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This Date in MSTory

BORN TODAY
1891: Stanley Andrews, who played Pete Ferguson in the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES and Farmer Collingwood in the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1892: Frank Heath, assistant director for the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1908: Arny Freeman, who played a photographer in the movie in the episode 513- THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE.
1916: Bill Coontz, who played a character named Bill Coontz in the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE, played the insane man in the woods in the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST and also had a small role in the movie in episode 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT.
1922: Lily Granado, who played an Amazon in the movie in episode 502- HERCULES.*
1928: Karl Michael Vogler, who played Horatio in the movie in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1930: Carolyn Kearney, who played Jessica Burns in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1959: John Allen Nelson, who played Deathstalker in the movie in episode 703- DEATHSTALKER AND THE WARRIORS FROM HELL.*
1963: Lisa Wolf, who played Rita in the movie in episode K15-Superdome.*

DIED TODAY
1975: Al Zimbalist (age 59), producer of the movies seen in episodes 107- ROBOT MONSTER and 210- KING DINOSAUR.
1991: Chris Anders (age 54), who played Schloss in the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
2005: Wyott Ordung (age 83), screenwriter for the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
2010: Yuzo Hayakawa (age 85), who played Kawajiri in the movie in episode 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON.
2013: Larry Pennell (age 85), who played Major Thomas in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.

EPISODE PREMIERE
1993: Episode 506- EEGAH! first shown.


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Joel, Frank & Trace at DragonCon This Weekend

This weekend Joel, Frank and Trace will all be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta. One highlight will be clearly be Friday Night’s “MST3K NIGHT II: YE MEDIEVAL BOOGALOO.” Our buddy Daniel Griffith will have “exclusive footage.”

As has been the case at previous Dragon Cons, our pal Ken Plume will host many of the guys’ appearances. They include:

Friday, 8:30 p.m. “FRED Presents Attack of the Celebrity Improv. A fast, furious game of improvised comedy. Like The Hunger Games with more laughs and fewer arrows.” Trace and Frank will both take part.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Joel will present “Riffing Myself.”

Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Trace will be among the players in “Gonzo Quiz Show V: The Quizening.”

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. “MST3K: Reel Crime Court is in session as MST3K’s own defend their cinematic guilty pleasures.” All three guys are scheduled to take part.

Sunday, 4 p.m. “Comedy Writing. A discussion about the art of writing comedy, with those who have done so professionally.” Trace and Frank will be on the panel.

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. “Frank and Joel will participate in Gonzo Quiz Show VI: Quizopolis.”

Monday, 10 a.m. “You Know More Than We Do. A Mystery Science Theater 3000 trivia game where no answer is too obscure or accurate and you’ll be the judge.” Trace and Frank are schedule to participate.

And of course all three will be available at various times to sign autographs.

If you’re going, we’d love to get photos, videos and reports!

This Date in MSTory

BORN TODAY
1894: Charles Meredith, who played Secretary Drake in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1896: Morris Ankrum, 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.
1899: Byron Foulger, who played a railroad conductor in the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET and Mr. Matthews in the movie in episode 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT.
1899: Ralph Oberg, production designer for the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1916: Larry Thor, who played Major Eric Coulter in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
1925: Herman Cohen, producer for the movie in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1925: Tony Crombie, musical score composer for the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.
1929: Hoke Howell, who played Crapout in the movie in episode 202- THE SIDEHACKERS.
1934: Ulf Otsuki, who played a Seatopian agent in the movie in episode 212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON.*
1962: Dean Devlin, who played Ernie in the movie in episode 403- CITY LIMITS.*

DIED TODAY
1995: Mary Beth Hughes (age 75), who played Kitty Reed in the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS and Terry Williams in the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1995: Anthony Baird (age 74), who played a soldier in the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1996: Charles R. Rondeau (age 79), director of the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.

EPISODE PREMIERE
1994: Episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS (with the short WHY STUDY INDUSTRIAL ARTS?) first shown.

EVENT
1995: Pia Zadora, who played Girmar in the movie in episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, marries for the second time, to director/screenwriter Jonathan Kaufer.


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Lord Richard Attenborough, RIP

I didn’t think this one was in our ballpark, but then I remembered…

Attenborough

LONDON–Lord Richard Attenborough, the respected British actor and Academy Award-winning director of “Gandhi,” the multiple-Oscar-winning best picture of 1982, has died. He was 90. No cause of death was given, but he has been in poor health for some time.
MSTies will recall that Mike impersonated him in a host segment in episode 1001- SOULTAKER.

The L.A. Times has the story.

Official Vol. XXXI Press Release

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Here’s the official press release from Shout!

For Immediate Release
Available on DVD November 25th, 2014 from Shout! Factory
Mystery Science Theater 3000:
The Turkey Day Collection
Four DVD Box Set Features Previously Unreleased
Episodes Jungle Goddess, The Painted Hills,
The Screaming Skull and Squirm

It’s time to talk turkey! Celebrating Thanksgiving with turkey has been a well-known tradition for generations, but for MST-ies, Turkey Day also means celebrating another tradition: one that involves giving thanks for turkeys of the cinematic variety. This year, our Turkey Day feast will feature four never before on DVD episodes, Jungle Goddess The Painted Hills The Screaming Skull and Squirm.

This 4-DVD collectible tin box set is also 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!

