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Episode guide: 1002- Girl in Gold Boots

Movie: (1968) A girl from a rural truck stop goes to Los Angeles to work as a go-go dancer, but soon gets involved with drug dealers.

First shown: April 18, 1999
Opening: Crow explains his WWBSMD bracelet; Pearl has evil plans
Intro: More bracelets; Pearl, seeking board certification from the Institute of Mad Scientists, impresses the visiting inspector
Host segment 1: Crow exacts petty, childish revenge on Mike
Host segment 2: Crow is shakin’ his moneymaker, much to Mike’s dismay
Host segment 3: Mike sings in the rain, causing much havoc
End: The movie has caused M&TB dress like the ugly thug in the movie and chuckle; this fails to impress the inspector — but Brain Guy does!
Stinger: “Oh, God, I wish I had that pretty mind back!”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (320 votes, average: 4.71 out of 5)

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• I have to put this one in the “good-not-great” category–despite some excellent riffing and host segments that are more funny than not–and the reason is the movie. This was our only real foray into the grimy, nasty world of director Ted V. Mikels, and once was enough. There are no real protagonists in this greasy little flick. Even Critter, who comes to despise the world he’s landed in, doesn’t seem to be trying very hard to break away. Even the dark and polluted world of “Manos” seems cheerful after this thing. Bleah.
• Paul’s thoughts are here.
• This episode is included in Rhino’s The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 4.
• Despite Paul’s concerns about the mad science story arc, this episode’s opening salvo is actually pretty funny. That’s Paul, of course, as the inspector.
• I love the “I want to give you a hump” bit. Bill plays it perfectly.
• Segment 1 works for me, entirely because of Servo, hand over mouth, going “Ohh!”
• It’s amusing (to me, at least) that beer afficianado Mike is drinking Coors. Maybe he thinks it’s only good for pouring onto bicycle seats?
• Host segment callback: “I didn’t mean to turn you on.”
• This print is chopped to shreds, so much so that it actually starts creating riff material, such as when Buz bilocates into a scene. “I’m back!”
• As a longtime fan of lileks.com, he’s taught me to notice when a movie suddenly becomes an unintentional documentary, as this one does when our trio arrives in 1967 L.A. and they drive around seeing the nighttime sights. I don’t know L.A. well, but I bet folks who do find it fascinating.
• I particularly like Servo’s lyrics about L.A. of that era: “Charles Manson is walkin’ the streets…”
• Speaking of that scene, I’m a collector of weird Christmas songs, and this movie has one: Larry Cartell’s “I’m a Lonely Cowboy Santa.”
• This is another movie that shows a night club with a GIANT space for the floor show. I assure you, real night clubs jammed every table onto the floor they could manage.
• You know that guy who plays Leo? He was married to Judy Garland for two years. I am not kidding.
• I do not want to know what sort of moneymaker Crow is shaking in segment 2.
• I really enjoy Crow’s exuberant dancing in the theater. Note that his arms move a bit!
• The musician who talks to Critter is Chris Howard, the composer of most of the songs in the movie. He seems embarrassed and he should be.
• Segment 3, with Mike singing “Oh, I Am Sad” (music by Mike, lyrics by Paul) as the ship catches fire, is hilarious. And by the way it’s only the first of several fires on the ship this season.
• Whoa! Slam on Lea Thompson outta nowhere!
• There’s a nice moment in the theater when Joanie yells “Get out!” and Crow promptly gets up and leaves.
• The bit in the theater where Mike produces a pool cue and begins playing pool is cute and kinda Joel-esque. Then he says he’s been saving the sight gag eight years. Hmm. Comments like that used to make the a certain faction of this show’s viewers very upset.
• Cast and crew roundup: Director Ted Mikels was also cinematographer for 1967’s “Catalina Caper.” (Makes sense, right?) Sound guy Sam Kopetsky also worked on “Eegah.” (Also follows.) In front of the camera: Jody Daniels was also in “Attack of the the Eye Creatures.”
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Kevin. Intern Nick Prueher returns for one more episode. Additional photography (whatever that means): Kevin Galligan. Prop assistant: Julia Pratt (in just this one episode–either she didn’t work out or she owned a very special prop).
• Fave riff: “Honey! Way to play the harmonica with your ass!” Honorable mention: “Suddenly I like the Allman Brothers!”

