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This Date in MSTory

1906: Russell Metty, cinematographer for the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1907: Lois Wilde, who played reporter Diana Cofton in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1913: Robert Christie, who played the doctor in the movie in episode K20- THE LAST CHASE.**
1935: Newell Alexander, who provided the voice of Steve West in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.*

1947: Fiorello La Guardia (age 64), who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1956: Dick Gordon (age 63), who played the judge in the short X MARKS THE SPOT, seen in episode 210- KING DINOSAUR.
1959: Olin Howlin (age 73), who played Remedy Williams in the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1963: Frank Tipper (age 54), visual effects animator for the movie THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1971: Lionel Lindon (age 66), cinematographer for the movie in episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION.
1973: Glenn Strange (age 74), who played Petro in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1973: Jack Marshall (age 51), musical score composer for the movie in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER.
1975: Ikio Sawamura (age 70) who played an elderly slave in the movie in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.
1979: Paul Dubov (age 60), who played Johnny in 808- THE SHE-CREATURE and Radek in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1983: Betty Sinclair (age 76), production manager for the movies in episodes 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M and 320- THE UNEARTHLY.
1989: David Loxton (age 47), producer of the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.
1996: S.F. Brownrigg (age 58), editor of the movie in episode 418- ATTACK OF THE THE EYE CREATURES.

1973: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in the tennis match of the sexes. The match was parodied by Dr. Forrester (as King) and TV’s Frank (as Riggs) in a host segment in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Two Favorite Movies (one bad one good)

Our pal MSTie suggests:

What is a favorite movie of yours that you wish the gang had riffed, but more importantly, what’s a favorite one of yours that is so sacred to you (if any) that you’d be angry/disappointed/offended/whatever if they riffed it?

First question: St. Elmo’s Fire.
Second question: The Philadelphia Story.

What’s your pick?

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Episode guide: 819- Invasion of the Neptune Men

Movie: (1961) When robot aliens attack Japan, Space Chief takes to the air to battle them.

First shown: 10/11/97
Opening: Tom and Crow worry about Mike’s eyelash mites.
Intro: The nanites take on the mites; The Mad Goth (Bobo) is getting more attention than goddess Apearlo
Host segment 1: Mike’s love of Noh theater causes confusion
Host segment 2: Tom comes down with Roji Panty complex; Pearl and Observer have no luck with Bobo
Host segment 3: M&tB are near despair, then Krankor visits
End: Crow has some suggestions, while a conk on the head from Pearl restores Bobo’s memory, with unfortunate consequences
Stinger: Little boy faw down
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (240 votes, average: 4.41 out of 5)

• This is one of those movies. There are bad movies like, say, “Revenge of the Creature.” There are VERY bad movies, like, say, “Prince of Space.” And there are the dregs: “Manos,” “Fu Manchu,” “Red Zone Cuba” … and now this “little cockroach of a movie” (as Servo calls it in a fit of rage toward the end) joins that wretched roll call. Segment three works because (in addition to Bill’s hilarious return as Krankor) it so piquantly makes the case that, as Servo noted many seasons ago, “every time I think I’ve seen the worst movie ever made, along comes the worst movie ever made.” The final 20 minutes or so, which feature a solid 10 minutes during which essentially the same four or five shots are repeated again and again and again and again, is easily one of the most punishing bits of film MST3K has ever subjected its viewers to. Because of that, I predicted there would be wide differences of opinions on this one. Some MSTies love these bottom-dwellers; others will retreat to the oft-used line: “even Mike and the bots couldn’t save it.” Pro tip: One way to get through it: stop watching the episode just after segment three and wait a day or so before watching the final half hour.
That said, the riffing is really quite good, all things considered, and, as in the other recent eps, the SOL segments are funny and fun (the wonderful “Noh Theater” sketch, especially) while the “Roman Times” segments are unremarkable, though I think Kevin’s performance is great.
• This episode was included in Shout’s MST3K: Vol. XXXVII.
• Kevin’s take on this one is here, including his wonderful reaction to the Hitler Building shot.
• That’s Paul as first hapless nanite soldier, and again Paul, Beez and Patrick are “Roman day players.”
• Kudos to Beez or whoever created the tiny garbage around Mike’s eyes.
• Yes, that’s Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba as Space Chief. Chiba would go on to star in many martial arts movies, most notably as Terry Sugury in the “Street Fighter” series.
• Then-current reference: At about the time of this episode the aging Russian space station began to have a series of mechanical failures. The Mir fell from the sky long ago.
• All I can say about The Noh Theater bit is: Somewhere Abbott and Costello are smiling.
• This show had several complicated moments — note that both Tom Servo and Bobo are on camera at the same time, then Callipygeas and Bobo are on screen at the same time, as are Krankor and Crow later on. Patrick was probably running the puppets in all cases.
• Servo has a breakdown, contracting Roji Panty Complex. He sure does break down a lot.
• This show explicitly answered the question that has so often been asked by fans: “why do Mike and the bots put up with these bad movies?” In this show, Mike is so appalled he gets up to leave, only to realize that there is no air in the rest of the ship.
• Callback from the old days: Gooood morning!”
• Cast and crew round up: Scriptwriter Shin Morita also wrote “Prince of Space” (dull surprise).
• Produced by Kevin. Directed by Mike. This was Jill Roozenboom’s last episode as production manager. It was also intern Meshach Weber’s last episode.
• Fave line: “Our quick and pointless plot cul-de-sac is over!” Honorable mention: “Say, has anybody seen my record?”

Weekend Discussion Thread: Your Saturday Morning Memories

The idea for this thread came from J. Elvis, who tweeted this:

When I have memories of watching Saturday morning cartoons, this is the show onscreen:

The animated series premiered 44 years ago today, Sept. 8, 1973, on ABC.

I replied:
I think I’d have to pick this.

So here’s the topic: When you think of watching Saturday morning cartoons, what image/video comes to mind?

(How is this MST3K related?, you may ask. Well, remember, the Comedy Channel originally scheduled the show on Saturday mornings. Good enough for me!)