Fans who order this title from ShoutFactory.com will receive a free MST3K Vol. XXXI slipcase, free exclusive MST3K coasters and free standard US shipping, with their copies shipping three weeks before street date. Pre-orders can be placed at ShoutFactory.com

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Turkey Day Edition brings us Jungle Goddess, the tale of two pilots in search of a missing heiress and her father’s reward money. They track her down in the African jungle where she is doing just fine, thank you. Includes The Phantom Creeps Chapter One: “The Menacing Power; The Painted Hills, based on a novel about a kindly prospector who is murdered and his faithful pup takes on the perp. Also includes the short film Body Care & Grooming; The Screaming Skull, wherein a neurotic woman is driven to distraction — if not destruction — by the ghost of her new husband’s previous wife. Also includes the Gumby short Robot Rumpus; and the cult horror film Squirm, the low-budget tale of a southern town beset by electrified, carnivorous worms. Includes the short film A Case of Spring Fever, in which a frustrated man wishes springs (metal, not seasonal) never existed…and lives to regret it.

Bonus Features Include:
· Exclusive Turkey Day Episode Intros by Joel Hodgson
· Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside the Turkey Day Marathon
· Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years
· Gumby & Clokey
· This Film May Kill You: Making The Screaming Skull
· Interview with Squirm Star Don Scardino
· Four Exclusive Mini-Posters by Artist Steve Vance

Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite ‘Wizard of Oz’ Reference

I cannot believe we haven’t done this one, but apparently we haven’t.

This month was the 75th anniversary of the debut of “The Wizard of Oz,” (the movie I argue is the last, perhaps the only, commonly shared experience in America) and on another forum somebody has been asking “How many ‘Wizard of Oz’ references did they make?” I don’t know that anybody has ever counted them all, but let’s cite out favorites.

Mine comes from “Girls Town,” when Silver and Mary Lee’s gnarled mom yells out the window and Crow yells: “How would you like it if somebody picked apples off of you??”

What’s your pick?

(Keep those topics coming!)

New Short from RiffTrax…

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View a sample or download it here.

Episode guide: K13- SST-Death Flight

Movie: (1977) Aboard the maiden transatlantic flight of a supersonic plane, mechanical problems and a killer virus cause a crisis for an all-star cast.

First shown: 2/19/89
Opening: Dr. F. is back from Vegas, bringing money, gifts and this week’s movie. They send it to Joel, catching him off-guard
Host segment 1: Joel shows Servo what it’s like to feel pain
Host segment 2: Gypsy has a sexy new voice … or does she?
Host segment 3: Joel, Crow and Gypsy have a limbo contest; Servo provides the music.
End: Viewer mail.
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• This is a movie I’d have loved to see them tackle again. It’s got everything: stupid plot, a huge “Fantasy Island”/”Love Boat” cast, hackneyed story lines, the works. And it sure is a breath of fresh air after so many weeks of Sandy Frank.
References.
• The opening is very similar to a segment in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
• Portions of the theater segments were included on the MST3K Scrapbook tape.
• Local jokes: “We can bail out Midwest Federal.” “They look like they got their suits at Foreman & Clark.”
• At one point Crow mispronounces a word and Tom immediately mocks him for it. It’s the kind of thing they seldom did later on.
• Pre-riff: I said, “You sank my battleship!” a few seconds before Servo did.
• In between segments one and two, in a jump cut between two scenes in the movie, it looks like they stopped tape and then restarted it. Servo is suddenly off his chair and Joel says “Whoa! Turbulence!”
• That’s make-up lady Faye Burkholder doing the sexy Gypsy voice and some puppetry in segment 2.
• Wow, can I just say that John DeLancie really does a good job of being a jerk. I met him once. He seemed really nice.
• Firsts: Crow mentions ram chips,” the Mads mention “pushing the button, “we get the very first reading of letters to the show and the first mention of Cambot’s “stillstore” function, which, at this point, appears to be a piece of cardboard and some masking tape.
• My DVD contains what is apparently a commercial for the show in which J&TB perform the “SST Death Flight Theme Song.”
• Cast and crew roundup: Cinematographer Joseph Biroc also worked on “The Amazing Colossal Man” and “Kitten With A Whip.” Score composer John Cacavas also worked on “Superdome” and “Hangar 18.” In front of the camera: Peter Graves was also in “It Conquered the World,” “Beginning of the End,” “Parts: The Clonus Horror” and did some narration in “Attack of the the Eye Creatures.” Burgess Meredith was also in “The Last Chase.” Robert Reed was also in “Bloodlust.” Robert Ito was also in “Women of the Prehistoric Planet.” Tom Stewart was also in “Space Travelers.” Walter Maslow was also in “Human Duplicators.” Lorne Green was the narrator for the short “Johnny at the Fair.”
• CreditsWatch: We now begin an ongoing feature in which we note changes in the closing credits. In all the previopus episodes (as far as we know) Vince Rodriguez is listed as director and Todd Ziegler is credited with handling the audio. For some reason, in this episode and the next one, both their credits have vanished.
• Fave riff: “If I could do that I wouldn’t leave the house!” Honorable mention: “Put the masks on the important stars first!”

Maltin Ends Annual Print Update after 45 Years

Pete Hammond at deadline.com reports that the 2015 edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, due out in a couple of weeks, will be the final print version update.

Maltin and his guide were mentioned several times on MST3K, most notably a closing credits conversation in episode 706- LASERBLAST. Of course, Maltin himself appeared on the show — and held up a copy of the book — in episode 909- GORGO (and also appeared in a DVD extra when that episode came to DVD).

Joel to Be a Guest This Weekend at Chicago’s Wizard World

He will do a meet & greet Saturday, Aug. 23. More info here.