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620 - Danger!! Death Ray
0620
Air Date January 7, 1995
MST3K Director Kevin Murphy
Running Time 106 min.
AKA Il Raggio Infernale;
Death Ray;
Nest of Spies
Movie Director Gianfranco Baldanello
Year 1967
Cast Gordon Scott, Delfi Mauro (credited as Maureen Delphy), Nello Pazzafini
Preceded by 619 - Red Zone Cuba
Followed by 621 - The Beast of Yucca Flats


"Bart Fargo. Bartfargobartfargobartfargobartfargo... Heh, that's hard!"
  — Crow


The Movie

Dangermovie

Danger!! Death Ray

Synopsis

Scientist Jean Karl Michael invents a death ray which, according to him, is for peaceful purposes. He arranges to demonstrate the ray to a group of European NATO representatives. As he is demonstrating it, a group of enemy agents disguised as NATO officials steals the death ray, kidnap the scientist, and escape by car under the cover of night. Following a pursuit and gun battle, they escape by helicopter which lands on a submarine and is discarded as the submarine submerges. About to go on vacation, Agent Bart Fargo is given the assignment, by his boss, of retrieving the death ray and saving the scientist. He travels to Madrid on a lead to find an evil organization that may be behind this. Rooting out a nest of spies in an ever-enclosing trail, Bart Fargo meets a lady when he hides in her house from the opposition and befriends an enemy agent who later helps him to stop the evil organization.

Information

A problem with this movie is the lack of suspense. Every conflict or risk is defused much too quickly and easily, and the hero is never in any credible danger.

The Episode

Dangertomdeathray

Tom's death ray

Host Segments

Prologue: Crow gets contact lenses but they're quite uncomfortable.

Segment One: Despite the fact that he has no feet, Servo has signed a contract to endorse sneakers. In Deep 13, Frank is his agent.

Segment Two: Servo builds a death ray for peaceful purposes, but can't resist using it on Crow.
Cambotcries

Cambot cries

Segment Three: "This is your life, Mike Nelson!"

Segment Four: Crow's designs for sunglasses seem a bit woman-ey.

Segment Five: Cambot gets emotional, Frank gives Dr. F a glamor shot.

Stinger: Standing in a third-floor hotel room, Bart Fargo tosses his watch out the window. Then, at ground level, we clearly see a man’s hand dropping a watch into a swimming pool.

Obscure References

  • "Jeffrey, Steven, David...." (Frank on conference call, during first host segment).

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, and David Geffen, of Dreamworks. Frank is unwisely questioning their work history.

  • "Buckaroo Banzai goes to the nursing home."

A reference to the 1984 movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

  • "Why can't I get the Red Shoe Diaries?"

​The Red Shoe Diaries was an 'erotic drama' anthology series produced for the cable channel Showtime.

  • "I have to go undercover as Tony Roberts?"

The hero has an uncanny resemblance to ​Tony Roberts, an actor used by Woody Allen in many of Allen's movies during the 1970s.

  • "Augustus has fallen in to the chocolate!"

Augustus was the fat kid who fell into Willy Wonka's chocolate river, the first victim of a mishap during the chocolate factory tour.

  • "This is the best 'Fortune Hunter' ever!"

Fortune Hunter was a short-lived action/adventure TV series from the mid-1990s.

  • "Did you ever have to make up your mind?"

​Title (and lyric) to a 1966 song by the pop band Lovin' Spoonful.

  • "Watermelon Man!"

A reference to the Herbie Hancock jazz composition "Watermelon Man".

  • "That nose wheel feels mushy!"

A line from the previously featured made-for-TV movie San Francisco International. Mike utters the quote when a shot of an airport tarmac is shown.

  • "Abe Lincoln is 'Timecop'!"

Timecop was a 1994 movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

  • "I'm going to shun him!"

A reference to the Amish practice of shunning.

  • "'Where Eagles Dare' moves downtown!"

Where Eagles Dare was a 1968 World War II movie starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.

  • "It's Jerry Reed! Hit him!"

Country singer and actor Jerry Reed is best remembered for co-starring with Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit, a movie whose theme song he also recorded.

  • "You can tell by the way I use my walk I'm a woman's man..."

The movie Saturday Night Fever opens with a very similar shot of someone's feet walking down a street.

  • "Gun placed by the Gideons."

Gideons International is the organization which has placed Bibles in motel rooms all over the planet.

  • "Obey."

​A reference to the Shepard Fairey "Andre the Giant Has A Posse" stickers made popular in the early 1990s thrasher scene. (Click here for the 1995 version.)

  • "You vill become Michael Huffington."

Michael Huffington , ex-husband of Arianna Huffington (nee Stassinopoulos) and former Congressman, had a political track record most politely described as "expedient", as his associations reflected what would get him votes, rather than his actual convictions and opinions.

  • Whoa, partner, you just missed the Pine Crest resort!"

​Yes indeed, it's the Pine Crest Resort, located just outside Brainerd, MN.

  • "Look, it's kids in the hall!"

Said when the protagonist punched out a woman who turned out to be a man as reference to Kids in the Hall, an all-men Canadian sketch comedy group who, when the need arose, would dress in drag to play as women characters.

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