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Goodbye Sci-Fi

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

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New Stuff on Shout! Factory TV

It’s a new month, and there are two new classic MST3K episodes on Shout! Factory TV starting today, 210- KING DINOSAUR (with short: X MARKS THE SPOT) and 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE (with short: GENERAL HOSPITAL PT 1), as well as 10 shorts.


This Date in MSTory

1907: Gordon Bau, who did the make-up for the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1915: Monroe P. Askins, cinematographer for the movies in episodes 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT and 420- THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS.
1920: Harold Sakata aka “Odd Job,” who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON.
1928: Frank Guthke, assistant director of the movie in episode 1009- HAMLET.*
1936: Ron Masak, who played the sheriff in the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.*
1937: Chris Anders, who played Schloss in the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.

1965: Robert Roark (age 49), producer of the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.
1990: Paul Wittenberg (age 63), assistant editor of the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.
1991: Michael Landon (age 54), who played Tony Rivers in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1999: Edward Dmytryk (age 90), the American producer of the movie in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1999: John W. Rogers (age 82), assistant director of the movies in episodes 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
2004: Marlon Brando, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.
2009: Karl Malden (age 97), who was mentioned (or, rather, his nose was mentioned) in a host segment in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.

1959: The movie in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS is reviewed in Variety.
2000: The book MIKE NELSON’S MOVIE MEGACHEESE hits book stores.

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What Other People Thought

RifftraxPostcard-5170 LOTS to read from…

Angie Fiedler Sutton at scifi4me

“ModCon02” at EchoBase

Jim Gisriel has a video review


Jason Bailey at Flavorwire

Tim Salmons at the Digital Bits


Courtney Enlow at Pajiba

Anthony Wendell at MonkeysFightingRobots

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper at CNET

Know of any more? Post them in the comments…

Kevin at the Smithsonian

And speaking of Kevin, he’ll be at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as they show an all-night marathon of air- and space-related films. He’ll be riffing “Destination Moon” at 10 p.m. along with Phil “Bad Astronomer” Plait and two of the Museum’s own curators, David DeVorkin and Layne Karafantis.

More info here.

Kevin Gives Us a Shout Out

Thanks to Kevin and everyone on the MST3K Reunion panel for the shout out! I really was concentrating on other people’s questions and not thinking about any of my own.

Episode guide: 514- Teen-Age Strangler (with short: ‘Is This Love?’)

Short: (1957) A college couple rushes into marriage, while another couple is taking their time.
Movie: (1964) In a West Virginia town, a newly arrived family is at the center of a series of murders.

First shown: 11/7/93
Opening: Mike tries to phone his grandma
Invention exchange: Dr. F shows off the Frank-n-forcer, M&tB demonstrate the waiter-baiter
Host segment 1: M&tB ask: What is love?
Host segment 2: Crow and Tom want to rumble, but Mike intervenes
Host segment 3: Crow and Tom have a gadget that will make Mike act like Mikey
End: Song: “I’m a Janitor;” Dr. F. cleans up after Frank
Stinger: “And he didn’t steal no bike neither … I did!”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (190 votes, average: 4.55 out of 5)

