|620 - Danger!! Death Ray|
|Air Date||January 7, 1995|
|MST3K Director||Kevin Murphy|
|Running Time||106 min.|
|AKA|| Il Raggio Infernale;|
Nest of Spies
|Movie Director||Gianfranco Baldanello|
|Cast|| Gordon Scott|
Delfi Mauro (credited as Maureen Delphy)
|Preceded by||619 - Red Zone Cuba|
|Followed by||621 - The Beast of Yucca Flats|
|“||"Bart Fargo. Bartfargobartfargobartfargobartfargo... Heh, that's hard!"||”|
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.
- Its original Italian title was Il Raggio infernale, which translates as "The Infernal Beam", and it was also released in English as Nest of Spies and Death Ray.
- Cast and crew round up: Set designer Arrigo Equini, who was a scene designer for “Secret Agent Super Dragon,” is the ONLY person on this movie who worked on another MST3K movie.
Prologue: Crow gets contact lenses but they're quite uncomfortable.
Segment Two: Servo builds a death ray for peaceful purposes, but can't resist using it on Crow.Segment Three: "This is your life, Mike Nelson!"
Segment Four: Crow's designs for sunglasses seem a bit woman-y.Segment Five: Cambot gets emotional, Frank gives Dr. F a glamour 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.
- In one host segment, Crow is blasted by a death ray constructed by Servo and is shown smoldering for the rest of the scene. During the filming of this segment, the "burning Crow" prop accidentally burst into flames. In addition to being included in the first "MST3K: Poopie!" blooper compilation tape, this humorous incident was left in the final cut of the episode, although it omits a quip made immediately afterward by Crow's puppeteer and voice actor, Trace Beaulieu.
- This was the fifth episode shown during Turkey Day '15.
- The Starfighters music
- “This nose wheel feels mushy.” (San Francisco International)
- “We tampered in God’s domain.” (Bride of the Monster)
- “I’m dyin’ in a rush!” (Kitten with a Whip)
- Callback to Crow’s screenwriting career.
- "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!"
- "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'!"
- "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.
- "Barcelona wants me..."
Mike is paraphrasing the opening line to the song "Indiana Wants Me", popularized by R. Dean Taylor.
- "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.
- "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.
- Commercially released on DVD by Shout Factory in November 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 26, a 4-DVD set with The Magic Sword, Alien from L.A., and The Mole People.
|preceded by: Season 5||MST3K Season 6||followed by: Season 7|
|1994 - 1995|
|601||Girls Town||1994-07-16||609||The Skydivers||1994-08-27||617||The Sword and the Dragon||1994-12-03|
|602||Invasion USA||1994-07-23||610||The Violent Years||1994-10-15||618||High School Big Shot||1994-12-20|
|603||The Dead Talk Back||1994-07-31||611||Last of the Wild Horses||1994-10-15||619||Red Zone Cuba||1994-12-17|
|604||Zombie Nightmare||1994-11-24||612||The Starfighters||1994-10-29||620||Danger!! Death Ray||1995-01-07|
|605||Colossus and the Headhunters||1994-08-20||613||The Sinister Urge||1994-11-05||621||The Beast of Yucca Flats||1995-01-21|
|606||The Creeping Terror||1994-09-17||614||San Francisco International||1994-11-19||622||Angels Revenge||1995-03-11|
|607||Bloodlust||1994-09-03||615||Kitten with a Whip||1994-11-23||623||The Amazing Transparent Man||1995-03-18|
|608||Code Name: Diamond Head||1994-10-01||616||Racket Girls||1994-11-26||624||Samson vs. the Vampire Women||1995-03-25|