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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1599: Oliver Cromwell, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M
1879: Helena Grant, who played Mrs. Fitzhugh in the movie in episode 203- JUNGLE GODDESS.
1906: Kappei Matsumoto, who appeared in the movie in episode 819- INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN.
1912: Franklin Coen, screenwriter for the movie THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1913: Russ Conway, who played Reverend Snow in the movie in episode 912- THE SCREAMING SKULL.
1917: Don Torpin, assistant director of the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1923: Floyd Simmons, who played an army sergeant in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1925: Kay E. Kuter, who played a priest in the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1960: Gino Mattera (age 37), who played Orpheus in episodes 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED and 502- HERCULES.
1970: Gordon Avil (age 71), cinematographer for the movie in episode 210- KING DINOSAUR and the stereo sound director for the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1982: Boris Andreyev (age 67), who played Ilja Muromets in the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1984: Richard Benedict (age 64), who played Major Everett in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.
1988: Rene Cardona Sr. (age 81), who directed the movie in episode 521- SANTA CLAUS.
1989: George Coulouris (age 85), who played Max Greene in the movie in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.
1990: Bernard C. Schoenfeld (age 82), screenwriter for the movies in episodes 411- THE MAGIC SWORD and 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1996: Saul Bass (age 75), who directed the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.
2000: Alla Larionova (age 69), who played Luberia in the movie “Sadko,” seen in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
2010: Wilford L. Holcombe (age 85), who co-wrote three songs that were featured in movie in episode 817- HORROR OF PARTY BEACH.
2013: Virginia Gibson (age 85), who played Mary in the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1999: episode 1004- FUTURE WAR first shown.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
2000: Rhino Home Video releases episodes 506- EEGAH and 513- THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE on DVD, their first MST3K releases on DVD.


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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1910: Albert Zugsmith, producer of the movies in episodes 601- GIRLS TOWN and 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1914: Larry J. Blake, who played Corporal Mathias in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END and Sgt. Connors in the movie in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1924: John J. Fox, who played an attendant in the movie in episode 908- THE TOUCH OF SATAN.
1924: Jay O. Lawrence, production supervisor for the movie in episode 424- MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE.
1926: William Riggs, who appeared in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O.
1934: Shirley MacLaine, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”*
1942: Richard M. Daley, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.*
1966: Kelly Zombor, who did the sound for the movie in episode 910- THE FINAL SACRIFICE.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1981: Patrick Conway (age 50), who played Sgt. Pete Allen in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1984: Eijiro Yanagi (age 88) who appeared in the movie in episode 314- MIGHTY JACK.
1989: Mickey Finn (age 50), who played Sam Haskall in the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.
1998: Leslie Stevens (age 74), co-creator, co-producer and co-screenwriter of the TV series “Gemini Man,” two episodes of which were featured in episode 814- RIDING WITH DEATH.
1998: Frederic Downs (age 81), who was barkeep Jack in the movie in episode 209- THE HELLCATS, the pharmacist in the movie in episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS, Tinsley in the movie in episode 619- RED ZONE CUBA and Prof. Howard Erling in the movie in episode 807- TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1954: Peter Lawford, who played Burke in the movie in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE, married Patricia Kennedy, sister of John F. Kennedy.
1962: John Ashley, who played Stan Kenyon in the movie in episode 418- ATTACK OF THE THE EYE CREATURES, married actress Deborah Walley.
2003: Rachel Taylor becomes the 100,000th member of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Information Club.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Riffing Makes the Difference

Alert reader Perry writes:

To which MST3K episode does the riffing make the most difference? Not necessarily the best episode, but the one where the whole movie experience is most improved by being MST’ed. Host segments and in-theater count.

For me it’s “The Starfighters”. I can enjoy “The Touch of Satan” by itself, but “Starfighters” is a dreadful excuse for a movie made enjoyable all the way from “Cowboy MIke’s Own Original Red Hot Ricochet Barbecue Sauce” down to the last in-air refueling scene where the crew struggles to find a double entendre they haven’t used yet.

I’m going to go with ‘Hamlet.”

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Episode Guide: 1102- Cry Wilderness

Movie: (1987) A young boy, alerted by Bigfoot that his forest ranger father is in peril, travels to the woods to save him.

Opening: Gypsy is working on some overhead wiring and is dropping objects on J&tB. Crow tries to catch one and fails.
Invention exchange: Jonah uses a theramin for Thanksgiving music; the Mads have rotating Carvel Ice Cream characters.
Segment 1: The bots are laughing raccoons and Jonah is a laughing dad
Segment 2: Jonah explains how the movie got made
Segment 3: Brain Guy, Bobo and Pearl visit Kinga and Max
Closing: Crow & Tom, wearing a Red Hawk disguise, try to trick Max into giving them the keys to Jonah’s ship.
Stinger: Big game hunter guy chows down.
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• Jonah explains that he is required to act out the show open each time. I have to say I don’t really get it, but then I don’t really get the whole “liquid video” thing.
• This episode features the first appearance of Rebecca Hanson as Synthia, the clone of Pearl. She was a big hit during the 2017 live tour.
• Interesting riff: “This looks like a state park.” In the ACEG, Mary Jo denigrated this very type of riff. Did Joel and the writing team know that?
• There is a long quiet space of no riffing during Red Hawk’s monolog
• Increasingly obscure riff: “I also have dental practice in Minnesota.”
• Callbacks: “Rowsdower?” (Final Sacrifice), a mention of an interociter (This Island Earth).
• This film shares a writer and several cast members with the 1977 Brigham Young biopic “Brigham.”
• The film was Jay Schlossberg-Cohen’s only full feature. According to his website, he once served as director of the Maryland Film Commission and now works as a fine artist.
• Puppeteer Grant Baciocco shared a story about a connection to Cry Wilderness on the MST3K Discussion Board:
“When we were filming this, I instantly realized that the cinematographer listed in the credits lived upstairs from me in my first apartment. By chance, I saw him walking down the street a couple months ago and told him they’d be riffing this film and he flipped out. He said, “I didn’t think anybody remembered that film.” He said it was the first project he worked on in Hollywood and the whole crew thought that the director was going to be the next Spielberg … until they started filming.
Grant also revealed he was Kevin’s virtual hands in the grooming of Patton.
• Fave riff: “Wikipedia, the print edition, at last.” Honorable mention: “Let’s head out to supercuts, son. I’m buyin.’”