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This Date in MSTory

1891: Mae Busch, who played Susan in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1894: Philip Cahn, editor for the movies in episodes 208- LOST CONTINENT and 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1913: Sammy Cahn, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”
1917: Ross Elliott, who played Deputy Earl Harrison in the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND and Paul Lowe in the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
1922: Chuck Lacey, editor of the shorts SPEECH: USING YOUR VOICE (shown in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER), CHEATING (shown in episode 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN), WHAT ABOUT JUVENILE DELINQUENCY? (shown in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN), WHY STUDY INDUSTRIAL ARTS? (shown in episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS) and SPEECH: PLATFORM POSTURE AND APPEARANCE (shown in episode 619- RED ZONE CUBA).
1925: Johnny Pearson, who composed some of the music that was used in the short PROGRESS ISLAND U.S.A., featured in episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS.
1942: Nick Tate, who played Captain Alan Carter in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.*
1944: Baku Hatakeyama, who played the police chief in the movie in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.

1979: Dave Milton (age 90), art director for the movies in episodes 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES and episode 419- THE REBEL SET. He also was the art director for WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1987: Jay O. Lawrence (age 63), production supervisor for the movie in episode 424- MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE.
1988: Marjorie Corso (age 76), costumer for the movies in episodes 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN, 414- TORMENTED, 607- BLOODLUST and 808- THE SHE-CREATURE.
1991: Ronald Allen (age 60), who played Christopher Mitchell in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.
2000: Derek Sydney (age 80), who played Wilde in the movie in episode 101- THE CRAWLING EYE.

1944: Craig Stevens, who played Col. Joe Parkman in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS, married actress Alexis Smith.
1958: The movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN is reviewed in Variety.
1969: The movie in episode 209- THE HELLCATS is reviewed in Variety.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: The Little Things

Our pal Tim writes:

I was watching “The Blood Water of Dr. Z” and when Tom came out with the riff “I need to simplify my masturbation ritual,” you can see Crow’s head turn as he was having a “what did he just say?” moment. So i was thinking, what are the little things you notice about the show over the years (you can add Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic.

During “Human Duplicators,” the movie makes the same comment at the same time one of the riffers does, and Crow calls it “riffback.” I’m sure that came from writing room experiences. It’s one of those little things that helps the show feel improvised, even though it isn’t.

You notice one?

Rifftrax Live: What did you think?

An open thread for thoughts on tonight’s RiffTrax Live.

Episode guide: 1110- Wizards of the Lost Kingdom

Movie: (1985) In a fantasy kingdom, a wizard’s son and a warrior battle an evil wizard.

Opening: Max makes a fascinating discovery
Invention exchange: J&tB have Verbal Smoke Bombs; The Mads have the Sponsor Clock
Segment 1: Reasons Kor got the name “conquerer” and explanations for Kor’s face after killing four guys
Segment 2: Jonah sings “The Magic Inside of You”
Segment 3: J&tB read some viewer mail
Closing: Jonah shows Tom the “Wizards of the Suicide Cave: A Place that Feeds on Fear” play set
Stinger: The bowl explodes
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (72 votes, average: 3.81 out of 5)

• The first time I watched this one, I really didn’t like it. The movie is just soooo cheap. But this time through, I found myself laughing quite a bit. I’m definitely upgrading my opinion. But, ugh, this movie.
• The whole mysterious key plot in Moon 13 starts with this episode. I’m not quite sure it works, but, like with this episode, I’m giving it another chance.
• Chris Hardwick has gotta be happy for namecheck.
• One of the things people gripe about with the relaunch is that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between Tom’s and Crow’s voices. I usually don’t have that problem, but if you wanted to cite a good example of that, look no further than the numerous Cryptkeeper impressions in this episode, which both Tom and Crow seem able to do quite easily and interchangeably.
• There’s no credit for “The Magic Inside of You,” so I have to assume it’s another Paul and Storm gem.
• Callback: “…tampered in God’s domain.” (Bride of the Monster)
• Jonah mentions Dr. F and Frank and Joel and Mike. I know, I know, it’s just a show, but should he know about any of that? Maybe the bots told him?
• No Rowsdower reference? Seemed pretty obvious to me. Maybe they decided it was too obvious?
• Cast and Crew Roundup: Thom Christopher was also in “Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell.” Roger Corman … well, that’s all I need to say.
• Fave riff: “Ralph Maccios assemble!” Honorable mention: “I would face a thousand cyclops brides before I swam through whatever that is.” “Oh they’re showing ‘Little House on the Prairie.’”

Recent RiffTrax Updates

A couple of releases slipped under my radar:

Get it here.

And get this here.

Plus: Don’t forget RiffTrax Live: Space Mutiny coming to a theater near you tomorrow, June 14.