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This Date in MSTory

1880: Basil Dickey, screenwriter for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1898: Bess Flowers, who played a party guest in the movie in episode 808- THE SHE-CREATURE.
1921: Jack Marshall, musical score composer for the movie in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER.
1930: Robert Easton, who played Dan Kester in the movie in episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION, Mr. Keitel in episode 908- THE TOUCH OF SATAN and did the voices of Phones and X20 in the movie in episode K01- INVADERS FROM THE DEEP.
1932: Joel Lawrence, who played a guide in the movie in episode 811- PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR.

1987: Clifford Vaughan (age 94), one of the uncredited musical score composers for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1991: Klaus Kinski (age 65), who played President Boong in the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.
1999: Desmond Dhooge (age 75), who played a hitchhiker in the movie in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER.
2003: Jack Pollexfen (age 95), producer/director for the movie in episode 409- INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN and producer/screenwriter for the movie “Monstrosity,” seen in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN.
2006: Nicholas Carras (age 84), composer of original musical score for the movie in episode 1002- GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS.
2007: Reg Park (age 79), who played Hecules in the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.

1994: episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP first shown.
1995: Turkey Day version of episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST (with the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON) is shown. Mary Jo Pehl, playing Pearl Forrester, joins the regular cast.

1966: The movies seen in episodes 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET and 619- RED ZONE CUBA are reviewed in Variety.
1967: The recently released movie “OPERATION KID BROTHER,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007 is reviewed by The New York Times.

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Magic Voice Gets a Mention

We haven’t see this too often. A piece by Molly Fitzpatrick at, pegged to the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who provided the voice for the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory,” lists beloved TV characters that were heard and not seen, and, wow, Magic Voice makes the cut! (As the commenters in the story point out, how Molly could have left out Carlton the door man, we’ll never know.)

This is the first time (that I can remember) Magic Voice was ever the focus of a media mention. By the way, the story credits Mary Jo but, for the record, Jann Johnson and Alex Carr did it before her, and Beez McKeever did it after her.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Which Dinner/Party/Gathering in a MSTed Movie Would You Like to Be Invited to?

Holiday gatherings are happening and alert regular Sue suggests:

We’ve had “which party in a MST’ed movie would you most like to be invited to” and “Which MST characters would you invite for Thanksgiving,” but how about “Which dinner or meal in a MSTed movie or short would you most like to be invited to?”
The food in “Young Man’s Fancy” sounded pretty good — ham steak (although it looked like some other kind of meat altogether), potatoes, buttered beans, and cherry pie with whipped cream. The big downside would be listening to Alexander Phipps go on and on about electricity and Judy being squishy.

Your pick can be any kind of gathering, but I’m going to go with the snarky dinner in “It Conquered the World.” I’d just have to have some 3×5 cards with rude observations on them.

What’s your pick?

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Vol. XXXI Reviews

The set comes out next week and the reviews are starting. Here’s one from our pal Bruce Westbrook.

Joe Corey at has a review. He mentions that the ’93 and ’94 Turkey Day bumpers were not included on the set, and kindly includes them at the end of his piece. Yes, that’s me and Erhardt in the ’93 bumpers. I was dressed as Washington Post TV critic and (then-)MSTie Tom Shales. Kind of an inside joke. Erhardt was dressed as Bavaro from “Crash of the Moons.” That was the first time we’d ever actually met. I’ve fallen out of touch with nearly all the people in those bumpers, and we’re all 20 years older (and a few are no longer with us). I hope everybody is well, and I do hope Debbie Tobin has forgiven us.

DVD Corner has a review.

Alex Biese,’s resident MSTie, has a review.

John Sinnott at DVD Talk has a review.

Get Ready for Turkey Day

Our friends at Shout! Factory sent this message along.

It’s time to talk turkey, Mystery Science Theater 3000 style! This Thanksgiving, fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 have two reasons to give thanks: The Turkey Day Collection DVD Box Set and a newly curated Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day streaming marathon, hosted by show creator Joel Hodgson.

The MST3K Turkey Day Marathon starts at 9 a.m. PT/ noon ET on Thursday, Nov. 27, and will feature six timeless episodes hand-picked by creator himself, along with new episode intros and special guest appearances. Fans who have suggestions for episodes they’d like included in this year’s marathon are encouraged to tweet Joel (@JoelGHodgson) with their votes. Visit to watch the marathon and participate in the event on Twitter by using the hashtag #mst3k.

The Turkey Day Collection Box Set, available Nov. 25, features four never-before-on-DVD episodes, Jungle Goddess The Painted Hills The Screaming Skull and Squirm. The set is stuffed with bonus features, including exclusive new Turkey Day episode introductions by Joel Hodgson, a new interview with Squirm star Don Scardino, new featurettes Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside the Turkey Day Marathon, Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years, This Film May Kill You: Making ‘The Screaming Skull’ and Gumby & Clokey; as well as four exclusive Mini Posters by artist Steve Vance!