220 Replies to “Episode guide: 1002- Girl in Gold Boots”

  1. RockyJones says:

    Concerning the horrible dancing exhibited by EVERYONE in this movie…am I the only one who suspects that the music we in the audience are hearing is NOT the same music that the dancers are hearing and dancing to? If you watch closely, they’re all very clearly dancing to and on the same beat…it’s just NOT the same beat as the music that’s playing on the soundtrack.

    …and I agree…Observer outdances EVERYONE in the film…”Can I PONY?!!”

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  2. Mighty Jack says:

    LMAO at this… “Maybe Sampo’s new nickname should be “Good-not-great” Sampo, just like Leonard “two-and-a-half stars” Maltin.” – Rex Dart #99

    Not just good, but very, very great. I ranked this high in my top 50 favorite episodes list. For me this is one of their best as it always provides me with non stop laughs through and through. Also for some reason the movie doesn’t bug me. I think all the broad characters make it easier to get through it.

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  3. @RockyJones #101 – I actually noticed that too. When you do see the band perform, by the way, the musical instruments aren’t quite lining up, nor is the drum footage from time to time. It definitely looks that way when the band plays Critter’s…ahem…song.

    Oh man this is one of my favorite eps of all time. The riffs just come hard and fast…there’s really so many of them.

    For example, the “Count” reference to Marty, the incredibly greasy sidekick to greasy Leo.

    In fact, all the grease riffs are hilarious. I especially loved the “He’s a tower of oil,” and the “Splash” done in deadpan tone by Tom when Marty gets hit by Critter.

    “Which of these two is worse at their art form?” and “If you’re the town drunk of L.A., you’ve got a problem” are also stunningly targeted.

    Oh yeah the riffs at the party – my favorite of the episode, almost certainly.

    “Uh, it’s a ham roll, I didn’t think she’d light it.”
    “Jeez, she sat in the clam dip again.”
    “Oh my she’s hepped up on the drugs.”
    “Man, if it gets any wilder in here, a bridge game is gonna break out!”
    “Come to my dimension; it’s fun over here!”

    And so many more.

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  4. “Actually RatTal (75) in the theater, Mike makes a reference that evidences knowledge of the before time, and the bots express surprise at that ( How did you know that !? ). He’s breaking the 4th wall, but the bots aren’t.”

    I think this probably works in all directions . . . all of them had their own problems with memory, observation, and logic, especially in the Sci-fi era.

    “Hey, don’t you remember that one time we did that fun thing together?” “No.” (810)

    “And what are you doing?” “Taking my bear simulation to the extreme.” “There. Now do you see a connection?” “Nnnnno . . .” (813)

    “We have a feed lot?” “Do you even live here?” (1012)

    So I agree that they do some fourth-wall stuff, but there’s often a direct rationalization if you look hard enough.

    I propose a weekend discussion thread: Stuff That Makes A Surprising Amount of Sense. There are all sorts of little things, especially in the host segments but also the films, that make more sense than they really have any right to. I love that sort of “eureka!” moment when you get to put something like that together.

    “Raptorial Talon, I mistyped RatTal instead of RapTal, it was a typo, I did not mean it as an insult.”

    No harm done. ;-)

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  5. I'm Evil says:

    More Harry Blatz questions…

    The guy appears in approximately three scenes and basically plays three different characters. When he confronts Buz (in the filthy alley adjacent to the suburbs), he’s kind of big and menacing; when he meets Leo he comes off as a street smart con; and at the prison he appears to be a helpless old guy.

    I’m getting the sense that not a lot of thought went into this. Then again, maybe that’s Harry’s thing–he’s a real con man who work all the angles…
    …or maybe they didn’t put a lot of thought into it.

    On the dancing, I agree that probably they were dancing to different music that got added after the soundtrack. That said, even with the sound down and not knowing they were off beat, both Jodie and Michelle look like they are doing an interpretive dance version of “I’m on fire!”

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  6. Warren says:

    I don’t feel like a crummy critter when I watch this-4/5. Fairly entertaining, something I’ll watch once in awhile. Trivial IMDb info-the woman who played strung-out Joanie was also in Girls Town, though that was probably a small role. I blink at you.

