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Weekend Discussion Thread: Grand Theft Movie

Alert reader Larry suggests:

In the “Beast of Yucca Flats,’ Mike accuses para-deputy Jim Archer of stealing the movie. I would argue that the mom and dad of yucca flats were the guilty party. but it had me wondering, who else in MST’d history was guilty of stealing a scene or movie when no one was looking. Or caring.

What’s your pick?

107 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Grand Theft Movie”

  1. jay
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    Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders –

    The Rock and Roll Martian kid stole the whole f-cking old martian show if you ask me.

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  2. Say No To Yes
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    When Fingal scrolls up “Casablanca” in “Overdrawn At The Memory Bank.” The riff “Never show a good movie in the middle of your crappy movie” rings very true.

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  3. pete_plums_drivers_license
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    Oh, Forry Ackerman in “Future War.” Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe.

    Honorable Mention to the tag team of Talbott and Moffitt in “Girls’ Town.”

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  4. itsspideyman
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    Allison Hayes in The Undead.

    Do I seriously have to explain!?!???

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  5. Kenneth Morgan
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    itsspideyman:
    Allison Hayes in The Undead.

    Do I seriously have to explain!?!???

    Well, her and Digger Smolken.

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  6. DarkGrandmaofDeath
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    Yuri’s hair in Werewolf. It showed more acting range than anyone else in the movie, and watching the frequent changes it went through was absolutely fascinating.

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  7. skrag2112
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    Antaeus from ‘Hercules Unchained’ was the highlight of that film. He found the humor in everything.

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  8. Son of Peanut
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    Kline!!!

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  9. Sitting Duck
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    Moon in The Beatniks.

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  10. Son of Peanut
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    Lupita. She was way too cute.

    Ponchito from Beast of Hollow Mountain was also guilty in this regard.

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  11. Yeti of Great Danger
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    The Baked Alaskas in the dining room scene in Avalanche. Admit it, first you wondered what the HELL they were, then you wondered why the HELL anyone would order those (much less eat them), then you couldn’t take your eyes off them.

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  12. Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves
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    itsspideyman: Allison Hayes in The Undead.

    I’m Ro-man and I approve this message.

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  13. Torque the Dorque
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    In THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH, The Del-Aires music was very good. I also enjoyed Little Richard, goof balls included, in Catalina Caper. I guess, for me, good music puts me in a better mood so it improves my viewing experience.

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  14. Sitting Duck
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    Yeti of Great Danger:
    The Baked Alaskas in the dining room scene in Avalanche… then you wondered why the HELL anyone would order those (much less eat them)…

    They probably looked better on the picture menu.

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  15. pete_plums_drivers_license
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    This topic is going to be deeply deleterious to all the plans I’d made to get something done around here this morning….

    The TRAGICALLY uncredited actress in the parallel-bars sequence in “I Was A Teenage Werewolf.” Addressed as “Karinne” or “Kerry” by the principal, it’s possible that it’s Elaine Dupont.

    For four minutes on screen, she OWNS that movie.

    And as scary and famous as the scene where Michael Landon watches her from the corner of the gym might be, IMHO she TOTALLY sells the next sequence where he’s chasing her across the stage. Wow.

    [I watched that sequence before I posted this, and it follows Guy Williams telling us in a low, serious voice about how they pull the teeth on baby minks “first thing,” which may be the worst thing in the whole movie. Then Kevin steps on the line where the principal calls the gymnast by name, with the most obscure riff on record, “Kerry Sloan.”]

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  16. pete_plums_drivers_license
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    Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves: I’m Ro-man and I approve this message.

    I approve ANY message referencing Alison Hayes. And/or Caroline Munro. And/or the new reanimated-celeb series on Netflix with Alison Hayes and Caroline Munro as a crime-fighting team of Level 3 Cross-Fit trainers in San Diego.

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  17. Mibbitmaker
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    The “when no one was looking. Or caring.” part would likely leave out obvious showboats like Megaweapon, Ortega, and Petey the Plane…. and, of course, Torgo. But, in Torgo’s movie Manos, a far more subtle stealer of the motion picture exists: the little girl.

    What makes it “when no one was looking” was that she’d be The Hands of Fate’s standout… decades after the movie came out (when there was really no one looking). A real ambassador for both the movie AND the MST3K treatment of it. She’s probably the coolest MSTied movie participant to “get” the show of all.

    IN the movie? Well, Torgo really runs away with that picture… but we were all looking (if turning away during the “CHAAAAARRED FINGAH!” scene) at that one!

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  18. mando3b
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    The parakeet in Bride of the Monster: the only member of the cast that maintained any sense of personal dignity. Also the only one that I didn’t mind looking at.

