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Weekend Discussion Thread: Riffs You’d Retroactively Add

Alert regular “Sitting Duck” asks: Riffs

Sometimes a film shown on MST3K will feature a performer of some notability or notoriety, but the riffing fails to make mention. Usually this is because the person in question wasn’t immediately recognizable. On occasion (such as with Robert Reed in Bloodlust!), they deliberately choose to hold back. So what riffs would you retroactively add in such situations? Mine is for Hamlet when the title character enthusiastically greets Horatio, to which I would append a, “You magnificent bastard!”

Mine would be in episode 409- INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, which has Lon Chaney in BOTH the movie and the short. I feel that deserved a menton.

Have at it! And keep those WDT ideas coming!

59 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Riffs You’d Retroactively Add”

  1. jay
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    I Was a Teenage Werewolf –

    Wasn’t Michael Landon also in some kind of TV western? Does anybody know the “alternative” lyrics to Bonanza?
    “LITTLE JOE HAD TO GO, ‘CAUSE HE STUBBED HIS TOE”, and so on. I can’t find the rest anywhere.

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  2. DiscoJer
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    The Original EricJ:
    Joel and Jonah don’t quite seem to find the idea of “The actor was in OTHER THINGS!” as rollickingly funny in itself as the M&tB SciFi/RT years do, and their implied wish that the actor is now permanently unemployed and/or wearing a Sylvester Jr. paper-bag-of-shame over his head for the entire rest of his career for his folly of even being associated with such a movie…

    One of my favorite parts of Hangar 18 is the jokes about Gary Collins marrying a beauty pagaent winner and getting a talk show.. Also with regard to the other star of the movie, Condorman. “He screwed up his only action scene, ever”. “And Condorman” (or something like that).

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  3. Torgover
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    Coleman Francis’ appearance as the deliveryman in This Island Earth didn’t get any callbacks to his movies, either.

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  4. GareChicago
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    The Original EricJ:
    Joel and Jonah don’t quite seem to find the idea of “The actor was in OTHER THINGS!” as rollickingly funny in itself as the M&tB SciFi/RT years do..

    Yeah, you’re right. Mike and the bots really were just great!

    Gare

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  5. Sitting Duck
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    goalieboy82: i would have said (when he dies), he will be back as Michelle Gomez (Missy)

    Jumping over a couple of regenerations there. Derek Jacobi (or maybe Eric Roberts if you insist on acknowledging the TV movie) is a better choice.

    Considering the prehistoric setting of the movie, a few nods to Time-Flight would have been appropriate.

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  6. goalieboy82
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    Sitting Duck: Jumping over a couple of regenerations there. Derek Jacobi (or maybe Eric Roberts if you insist on acknowledging the TV movie) is a better choice.

    Considering the prehistoric setting of the movie, a few nods to Time-Flight would have been appropriate.

    if they said he would be back, i think they should have said, he will be back as Emperor Claudius ( Derek Jacobi)

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  7. Our_Singing_Star_Ms_Kitty_Reed
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    This one is a bit of a “twistaroo:”

    The first time I saw Citizen Kane, I was shocked to see, in one of the final scenes, Al “I Like Jello” Frazier from I Accuse My Parents! Anyone else notice that?

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  8. Trumpys Dad
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    I don’t know how they missed Clayton Moore (THE Lone Ranger) as the bad earth guy in the Commando Cody serial. Squeaky clean Lone Ranger as a bad guy? Worth a mention.
    Also, King Moody (Shtarker, Seigfried’s lacky in Get Smart) would have been good for a “Would you believe…” or better a “we don’t ____ here!”. Actually, I didn’t recognize him either. I probably made the discovery here.

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  9. Sitting Duck
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    Trumpys Dad:
    I don’t know how they missed Clayton Moore (THE Lone Ranger) as the bad earth guy in the Commando Cody serial. Squeaky clean Lone Ranger as a bad guy? Worth a mention.

    They (sort of) didn’t, actually. During the opening credits of the Project Moon Base episode, one of them riffed, “Clayton Moore before his Lone Ranger days.” Which was in error, as the serial was filmed during the time he had been temporarily replaced with John Hart.

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