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This Date in MSTory

1910: Lester D. Guthrie, producer of the movie in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1914: Harry Lauter, who played Atlasan in the movies in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1915: Pat Buttram, who played the car salesman in the movie in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE and was mentioned in host segments in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS and 1001- SOULTAKER.
1916: John Benson, who played a sentry in the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1917: Robert Karnes, who played Sam in the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1924: Sandra Dorne, who played Magda Gardinas in the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1939: Rosalba Neri, who played Lisa in the movie in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.*
1940: Shirley Muldowney, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.*
1962: Paula Abdul, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.*

1971: Jerome Pycha Jr. (age 68), production designer for the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1975: Krista Nell (age 29) who played Zoe in the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.**
1975: Sam Giancana (age 67), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”
1980: Bill Giorgio (age 56), who played Deputy Sheriff Sanders in the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and a bus driver in the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
1990: Josep Mullendore (age 75), orchestrator for the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
2012: Richard Lynch (age 76), who played Noel in the movie in episode 904- WEREWOLF, found dead.
2013: Slim Whitman (age 90), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.

1957: The movie in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF premieres in the U.S.A.

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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 (75 votes, average: 3.85 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.