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  7. DamonD says:

    The grubby movie does stop this being a five star classic but still can’t stop it being four stars. They really lay into this flick and it deserves it.

    The host segments with Crow dancing, to Mike’s utter disgust, is a joy and only topped by the fantastic song/fire in segment three. After the dopey in-film version, we immediately get the parody of it.

    “I am sad!”

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  8. I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    RapTal ( got it right this time ) @104.

    There is no inherent shame in breaking the 4th wall or breaking kayfabe or otherwise stepping out of character, when it is used artfully or as an integral part of the goings on.

    In an episode of Burns & Allen, when George Burns talks to the camaera, we could build a construct wherein he is NOT talking to the camera but is instead talking to a little invisible friend ‘inside’ the show. Likewise any Shakespearean charcater making an aside to the audience.. But WHY ? It doesn’t take away from our enjoyment or appreciation. It IS a part of the show.

    Abbot and Costello, the Marx Brothers, Gary Shandling each in their way mangled the line between us and them, between the show and “The Show”. MST3K is in august company, especially snce they are operating at perhaps three levels of The Show. or something like that. They are characters that know that thay are on a fictional TV show ( the show presumably broadcast from the SOL ) that happen to be actors that sometimes know that their fake TV show is part of a REAL TV show.

    It is just a show about a show about a show, I should really just.. seek proffesisonal help. sigh.

    Oh and Occam’s Razor and all that.

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  9. DON3k says:

    I’m having Critter’s varmit!

    I love Brain Guy, when he has the hump on his back and brings Pearl the film canister. He starts doing the SCTV ‘Dr Tongue’ 3D effect, which does relates to his character at that moment, since Dr Tongue’s sidekick was called Bruno AKA Woody Tobias Jr, who was a hunchback. Very funny stuff.

    Tom sneaks in a dirty one:
    Blatz: He can’t finger you…
    Tom: …you’re wearing a jumpsuit…

    Oh and on this page, they talk about The Haunted House: http://cinematreasures.org/theater/431/

    “Yes, I went to the nightclub Haunted House, 1967-68. Around that time anyway. I am 58 years old now. Memory not too good. It was a small club. I saw an all black band – don’t recall the name of the group. Mostly black people were there that night. I’m white, so that was new for me. I went to all the other clubs too. I was a teenager back then.” Someone on this forum said that the Vine Theatre was The Haunted House, but others there say it can’t be.

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  10. I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    hmmmm I thought the hunchback Brain Guy film canister 3D bit was a reference ot a similar scene in Young Frankenstein with Marty Feldman / Igor. I’ll have to check.

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  11. Egbert Souse says:

    “Let’s go back to law school, we’re terrible bikers.”

    This is one of the best episodes. First-rate riffing, a enjoyably bad movie, and funny host segments.

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  12. JCC says:

    “the woman who played strung-out Joanie was also in Girls Town, though that was probably a small role.”
    ==================================
    Oh wow! I’m guessing she was the “Kabuki actress” who was with Mel Torme at the beginning of the film…

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  13. maclen says:

    DON3k says:
    “I love Brain Guy, when he has the hump on his back and brings Pearl the film canister. He starts doing the SCTV ‘Dr Tongue’ 3D effect, which does relates to his character at that moment, since Dr Tongue’s sidekick was called Bruno AKA Woody Tobias Jr, who was a hunchback. Very funny stuff.”

    Yeah, I picked up on that SCTV reference immediately as well. That 3D show on SCTV was called “Monster Chiller Horror Theatre”…might there be a little pick up on the name from Joel for the title of MST3K? Yeah, GIGB is a top 3 fav of mine, it rotates with Eegah! and Horror of party Beach for top fav. Love the buzz lisp bits at the start, the “teleportation” scene, of course. The film is definately hookey and very very “unhep” but compared to Mikels other films…it’s as “mainstream” as he ever got. As for the GO GO dancers…in the audio commentary on the uncut DVD, Mikels comments that the club Haunted House didnt have dancers…that he brought in his own go go dancers. And it looks it! That Dvd I got was presisely to see what they cut out for this episode..but the print used for the dvd was in as bad as condition as the one used in the episode.

