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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1908: Jack Douglas, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.
1909: James Sullivan, production designer for the movies in episodes 418- ATTACK OF THE THE EYE CREATURES and 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1915: Jim Dannaldson, spider-handler for the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.
1921: Acquanetta, who played the native girl in the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1928: Sue England, who played Jane Koberly in the movie in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1944: Catherine Schell, who played Maya in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS and Clementine Taplin in the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.*
1945: Aleksei Rybnikov, who composed the score for the movie in episode K11- HUMANOID WOMAN.*
1950: Phoebe Snow, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1952: David Hasselhoff, who played Prince Simon in the movie in episode 1106- STARCRASH and was mentioned in a host segment in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1918: Tsar Nicholas II (age 50), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
1970: Stanley Wilson (age 54), who composed the score for the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON and was the musical director for the movie in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.
1976: Mikhail Yanshin (age 73), who played an old mushroom in the movie “Morozko,” seen in episode 813- JACK FROST.
1997: Gene Warren Visual effects artist for the movie in episode 1104- AVALANCHE.
2002: Harry W. Gerstad (age 93), editor of the movies in episodes 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M and 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
2012: Morgan Paull (age 67), who played Salvatore Mistretta in the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.
2017: Harvey Atkin (age 74), who played Jud in in the movie in episode K20- THE LAST CHASE.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1993: Episode 502- HERCULES first shown. In this episode, MARY JO PEHL makes her on screen debut, playing an Amazon mom.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1954: The second chapter of “CRASH OF MOONS” from TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” premieres in syndication. All three chapters would later be released on video as seen in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1971: The movie “Gamera Tai Shinkai Kaiju Jigura,” seen in 316- GAMERA VS. ZIGRA is released in Japan, its country of origin.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Castle-like Gimmicks

Alert regular Kenneth suggests:

William Castle is well-remembered for the gimmicks he put together for his movies, like the Punishment Poll for “Mr. Sardonicus” and Percepto for “The Tingler.” What Castle-style gimmicks would you suggest for a MSTed movie? One exception: “The Screaming Skull” already has one, with the “free coffin” offer.

For “Batwoman,” how about some actors dressed as the main characters chasing each other around as the characters do?

What would your gimmick be?

Keep those WDT ideas coming!

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RIP Marshall Brodien


GENEVA, Ill.–Sometimes we miss it when somebody in our MSTory files passes quietly. There were some stories in the media, but they didn’t get on our radar.
But back in March, magician Marshall Brodien passed away here and we thought we would mention it. He was a target for gentle humor from Joel during several host segments.

The Sun-Times has the story.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Actors/Actresses/Characters You Would Want to Live With

Last week, alert regular Marc gave us a great topic, and, this week, he spins off from that one with this:

Actors/actresses/characters from MSTed movies you would have liked to have had as a friend … or boyfriend/girlfriend … or husband/wife, etc.

Again, Batwoman, though I wouldn’t be happy with spending every Christmas with Rat Fink.

Your pick?

Keep those WDT topics coming!