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Frank on Podcast

Frank is slated to appear on the “Our Big Apartment Show” podcast live at 8 p.m. Sept. 2 (tonight). You have to sign up as a member to view it, but it’s free. More into here.

This Date in MSTory

BORN TODAY
1889: George H. Plympton, screenwriter for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1905: Lionel Lindon, cinematographer for the movie in episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION.
1909: David Stern, screenwriter for the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.
1917: Armando Trovajoli, score composer for the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1919: Bob Wehling, who played the searchlight guy Joe in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and who also was the screenwriter for the movie in episode 506- EEGAH.
1919: Bruno Vailati, producer of the movie in episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED.
1927: Francis Matthews, who did the voice of the title character on TV’s “Captain Scarlet,” episodes of which were seen in episode K02- REVENGE OF THE MYSTERONS.
1932: John Elias, editor for the movie in episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL.
1938: Jany Clair, who played Queen Samara in the movie in episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN.*
1943: Lisle Wilson, who played Dr. Loring in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
1964: Keanu Reeves, who was parodied by Mike Nelson in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.*

DIED TODAY
1964: Morris Ankrum (age 68), who played Gen. John Hanson in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END and Dr. Ralph Fleming in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1973: Carl Dudley (age 62), producer of the short THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS, seen in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1974: Walter Strenge (age 76), cinematographer for the episodes of TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger,” seen in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE.
1977: Maurice King (age 62), who produced the movie in episode 909- GORGO with his brothers Herman and Frank.
1982: Ada Vojtsik (age 77), who played Lemminkainen’s mother in the movie “Sampo,” seen in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1983: Nino Marchetti (age 74), who played Fossore in the movie in episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED.
1984: Sergei Martinson (age 85) a.k.a. Sovol Martinson, who played the moneylender in the movie “Sadko,” seen in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD. Martinson also played Mika in the movie “Ilya Muromets,” seen in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1993: Veronica Pataky (age 74), who played Sonya in the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.

EPISODE PREMIERE
1997: The 1ST ANNUAL MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER REVIEW special debuts.

EVENTS
1953: The movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE is reviewed in Variety.
1996: In Minneapolis, MST3K’S CONVENTIOCON EXPOFEST-A-RAMA 2: ELECTRIC BUGALOO ends.


This Date in MSTory is written and compiled by Steve Finley, Chris Cornell and Brian Henry. Copyright © 2015 All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce This Date in MSTory items in any form without express written permission from the authors.
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More Streaming Eps

Two fan-favorite episodes have been added to Shout! Factory TV: episode 424- Manos: The Hands of Fate and episode 512- Mitchell.

And this is several-weeks-old news (sorry, work has been crazy), but over at the official MST3k Youtube site, they’ve added an annotated version of episode 519- Outlaw As always if you have additions or corrections, post them there not here.

Reviews Coming In for New ‘Vol. 1’

Our pal Bruce Westbrook has one

So do our friends at Nerdist.com…

UnderTheRadarmag.com has one

And so does GeeksofDoom.com…

Weekend Discussion Thread: Introducing the Show to Millenials

Alert regular Jaybird suggests:

What about a discussion of everyone’s experiences trying to introduce younger people to MST3K. I had a mortifying experience along those lines recently, and it made me realize just how hard it is for the average millennial to relate to a show like MST3K. Most of these people have grown up being able to pick and choose exactly what they want to watch, and the methods of delivery they usually use (Netflix and other online streaming, Red Box rentals, etc) all heavily favor more recent shows and movies. With a few notable exceptions, most of these people have never seen a complete movie that is more than about ten years old, so the experience of sitting down in front of a creature feature show and watching a bad old movie with your wisecracking friends (which is what MST3K is meant to remind you of) is about as foreign to them as putting a quarter in a Kinetoscope machine. As a result, the genius of MST3K’s humor is almost completely lost on them, not to mention the now-dated references, and the whole experience leaves them completely cold. I’m just curious to know if anyone else has similar stories to share.

I would add what Kevin Murphy has noted a few times: that it seems as if when millennials are presented with a black and white movie, it’s like they’re simply unable to see anything on the screen at all.

Of course there are exceptions, and I would assume that any millennial who visits this site is a good example of one. But have you noticed this kind of attitude in your cohorts?