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  14. “There is no inherent shame in breaking the 4th wall or breaking kayfabe or otherwise stepping out of character, when it is used artfully or as an integral part of the goings on.”

    Um . . . I never claimed otherwise . . .

    I was just making an observation about frequency, not artistic merit.

    Obviously a lot of other diverse stuff has done that. Monty Python of course, the Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, Robot Chicken, even Calvin and Hobbes (with its constant mini-monologues directed at no one but the audience). And I list these because they’re all favorites of mine, so certainly I’m no stranger to the concept.

    But I do enjoy the fact that MST3k so often tried to provide “explanations” for inconsistencies, thereby adding another dimension of absurdity and ramping up the humor.

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  15. “the bikers are still in there leafing through tikkun”

    as has been noted, harry blatz acting like we should know him when he shamefully admits who he is (and the count apparently does know him) has always confused me too.

    sampo, bill noted in the round table that “he was popular with elderly men” – added to the discussion of the usual patrons of strip clubs – may help to explain bill’s exuberance as dancing-brain-guy!

    a top ten episode for me.

    I’m a college teacher and just got out of a successful doctoral defense where i was on the student’s committee. So Good Luck, Creeping Terror, hope everything went well!

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  16. one more thing, despite paul’s lukewarm feelings toward the “board certification” skit, it is one of my favorites – & in large part to paul’s wonderfully ‘mad’ certifier!

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  17. ck says:

    Speaking of Larry Blatz…….

    1) Could one reason they selected the movie be Blatz Beer’s
    fame as a (former) Midwestern beer?

    2) As to “Larry” and “Blatz” and “Beer” (Found online in Draft Magazine)
    ==============================================================
    “Larry “Longboard” Williams: Buddhist, Blatz drinker, Beer Surfer• Jan 8th, 2009 • Category: Beer
    I have never, ever met anyone quite like Larry “Longboard” Williams.
    He’s 100% authentic Wisconsinite, 100% authentic surfer, 100% authentic human being.
    Yes, he’s a surfer. In Wisconsin. In Lake Michigan.
    …the unlikely surf scene in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I also had the pleasure to Hang 10 (or, more accurately, a 2 or 3) with him in the frigid Lake Michigan winter waves.
    He and his buddies are also, no surprise, big beer drinkers…
    Larry recently talked to the Beer Runner about Blatz, surfing and shrinkage.
    Is it a necessity to drink beer to warm up after surfing in Lake Michigan?

    Beer after surfing doesn’t warm you. It’s sharing with friends new and old that warms you. You can tell the warmest surfer by the widest smile. You don’t need beer to surf but after your done raising your beer smiling and agreeing “we’ve done it again, what a fine day” says it all.

    What’s your favorite beer after a surfing session?

    BLATZ!!!!! Why Blatz? You bring enough for all your friends, plus more. So it needs to be cheap, and good. Spend 4-5hrs in a roasting wetsuit pushin your body past it’s limits those first coupla beers don’t even touch the sides of your throat! Cuz yer in the water you still have to rehydrate.”
    =============================================================
    See what happens when you “SURF” the web.

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  18. Richard the Lion Footed says:

    “this movie presents us with the idea that women frequent strip clubs”

    This did seem to be a common theme in “pre-feminist” movies.
    You saw it also in “The Brain that Wouldn’t Die,” most of the SWV catalog, and
    even “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

    Was this an acceptable “date night” destination int he 50s and 60s??????

    I liked this movie because it was a return to the CC days when the SOL would host a variety of bad movies, not just scifi ones.

    The movie is bad of course, but it was typical of the low budget, stick it to the man, kinda films that the 60s generated. Some of these have become “cult classics,” while most were like this waste of developing fluid.

    They have become, in a way, a look at the times they were produced. They were what passed for “liberal media bias” of the day. Cops and establishment bad, kids, the only real hope for peace and the future.

    Unfortunately, films like this can only really be riffed by the Best Brains generation. Adults who lived enough in the time to bring a personal perspective to the riff, but who were not to old to be a part of it. Sid Caeser could NOT have riffed this movie.

