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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1909: Dwight V. Babcock, who wrote the original story that became the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1915: Fred Freiberger, screenwriter for the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END and producer and screenwriter (using the pen name Charles Woodgrove) of the TV series “Space: 1999,” two episodes of which were incorporated into K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.
1924: Lee Marvin, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
1928: Mike Sammes, one of the singers of the theme song from the TV series “Stingray” featured in episode K01- INVADERS FROM THE DEEP.
1931: Alla Larionova, who played Luberia in the movie “Sadko” in the movie in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
1939: Vladimir Fyodorov, who played Turanchoks in the movie in episode K11- HUMANOID WOMAN.*
1950: Aus Greidanus, who played a cultist in the movie in episode 910- THE FINAL SACRIFICE.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1979: Norman Ollstead (age 43), who played Lew’s roomate in the movie in episode 206- RING OF TERROR.
1983: Wally Veevers (age 65), special effects assistant for the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
1986: Adolfo Celi (age 63), who played Thair Beta in the movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007, and Ralph Valmont in the movie in episode 1013- DIABOLIK.
1995: John Howard (age 81), who played Bill Travis in the movie in episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE.
2002: Gene Ruggiero (age 91), co-producer of the movie in episode 1102- CRY WILDERNESS.
2017: Danuta Szaflarska (age 102), who provided an uncredited voice in the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1989: episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT first shown.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1952: Filming is completed on the Edison short A YOUNG MAN’S FANCY, seen in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.


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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1888: Paul Palmentola, art director of the movies in episodes 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS and 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1892: Wendell Willkie, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1901: John Merton, who played Moloch in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1905: Darrell Calker, musical score composer for the movie in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1908: Angelo Rossitto, who played Toby in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES and a dwarf in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1909: Oldrich Lukes, who played Harringway in the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.
1915: Alfeo Bocchicchio, producer of the movie in episode 206- RING OF TERROR.
1918: Holly Bane, who played the truck operator in the movie in episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE.
1919: Jack Palance, who played Xenos in the movie in episode 519- OUTLAW and Farrell in the movie in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE.
1933: Yoko Ono, who was mentioned in host segments in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER and episode 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1963: James Brock (age 61), who did the sound for the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1963: Monte Blue (age 76), who played Unga Kahn in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1978: Derrick de Marney (age 71), who played Latham in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Disneyfication of MSTed Movies

Alert reader John writes:

With Disney seemingly determined to own every intellectual property in the world, it is only a matter of time before they acquire the rights to some of our favorite MST3K films. So our discussion is “How would Disney remake a movie featured on MST3K?”
I foresee an animated musical of “Robot Monster” with Ro-Man belting out show stoppers like “To LIIIIIIIIVE like the hu-maaaaan! To BEEEEEEEEE the hu-maaaaan!” and “I MUUUST! But I CANNOOOOOOT!” It all has a happy ending, with Ro-man and the humans living in peace after the Great Guidance is destroyed in typical Disney fashion by falling off a cliff.

I see a Disney Channel series on Batwoman. It’ll run five seasons.

Your choice?

A Couple of Late-Breaking RIPs

Sometimes we hear of somebody’s passing several weeks after it happened, because they are not part of the Hollywood scene anymore. Such is the case with Sally Fraser, who played Joan Nelson in the movie in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, Joyce Manning in the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST and Helen Kingman in the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER. She died January 13 in Harrison, Idaho. She was 86.
Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

And although he was mentioned only in passing during a host segment in episode 1002- THE GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS, we should note the passing former Vikings quarterback Wade Wilson. He was 60.
The story is here.
Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Riffs You’d Retroactively Add

Alert regular “Sitting Duck” asks: Riffs

Sometimes a film shown on MST3K will feature a performer of some notability or notoriety, but the riffing fails to make mention. Usually this is because the person in question wasn’t immediately recognizable. On occasion (such as with Robert Reed in Bloodlust!), they deliberately choose to hold back. So what riffs would you retroactively add in such situations? Mine is for Hamlet when the title character enthusiastically greets Horatio, to which I would append a, “You magnificent bastard!”

Mine would be in episode 409- INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, which has Lon Chaney in BOTH the movie and the short. I feel that deserved a menton.

Have at it! And keep those WDT ideas coming!