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Alert regular John notes:

A recent discussion thread talked about episodes that would have turned people away from MST3K. Now being that everyone has different tastes, some might think that some of these episodes weren’t that bad or even think that they’re great. So let’s all play devil’s advocate and defend a “lame” episode.

“Hamlet”, often denigrated as one of MST’s worst, still had plenty of clever riffs and was an interesting departure from their standard sci-fi and fantasy movie line-up.

I will defend an ep I recently denegrated: Radar Secret Service. The ep has a classic short, Sid Melton and a great running gag.

Your pick?

Keep those WDT ideas coming!

This Date in MSTory

1889: Adolph Hitler, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 506- EEGAH! and who was also mentioned in a host segment in episode 1103- THE TIME TRAVELERS.
1893: Harold Lloyd, mentioned in a song Crow sings in MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE.
1912: George J. Morgan, executive producer of the movie in episode 812- THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED UP ZOMBIES.
1914: Sue Dwiggins, writer and producer of the movie “Monstrosity,” seen in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN, and original screenplay writer for the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
1918: Herschel Burke Gilbert, musical score composer for the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1923: Joe Lanza, choreographer for the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1937: George Takei, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 706- LASERBLAST.*
1942: Richard Delvy, music arranger and composer of the title song for the movie in MST3K pilot, THE GREEN SLIME.
1955: Chris Balton, assistant cameraman for the movie in episode 1012- SQUIRM.*
1964: Crispin Glover, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.*

1912: Bram Stoker (age 64), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1959: Robert Pritchard (age 65), who did the sound for the movie THIS ISLAND EARTH, riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1974: Pat Somerset (age 77), editor the movie in episode 202- THE SIDEHACKERS.
1992: Jimmy Lennon Sr. (age 79), who played the ring announcer in the movie in episode 616- RACKET GIRLS.
1992: Benny Hill (age 68), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 511- GUNSLINGER.
1996: Alexander D’arcy (age 87), who played the monster Gary in the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.
1998: Aram Katcher (age 76), who played the factory window washer spy in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.

1946: Marie Windsor, who played Josie in the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS, married Ted Steele.
1959: Rance Howard, who appeared in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS along with his son Ronny Howard, celebrates the birth of his other son, future actor Clint Howard.
1967: The movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007 is released in Italy, its country of origin.

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Rifftrax–Octoman: Open Thread

An open thread for reports and comments on tonight’s Rifftrax Live.

RIP John McEnery

We are getting reports that beloved British actor John McEnery died April 16.
His first notable screen role was in 1968 as Mercutio in Franco Zeffirelli‘s “Romeo and Juliet;” he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his performance. He took the title role in the 1970 film “Bartleby.” He also co-starred in “Nicholas and Alexandra” (1971). He was 75.

MSTies will recall his role as German U-boat Captain Von Schoenvorts in the movie in episode 1107- THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT.

We’re still waiting for a real obit, but here’s a short look at his career.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Product Placements

Sorry for the lateless, I have been under the weather.

Alert regular NHKrypto sez:

With all of the product placement from Coca Cola and McDonald’s in “Mac and Me,” other movies might also deserve some product placement of their own.

How about some Axe Body Spray in Cave Dwellers?

And is that Johnson & Johnson baby oil Joe Don has in Mitchell?

What’s your pick?