Episode guide: 319- War of the Colossal Beast (with short: ‘Mr. B. Natural’)

Short: (1957) A shrill, androgynous succubus urges a gawky middle schooler to take up a musical instrument.
Movie: (1958) When giant Glenn from “The Amazing Colossal Man,” now a deranged and disfigured monster, is spotted in Mexico, his worried sister tries to save him.

First shown: 11/30/91
Opening: J&tB come up with new names for Mex-American food combos
Invention exchange: The Mads have invented the breakfast bazooka, while Joel shows off his between-meal mortar
Host segment 1: Tom and Crow debate the topic “Mr. B. Natural: man or woman?”
Host segment 2: J&tB are singing the Big Head song when Glen revisits
Host segment 3: Joel presents “KTLA predicts!”
End: Joel offers the bots samples of his special bread, Joel reads a letter then Glen reads one; Frank gets another breakfast shot at him
Stinger: That’s a happy king?
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• If there was ever an episode where the short outshines the feature, this is it. But, that being said, this was one of those times where I was expecting to struggle through the movie but was pleasantly surprised. Instead of the dull slog I remembered from previous viewings, I found it pretty entertaining and the riffing was pretty consistently good. The host segments are more good than bad as well. This really is a fun episode all around.
• Ah, Mister B. Calling it a classic short isn’t enough. It is probably the most famous of all the shorts the show presented and maybe the most watched 20 or so minutes of the entire series. I practically have the thing memorized. (Note: I admit to stealing the phrase “shrill succubus” from the ACEG. It’s just too perfect a description.)
• Can I just mention, however, that the short is in horrible shape? Mr. B’s arrival in the kid’s home has been spliced out, for example. It was probably hilarious, and therefore somebody cut it out of the print and kept it for his or her own collection of goofy footage. A lot of classic moments in movies have been lost to anonymous “collectors” savaging the only remaining copy of a particular movie.
• That being said, thanks to RiffTrax, we now know that a pristine, un-chopped-up copy of the short exists—it’s the one they used when RiffTrax re-riffed it.
• The short was filmed at the Waukegan (Illinois) Elementary School and Miami (Ohio) Sr. High School.
• Betty Luster, who played Mr. B, had a brief TV career in the early 1950s. Her first TV job was on the CBS show “Sing It Again” (1950-51), which was a game show similar to “Name That Tune.” Her second TV gig was on the NBC show “Seven at Eleven,” which was only on the air for one month in 1951.
• For a long time I wondered what the target audience of this short was. It couldn’t be the kids. It couldn’t be the school music teacher. Recently, it hit me: It’s for the PARENTS! The music teacher probably was paid to show this during parent-teacher night.
• In the segment 1, Joel says “bogart” instead of “robot.” They just keep going.
• The military guy says the river below Boulder Dam is “a mile deep in some places.” WHAT??
• The Big Head makes another appearance in segment 2.
• The gibberish Joel shouts at the end of segment 3 comes from the chaotic labels of a product known as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap–still available at your local health food store. There’s an explanation of this stuff here.
• Movie comment: Why didn’t they keep Glenn sedated once they got him into the hangar? (I know, they wanted to have the exciting escape scene).
• Callback: McCloud! (Pod People)
• Of course, this movie is known for the 30 seconds of color at the end, triggered by Glenn grabbing the power lines. Did Bert I. really think this was going to help the movie somehow?
• This is one of two MSTed movies (522- TEENAGE CRIME WAVE is the other) that ends at L.A.’s Griffith Observatory.
• Cast and crew roundup: Set designer Maury Hoffman also worked on “I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Assistant director/production manager Herbert E. Mendelson also worked on “The Magic Sword.” Sound mixer Ben Winkler also worked on “The She-Creature.” The voice of monster Glenn’s was provided by the great Paul Frees. We’ll hear his voice again in “The Sword and the Dragon” and “The Deadly Mantis.” By the way, he was the director and script writer for “The Beatniks.” George Becwar also appears in “Bride of the Monster.” George Milan also appears in “Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders.” Roy Gordon also appears in “The Unearthly.” Dean Duncan Parkin, who played Glen the monster, also was help behind the scenes of “The Beginning of the End”… he was a grasshopper wrangler!
• CreditsWatch: This was intern Cindy Hansen’s last episode. Trace and Frank are still “villians” and Dr. F’s name is still “Forrestor.”
• Fave riff from the short: “Mom, Dad? Tell me you heard that!” Honorable mention: “Forget music! I wanna dance!”
• Fave riff from the movie: “My nurse fell down his throat!” Also: “Hee Haw, it’s Sam Wainwright!” “Sir, you just described ME!”

