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Movie: (1961) An astronaut crashes on a planet inhabited by tiny people. After he shrinks down to their size, he learns they are at war with an aggressive neighboring planet.
First shown: 3/21/98
• If I choose to focus my attention on the good and the beautiful, as I should, there’s much to enjoy in this episode. First of all, the movie. I love these rocketship movies. They’re my favorite genre of MST3K movie (giant bug movies are a close second). And this one is just pure cheese from start to finish, complete with the obligatory flock of Fiddle Faddle asteroids, “Lost in Space” quality sets and squarejawed white guys piloting the space ships. The riffing is great in this one too. The host segments are hit-and-miss, but generally it’s a fun episode.
1879: Lev Davidovich Bronshtein a.k.a. Leon Trotsky, about whom Gypsy prepared a report in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1889: Mikhail Troyanovsky, who played the soothsayer in the movie “Sampo” seen in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE and Trifon in the movie “Sadko” seen in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
1890: Fred Morgan, still photographer for the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1903: Dean Jagger, who played Carl Webster in the movie in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.
1903: Georgi Millyar, who played the sorcerer in the movie “Sampo,” seen in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE and the witch in the movie “Morozko,” seen in episode 813- JACK FROST.
1907: Thomas Browne Henry, who played Col. Tom Sturgeon in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END and Capt. Fletcher in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1907: Gerald Gibbs, cinematographer for the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1908: Theodore Lydecker, who did the special effects for the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON and the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1919: Aline Towne, who played Joan Gilbert in the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1925: John Stratton, who played Victor in the movie in episode 807- TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000.
1929: Richard Viktorov, director/screenwriter of the movie “Cherez Ternii K Zvyozdam,” seen in episode K11- HUMANOID WOMAN.
1933: Mort Fallick, editor for the short LAST CLEAR CHANCE, seen in episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE.*
1938: Barry Newman, who played Frank Whitman in the movie in episode K16- CITY ON FIRE.*
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To celebrate MST3K’s 25th anniversary, Shout! Factory is holding a MST3K 25th Anniversary Turkey Month (Sale) Marathon. From now through November 25, each weekday at 9 am PST, a different MST3K box set will be offered for sale at a deep discount for one day only (offers posted on Fridays will stay up all weekend). Shout! will not be announcing which box is on sale ahead of time, so you’ll need to check the site daily.
Once you’ve ordered that particular day’s box set — and we’d appreciate it if you’d use the above links if you do — you’ll be able to purchase specially selected Shout! Factory Select MST3K single discs at the deeply discounted price of $7.99 each. You can buy multiple titles in one order, but you can only order a maximum of one copy of each Shout Select title each day. You’ll also receive free shipping on your order every time you purchase one of the MST3K boxes included in the promotion.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the new 25th Anniversary Edition box will not be included in the sale.
Mary Jo has started up a Kickstarter campaign to create “an album of original songs that pay homage to bad movies of Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
Follow the link for more info.
It appears kidnapping several family members of our host company’s CEO did the trick and they have resolved our issues.
Again, the open thread for reports from last weekend’s Cinematic Titanic shows is here.
And if you didn’t get a chance to offer your two cents in our weekend discussion thread, it’s here.
Screem Magazine issue 27 celebrates 25 years of MST3K with a cover article co-written and produced by our pal Daniel Griffith at Ballyhoo Motion Pictures. The issue features interviews with Joel Hodgson and ten directors whose films were parodied on the program. Issue 27 streets in stores on Nov. 6th, but is now available for purchase at screemag.com.
Just a couple of miscellaneous items that don’t belong anywhere:
“Lesley” at XOJane.com has a nice long piece about what MST3K has meant to her life, and how she reacted to meeting her idols recently.
RiffTrax writer Conor Lastowka has written a book called “Gone Whalin’.” I will not even begin to try to explain the premise but I can’t wait to read it. And when Conor needed a good voice for his Youtube promo video, the choice was clear:
The site has been down all weekend, but we’re back (maybe). (You can still contribute to the Weekend Discussion Thread, by the way.)
While we were gone, Cinematic Titanic did three shows in New England.
Nick A. Zaino III at The Boston Globe had a story on Saturday — and if you can figure out a way to get past their paywall, it’s here.
This is an open thread for reports from this weekend’s shows.
As I said in this week’s episode guide, “The Projected Man,” while no “Citizen Kane,” might almost have been TOO good for MST3K. I think they got a little excited about Bryant Haliday being in the movie and didn’t think much further.
So is there there a MSTed movie you think might be a little too good? What do you think got the Brains thinking it was good fodder?
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