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This Date in MSTory

1910: Albert Zugsmith, producer of the movies in episodes 601- GIRLS TOWN and 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1914: Larry J. Blake, who played Corporal Mathias in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END and Sgt. Connors in the movie in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1924: John J. Fox, who played an attendant in the movie in episode 908- THE TOUCH OF SATAN.
1924: Jay O. Lawrence, production supervisor for the movie in episode 424- MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE.
1926: William Riggs, who appeared in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O.
1934: Shirley MacLaine, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”*
1942: Richard M. Daley, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.*
1966: Kelly Zombor, who did the sound for the movie in episode 910- THE FINAL SACRIFICE.*

1981: Patrick Conway (age 50), who played Sgt. Pete Allen in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1984: Eijiro Yanagi (age 88) who appeared in the movie in episode 314- MIGHTY JACK.
1989: Mickey Finn (age 50), who played Sam Haskall in the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.
1998: Leslie Stevens (age 74), co-creator, co-producer and co-screenwriter of the TV series “Gemini Man,” two episodes of which were featured in episode 814- RIDING WITH DEATH.
1998: Frederic Downs (age 81), who was barkeep Jack in the movie in episode 209- THE HELLCATS, the pharmacist in the movie in episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS, Tinsley in the movie in episode 619- RED ZONE CUBA and Prof. Howard Erling in the movie in episode 807- TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000.

1954: Peter Lawford, who played Burke in the movie in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE, married Patricia Kennedy, sister of John F. Kennedy.
1962: John Ashley, who played Stan Kenyon in the movie in episode 418- ATTACK OF THE THE EYE CREATURES, married actress Deborah Walley.
2003: Rachel Taylor becomes the 100,000th member of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Information Club.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Defending “Weak” Episodes

Alert regular John notes:

A recent discussion thread talked about episodes that would have turned people away from MST3K. Now being that everyone has different tastes, some might think that some of these episodes weren’t that bad or even think that they’re great. So let’s all play devil’s advocate and defend a “lame” episode.

“Hamlet”, often denigrated as one of MST’s worst, still had plenty of clever riffs and was an interesting departure from their standard sci-fi and fantasy movie line-up.

I will defend an ep I recently denegrated: Radar Secret Service. The ep has a classic short, Sid Melton and a great running gag.

Your pick?

Keep those WDT ideas coming!

Rifftrax–Octoman: Open Thread

An open thread for reports and comments on tonight’s Rifftrax Live.

RIP John McEnery

We are getting reports that beloved British actor John McEnery died April 16.
His first notable screen role was in 1968 as Mercutio in Franco Zeffirelli‘s “Romeo and Juliet;” he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his performance. He took the title role in the 1970 film “Bartleby.” He also co-starred in “Nicholas and Alexandra” (1971). He was 75.

MSTies will recall his role as German U-boat Captain Von Schoenvorts in the movie in episode 1107- THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT.

We’re still waiting for a real obit, but here’s a short look at his career.

Here’s a real obit from the Guardian.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Product Placements

Sorry for the lateless, I have been under the weather.

Alert regular NHKrypto sez:

With all of the product placement from Coca Cola and McDonald’s in “Mac and Me,” other movies might also deserve some product placement of their own.

How about some Axe Body Spray in Cave Dwellers?

And is that Johnson & Johnson baby oil Joe Don has in Mitchell?

What’s your pick?