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Weekend Discussion Thread: Worst Exposition in a MSTed Movie

Alert regular Sitting Duck notes:

In film and television, conveying exposition through character dialogue that sounds natural isn’t easy. So it’s no surprise that many MST3K movie writers aren’t always up to the task. What character dialogue exposition did you find particularly clumsy or awkward? Mine comes from “I Accuse My Parents” where, in a textbook example of the “as you know” style of exposition, Kitty has to be reminded by her roommate about the existence of her mob boss sugar daddy.

My pick is from “Slime People:” “Now, we’ve always known that there are fish in the ocean, haven’t we?”

What’s your pick?

Keep those WDT suggestions coming!

This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1880: Herbert J. Yates, producer of the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1896: Edward Paul, musical supervisor of the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1897: Richard Bartell, who played Joe Holden in the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1900: Preston Foster who played Dr. Erik von Steiner in the movie in episode 1103- THE TIME TRAVELLERS
1901: James Knott, camera operator for the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1904: Rodd Redwing, who played Nazar in the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE.
1906: Lyonel Margolies, dialogue director for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1909: Larry Barton, who had a role in the movie in episode 420- THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS.
1937: Marlene Callahan, who played Princess Grace in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.*
1958: Steve Guttenberg, who was mentioned in host segments in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER and 416- FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1948: Cy Schindell (age 41), who played a cop in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1954: Lewis D. Collins (age 55), director of the movie in episode 203- JUNGLE GODDESS.
1997: Werner Abrolat (age 73), who played Meink in the movie in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.
2007: Priscilla Alden (age 68), who played an old woman in the movie in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.
2012: Steve Franken, who played Henry Maitland in the movie in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE, Danny McKee in the movie in episode 1103- THE TIME TRAVELLERS and Henry McDade in the movie in episode 1104- AVALANCHE.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1991: Episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD (with the short SNOW THRILLS) first shown.


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RIP Jack Perkins

CASEY KEY, FLA–Avuncular NBC newsman and TV personality Jack Perkins died here Aug. 19. He was 85.
Television viewers across the country remember Perkins from his work on “NBC Nightly News” and “The Today Show,” along with his hosting duties for the “Biography” program on the A&E Network.
But MSTies will always remember Mike Nelson’s hilarious impression of Perkins starting with the host segments in episode 310- FUGITIVE ALIEN and recurring several more times.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has a nice tribute.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

Samuel Gelfman, RIP

LOS ANGELES–producer Samuel Gelfman, best known at the producer of low-budget films “Caged Heat,” “Cockfighter” and “Cannonball!” for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures in the 1970s, died Aug. 15 at a hospital here of complications from heart and respiratory disease. He was 88.

But MSTies know him for his role as the fisherman in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, a movie he also produced.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Hat tip to Timmy for the heads up.