    I say unfortunately because those born after 1980, and who are well into their 30s, also could not riff this movie.
    It is one of those “you had to be there” films that is more a cultural identity, than a story that transcends generations.

    (wow, that got sort of William F. Buckley, Jr. fast, didn’t it?)

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  19. but women DO frequent strip clubs – to get paid!

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  20. mikek says:

    Speaking of beer, Servo makes an Old Style beer reference after Buzz pours beer on one of the motorcycles. Buzz places the empty can on the seat and says, “Now when he sits down he’s going to get Kraeusened.”

    It was a process of double-fermentation that Old Style stopped using for years, but being using it again couple of years ago.

    It is explained here:

    http://www.oldstylebeer.com/think-local/what-is-kraeusening/

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  21. Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    Thanks for straightening out the “Kraeusened” comment for me. I’d meant to ask about that. I figured Servo was trying to sound like Buzz when he made the comment, but he also sounded a bit like Carson to me, and I thought Kraeusened must have been part of an old bit from the Tonight Show.

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  22. Iggy Pop's Brother Steve Pop says:

    Re: Location of the Haunted House, especially Don3K (#109):

    I read the linked discussion, and then watched the arrival shot in slow motion (because I have just THAT little to do with my time).

    The address is visible as our heroes enter: 6315. You can see the sign and marquee of the Admiral Theater (6321 Hollywood Blvd., later the Vine) a couple doors down from the Haunted House as they’re driving up to it.

    In Google Maps’ Street View, you can see the building that used to be The Haunted House. It’s now split between the Tabu Smoke & Gift Shop and a place called the Cave, advertising “Nude Girls” and “Table Dancers.” The rest of the block east to Vine has been torn down. (This comes as a surprise to me, since it was still there when I moved from L.A. in 2008.) If you plug in “6315 Hollywood Blvd.,” it’ll give you the view across the street for some reason.

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  23. Spalanzani says:

    I just re-watched it, and I have to agree with everyone saying that this was one of their best ever. It’s a shame Paul couldn’t have made a return appearance as the mad scientist accreditation guy. He was a hoot, and it’s nice seeing Pearl having to kow-tow to someone after brow-beating her son and sidekicks for 3 seasons. It’s almost like the wheel of karma or something: Dr. Forrester mistreats Frank, only to be emasculated by Pearl, only for Pearl to have to cower to this guy.

    @#115 and other people wondering about Harry Blatz’s unexplained infamy, I’ve personally always wondered if this was something explained in the full run of the movie, but which the Brains had to cut. What makes me think this is that, if I remember right, Mike and the bots don’t really seem to be confused by the seemingly inexplicable “what’s your name?!” scene, and that’s sometimes a sign that some earlier exposition got cut for time. For instance, there’s that scene in Puma Man where Tony teleports into the patrol car of a policeman friend of his, except that the earlier scene where this friend first appeared was left out of the Mystied version, so to viewers the fact that Tony knows this guy is completely bafflingly (or at least it was to me before I learned the explanation). But Mike and co. don’t really riff on this, either because they felt like playing fair, or they simply didn’t know or didn’t remember that the audience wouldn’t get to see the earlier scene. So maybe that’s what going on here too. Anyone who’s seen the full, un-Mystied version have any light to shed on this?

    Well, either way this gives me an idea for a weekend discussion topic: the most inexplicable moments in Mystied movies. This would include scenes, plot points, or what not like Harry Blatz’s apparent notoriety, which are never explained or followed up on in any way. Besides Blatz, the one that comes to my mind is “Fred Burroughs” from Future War, the mystery character who never appears. He gets mentioned in one scene as if he figured importantly in the plot, but is never referred to either before or afterwards.

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  24. jamie says:

    I HAD A PRETTY MIIIIINNND!

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  25. DON3k says:

    Oh, and who can forget the gripping 1.5-second-long Buz Repairs The Car scene? I would have felt only half the story told, without its inclusion, in the tale that is Girl in Gold Boots.

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  26. Thomas K. Dye says:

    #122:

    Another view of the Hody’s and the Harris and Frank that you see in the film as they turn left from Vine onto Hollywood Blvd. to get to the Haunted House:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/87362701@N00/226420829/

    As noted before, all that’s demolished now, and has been for a while.

