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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1882: Charles Dunworth, whose musical compositions were heard in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES, and the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.**
1904: Dorothy Yutzi, script supervisor for the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.
1908: Clarence Steensen, set decorator for the movies in episodes 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M and 802- THE LEECH WOMAN.
1917: Olga Kruchinina, who did the costumes for the movies in episodes 505- MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD and 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1969: David Giancola, director of the movie in episode 821- TIME CHASERS.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1604: Edward de Vere (age 54), 17th Earl of Oxford, whose image Servo used for his role model action figure in a host segment in episode 421- MONSTER A GO-GO.
1973: Bud Westmore (age 55), make-up artist for the movies in episodes 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL, 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP, 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, 802- THE LEECH WOMAN, 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE, 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS, 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE and THIS ISLAND EARTH seen in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1998: Henry Saperstein (age 80), the producer responsible for bringing Godzilla from Japan to the U.S.A. in the late 1950’s. Godzilla was seen in episodes 212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON and 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.
2003: Barbara Weeks (age 89), who played Jane Parkins in the movie in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.
2003: Alex Gordon (age 80), producer of the movie in episode 808- THE SHE-CREATURE as well as DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”). He also wrote the original screenplay for the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.
2004: Erik Larsen (age 88), who was a production manager for the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
2005: Jack Kosslyn (age 84), who played a lieutenant in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, the KTLA newscaster in episode 319-WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, Fraser in the movie in episode 313-EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and the ogre in the movie in episode 411-THE MAGIC SWORD.
2008: Pinkas Braun (age 85) who had a role in the movie in episode 504- SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON.
2014: Martin Varno (age 77), screenwriter for the movie in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1964: The movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL is reviewed in Variety.
1996: The Sci-Fi Channel officially announces that it will pick up and broadcast new episodes of the TV series MST3K.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Gender-Switches for MSTed Movies

Our pal Timmy suggests:

We had the announcement that the new Doctor from Doctor Who is going to be a woman. There was the all-female “Ghostbusters” and now we have “Oceans Eight.”
I thought: what MSTed movies would be improved with women in previously male roles (and who would star)? I wonder what Mitchell would have been like with a woman as the star (maybe Tyne Daly)? What do you all think?

How about remake of “Lost Continent”? It would certainly give rock climbing a different feel. How about Lucy Davis in the Sid Melton role?

What’s your pick?

Also…

We should note the sad passing of Koko the gorilla, whom Bobo claimed to be descended from (I have to admit I had forgotten that).

More about her here.

RIP Maria Rohm

Toronto — Maria Rohm, an Austrian actress and producer and the widow of British producer Harry Alan Towers, died here June 18.

Born Helga Grohmann in Vienna, she started her acting career at the very young age, working at the famous Viennese Burgtheatre as a child actor from ages 4 through 13. She continued her theatrical work until the age of 18 when she auditioned for Towers, whom she would later marry. Working with Towers she became famous for appearing in a number of films directed by Jesús Franco (the director of “Castle of Fu Manchu”) in the late 1960s.

MSTies will remember her as Helga in the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.

An extensive look back at her career is here, but unless you speak Italian, you’ll have to run it through a translator.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

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