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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1904: Robert Tobey, assistant cameraman for the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.
1910: Hayden Rorke, who played General Pappy Greene in the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1919: Edith Nisted Nielsen who was the film editor for the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
1920: Rayford Barnes, who played Detective Tyzack in the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL and a soldier in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.
1922: Coleen Gray, who played the title role in the movie in episode 802- THE LEECH WOMAN, and also played Liara in 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1923: Harold P. “Hal” Warren, producer/director/screenwriter for the movie in episode 424- MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE, in which he also played the lead character of Michael.
1926: Stan Jones, who played an ambulance attendant in the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.
1935: Juan Antonio “Chi-Chi” Rodríguez, (aka “Chy-chy Rodragweez”) who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 504- SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON.*
1938: Larry Billman, who wrote the story for the movie “Five the Hard Way,” seen in episode 202- THE SIDEHACKERS.
1950: Wolf Muser, who played John Palin in the movie in episode 324- MASTER NINJA II.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1964: Ellis W. Carter (age 57), cinematographer for the movies in episodes 802- THE LEECH WOMAN, 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE and 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1975: Barboura Morris (age 43), who played a young tribe member in the movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN and probably a Viking woman in the movie in episode 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT.
1984: Lyonel Margolies (age 78), dialogue director for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1989: Armida (age 78), who played Wanama in the movie in episode 203- JUNGLE GODDESS.
2002: Nathan Juran (age 95), director of the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
2018: James Karen (age 94), who played Dr. Wendell J. Rossmore in the movie in episode 405- BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1993: Episode 512- MITCHELL first shown. In this episode, Michael J. Nelson debuts his recurring character, named Mike Nelson.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1946: The movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN is reviewed in Variety.


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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1893: Fred Preble, art director for the movies in episodes 103- THE MAD MONSTER and 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE.
1895: Charles Henkel Jr., editor of the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1907: John R. Carter, sound recordist for the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.
1914: Scott MacGregor, art director for the movies in episodes K18- MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU, 111- MOON ZERO TWO and 416- FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE.
1921: Robert Dawn, make-up artist who helped design the Creature costume seen in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
1923: Chris Alcaide, who played deputy Joshua Tate in the movie in episode 511- GUNSLINGER.
1926: Tim Condren, who played a yellow man in the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
1932: Barboura Morris, who played a young tribe member in the movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN and probably a Viking woman in the movie in episode 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT.
1938: Heidi Genee a.k.a. Heidi Rente, editor for the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.
1944: Dave Allen, who did the stop-motion animated sfx in the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.
1954: Rick Schmidlin, production assistant for the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1963: William C. Thompson (age 74), cinematographer for the movies in episodes 109- PROJECT MOON BASE, 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS, 613- THE SINISTER URGE and 616- RACKET GIRLS.
1969: Sam Harris (age 92), who played a reporter in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1977: George Gordon Nogle (age 79), camera operator for the movies in episodes 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER and 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
2004: Katherine Victor (age 81), who had the title role in the movie in episode 515- THE WILD WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Riffable Infomercials and Commercials

Murdock Hauser observes:

I ran into one of my favorite infomercials that I haven’t seen in years the other week on YouTube and that’s the “Ronco Showtime BBQ Rotisserie.” In the late ’90s early 2000s, I remember watching it all most every mourning while folding papers for my paper route and thought it would be perfect for MST3K. Now, what say you?

On further consideration, it seems like this is too narrow a topic, so let me broaden it a bit to include ALL TV commercials.

I, for example, would call out the plague of prescription drug commercials. Not just their terrifying lists of side effects “including death,” but also lines like “tell your doctor about your medical history.” Up to now my doctor’s had no interest in that!

Have at it!

RIP Igo Kantor

Igo Kantor, whose Hollywood career took him from Howard Hughes’ projection room to supervising post-production on “Easy Rider” and producing B-movies like “Kingdom of the Spiders” and “Mutant,” died Oct. 15. He was 89.

MSTies will remember that he was the supervising editor for the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET, the music editor for the movie in episode 420- THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS and the technical supervisor for the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.

Variety has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

RIP Robert Forster

LOS ANGELES–Robert Forster, the stalwart leading man whose Oscar-nominated performance as a nefarious bail bondsman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” made for one of Hollywood’s most heartwarming comeback stories, died at his home here Oct. 11. He was 78.

MSTies will recall his performance as Nick Thorne in the movie in episode 1104- AVALANCHE.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.