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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1898: George Gordon Nogle, camera operator for the movies in episodes 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER and 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1904: Joji Oka, who played the Phantom of Krankor in the movie in episode 816- PRINCE OF SPACE.
1911: Hubert H. Humphrey, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1917: Gene Fowler Jr., director of the movies in episodes 419- THE REBEL SET and 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1919: Ray Montgomery, who played Reggie in the movie in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE.
1922: Christopher Lee, who played Fu Manchu in the movie in episode 323- THE CASTLE OF FU-MANCHU.
1923: Henry Kissinger, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.*
1924: Jack Reitzen, who played a Russian invader in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1932: Steve Franken, who played Henry Maitland in the movie in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE and played Danny McKee in the movie in episode 1103- THE TIME TRAVELLERS.
1936: Lou Gosset Jr., who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.*
1944: Robert A. Burns, art director of the movie “Time Walker,” seen in episode 405- BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET.
1947: Kenpachirô Satsuma, stuntman in the Gigan costume seen in the movie in episode 212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON.*
1965: TV child star Todd Bridges, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1958: Cardinal Stritch (age 70), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.
1978: Shelly Novack (age 34, heart attack), who played Brooks in the movie in episode K15- SUPERDOME.
1993: Jan Wiley (age 77), who played Virginia Rogers Scott in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1998: Mark Williams (age 38), who played a pool player in the movie in episode 904- WEREWOLF and also did the special effects make-up for that movie.
2015: William Newman (age 80), who played Quigley in the movie in episode 1012- SQUIRM.
2017: Gregg Allman (age 69) whose song “Melissa” (which Allman co-wrote) can be heard coming from the radio of the “loaner Crow” in a host segment in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1950: The featured movie in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M has its premiere.
1959: The movie in episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED is reviewed in Variety.
2004: TV Guide for May 30-June 5 is on the newsstands and contains the article “The 25 Top Cults Shows Ever!” in which MST3K is ranked number 11.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Boris Karloff Riff Targets

Alert reguar “Sitting Duck” suggests:

Of Universal’s Big Three — Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. have appeared in movies featured on MST3K, but not Boris Karloff. So what Karloff film would you like to see them do?

I would choose “Die Monster Die!,” an underwhelming adaptation of “The Colour Out of Space” released by AIP back in the ’60s.

I’m going to go with “The Mummy.” Oooh! Scary!

Your pick?

This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1911: Ben Alexander, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1915: Sam Edwards, who played Red in the movie in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.
1919: Calvin Jackson, who composed the musical score for the movie in episode 414- TORMENTED.
1923: Jean Sullivan, who played Naomi Sanders in the movie in episode 1012- SQUIRM.
1923: James Arness, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.
1926: Bruno Nicolai, who composed the score for the movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007.
1926: Miles Davis, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1930: Anthony “Tony” Cardoza, who produced and starred as Harry Rowe in the movie in episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS, produced and appeared in the movie in episode 209- THE HELLCATS, produced and starred as Landis in the movie in episode 619- RED ZONE CUBA, produced and starred as the KGB driver in the movie in episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS.
1949: Hank Williams Jr., who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 304- GAMERA VS BARUGON.*
1963: Tami Bakke a.k.a. Tamara Clatterbuck, who played Fantazia in the movie in episode 907- HOBGOBLINS.*
1965: Kami Asgar, who was in charge of post-production sound for the movie in episode 1001- SOULTAKER.*
1966: Helena Bonham Carter, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1971: Bozuken Hidari (age 77), who played the old man in the movie in episode 302- GAMERA.
1972: Jesus Murcielago Velazquez (age 62), who played Dr. Krupp’s henchman in the movie in episode 102- THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY.
1976: Philosopher Martin Heidegger (age 86), who was mentioned in a host segment in in episode 812- THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES!!?.
1980: Franz Bachelin (age 84), art director for the movies in episodes 411- THE MAGIC SWORD and 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.
1983: Charles Keane (age 61), who played the Spacom operator in the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE and the detective chief in the movie in episode 802- THE LEECH WOMAN.
1991: Eugene Lourie (age 88), director of the movie in episode 909- GORGO.
1992: Bob Labansat (age 53), who played Javorsky’s bodyguard in the movie in episode 621-THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS.
2003: Burr DeBenning (age 66), who played Dr. Ted Nelson in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1959: The second part of the movie “Yusei Oji” featured in episode 816- PRINCE OF SPACE is released in Japan, its country of origin.


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Episode guide: 1107- The Land that Time Forgot

Movie: (1974) During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After veering off course, the submarine arrives at the unknown land of Caprona, where the crew finds dinosaurs and neanderthals.

Opening: It’s Gypsy’s birthday!
Invention exchange: J&tB have “M. Night Shyamalan Living” Magazine; then they accuse the Mads of stealing all their inventions
Segment 1: J&tB are playing submarine
Segment 2: The Mads introduce the Moon 14 Mesozoic Ranch Dinosaur BBQ
Segment 3: Crow is worried about turning into a human
Closing: Jonah sends a message in a bottle?
Stinger: Carried off by a pterodactyl
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• This one was diverting, I’ll give you that. The movie is SO odd. And the funny riffs, while not a gusher, flowed steadily. I’d call this one good not great.
• Jonah calls the screen that comes down behind him the “Jet Screen.”
• Apparently the main spot where they cut the movie for time was the third time the sub changed hands, when the Americans regained control of the ship. Ardy says that’s what he’s seeing in the fluid leak.
• Is there a name for that cute little squid? I hope we see more of him.
• Callbacks: “Hikeeba!” (Women of the Prehistoric Planet) was said a couple of times. Also: “He said ‘area,'” a callback to the, I think, Bridget-inspired riffs about “areas.” Also: “Packers!” and “Watch out for snakes!”
• The whole “stop repeating what I say,” gag is a nice running bit.
• “Jingle’s self aware, now it’s doin’ what it wants to…” is a great topper to a bit that had been going on a little long.
• Increasingly obscure riff: When a caveman is shown, they make a car insurance joke, a reference to the nearly-forgotten Geico commercials that got spun off to a short-lived TV show. Also: “Double rainbow!” a reference to once-popular a viral video.
• Cast and crew roundup: Many people involved with this movie were also involved with “At the Earth’s Core,” which I will just call “ATEC.” Doug McClure was also in “ATEC” and “SST- Death Flight.” Keith Baron, Godfrey James and Bobby Parr were all also in “ATEC.” Behind the camera, producer John Dark also produced “ATEC.” Max Rosenberg also produced “ATEC” and “The Incredible Melting Man. Milton Subotsky also produced “ATEC,” editor John Ireland also edited “ATEC” and art director Bert Davey also art directed “ATEC.” Special effects supervisor Derek Meddings also did visual effects for “Revenge of the Mysterious from Mars” and “Invaders from the Deep.” (Hooboy!)
• Fave riff: “Don’t tickle the wall clown!” Honorable mention: “Classic no-look pass.” “It’s Crosby, Crosby, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.”

RIP Clint Walker

Grass Valley, Calif — Clint Walker, the towering, strapping actor who handed down justice as the title character in the early TV western “Cheyenne,” died May 21 of congestive heart failure at a hospital here. He was 90.
MSTies will recall that he was mentioned in several host segments (among them 213- GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER and 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD) and more times in the theater, mostly in reference to his starring role in 1974’s “Killdozer.”

The AP has the story.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.