• And so the show tries to settle into a new routine, and largely succeeds. The movie is plenty riffable and the memorable riffs are plentiful. The host segments are still a little awkward, but the show ends on a real high note. It’s a sign of good things to come.
• This episode is included in Rhino’s Vol. 10.
• Why is Mike calling his grandma? Not his parents? Not his brother Eddie?
• That’s Mary Jo as the voice of Mike’s grandma; that’s Kevin as the voice of the waiter-baiter.
• Mike channels his TGIFridays days with the waiter-baiter invention.
• Once again we get a short apparently aimed not a grade-schoolers, or even high-schoolers, but college students. I wonder when, exactly, college students stopped listening to mental hygiene movies with 30-year-old Romulans playing the students. Still, the message of the short — take your time, let your parents give you a house — is a good one, perhaps even more so today.
• RiffTrax would later riff “How Much Affection?” which is plugged in the short’s closing credits.
• In the first segment, it’s amazing how many of those celebrity romances are no more: almost all of them. I guess that was the point, but I’m still impressed by their accuracy rate.
• What’s the deal with John Humphries, who plays Mikey? At the first Conventio-Con, he explained. He said was a complete novice to acting when the film was made, and that he took his acting cues from Jo Canterbury, the actress who played weepy girlfriend Betty, whom he knew was from New York and had some acting experience. Thus, as her performance became more teary and shrill, so did his.
• The movie was filmed in, and stars many of the residents of, Huntington, WV. The real sheriff even played the movie sheriff. As one reviewer put it, “The effect is of a small town putting on a high school play about a serial killer.”
• During the introduction to the immortal “Yipes Stripes” number, M&TB try to come up with the dirtiest band names they could get away with, including The Cramps, The Buzzcocks and The Butthole Surfers. I think at the time they were just looking for band names that were good punchlines, but all those bands are now considered pretty important.
• “Yipes Stripes” is a real earworm. I’ve been unwillingly humming it for days.
• We get a nice look at Crow’s legs in second segment, which is otherwise pretty forgettable.
• In this episode they began using something different from the traditional five-second shot of the spinning spaghetti ball when they went to commercial. The bits show closeups of Deep 13. In the first one, the camera focuses in on a datebook that gives the episode number and the name of the movie In the second, the camera pans along a workbench in Deep 13 and stops on a beaker labeled with that info. In the third, we see a blackboard with that info, then what looks to be a big spitball then hits the blackboard.
• In the theater, Servo whistles. Hmmm…
• Segment three is fun, though it goes on a little too long…and why “rime”?
• Mike and Tom are already in the theater after segment three, and Crow enters still wearing the Mikey glasses — and therefore talking like Mikey.
• Callbacks: “Cornjob!” (Gamera v. Guiron). “The Master wants you but he can’t have you.” (Manos) [Note: Mike does that one.] “You can flip any chick in the house.” (Brain That Wouldn’t Die) Also, references to “Eegah” including “Watch out for snakes!” “Mr. B Natural is in one of those lockers!”
• One thing about Mike in these early episodes (and I think somebody in the comment thread last week mentioned this) is that he seems unwilling to actually yell when the line calls for yelling. Instead he sort of whisper-yells. He sort of simulates yelling, though he’s not actually raising his voice. As he got more comfortable in the role, that kind of faded away, but it’s pretty noticeable in these early ones.
• We get another “whu-happa?”.
• The show ends with Mike’s first song as host, and it’s a winner. Mike sang it in the live show at the first conventio-con as well.
• This movie was largely made by, and featured, people who had never made a movie before and would never make a movie again. Hence, no cast and crew roundup this week.
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Kevin Murphy. “The Janitor Song”: Music by: Michael J. Nelson and David Sussman. Lyrics by: Frank Conniff.
• Fave riff from the short: “A big VISA bill!”
• Fave riff: “Fortunately, the Higgins Boys and Gruber were on the scene.” Honorable mention: “Looks like mom has won some dirt track trophies.”

Vol. XIV Discontinued

Due to rights issues with “Soultaker,” Shout! Factory has discontinued selling Vol. XIV. It’s still available at Amazon and other retailers, but unless the rights issues are resolved, once it’s gone, it’s gone. Get it while you can!

Thanks to alert reader Stargazer for the tip.

What Did You Think?

We were at the live show in Minneapolis. What was it like in your theater?

Updated: Pre-Reunion Show Press

Bryan Miller of the City Pages in the Twin Cities has a nice long story.

Brittany Frederick at has a story

Longtime MSTie Alex Biese at the Asbury Park Press has a story

Brandy McDonnell of

Jason Nayara of has an interview with Mike

Tim Grieving of

Weekend Discussion Thread: Your 5 Favorite Movies

Kevin did a thing on where they coaxed out of him his five favorite movies. It’s a great read.

So, let’s hear it from you! What are your five favorites?

Me? Sigh. As he says, for anybody who loves movies, it’s hard, but here goes:

1. The Philadelphia Story–good God I love this movie. Nobody puts a foot wrong. By turns hilarious and very touching and everybody is great.

2. Mary Poppins–Yes, I said it. I’d say it again if I had to. The recent Saving Mr. Banks did a lot to justify it. Put aside your preconceptions and just let the artistry–and, yes, the whimsy–flow over you.

3. The Maltese Falcon–You’ve got to have one post-WWII hardboiled California gumshoe on any movie list and Samuel Spade is mine. Featuring the holy trinity–Bogart, Greenstreet and Lorre, each doing just what you want them to do.

4. Singin’ in the Rain–See it on the big screen and tell me you don’t love it. Hopelessly meta before anybody thought of such a thing, and the apex of what a studio can do. Gorgeous.

5. A Night at the Opera–Filmed just months before the untimely death of the great Irving Thalberg, everything that the Marx Brothers were was poured into this movie. Slightly sad, because they would never be this good again.

Your turn!