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  19. Son of Peanut
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    Another great scene stealing moment:

    “You know what I’m lookin’ at right now? That exit sign.”

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  20. edward
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    Toblerone in Escape 2000!

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  21. RedZoneTuba
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    The young lab assistant in Revenge of the Creature. You might say he really “made my day”.

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  22. Endoplasmic Reticulum
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    Joe Turkel as Nick in “Tormented”. He seriously outshines the star.

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  23. itsspideyman
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    edward:
    Toblerone in Escape 2000!

    I only wanted to quote on one but this was the other I thought of.

    Why? “Because I’m too busy a-laffin!!!! A-hahahahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!”

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  24. pete_plums_drivers_license
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    Endoplasmic Reticulum:
    Joe Turkel as Nick in “Tormented”. He seriously outshines the star.

    OH yeah. OHHHHHHH yeah.
    I repeat, this topic is going to really screw up my good intention today for getting some work done.

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  25. yelling_into_the_void
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    Gene “HE’S NOT MERRITT STONE!” Roth in The Rebel Set.

    Son of Peanut:
    Kline!!!

    You don’t direct Kline, you get out of his way.

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  26. mando3b
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    Here’s a vote for Mike Pipperrrrrrr. He doesn’t capsize Final Sacrifice the way Toblerone does Escape 2000, but he still has more personality than a character who enters half way through the film and plays no role in the climax should have.
    Also all the bit players on the fringes in Skydivers, esp. the Scotsman and the “Tom Boerwinkle” lady, who completely overwhelm what passes for a plot in that Coleman Francis opus.

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  27. Ray Dunakin
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    The “Shick Out of Shape” lady in “Incredibly Strange Creatures….”

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  28. duke of puddles
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    Ray Dunakin:
    The “Shick Out of Shape” lady in “Incredibly Strange Creatures….”

    not ‘Madison?’

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  29. duke of puddles
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    i want to mention the little kid from ‘Robot Monster’ but I don’t know if he was trying to steal the movie or if he stands out to me because of my strong desire to smack him one.

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  30. Torgover
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    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Torgo. It was originally supposed to be about Mike, Margaret, and the Master, but Torgo was far more interesting than any of them.
    Maybe the F-104 Starfighter from “The Starfighters”, with its infamous maintenance woes providing the only entertainment in the film.

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  31. mando3b
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    duke of puddles:
    i want to mention the little kid from ‘Robot Monster’ but I don’t know if he was trying to steal the movie or if he stands out to me because of my strong desire to smack him one.

    That is the classic problem with the kids in all these movies. Only Lupita is 100% lovable throughout. Oh, and poor lil Debbie in Manos: a thankless role, a shameful end, and yet still sympathetic. (Actually, I’m surprised human services hadn’t rescued her from those parents before all that Manos horse hockey started . . . )

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  32. duke of puddles
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    mando3b: That is the classic problem with the kids in all these movies. Only Lupita is 100% lovable throughout. Oh, and poor lil Debbie in Manos: a thankless role, a shameful end, and yet still sympathetic. (Actually, I’m surprised human services hadn’t rescued her from those parents before all that Manos horse hockey started . . . )

    Lupita for sure. i watched ‘Santa Clause’ unMST’d and between the ‘my dinner with andre puppets,’ Pitch and the dancing giant martha ray dolls, i don’t see how that kid didn’t need years of therapy just to deal with it. that was some surreal crap.

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  33. duke of puddles
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    Torgover:
    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Torgo.It was originally supposed to be about Mike, Margaret, and the Master, but Torgo was far more interesting than any of them.
    Maybe the F-104 Starfighter from “The Starfighters”, with its infamous maintenance woes providing the only entertainment in the film.

    that’s a problem that i have with ‘Eegah.’ Richard Kiel is the titular character but the movie was intended to be a vehicle created by Arch Hall Sr. that was intended to advance the career for his son. so my question is who is supposed to be the star?

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  34. AlbuquerqueTurkey
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    One word – TORCHA!

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  35. The Original EricJ
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    Kenneth Morgan: Well, her and Digger Smolken.

    I’ll second the Dig-man. Another bit of relief, from Corman’s favorite comedy-relief writer.

    And since Lupita has been mentioned enough times, that just leaves me with the hip too-smart-for-the-room aide to General Phil Silvers from “Attack of the the Eye Creatures”. We remember the two oily monitor-peeping guys, but that’s a different category.

    As for obligatory Netflix, L (or “Elle”?) seems to be the only character worthy of identifying with in “Starcrash”, and gets more screen time than Dobby the Elf got in “The Day Time Ended”.

    Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves: I’m Ro-man and I approve this message.

    ((sigh) That’s NOT what….oh, never mind. Nobody believed me last election year, either.)