A Couple of Mr. B Promo Pics

Banu Gibson, wife of Buzz Podewell, was recently archiving some of his old pictures and came across these two “Mr. B Natural” promo shots. She was kind enough to send them to us.

Mr B Natural w_director Mr B Natural on the clef

Says Banu: “Buzz never answered emails or inquiries regarding if that was him in the short. He wasn’t interested in that kind of attention but the posts after his death were so touching and lovely I thought I would share [these photos] in case anyone would be interested. By the way, those are Buzz’s real parents who play his parents.”

Thanks to Banu for sharing with us!

If You’re Headed to DragonCon…

… you will want to know about this, from our pal Daniel Griffith. No word yet on who the “special guests” might be, but Trace, Frank and Bill are slated to appear at the con (see below). Two words: En-joy!

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Scheduled cast appearances (many run by our pal Ken Plume) include:

Riftrax. Bill Corbett hosts a lively hour full of rifftacular fun. J. Scrimshaw; Fri 10:00 am; Imperial Ballroom [M]

Joseph Scrimshaw & the Attack of Comedy Joseph Scrimshaw’s geekcentric comedy show on Star Wars, Batman, video games, &
our New Geek World. B. Corbett, M. Lewis, H. Lublin; Fri 1:00 pm; Intl. S [H]

Comedy Writing. A discussion about the art of writing comedy, with those who have done so professionally. T. Beaulieu, F. Conniff, B. Corbett, J. Scrimshaw; Fri 4:00 pm; Cent. I [H]

Gonzo Quiz Show & Doin’ Improv. Celebrity guests in a gonzo game face flurries of fast, furious improvised comedy. K. Plume, S. McCoy, T. Beaulieu, F. Conniff, Paul and Storm, B. Corbett, S. Adsit, J. Urbaniak, M. Lewis, J. Scrimshaw, A. Fever, Angela Webber, H. Lublin, M. Gagliardi; Fri 5:30 pm; Imperial Ballroom [M]; 2.5 Hrs

Gonzoroo III: A Musical Quizodyssey. Music, geekery, comedic delights, & surprises galore! A big ol’ concert followed by a big ol’ quiz show! K. Plume, D. Hammer, T. Beaulieu, F. Conniff, Paul and Storm, S. Adsit, J. Urbaniak, M. Lewis, J. Scrimshaw, A. Fever, M. Phirman, The Doubleclicks, H. Lublin, M. Gagliardi; Sat 8:00 pm; Atrium Ballroom [M]; 2.5 Hrs

We Got This. Mark & Hal settle once and for all which is the best Classic Movie Monster. K. Plume, T. Beaulieu, F. Conniff, B. Corbett, M. Phirman, H. Lublin, M. Gagliardi; Sun 10:00 am; Imperial Ballroom [M]

Reel Crime. MST3K’s Bill Corbett, Trace Beaulieu, & Frank Conniff defend cinematic guilty pleasures. K. Plume; Sun 1:00 pm; Grand Ballroom West [Hil]

You Know More Than We Do. An hour with the folks behind Mystery Science Theater 3000. K. Plume, T. Beaulieu, F. Conniff, B. Corbett; Mon 1:00 pm; Cent. I [H]

WALK OF FAME
Bill: Fri 10:00 am, Fri 01:00 pm.
Bill, Trace and Frank: Fri 04:00 pm, Fri 05:30 pm, Sun 10:00 am, Sun 01:00 pm, Mon 01:00 pm.
Trace and Frank: Sat 08:00 pm.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Your MST3K-Themed Restaurant or Bar

An alert reader suggests:

Have we ever had a WDT of “Name your MST3K bar or restaurant”?

I would have a bar called Beer on the Sun, kind of a weird Canadian/Jimmy Buffet hybrid. Then again, “Beer on the Sun” is pretty much my answer for everything.

What would your pick be?

Now Available from RiffTrax…

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Proving once again that there’s no Estevez like Joe Estevez. Stream or download it here.