|601 - Girls Town|
|Air Date||July 16, 1994|
|MST3K Director||Trace Beaulieu|
|AKA||The Innocent and the Damned|
|Movie Director||Charles F. Haas|
|Cast|| Mamie Van Doren|
|Preceded by||524 - 12 to the Moon|
|Followed by||602 - Invasion USA|
|“||"The music that rocked America… gently to sleep."||”|
It's Southern California in 1959. Chip, a member of the "Jags" gang/car club, plummets to his death while attempting to rape gang floozy Mary Lee Morgan (Elinor Donahue). Fellow member of the Jags Frank (Mel 'The Velvet Fog' Torme), noting from a distance the distinctive head scarf Mary Lee is wearing, mistakenly blames Mary Lee's sister, chronic troublemaker Silver Morgan (Mamie Van Doren) for Chip's expiration.
So do the authorities, in the form of Mr. Clyde (Peter Leeds, Marv's Shakespeare teacher from "High School Big Shot"). Pressured by Chip's vengeful plutocratic father, Clyde arranges for the bitter buxom bombshell to do an indefinite stretch in Girls Town, an unusually palatial Catholic estate for wayward young women.
Girls Town is ruled with a velvet fist by Mother Veronica (Maggie Hayes) and her pious papist posse. While confined there, the free-thinking scat-singing-and-slang-crazed Silver must survive amidst the tough fellow inmates and hardened-but-caring nuns. In addition, she must endure the romantic attentions of a 47-year-old bread group delivery man (Mamie's real-life husband), unaware that he is actually a PI hired by Chip's father to secure proof of her guilt in his son's death.
Meanwhile in the B plot, delusional Girls Town resident Sarafina (Gigi Perreau) is infatuated with pop-star Jimmy (Paul Anka) and so he becomes drawn into Girls Town affairs. Gang member Frank finally guesses that the true identity of the agent of Chip's demise is Mary Lee. He decides to kidnap her and spirit her away to Mexico so that his father won't take away his car.
Meanwhile the sisters and Jimmy are working on Silver's reformation. Silver and Jimmy play a game of "Whose life was more rotten?" and he cruelly reduces her to tears by singing.
Suddenly, Silver learns of Mary Lee's disappearance. Silver breaks out of Girls Town and rescues her little sister from Frank.
Contains a gang fight, a drag race, girl-on-girl combat, several musical performances by Paul Anka, and Dick "Daddy-O" Contino.
In the high point of the film, The Platters appear in a pleasant musical cameo, conducted by a pair of eerily disembodied hands.
- That's Dick Contino, star of Daddy-O, playing the member of the Dragons gang who gets killed in the hands-free drag race.
- Gloria Talbott, the tough Romulan-esque Girls Town resident who knows jiujitsu because her dad is a bouncer, also appears in The Leech Woman as the gal whose lawyer fiance is smitten by the titular character.
- The producer originally wanted Lucille Ball to play the Mother Superior.
- Mamie Van Doren introduced the film alongside Adam West turning Turkey Day 1994.
- Mel Torme, playing a "juvenile delinquent", was 34 years old at the time this movie was made. Likewise, Mamie Van Doren was 27.
Host SegmentsPrologue: The Satellite of Love crew prepares for Dr. F’s big announcement. Mike is wearing his tuxedo jumper, and Crow has gotten The Power Steves, a less-than-enthusiastic polka band. Segment One: Dr. Forrester unveils the Umbilicus with a pompous speech, as TV's Frank tries not to go to sleep. Gypsy is part of the link and she is troubled about it. But the Umbilicus at this stage has some "technical difficulties".
Segment Two: Tom "scats" like Mel Tormé until Mike and Crow have had enough. It doesn't take long, and so Mike and Crow begin a long system of containment to end the scatting, which ends before it can be enacted when commercial sign hits.Segment Three: While Mike explains the honor system to Crow, Tom scarfs down all the honor system candy. He looks rather grotesque when he is finished.
Segment Four: The crew discusses how fads alter the idea of the perfect woman’s figure. They decide to design their own perfect woman of the future. Wings, Mexican tiles, huge eyelids, and power take-off are part what go into their design.
Segment Five: Mike and the Bots joyfully send a cream pie down Gypsy's mouth so it can surprise Dr. F when the Umbilicus finally works the way its supposed to.
Stinger: "You tell that boy to go home right now, or I’ll call the police!"
- “Shut up Iris!” (The Beatniks)
- “No Lupita!” (Santa Claus)
- “Radar!” (Radar Secret Service)
- “He’d never touch you, Terry, you’re dirt,” (Teenage Crime Wave)
- “Who’s gonna make Daddy-O”
- "Let's get you to Letterman's house."
- "Tonight, on 'Viper'!"
Mike is singing the theme song from Gigantor, one of the earliest anime series to be broadcast in the United States.
- "I don't believe in Santa Claus anymore." "No, Lupita!"
A reference to the little girl from Santa Claus.
- "Oh, and Benny Hill comes over and chases us around every now and then."
British comedian Benny Hill's show often consisted of him chasing, or being chased by, scantily-clad women.
- "Uh oh, Romulans!"
The hairstyle of the two girls who enter the room resembles that of the Romulans from Star Trek.
- "Oh, hello, daaaahling."
Servo is doing an impression of Zsa Zsa Gabor.
- "This is longer than In-A-Gadda-Da Vita."
In its unedited form, the Iron Butterfly song "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vita" is just over 17 minutes long.
- "Well, you're a cookie full of arsenic and I'd like to take a bite out of you, too!"
A reference to a famous line from Sweet Smell of Success.
- "Aikman slips out of the pocket and he's a cupcake!"
- "It's John Waters!"
- "I know who you are, I saw what you did..."
A reference to the 1965 movie I Saw What You Did.
- "Well, then is *Geddy* Lee there?"
- "Dick Contino looks like Dick Francis!"
Dick Francis is a British mystery writer and former jockey.
- "Joe Jackson!"
Joe Jackson is a British pop musician best known for his 1982 hit "Steppin' Out".
- "Kind of a Dirty Larry and Crazy Murray here!"
A reference to the 1974 movie Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.
- "Must...do...Christina's World!"
- "Meanwhile, at the Hotel New Hampshire..."
A reference to the novel and movie The Hotel New Hampshire.
- "My mother! *slap* My sister!"
A line from the movie Chinatown.
- "The Rock in Betty Lou's Pantyhose!"
A play on the movie The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag.
- "That move is pure Emma Peel!"
Cantinflas was a Mexican comedian.
When Mike says this the hairstyles of two of the girls are reminiscent of the Romulans from Star Trek.
- "Hey, Sister C, this is Father Dowling. Say, is David Doyle..."
Father Dowling is the protagonist of Father Dowling Mysteries.
- "And down goes Blaze!"
|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|