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BORN ON THIS DATE
1913: Claudio Gora, who played the police chief in the movie in episode 1013- DIABOLIK.
1916: Keenan Wynn, who played Col. Farley in the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST and Jake Noble in the movie in episode 811- PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR.
1922: Adolfo Celi, who played Thair Beta in the movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007 and Ralph Valmont in the movie in episode 1013- DIABOLIK.
1925: Ken Knox, who played Steamroller Smith in the movie in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER.
1930: Tadao Takashima, who can be seen in footage from “Son of Godzilla” used in Film Ventures’ opening credit sequence from 213- GODZILLA VERSUS THE SEA MONSTER.*
1931: Jerry Van Dyke, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.*
1937: Don Galloway, who played John Hiller (Robert Denby’s cohort) in the movie in episode 814- RIDING WITH DEATH..
1939: James Victor, who played Joey the pusher in the movie in episode 1002- GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS.
1946: John Achorn, who did the voice of Watney in the movie in episode 519- OUTLAW OF GOR.*
1949: Maury Chaykin, who played Gondol in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.
1949: Susan Gordon, who played Sandy Hubbard in the movie in episode 414- TORMENTED.
1953: Yahoo Serious, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS and in a host segment in episode 560- EEGAH!*
DIED ON THIS DATE
1974: Julian de Meriche (age 65), who had a small role in the movie in episode 102- THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY.**
1979: Ettore Manni (age 52), who played King Androcles in the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1982: Ryosaku Takayama (age 65), special effects wizard who designed the rubber monster suits for the movie in episode 312- GAMERA VS. GUIRON.
1989: Britt Nilsson (age 46), who had a role in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.
2000: Val Dufour (age 73), who played Quintus Ratcliff in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
2007: William Tuttle (age 95), make-up artist for the movies in episodes 510- THE PAINTED HILLS and 601- GIRLS TOWN.
2010: Maury Chaykin (age 61), on his birthday.
BORN ON THIS DATE
1895: Kenneth Harlan, who played Keenan in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1899: Nat Levine, producer of the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1901: John Bleifer, who played Jule in the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1909: Vivian Vance, who was mentioned by Jack Perkins in episode 310- FUGITIVE ALIEN and was mentioned in a host segment in episode 301- CAVE DWELLERS.
1910: Audrey Granville, musical score associate for the movie in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER.
1918: Kenneth Rive, producer of the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1926: James Best, who played Thorne Sherman in the movie in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1945: Suzanna Leigh, who played Vicki Robbins in the movie in episode 905- THE DEADLY BEES.
DIED ON THIS DATE
1925: William Jennings Bryan (age 65), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.
1960: Cedric Gibbons (age 67), supervising art director for the movie in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1992: Mary Wells (age 49), who sang the movie theme song “Never Steal Anything Wet,” which was the working title for the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.
1992: Archie Dalzell (age 80), cinematographer for the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET and camera operator for the movie in episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE.
2002: Tony Anholt (age 61), who played first officer Tony Verdeschi in the episode of the TV show “Space: 1999” in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.
2005: Alexander Golitzen (age 97), art director for the movies in episodes 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, plus THIS ISLAND EARTH seen in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
2011: Sakyo Komatsu (age 80), screenwriter for the movie in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.
The big news: Season 11 will be carried on Netflix.
The panel revealed never-before-seen concept art and a sneak peak at the evolved version of the show’s-iconic “door sequence.” We’ll post video when we can.
Bill Corbett joins Season 11 to write and will have a guest appearance as his character “Brain Guy.”
Kevin Murphy will make a guest appearance in Season 11 as his character “Professor Bobo.”
Mary Jo Pehl will join Season 11 to write and for a guest appearance as her character “Pearl Forrester.”
All too often, the films shown on MST3K rely quite a bit on padding to get up to feature length. Frequently the padding has no perceivable relevance to the plot. So which occasions of non sequitur padding do you find particularly egregious? My top pick is the scene with Ike the Security Guard in The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman. A very close second would be the Fish Argument Theater from Gamera Vs. Zigra.
Gonna have to go with The endless traveling scenes in King Dinosaur. Completely useless to the plot.
Movie: (1957) A swarm of giant grasshoppers, inadvertently created by a radioactive experiment, heads for Chicago.
First shown: 11/25/93 Opening: During a group sing, M&tB get a wrong number Invention exchange: The Mads present the re-comfy bike, M&tB show off their new playing cards Host segment 1: Mike calls the Mads and catches them off guard Host segment 2: Crow unveils his latest screenplay: “Just Plain Peter: The U of M Years” Host segment 3: Tom’s standup routine is heavy on grasshopper jokes End: The bots post-card, Bert I. Gordon special effects, Mads are boxing Stinger: “Alright, men. Into the woods!” (221 votes, average: 4.33 out of 5)
• This one’s a bit of a change of pace, literally: Bert I. Gordon slows things down and grinds out the filler thoughout a drab, monster-free first half — but that just leaves plenty of room for the riffs. Once the grasshoppers and Peter Graves arrive, things really pick up. The host segments are fun, especially Crow’s newest screenplay.
