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This Date in MSTory

1831: James A. Garfield, American president, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1904: Babe Stafford, chief set electrician for the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
1905: Roy Seawright, who did the special effects for the movies in episodes 107- ROBOT MONSTER and 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN.
1932: Kelly Gordon, who played Ken in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O.
1933: Larry King, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.*
1937: Vincenzo Tomassi, editor of the movie in episode 903- THE PUMAMAN.
1938: Cable TV mogul Ted Turner, after whom an opinion survey was named in a host segment in episode K05- GAMERA.*
1939: Garrick Utley, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1957: Joel Goldsmith, who composed the musical score for the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.
1957: Reggae singer Eek-a-Mouse, whom Joel imitated in a host segment in episode 316- GAMERA VS. ZIGRA.*

1963: Richard L’estrange (age 73), production manager for TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger”, episodes of which were seen in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
2015: Rex Reason (age 86), who played Cal Meecham in THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE and took part in a celebrity panel at MST3K’s Conventiocon Expofest-A-Rama 2: Electric Bugaloo in 1996.

1994: episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL first shown.

1939: Dorothy Arnold, who played reporter Jean Drew in season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS, married baseball great Joe DiMaggio.
1969: The movie “Marooned,” seen in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS, is reviewed in Variety.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Thanksgiving Guests

Bluefuego suggests:

With Turkey Day coming up, I am interested in which crew member, MSTed movie actor or MSTed movie character you would invite over for Thanksgiving dinner. Any crew member, any actor, from any period.

My pick would be Trace. Outside of Joel, he was heavily involved with the creation and continuation of MST3K and I always loved his style of humor. Hopefully he will bring Kim Cattrel, and she is wearing that dress from the Ace Awards.

Happy T Day to you and yours.

My choice is obvious: Batwoman.

Your pick?

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RIP Keith Barron and Liz Smith

Versatile British actor Keith Barron died Nov. 15 after a short illness. He was 83.
Barron enjoyed a “long and varied career… of which he was immensely proud”, a statement said, referencing his many roles across television which included appearances in “Coronation Street,” “Casualty,” “DCI Banks,” “Doctors,” “Holby City” and “Benidorm.”
But MSTies will remember him as Bradley in the movie in episode 1107- THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT.”

The Guardian has the story.

And while we’re noting departures, gossip columnist Liz Smith died Nov. 12. She was 94.

MSTies may remember that she was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”

Her New York Times obit is here.

Thanks to Timmy for his copious headses ups.

Episode guide: 906- The Space Children (with short: ‘Century 21 Calling’)


Short: (1962) A couple of clean-cut kids tour the phone company exhibit at the Seattle’s World’s Fair.
Movie: (1958) The children of rocket technicians come under the control of a mind-controlling blob.

First shown: 6/13/98
Opening: Tom has a kissing booth
Intro: Pearl attempts to take over the worked through officing
Host segment 1: Mike’s the kid from the short! Bonk!
Host segment 2: M&tB have a model rocket; but Pearl has a space program
Host segment 3: Crow lashes out with Jackie Coogan fashions
End: The peace loving blob visits; Pearl’s space program has a problem
Stinger: Dead Professor
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (227 votes, average: 4.01 out of 5)

• There’s much more good news than bad with this one — a short, some funny segments, great riffing, TV sitcom stars galore — that I can forgive the drab little movie at the center of it all, and a foulup by the Brains.
• This episode is not on DVD and, according to Shout, never will be.
• Paul’s observations are here.
• The opening is light and fun. Mike’s delivery of the line “A kissing booth? WHAT FOR?” is hilarious.
• That’s Patrick as “Lacks” the phone guy.
• The officing sketch goes on a little long, but you can tell Mary Jo is into it. She’s written about “officing” experiences in some of her short stories, so she knows whereof she parodies.
• This was the first short of the Sci-Fi era. There was much rejoicing among fans.
• Short producer Jerry Fairbanks made other shorts for Ma Bell, including ‘Once Upon a Honeymoon.’ Fairbanks was nominated for two Oscars and won one.
• Sharon Lawrence was born in 1961, so that is definitely not her in the short. But wow, it sure looks just like her.
• Naughty riff: Singer: “You’re seeing it all…” Crow: “…at the Annie Sprinkle show…”
• I like how Tom leans over to tell us one more thing as Mike carries him out at the end of the short.
• Segment 1 is one of those “here’s a bit that’s not funny” bits. Again, a little wry for my tastes, but any segment where somebody gets hit by that big clown hammer is okay by me.
• It may not be quite as bad as not recognizing the “Battlestar Galactica” spaceships in “Space Mutiny,” but a lot of fans were stunned that the Brains failed to recognize (or at least comment on) Raymond Bailey, who played Milburn Drysdale on TV’s “Beverly Hillbillies.” Were they too busy coming up with bald jokes (there had to have been dozens) to notice?
• Segment 2 is just really, really funny. Mary Jo really channels Trace in this one and it works brilliantly.
• Nerdy reference that was obscure then and is about to enter the general public’s consciousness: Smaug.
• Second reference this season to St. Blaise, patron saint of ailments of the throat.
• Segment 3 is very reminiscent of seasons 2 or 3, and actually it works pretty well.
• Then-current reference: Let’s get in line for Beanie Babies.
• Behind the scenes: Fans, glum after the announcement a few weeks ago that “the back nine” would not be picked up, were cheered up slightly on June 4, about a week before this episode debuted, when it was announced that Sci-Fi Channel had renewed the channel for season 10 (though privately cast and crew members were all saying that it looked like the last one).
• Cast and crew roundup: Producer William Alland also did “Revenge of the Creature,” “The Mole People,” “The Deadly Mantis” and “This Island Earth.” Director Jack Arnold also did “Revenge of the Creature” and “This Island Earth.” Scriptwriter Bernard C. Schoenfeld also worked on “The Magic Sword.” Cinematographer Ernest Laszlo also worked on “Tormented.” Process photography guy Farciot Edouart also did “Village of the Giants,” as did makeup guy Wally Westmore and sound recorder Charles Grenzbach.
In front of the camera, Peggy Webber was also in “The Screaming Skull,” Johnny Crawford was also in “Village of the Giants.” Russell Johnson was also in “This Island Earth. Vera Marshe was also in “Tormented.” Eilene Janssen was also in “Beginning of the End.”
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Kevin. Dan Breyer begins a three-episode stint as both intern and grip (they must have really liked him). Additional music written and performed by Michael J. Nelson.
• Fave riff from the short: “How do animals learn? Well, as long as they learn to taste good…”
• Fave riff from feature: “Hang on. Niels Bohr’s using the toaster.” Honorable mention: “Go find out what he put on his job application under ‘Do you drink a lot?'”