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Bradford Dillman, RIP

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.–Bradford Dillman, who starred in the taut 1959 crime drama “Compulsion,” played Robert Redford’s best friend in “The Way We Were” and portrayed Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” died here Jan. 16, due to complications from pneumonia. He was 87.

MSTies will recall his performance as the narrator in the movie “Monstrosity,” seen in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

This Date in MSTory

1809: Edgar Allan Poe, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.
1885: Marshall Bradford, who played U.S. Secretary Platt in the movie in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and a member of the tribe in 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN.
1887: Alexander Woollcott, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1894: Harvey Gates, screenwriter for the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1913: Anthony Dexter, who played Luther Blair in the movie in episode 416- FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE, Dr. Luis Vargas in the movie in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON and Herron in the movie in episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1919: Douglas Henderson, who played Dr. Richard Gordon in the movie in episode 210- KING DINOSAUR.
1931: Thelma “Tad” Tadlock, who played the female lead in the short DESIGN FOR DREAMING, seen in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON.
1936: Rainer Brandt, who played Robby in the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.*
1941: Tony Anholt, who played first officer Tony Verdeschi in the episode of the TV show “Space: 1999” in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.
1949: Robert Palmer, whose discovery of “accidental on-turning” was the subject of a host segment in episode 907- HOBGOBLINS.

1968: Edward Cassidy (age 74), who played the father in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1987: Harry Keller (age 73), producer of the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1991: John Russell (age 70), who played Russ Tropp in the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1991: Glenn Langan (age 73), who played Lt. Col Glenn Manning in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN and appeared in the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
1992: Augusto Benedico (age 82), who played Prof. Orloff in the movie in episode 624- SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN.
2006: Kenneth Heeley-Ray (age 89), sound designer for the movie in episode K16- CITY ON FIRE.
2006: Tony Franciosa (age 77), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.

1991: episode 212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON first shown.

2001: Beverly Garland gets the Pacific Pioneers Broadcasters Award for her acting in many radio performances. MSTies will remember her as Claire Anderson in the movie in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, Vera in the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS and Sheriff Rose Hood in the movie in episode 511- GUNSLINGER.
2003: Gene Hackman, who played Buzz Lloyd in the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS, wins the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 60th annual Golden Globes ceremony.

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Episode guide: 1002- Girl in Gold Boots

Movie: (1968) A girl from a rural truck stop goes to Los Angeles to work as a go-go dancer, but soon gets involved with drug dealers.

First shown: April 18, 1999
Opening: Crow explains his WWBSMD bracelet; Pearl has evil plans
Intro: More bracelets; Pearl, seeking board certification from the Institute of Mad Scientists, impresses the visiting inspector
Host segment 1: Crow exacts petty, childish revenge on Mike
Host segment 2: Crow is shakin’ his moneymaker, much to Mike’s dismay
Host segment 3: Mike sings in the rain, causing much havoc
End: The movie has caused M&TB dress like the ugly thug in the movie and chuckle; this fails to impress the inspector — but Brain Guy does!
Stinger: “Oh, God, I wish I had that pretty mind back!”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (309 votes, average: 4.72 out of 5)

• I have to put this one in the “good-not-great” category–despite some excellent riffing and host segments that are more funny than not–and the reason is the movie. This was our only real foray into the grimy, nasty world of director Ted V. Mikels, and once was enough. There are no real protagonists in this greasy little flick. Even Critter, who comes to despise the world he’s landed in, doesn’t seem to be trying very hard to break away. Even the dark and polluted world of “Manos” seems cheerful after this thing. Bleah.
• Paul’s thoughts are here.
• This episode is included in Rhino’s The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 4.
• Despite Paul’s concerns about the mad science story arc, this episode’s opening salvo is actually pretty funny. That’s Paul, of course, as the inspector.
• I love the “I want to give you a hump” bit. Bill plays it perfectly.
• Segment 1 works for me, entirely because of Servo, hand over mouth, going “Ohh!”
• It’s amusing (to me, at least) that beer afficianado Mike is drinking Coors. Maybe he thinks it’s only good for pouring onto bicycle seats?
• Host segment callback: “I didn’t mean to turn you on.”
• This print is chopped to shreds, so much so that it actually starts creating riff material, such as when Buz bilocates into a scene. “I’m back!”
• As a longtime fan of, he’s taught me to notice when a movie suddenly becomes an unintentional documentary, as this one does when our trio arrives in 1967 L.A. and they drive around seeing the nighttime sights. I don’t know L.A. well, but I bet folks who do find it fascinating.
• I particularly like Servo’s lyrics about L.A. of that era: “Charles Manson is walkin’ the streets…”
• Speaking of that scene, I’m a collector of weird Christmas songs, and this movie has one: Larry Cartell’s “I’m a Lonely Cowboy Santa.”
• This is another movie that shows a night club with a GIANT space for the floor show. I assure you, real night clubs jammed every table onto the floor they could manage.
• You know that guy who plays Leo? He was married to Judy Garland for two years. I am not kidding.
• I do not want to know what sort of moneymaker Crow is shaking in segment 2.
• I really enjoy Crow’s exuberant dancing in the theater. Note that his arms move a bit!
• The musician who talks to Critter is Chris Howard, the composer of most of the songs in the movie. He seems embarrassed and he should be.
• Segment 3, with Mike singing “Oh, I Am Sad” (music by Mike, lyrics by Paul) as the ship catches fire, is hilarious. And by the way it’s only the first of several fires on the ship this season.
• Whoa! Slam on Lea Thompson outta nowhere!
• There’s a nice moment in the theater when Joanie yells “Get out!” and Crow promptly gets up and leaves.
• The bit in the theater where Mike produces a pool cue and begins playing pool is cute and kinda Joel-esque. Then he says he’s been saving the sight gag eight years. Hmm. Comments like that used to make the a certain faction of this show’s viewers very upset.
• Cast and crew roundup: Director Ted Mikels was also cinematographer for 1967’s “Catalina Caper.” (Makes sense, right?) Sound guy Sam Kopetsky also worked on “Eegah.” (Also follows.) In front of the camera: Jody Daniels was also in “Attack of the the Eye Creatures.”
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Kevin. Intern Nick Prueher returns for one more episode. Additional photography (whatever that means): Kevin Galligan. Prop assistant: Julia Pratt (in just this one episode–either she didn’t work out or she owned a very special prop).
• Fave riff: “Honey! Way to play the harmonica with your ass!” Honorable mention: “Suddenly I like the Allman Brothers!”

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RIP Wolf Hartwig

Paris — German producer Wolf C. Hartwig, best known for Sam Peckinpah’s 1977 blockbuster “Cross of Iron,” has died here at the age of 98.

MSTies will remember him as coproducer of the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.

Variety has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.