: One of the girls is “Mark Knopfler” because she’s wearing a headband. Sheesh.
• We get another fire aboard the SOL. And not the last one this season.
• That’s Brad Keeley as a tourist kid, in a bit that really goes nowhere.
• Again, no cast and crew round up: nobody involved in this movie worked on any other MSTed movie.
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Kevin. For interns Erin F. Erskine and Josh Huschke, who started at the beginning of the season, this was their last show until they were called back for one more a few weeks later.
• Fave riff: “Why don’t you take the skin chair?” Honorable mention: “There’s a red scarf floating in the air!…oh, it’s her.”
Salisbury, Conn.–Gail Gerber, a perky blond actress who starred opposite Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and Edd “Kookie” Byrnes in several fun films of the 1960s, died here Saturday of complications from lung cancer. MSTies will remember her (using the stage name Gail Gilmore) as Elsa in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS. She was 76.
Read the full obit here.
Colin McEvoy of the Express-Times in Allentown, Pa., included a thumbs up
for the great job the RiffTrax guys did last night in his Oscar wrapup.
Just a little while ago Bill tweeted:
ANNOUNCEMENT: since NOBODY ELSE will be live tweeting the Oscars on Sunday, RiffTrax will step up and do it. More soon!
More info here.
Go here to make sure you’re following everybody.
P.S. I also plan to live tweet the Oscars, if I can stop laughing long enough.