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  27. JCC says:

    ““Fred Burroughs” from Future War, the mystery character who never appears. He gets mentioned in one scene as if he figured importantly in the plot, but is never referred to either before or afterwards.”
    =================================
    Fred is the black halfway house-huge guy who later gets eaten by a dinosaur. Although I don’t think they ever establish that that is his name so confusion ensues.

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  28. Flying Saucers Over Oz says:

    A truly terrific episode, with a desperately sleazy, idiotic movie to work with. I have a perverse fondness for faux-hip 60’s culture –Not actual hip, but older types trying to “groove” with the “scene,” quotation marks firmly in place– so this was a delight for me.

    Odds are, they were indeed dancing to different music than what ended up on the soundtrack. Fairly common practice. LOST IN SPACE’s Bill Mumy has mentioned several times when the teens are go-go dancing to that HORRIBLE repetitive Tijuana Brass-type riff on ‘The Promised Planet’ (The “space hippies” episode), they were actually listening to The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire.’

    I would pay money to see film of Bill Corbett’s reaction when he heard about what was planned for the last scene. Of course, the scariest possibility is that actually he wrote it himself…

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  29. Luther Strickland says:

    One of my faves. Biker Bill Clinton still makes me laugh, as does the idotic scene at the jail when Harry Blatz repoduces asexually and brings Buz back into the jail. I guess the desk Sarge had dipped into the stuff in the cell before Harry got there not to notice that one inmate went out and two came back. I have the Rhino version and watched the trailer — I could almost swear I had seen it many eyars before, but the more I think about it, it’s probably because the movie was in such heavy rotation during the sci-fi rerun era.

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  30. Iggy Pop's Brother Steve Pop says:

    #126:

    Thanks for that. That building was still there during my time in L.A., although the restaurant was long gone. I think it went through several identities as clubs, but all I really remember is that one was a hideous avocado green.

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  31. fathermushroom says:

    Add me to the list of people who LOVE this episode.

    Also add me to the list of people who are bemused and confused by the nerdy, middle-aged folk who appear in the dope party. I’ve always contended the movie was put together by churchy people who wanted to show how destructive it was to get involved with “the drugs.”

    Am I the only one who’s noticed the IDENTICAL TWINS at the dope party? Two balding men in dark suits. One of them gets a sheer hanky draped over his head by Michele as she “dances.” “Thank you, that’s most exciting.”

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  32. mikek says:

    Old people trying to be “hip” with the “scene”, explains the presence of those folks at the party. I certainly wasn’t around during the 1960s, but I get this sense that there were older people who did share some of the hippie beliefs, but were too old to be hippies. Those are the people you see at that party. Similar people can be seen at that weird party in the movie Midnight Cowboy, including the hot cougar lady who has sex with Joe Buck.

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  33. KJB says:

    “Natural born cheapskates!”

    “Let’s snub him, let’s organize a party quick and not invite him.”

    Definitely a high point of Season Ten. As odd as it sounds, these scuzzy, seamy movies really bought out a nice side of the Brains. Not that I’d want MST to be totally “blue”, but part of me wonders if they were restrained by being on basic cable. I’d love to see what they could have done someplace like HBO or Showtime.

    As far as the strip club debate goes, I went to one once with a friend from work and while it was obviously…compelling, sitting with a bunch of leering guys old enough to be my grandfather wound up being a pretty sobering experience. I haven’t been back since.

    And I actually think that the band (Chris Howard and the Third World, if I remember correctly) were one of the better musical acts to be featured in an MST film. Heck, compared to Arch Hall, Jr. and the losers from TISCTSLABMUZ, they were practically the Beatles.

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  34. The Toblerone Effect says:

    This is a “grew on me” episode, one where it took repeated viewings to fully appreciate the comedy. In fact, I all but ignored it until it wound up on the Volume 4 dvd set. Since then I watch it with much frequency, to the point where I’d give it 5 stars because of the great balance of riffing and host segments. Even the oily, loathesome feel the movie presents when unriffed doesn’t diminish the job M&tB do to this. Between this and Soultaker a week before, Season 10 started off with a major bang.

