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This Date in MSTory

1916: Wendell Franklin, assistant director for the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1918: Jack Elam, who played Jesse in the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.
1919: Mary Beth Hughes, who played Kitty Reed in the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS and Terry Williams in the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1921: Gennadi Tsekavyj, cinematographer for the movie in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1928: Gianfranco Caldanello, aka Frank G. Carrol, director of the movie “Il Raggio Infernale,” seen in episode 620- DANGER!! DEATH RAY.
1930: Adrienne Corri, who played Liz Murphy in the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
1940: Carol Connors, who co-wrote and sang the song “Book of Love” in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.*
1941: Beth Brickell, who played secretary Katie Barrett in the movie in episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL.*
1955: Whoopi Goldberg, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 904- WEREWOLF.*

1961: Wally Brown (age 57), who played Pinky in the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1964: Leon Barsha (age 58), editor of the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1974: Vittorio De Sica (age 73), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 909- GORGO.
1983: Jamison “Jam” Handy (age 97), whose Jam Handy Organization produced six shorts seen on MST3K: HIRED!, seen in episodes 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and 424- MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE; THE SELLING WIZARD, seen in episode 603- THE DEAD TALK BACK; UNCLE JIM’S DAIRY FARM, seen in episode 607- BLOODLUST; A YOUNG MAN’S FANCY, seen in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS; OUT OF THIS WORLD, seen in episode 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT; and A CASE OF SPRING FEVER, seen in episode 1012- SQUIRM.
1983: Alvin (aka “Junior”) Samples Jr. (age 57), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1984: Dorothy Arnold (age 66), who played reporter Jean Drew in season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
2004: Carlo Rustichelli (age 87), who composed the musical score for the movie in episode 301- CAVE DWELLERS.
2007: Olga Kruchinina (age 90), who did the costumes for the movies in episodes 505- MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD and 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.

1993: episode 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN (with the short CHEATING) first shown.

1934: Lew Ayres, who played Prof. Dylan MacAuley in the movie in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE, married actress/dancer Ginger Rogers.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Turkey Day Comes Early

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with the 2018 “Turkey Day” Marathon

MST3K Creator Joel Hodgson and Star Jonah Ray Celebrate 30 Years of the Iconic Show with Pre-Holiday Streaming Marathon on Shout! Factory TV

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey—cinematic turkey, that is! With the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiering on Thanksgiving Day exclusively on Netflix, Shout! Factory TV is helping MSTies whet their appetite for cheesy movies with a brand-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 “Turkey Day” Marathon four days earlier than usual, on Sunday, Nov. 18.

Join series creator Joel Hodgson and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet host Jonah Ray starting at noon eastern/9 a.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 18, as they celebrate thirty years of the iconic cult TV show. The pre-holiday “Turkey Day” marathon will showcase six MST3K episodes, brand-new episode intros featuring Joel and Jonah and a sneak peek at Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. To help the cast celebrate this momentous milestone in MST3K history, fans are asked to share their favorite “MSTie Memories” from the past thirty years via social media by using the hashtag #MST3KTurkeyDay.

Visit for info on how to watch the “Turkey Day” marathon and participate in “Turkey Day” festivities during the holiday week.

Continue the Turkey Day festivities on Thursday, Nov. 22, with the launch of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet on Netflix. Kinga Forrester has unveiled the latest innovation in movie riffing – THE GAUNTLET! Can Jonah Heston, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy – and you! – survive sitting through six cheesy movies in a row? The new season features comedian Jonah Ray as the host (“Jonah Heston”), actress and comedian Felicia Day as the Mad (“Kinga Forrester”), actor and comedian Patton Oswalt as the evil henchman (“Max”), and comedians Baron Vaughn, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson as the voices of “Tom Servo,” “Crow T. Robot,” and “Gypsy,” respectively.

For updates on all things Mystery Science Theater 3000, follow @MST3K, @JoelGHodgson and @ShoutFactory on Twitter, “Like” on Facebook, and follow @MST3K on Instagram. To keep up to date on all MST3K news, visit


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Podcast Talks MSTieween

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the filming of the 1993 Turkey Day Marathon bumpers, aka MSTieween, the MST3KRevivalLeaguePodcast interviewed a few of the fans who took part in that event, including Sampo and myself. You can listen to it here.

If you’re not familiar with that particular Turkey Day, or haven’t seen it in a while, you can watch the bumpers here.