• Mary Jo is VERY good at playing those trailer trash gals. Maybe a little TOO good. That’s Paul yelling in the background.
• The playing cards bit, which I think even they realized was a little wifty, would be parodied in season six.
• Some grasshoppers were harmed in the making of this movie: According to reports, the grasshopper wranglers started with 200 of the little guys. During the filming, they began to cannibalize one another, and by the time the last shots were done, only a dozen were left.
• When we started doing the Mike episodes, somebody in the comments said it was the beginning of an era when the Mads became more effeminate, and yeah, I guess there was a bit of an upswing of that kind of comedy. Segment one is a good example.
• Rhino really screwed the pooch on the packaging for this one: Joel’s picture is on the package and he is touted as the star. On the menus, you can hear Arch Hall Jr. croon “Vicky.” Bleah.
• Tom begins to sing a few bars of George Michael’s “Faith” before Mike and Crow threaten him.
• Callbacks: What would Mitchell do? “…sing whenever I sing…” (Giant Gila Monster) Trumpy! (Pod People)
• In the theater somebody who is not Mike coughs. I think it’s Kevin.
• Cast and crew roundup: I’m not going to recite the whole Bert I. Gordon litany. Screenwriter Fred Freiberger was the producer for the “Space: 1999” episodes that appeared in “Cosmic Princess. Cinematographer Jack Marta also worked on “Earth Vs. The Spider” and “War of the Colossal Beast.” Editor Aaron Stell also worked on “The Giant Gila Monster” and “Killer Shrews.” Flora Gordon also helped with special effects on “Amazing Colossal Man,” “Earth Vs. The Spider,” “War of the Colossal Beast,” “Magic Sword” and “Village of the Giants. Special effects guy Dean Duncan Parkin was an actor in “War of the Colossal Beast. Production manager James Harris also worked on “Amazing Colossal Man.” Art director Walter Keller also worked on “Earth Vs. The Spider” and “War of the Colossal Beast.” Sound guy Dick Tyler Sr. also worked on “Radar Men from the Moon.” Our old pal score composer Albert Glasser did music for too many movies to name.
In front of the camera, I’m not going to recite the Peter Graves litany again. Morris Ankrum was also in “Rocketship XM.” James Seay was also in “Amazing Colossal Man.” Hank Patterson was also in “Amazing Colossal Man” and “Earth vs. the Spider. John Close was also in “The Slime People” and “The Deadly Mantis.” Rayford Barnes was in “Mitchell.” Don C. Harvey was also in “Revenge of the Creature.” Larry J. Blake was also in “Teen-Age Crime Wave.” Eileen Janssen was also in “The Space Children.” Patricia Dean was also in “The Girl in Lovers Lane.” Peggie Castle was also in “Invasion U.S.A.” Pierre Watkin was also in “Radar Secret Service.”
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Kevin Murphy. This was Stephanie Hynes last episode as an intern. There’s a special item at the end: “Shot entirely in Minneapolis, home of the University of Minnesota.”
• Fave riff: “Look, we’ll move to the loop to Schaumburg!” Honorable mention: “Yeah, terrible. Martinis?”
The recent RiffTrax Live: MST3k Reunion show marked the 20th live show broadcast in theaters. Which shows are your favorite?
Along with the MST3k Reunion show, I hold the December 2009 Holidays Shorts show among the best! It’s also composed solely of shorts, which helped maintain attention spans. Also, they improved on their first show from that year by eliminating mid-show musical numbers! Oh, and who could forget…”I NEED YOU TONIGHT!”
I think I’ll go with “Birdemic.” I remember stumbling out of that one with a bad case of “laugh stomach.”
Here’s the rundown for those attending San Diego Comic-Con 2016.
Saturday, July 23rd
Noon-3 p.m.: Photo opportunity at the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) with Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
4-4:30 p.m.: MST3K Event at Camp Conival presented by Nerdist and Geek & Sundry. Join Nerdist and Geek & Sundry for Camp Conival: a trip back in time to classic pop culture summer camp! Swing by the Conival Main Stage on the second concourse at Petco Park for a special Q&A with Joel Hodgson, Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount. Camp Conival does not require an event badge and is open to the public.
5:15-6:15 p.m.: Signing at the Shout! Factory Booth (#4118) with the cast of next season of Mystery Science Theater 3000! Series creator Joel Hodgson, Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount will be in attendance.
(This is a ticketed event. A limited number of tickets will be distributed starting Saturday morning at the Shout! Factory booth.)
8:30 p.m.: Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back! Panel in Room 24ABC. Joel Hodgson (creator, MST3K), Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry), Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie), Hampton Yount (Ridiculousness) and others discuss the show’s record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, and reveal behind-the-scenes info on Season 11.
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