    After his turn as Observer visiting Mike on the SOL, I think Paul Chaplin’s second-best performance of all-time is the one as the inspector here. I particularly love the pot-shot he takes at the show Beakman’s World. Pearl is also very funny in what was a suprisingly less aggressive role in commanding Mike & the Bots; when scrutinized, she actually appears nervous! It was a welcome change from the usual over-dominating Mrs. Forrester we’re used to seeing.

    Fav riffs: the running gag about Buz being “just a child”, Harry Blatz and “brewing a pretty crummy beer”, and Buz’s sudden appearance in the restaurant with Critter and Michele. “Hey, I just teleported here! Aren’t you impressed?”

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  35. lpydmblb says:

    Re the use of Coors: I’ve always assumed that there was a certain amount of product placement (hopefully paid) during the last season. The other evidence that comes to mind are the two Mars brand bars that Crow sees during his hallucinations in “Future War.”

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  36. Dan in WI says:

    Favorite Riff: Allow me to apologize with my tongue

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  37. Roman Martel says:

    This is one of my favorite episodes of season 10. It’s great to have them tackle another “youths in peril” film, and this one has so much riffing material it’s perfect. The host segments are fun too. I find myself laughing all the way through this one, so I give it five out of five gold boots.

    Click on my name for a full review.

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  38. #123 – that has also been my guess about harry blatz – my favorite “missing moment” was john saxon’s death in mitchell – i didn’t catch the later radio reference to it until after it was referred to here!

    #129 – the trailer struck me as very familiar – but i was a kid in the 60’s and i remember seeing trailers much like this for movies much like GIGB with my parents at the drive in. being 7-8 years old at the time, i thought such movies seemed dreadfully dull & stupid (unlike, say, “gorgo” which was the kind of movie i was there to see). ironically it turns out i was correct about movies like GIGB but for completely different reasons than the ones i had when i was 7-8.

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  39. rcfagnan says:

    “Or your silver boots, we don’t mean to discriminate against the other colored boots!” Awesome riffing, but more importantly hilariously memorable host segments, a serious challenge following “Soultaker”‘s guest spots. “You know Crow, you are also beloved to me.” “All right, you are going to pour beer all over ME now!” Similar to a host segment in “The Projected Man.”

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  40. Indy MSTie fan says:

    “Girl in Gold Boots” is a truly awful movie, but the MST3K treatment makes it one of my favorite episodes because the movie screams for insults to be hurled toward everything on the screen if only to combat the idiotic pretentiousness of a story that is, in reality, a boring tale of greasy characters in an equally greasy world.

    GIGB is a MST3K gem! I love hearing Mike and the ‘bots riff on this movie and point out the flaws of a movie that was obviously made on the cheap.

    The title song is particularly excrutiating as the “singer” tosses lyrics in at random…”girl, gold boots, girl, keep your gold boots moving, girl” etc. I wonder if he just improvised while they played the music during the recording?

    My favorite riff was Mike’s question during the dance/guitar/harmonica scene near the end when he said “Here’s a puzzler. Who of these two is worse at their art form?” I laugh at that line every time.

    Five stars for the riffs and the host segments.

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  41. MJD says:

    This is one of my all-time favorites. Top-notch riffing, Great host segments, and a really greasy film to boot – a perfect combination
    My sister-in-law runs a restaurant with a big “EAT” sign out front, and I have a hard time not laughing at it.
    THe guy playing Critter was in the other incredibly oily film, Attack of The The Eye Creatures, but I think he was the guy going for the make-out record at the end.

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  43. SAVE FERRIS says:

    @”JCC”, “DON3k”, “trickymutha”, “The Castle Monster”, or anyone else who can answer this question:

    How do you include the image “avatar” in the box to the left of your comments, when posting on this website? Thanks.

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  44. Finnias 'Critter' Jones says:

    #143
    I think they use Gravatar.com.

