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Weekend Discussion Thread: Halloween

An alert reader who goes by “Blufuego” has a seasonal question:

On Halloween which characters from the MST3K universe do you expect to show up and what treats would give and/or tricks you might receive from them?

Have at it!

This Date in MSTory

1903: Richard Fantl, editor for the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1914: Josep Mullendore, orchestrator for the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1915: Rodney Bell, who had a role in the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.
1943: Ron Elliott, songwriter and lead guitarist of The Beau Brummels, who performed a couple of songs in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.*

1970: John Scopes (age 70), the subject of the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.
1971: Raymond Hatton (age 84), who played Gasspon in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM and old Pete in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1973: Andrei Abrikosov (age 66), who played King Vladimir in the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1996: Make-up artist Harry Thomas (age 87), whose work can be seen in the movies in episodes 103- THE MAD MONSTER, 109- PROJECT MOON BASE, 320- THE UNEARTHLY, 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, 602- INVASION U.S.A., 616- RACKET GIRLS, 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT and 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1997: Jay A. Morley Jr. (age 79), costumer for the movies in episodes 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE and 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
2001: David Lowell Rich (age 81), director of the TV movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.

1962: The Century 21 Exposition closes in Seattle. We got a close look at the Bell Telephone exhibit in the short CENTURY 21 CALLING (seen in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN).
1995: Michael Blodgett, who played Bob Draper in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER, married actress Meredith Baxter.
1997: RHINO HOME VIDEO releases episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS, 619- RED ZONE CUBA and 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN on VHS.

This Date in MSTory is written and compiled by Steve Finley, Chris Cornell and Brian Henry. Copyright © 2017 All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce This Date in MSTory items in any form without express written permission from the authors.
* = According to the IMBD this person is alive. If you can supply evidence that he or she has died, and when, please let us know.
** = If this appears next to a birthday, the IMDB indicates that the person has died, but the IMDB does not have a full death date (probably just a month and year or just the year he or she died). If you can give us the exact date (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.
** = If this appears next to a death date, the IMDB does not have this person’s full birthday. If you can provide it (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.

RiffTrax Presents a New Short with Bridget and Mary Jo

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RIP Don Pedro Colley

Actor Don Pedro Colley who had memorable roles in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” and “THX 1138,” but who is perhaps best remembered as Sheriff Little on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died on Oct. 11th of cancer. He was 79. MSTies will remember him the “Black Spy” in the movie in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.

Alert reader Duane first alerted us to his death (both Wikipedia and the IMDB list a death date for him, but do not give the source for that information). So, though we have yet to see a proper obituary — and we waited a few days before posting this to see if one would arrive, and it hasn’t, that WE have seen — we are reasonably convinced that he has died.

Details on Vol. XXXIX

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXIX
Four DVD Box Set Features Previously Unreleased Episodes: Girls Town,The Amazing Transparent Man, and Diabolik, and a disc of unreleased host segments, Satellite Dishes.
Available November 21st, 2017 from Shout! Factory

And in the end, the laughs you take are equal to the jokes they make. On November 21st, 2017, Shout! Factory will release the almost certainly, probably definitely, maybe unquestionably final collection of never-before-released classic episodes of our favorite cowtown puppet show, Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The slings and arrows of outrageous licenses have resulted in only three episodes, so Vol. XXXIX also includes Satellite Dishes, a disc featuring the host segments of all the remaining unreleased episodes. The collection also includes a bevy of bonus features, including Chuck Love and the Anatomy of a Theme, Beyond Transparency, a new featurette about The Amazing Transparent Man, Showdown In Eden Prairie: Their Final Experiment, The Last Dance, a documentary special that chronicles the final days shooting the last episode of the original run of MST3K, Diabolik, Behind the Scream: Daniel Griffith on Ballyhoo, mini posters from artist Steve Vance, and theatrical trailers. But final has a way of not being final, and one need only turn to Netflix to appreciate that. So take one plausibly last ride of the classic series with our heroes on the Satellite of Love, and keep circulating the tapes!

Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting The first 1,500 fans who order directly from Shout! Factory will also receive the exclusive bonus disc The Complete Poopie, a collection of MST3K bloopers and outtakes.

MGM’s 1959 film Girls Town is not a feminist follow up to MGM’s 1938 Boys Town, though to be fair, both are set in towns. B-movie siren Mamie Van Doren stars as a juvenile delinquent trying to survive in the eponymous nun-run reform school after she is wrongly accused of murder. It’s a feast of drag races, catfights, sexy dresses and Mel Tormé, who turns in a Blue Velvet Fog performance as the blackmailing troublemaker. The oddly child-of-star studded cast includes the offspring of Charlie Chaplin, Robert Mitchum and Harold Lloyd. Paul Anka makes his feature debut, and this may be one of his regrets that does bear mentioning. Fortunately for us, those very juvenile delinquents aboard the SoL upgrade a B movie into A+ television and reform us all.

In The Amazing Transparent Man, an ex-military sociopath plans to raise an army of invisible soldiers, but first he needs to perfect his captive scientist’s invisibilizing device by stealing necessary nuclear materials from a government vault. He engineers the prison break of a notorious thief, leveraging his wanted status to force him to do the heist. This amazing transparent tax shelter provides no dearth of fodder for Mike, Tom and Crow, who see right through the film to the riffs that ultimately make it a joy to behold.

The celebrated Italian filmmaker Mario Bava must have needed his bathroom redone. In the 1968 spy spoof Diabolik, he takes John Philip Law into his own hands and delivers an exploitation schlock-fest replete with super-criminals, underground lairs, and gadgets that would have Q scratching his head. It’s supposed to be a comedy, but it only turns into one after Mike and the bots riff it good. This film was, of course, the last one Mike and the bots were forced to endure. We thank them for their service!

Satellite Dishes
The best laid plans of mice and licensees often go astray. Despite best efforts to include the remaining unreleased episodes, the hard truth is that they may never see the legitimate light of day. So here is the next best thing: all their host segments. What these delectable dishes from the Satellite of Love lack in riffs, they make up for in irreverent, silly and delightfully nerdy sketch comedy. It’s the best we can do, so we are doing it!
Ep #201 Rocketship X-M
Ep #213 Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster
Ep #309 The Amazing Colossal Man
Ep #311 It Conquered the World
Ep #416 Fire Maidens from Outer Space
Ep #418 The Eye Creatures
Ep #807 Terror from the Year 5000
Ep #809 I Was A Teenage Werewolf
Ep #905 The Deadly Bees
Ep #906 The Space Children
Ep #913 Quest of the Delta Knights

MST3K: Volume XXXIX Bonus Features
· Chuck Love and the Anatomy of a Theme
· Beyond Transparency–new featurette about The Amazing Transparent Man
· Showdown In Eden Prairie: Their Final Experiment
· The Last Dance– a documentary special that chronicles the final days shooting the last episode of the original run of MST3K, Diabolik.
· Behind the Scream: Daniel Griffith on Ballyhoo
· Theatrical Trailers
· Four Exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance