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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1899: Floyd Crosby, cinematographer for the movies in episodes 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN and 912- THE SCREAMING SKULL.
1900: Eddie Parker, who was Bela Lugosi’s double in the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, a moleman in the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE and Khan’s guardsman in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1911: Don C. Harvey, who played lab guard in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END and the searchlight skipper in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
1915: Frank Sinatra, whose voice was imitated by Mike Nelson for the Rat Pack Chess Set invention exchange in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
1924: Ed Koch, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1952: Sarah Douglas, who played Madam Maaydeed in the movie in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1956: John Elliott (age 80), who played Prof. Hatfield in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1960: Lily Granado (age 38), who played an Amazon in the movie in episode 502- HERCULES.
1970: Carolyn Craig (age 36), who played Cynthia in the TV soap opera GENERAL HOSPITAL seen as shorts in season four.
1986: Clifford Stine (age 80), who did the special photography for the movies in episodes 606- THE CREEPING TERROR, 803-THE MOLE PEOPLE, 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS, 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE and THIS ISLAND EARTH (seen in MST3K: THE MOVIE), for which he also the cinematographer.
1989: Howard Lang (age 78), who played a colonel in the movie in episode 909- GORGO.
2008: Van Johnson (age 92), who played columnist Lester Scott in the movie in episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL and Chip Green in the movie in episode K15- SUPERDOME.

EPISODE PREMIERE
1992: episode 419- THE REBEL SET (with the short JOHNNY AT THE FAIR) first shown.
2006: Aviva Crane (age 76), who had a role in the movie in episode 421- MONSTER A GO-GO.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
2010: Timothy Van Patten, who played Max Keller in episodes 322- MASTER NINJA I and 324- MASTER NINJA II, shares the American Film Institute’s TV Program of the Year award for “Boardwalk Empire” and its Program of the Year award for “The Pacific.”


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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1882: Fiorello La Guardia, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1906: Dick Moder, assistant director for the “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” TV series, episodes of which were seen in MST episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1909: Noel Cravat, who played Robal in the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1910: David Mcmahon, who played a general in the movie in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and Capt. Frank Carver in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1919: Marie Windsor, who played Josie in the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.
1920: Anthony Baird, who played a soldier in the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1931: Richard Devon, who played Stark, King of the Grimolts, in the movie in episode 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT and Satan in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
1936: Alan Fennell, screenwriter for the episodes of the TV series “Stingray,” seen in episode K01- INVADERS FROM THE DEEP.
1940: Donna Mills, who played Lainie in the movie in episode K15- SUPERDOME.*
1945: Zienia Merton, who played Sandra Benes in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.*
1949: Boris Shcherbakov, who played Kolotin in the movie in episode K11- HUMANOID WOMAN.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1954: Henry Hall (age 78), who played the country doctor in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1974: Reed Hadley (age 63), who played Riley in the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1986: Maurice Askew (age 70), who did the sound for the TV series “Stingray,” seen in episode K01- INVADERS FROM THE DEEP.
2001: Alan Fennell (age 65), on his birthday.
2011: Susan Gordon (age 62), who played Sandy Hubbard in the movie in episode 414- TORMENTED.

EPISODE PREMIERES ON THIS DATE
1988: episode K05- GAMERA first shown.
1993: episode 519- OUTLAW OF GOR first shown.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1969: The movie “Marooned,” seen in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS, is released.
2015: Joel Hodgson’s “Bring Back MST3K” Kickstarter ends, having raised $6.3 million and a promise of 14 new episodes.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: What Happened

Kenneth is back with another one, which I am going to expand on now that season 12 is on:

Let’s venture into fan fiction and hear your theories over what happened between “Diabolik” and “Reptilicus.” What questions are we left with, and what are your personal answers? Who went where? Where are they now?

And I’m going to add: What has become of the characters since the end of season 11 and what’s next?

Let the guesses fly!

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Episode guide: 909- Gorgo

Movie: (1960) It’s an anglo-saxon mashup of Godzilla and King Kong, as a dinosaur-like creature is caught off the Irish coast and then exhibited at a circus in London. What could go wrong?

First shown: 7/18/98
Opening: Crow’s head has become a nesting place of the Spix’s macaw
Intro: Observer & Bobo’s arm wrestling match is interrupted by a transmission from Pearl and … Leonard Maltin!
Host segment 1: “Waiting For Gorgo”
Host segment 2: The William Sylvester edition of Trivial Pursuit
Host segment 3: The Nanite’s circus encounters tragedy
End: The women of “Gorgo,” Pearl & Leonard continue to plot
Stinger: Irish fisherman says “Blow it out your…” something.
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• This is as close as we ever got to a real “lost” episode. It aired once (or, rather, twice, once in the morning and once in the evening) on July 18, 1998, and then apparently somebody with a claim on the rights to the movie contacted SciFi Channel and made them pull it. It never aired again. And that’s a shame, because it’s pretty good. Not a home run, but a solid standup double of an episode, notable for the guest starring appearance of none other than Leonard Maltin. The movie is pretty watchable, clearly an “A” movie put together by professionals (shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Freddie Young) with a big budget, which is definitely a departure for the show. The non-Maltin host segments are, as the Hitchhiker’s Guide would say, mostly harmless.
• Paul gets a break and this week it’s Kevin turn to offer observations.
• For a long time, if you owned a copy of this one, you either taped it back in 1998 or you got it from a tape trader. Then, it was recently included in the Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition.
• Bill does a nice bit of physical comedy in the opening bit when he convincingly launches himself out of frame.
• Maltin does okay, in my book. He’s not an actor and it shows, but he delivers his lines well.
• Actually the Spix’s Macaw is a kind of parrot and not nearly as large as depicted in the sketch. Incidentally, it is believed to be extinct in the wild.
• Callback: “We’ve got to go find Robert Denby!” (“Riding with Death”)
• Segment 1 is cute and silly, but there’s not much to it.
• Segment 2 is kind reminiscent of the “City Limits” trivia game in episode 403. I wonder if they remembered that they did it.
• That’s Kevin and Paul, of course, as the voices of the nanites in segment 3. As near as I can tell, this episode features the very last appearance by the nanites.
• Some may be baffled by the “Hey! Mike Nelson!” “Hey! Tom Servo!” bit. Mike Nelson was the name of the character Lloyd Bridges played in the TV series “Sea Hunt.” The character was a scuba diver (it’s where the phrase “By this time my lungs were aching for air” came from).
• The exchange “Well, whaddaya know?” “Not much, you?” refers to Michael Feldman’s long-running radio quiz show “Whad’Ya Know?”
• In the final segment, Maltin suggests that a Mickey Rourke movie will be a painful selection, and Pearl adds that he should cross reference that with Eric Roberts. So, “The Pope of Greenwich Village”? I don’t know…
• Cast and crew roundup: Camera operator James Mills also worked on “Phase IV.” In front of the camera, William Sylvester was in “Riding with Death” and “Devil Doll.”
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Mike. Intern Dan Tanz joined the show and would continue for the rest of the season.
• Fave riff: “Am…in…Ireland. Send…real…food.” Honorable mention: “Let’s go steal the captain’s strawberries. That’s always funny.”