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  45. SAVE FERRIS says:

    Thanks, ‘Critter’……… :smile:

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  46. Ned R. says:

    #130 — the building got torn down due to a fire — here’s an article about it:

    http://laist.com/2008/04/30/hollywood_fire_basque_nightclub.php

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  47. Riotsword says:

    I met my current girlfriend in a small town where she was going to a technical college. Imagine my delight when I discovered a small diner just outside of that town with a neon sign on the window that simply said ‘EAT’. I always wanted to get a picture of it, but we never stopped by there long enough, and then she moved back to her parents’ house after her courses were done. I view it as a huge missed opportunity for a great in-joke I could share with my fellow MSTies. So if you ever find yourself on US Route 33 near Nelsonville, Ohio, keep an eye out for EAT.

    Fave riffs:
    (Shortly after Buz magically appears out of nowhere in restaurant booth.)
    Crow: “Come on, I just teleported here! It’s impressive!”

    Michele: “I’m here to be a DANCER!”
    Crow: “I’M GONNA GO INTO VOICE-WORK TOO!”

    And then when the Icky Elf’s poor junkie sister tells everyone to get out, and Crow takes her up on it without a word, eliciting genuine-sounding laughter from Mike and Kevin. Probably my favorite moment.

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  48. robot rump! says:

    i too wish i had my pretty mind back.
    i keep thinking Buzz wasn’t really a true cinematic bad guy, he was more like one of those annoying jerks you meet on the bus and secretly want to pistol whip.
    despite it’s 60’s goofiness and thick layer of oily greasiness, this movie did open my eyes to a group of people i’ve never met, cared about or thought of.

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  49. Sitting Duck says:

    Girl in Gold Boots passes the Bechdel Test. Michele and Joan have multiple non-male conversations.

    Possible callback to I Accuse My Parents: “I should tell you it’s my birthday.”

    You know Critter, I think Mr. Hoover has bigger fish to fry than some blowhard hippie dodging the draft.

    Favorite line from the host segments: “So, your experiment caused them to dress as Armenian mobsters and giggle.”

    Amusing (to me, at least) that beer aficionado Mike is drinking Coors (not the worst choice in the world, I’ll grant you, but a bit mainstream for Mr. Microbrewery, eh?).

    I think of it being along the lines of how Jack Benny the Character was a miser while Jack Benny the Person was generous.

    Fart Bargo #43: Leo and his look alike aide remind me what the Super Mario Brothers would look like if they were “made” men!

    Who says they aren’t?

    Favorite riffs

    Everything I touch turns to flies.

    Don’t! The fryer’s hooked up to the Clapper!

    My father passed away. I stuck his head in the deep fryer.

    “What’s wrong?”
    I just found out what’s in the special sauce.

    Here we are at Drink, Boink, & Regret.

    In my panic, I bought nothing but napkins.

    Let’s go back to law school. We’re terrible bikers.

    Merry Christmas, everyone! Let’s go to the Haunted House.

    That’s good, but we’re casting The Tempest here.

    If I weren’t so tired, I’d throw more flowery language at you.

    Come to my dimension. It’s fun over here.

    I take pride in knowing I provide the kids quality drugs at reasonable prices.

    The Draft Board just called and told him, “Never mind.”

    If you’re the town drunk of L.A., you’ve got a problem.

    Even the sex and drug industry has a seamier side.

    Well there goes his Conscientious Objector Status.

    Look, just take a stripper out of petty cash and leave.

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  50. Dan in WI says:

    For me the highlight of the opening is the end with Pearl frantically running around trying to impress the inspector. I like the part where she is so busying beating Brain Guy with the movie tin that poor Bobo has to wonder “isn’t anybody going to shock me here?”

    I did enjoy Crow’s dancing. He was much better than any of the girls in the film.

    Which was more disturbing? Brain Guy dancing or the Mad Science inspector enjoying it?

    Favorite Riffs:
    Dad from offscreen “Help. Come in here.” Mike “And bring the baby wipes.”

    Buzz “I said I was sorry.” Mike “I’m really remorseful you cow.”

    Critter “I’m not trying to be funny.” Tom “I wish that were true of Jim Carrey.”

    Critter “All I know is I have to find a hole to hide in so they can’t find me.” Tom “Try Courtney Love.”

    Harry Blatz “I’m going to give you $100,000 demonstration in ten seconds.” Mike “That’s disgusting.”

    Michele dances to Critter’s music. Mike “Here’s a puzzler. Which of these is worse at their art form.”

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