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  36. eegah
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    Kitty (Mary Beth Hughes) in I Accuse My Parents
    Eulabelle in Horror of Party Beach
    The pantsless lady in Werewolf
    Wormface guy from Squirm
    Abby in the second half of Riding With Death ;)

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  37. Endoplasmic Reticulum
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    eegah:

    Eulabelle in Horror of Party Beach

    Oh, yeah. Way more screen presence than the thirty-two year old teenagers that we’re supposed to care about.

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  38. jay
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    Chicken Of Tomorrow –

    The Filthy Pants Guy. Well, to be honest… just his pants.

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  39. Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves
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    Clearly no monster stole anything in Monster-a-Go-Go.

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  40. pete_plums_drivers_license
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    Of course, when we’re talking about stealing a scene, who did it better than the Express Deliveryman bringing the Electronics Service catalog (Unit Number 16) to Joe Wilson in “This Island Earth”?

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  41. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    duke of puddles: that’s a problem that i have with ‘Eegah.’ Richard Kiel is the titular character but the movie was intended to be a vehicle created by Arch Hall Sr. that was intended to advance the career for his son. so my question is who is supposed to be the star?

    Who was the star of “The Thing from Another World” (1951)? Not James Arness…

    Being the title “monster” isn’t necessarily being the star.

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  42. mst3kme
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    “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”—Droppo

    “The Magic Sword”—Sybil

    No wonder Crow fell pell mell for Estelle!

    “The Brute Man”—the surly store owner Mr. Haskins

    “Creeper, Creeper. You’re giving me the creeps!”

    “Track of the Moon Beast”—Johnny Longbow, the “California Lady” band

    “Chicken. Corn. Green peppers. Chili. [sigh] Onions…”

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  43. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    duke of puddles: Lupita for sure. i watched ‘Santa Clause’ unMST’d and between the ‘my dinner with andre puppets,’ Pitch and the dancing giant martha ray dolls, i don’t see how that kid didn’t need years of therapy just to deal with it. that was some surreal crap.

    “…if you put a little kid of six in the front row at a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre along with an adult who was temporarily unable to distinguish between make-believe and “real things”… — if, for instance, you had given the adult a hit of Yellow Sunshine LSD about two hours before the movie started — my guess is that the kid would have maybe a week’s worth of bad dreams. The adult might spend a year or so in a rubber room, writing home with Crayolas.” — Stephen King, Danse Macabre

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  44. Brock Lee Rubberband
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    Paper Delivery Boy in Invasion USA. He steals the scene and almost the whole movie AND we never get our copy of Grit.

    Watney of Gor. Ugh. He five finger discounts the whole movie from beginning to end. Kill him.

    The narrator in The Creeping Terror. He never shuts up. The whole damn movie. No one can get a line in.

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  45. duke of puddles
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    Brock Lee Rubberband:
    Paper Delivery Boy in Invasion USA. He steals the scene and almost the whole movie AND we never get our copy of Grit.

    Watney of Gor. Ugh. He five finger discounts the whole movie from beginning to end. Kill him.

    The narrator in The Creeping Terror. He never shuts up. The whole damn movie. No one can get a line in.

    in ‘Creeping Terror’ i have to go with the alleged scientist. how can some one whose much younger (and more handsome *ahem*) than you were expecting to NOT steal the movie?

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  46. duke of puddles
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    touches no one’s life, then leaves: Who was the star of “The Thing from Another World” (1951)? Not James Arness…

    Being the title “monster” isn’t necessarily being the star.

    Gamera and Godzilla might disagree. but Eegah was more a sympathetic figure than a monster in my opinion.

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  47. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Ray Dunakin:
    The “Shick Out of Shape” lady in “Incredibly Strange Creatures….”

    Were she and Marge one and the same? My memories are unclear.

    BTW, it’s actually “Shook Out of Shape.” Which makes marginally more sense. ;-)

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  48. duke of puddles
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    touches no one’s life, then leaves: “…if you put a little kid of six in the front row at a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre along with an adult who was temporarily unable to distinguish between make-believe and “real things”… — if, for instance, you had given the adult a hit of Yellow Sunshine LSD about two hours before the movie started — my guess is that the kid would have maybe a week’s worth of bad dreams. The adult might spend a year or so in a rubber room, writing home with Crayolas.” — Stephen King, Danse Macabre

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre PFFT… which one was geared towards kids? leatherface or the laughing reindeer?

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  49. Ray Dunakin
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    Real scene-stealer in “Monster A Go-Go” was the guy who did the fake ringing for the telephone. If there is one thing anyone remembers from that movie it’s the hilarious fake phone sound.

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  50. Ray Dunakin
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    Oh, another sound effect that stole the whole movie was the electronic hawk sound from “Deathstalker and the Warriors From Hell”.

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