A video with information about all of Shout! Factory’s Turkey Day activities can be seen here.

Episode guide: 105- The Corpse Vanishes (with short: Radar Men from the Moon, Chapter 3: ‘Bridge of Death’)

Short: (1951) After Cody and his team escape, Retik sends his hired thugs on Earth to set up an ambush.
Movie: (1942) A series of brides die on their wedding days, then their bodies are stolen. A feisty lady reporter investigates.

First shown: 12/9/89 (unconfirmed)
Opening: None
Invention exchange: Dr. F has a gift for Larry, Joel demonstrates the chiro-gyro, the Mads show off the flame-throwing flower
Host segment 1: Crow and Tom are reading “Tiger Bot” magazine
Host segment 2: J&tB play tag
Host segment 3: Joel gets a haircut
End: Good thing/bad thing (Tom’s head explodes).
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (120 votes, average: 3.88 out of 5)

• The best way to describe this one is: They’re getting better. The presence of Bela saves this otherwise dopey movie, the riffing is getting stronger each week and the host segments are really coming along. Nowhere near where it’s going to be, but showing improvement.
• And we’re back to the early days, after last week’s flash-forward to the end of the season: There’s no opening segment after the theme song, no Bots are present during the invention exchange and possibly no buttons on the table (the table is not visible during movie sign, so we can’t be sure, but Joel slaps the right side [his left] of the table top, which is not the spot where the buttons eventually would be).
• Both this movie and “Mad Monster” were released in 1942, but this movie beat that one by a week–it opened in theaters a week before “Mad Monster.” But in any case, as mentioned already, “Undersea Kingdom,” made in 1936, beats them all.
• Shadowrama is green this week.
• This movie is part of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol. XVI.
• More Asimov references in the sketches, although technically the two shows where he’s mentioned were made seven episodes apart, so it’s not like they were intentionally piling on.
• The “chiro-gyro” and the “flame-throwing flower” were props from Joel’s standup act.
• Joel calls the Mads “The professors” as he walks in to the theater after the opening. Huh?
• Servo and Crow are in place in the theater when Joel arrives.
• Servo’s has had some alterations and is slowly evolving into the Servo we know: his weird fat white beak has changed to the familiar silver one. Also: Servo’s arms are working in segment 1.
• There are two mentions of driver’s ed jargon (“hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel, signal your intentions…” ) in this one. That’s what happens when you have a 17-year-old writer.
• Gypsy’s light is still off during segment 2 (which is a do-over of a segment from K11- HUMANOID WOMAN).
• At the end of segment 2, Joel runs down the doorway sequence and is run over by Cambot. This is the first time he’s done it in the national series, but he did it at least twice in KTMA episodes.
• The third host segment is another classic moment from season one, a re-think of a sketch originally done for episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS. Great line: “They’re STILL pickin’ up clown noses!”
• In the theater, Joel produces a broom and proceeds to “clean up” the screen.
• Tom Servo’s head blows up for the first time in the final segment. It won’t be the last.
• Cast and crew roundup: producer Sam Katzman also did “Teen-Age Crime Wave.” Producer Jack Dietz also did “The Black Scorpion.” Associate producer Barney A. Sarecky produced “Radar Secret Service” and was production supervisor for “Undersea Kingdom.” Art director David Milton also worked on “The Rebel Set. Sound guy Glen Glenn also worked on “Hangar 18” and “Master Ninjas I and II. In front of the camera, Luana Walters also appeared in “The She-Creature.” Tristram Coffin also appeared in “Radar Secret Service;” “The Crawling Hand and “The Brute Man.” Angelo Rossitto also appeared in “The Magic Sword.” And, of course, Bela Lugosi also appeared in “The Phantom Creeps” and “Bride Of The Monster.”
• CreditsWatch: Melanie Hartley was an additional production assistant and Jim Erickson was additional production staff. Post production audio was handled by Rich Cook and (or of) Teleedit in Minneapolis.
• Stinger suggestion (by commenter CJBeiting): “The moment where the reporter is suddenly slapped in the face by Bela’s wife.”
• Fave riff from the short: “Nipple, nipple, tweak, tweak, fly! fly! fly!” Honorable mention: “Nice shot of me!”
• Fave riff from the movie: “Hey, lady, art exhibit in my nose!” Honorable mention: “Audience baffled by free-floating headlines.”

Annotated Version of “Manos”

Our pals at the annotated MST3K web site are at it again. This time “Manos” gets the treatment. If you see something they missed, tell them in the comments — the youtube comments, not the comments here.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Best/Worst Bosses

Alert reader Ken suggests:

Best boss/worst boss in an MST’d movie/short.

The best boss has to be the troubled “Mr. Warren” in “Hired!” He has no idea how to manage people but he’s willing to learn from his flying elf-swattin’ dad!

What’s your pick?