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You see, it's all about quantum-linear super-position...
  — Tom Servo "explaining" the continuity errors

511 - Gunslinger
Air Date October 9, 1993
Movie Director Roger Corman
Year 1957
Cast John Ireland, Beverly Garland, Allison Hayes, Jonathan Haze, Bruno VeSota
Preceded by 510 - The Painted Hills
Followed by 512 - Mitchell

The Movie




Cult bombshells Beverly Garland and Allison Hayes star in this low-budget panthecolor feminist Western directed by Roger Corman. When the marshal of Oracle, Texas, is killed by a hired gunman, his quick-shooting widow, Rose (Garland), straps on his gun and star, puts on some pants, and aims to find out who did the hiring.[1]


  • Production of the film was plagued by misfortune. John Ireland and Beverly Garland were attacked by red ants during their romantic tree-sitting scene. Allison Hayes fell off her horse and broke her arm. Later, Beverly twisted her ankle and it became so swollen that her boot had to be cut off. The weather itself was even uncooperative, raining so much that many scenes had to be rewritten to be indoors, while others were shot outdoors under a tarp, and in either case making things muddy enough to make filming difficult. Corman wound up having to extend the film's intended six day shooting schedule to seven days, which he later recalled as the only time he ever had to go over schedule.


  • William Schallert, who plays Beverly's husband (the sheriff who is killed at the beginning of the movie), is well-known to TV audiences for his roles as the father on The Patty Duke Show and as Dobie's high school teacher on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
  • The Battle of Lookout Mountain was an actual historical event. It was a decisive victory for the North, allowing them to break a siege on Union forces in the city of Chattanooga, and use it to stage attacks further into the Deep South.  It's description in this film is of questionable accuracy.

The Episode

Host Segments


Gypsy, Joel, and Crow play "Kaboom" with Tom’s head

Prologue: Gypsy, Joel, and Crow play "Kaboom" with Tom’s head, which has been replaced with a balloon hooked up to a pump.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Servo's massively swollen head now holds all of the knowledge of man. Dr. F presents The Scanner Planner, inspired by the Scanners movie series, which he proceeds to try out on Frank. Joel and the Bots have new wiffle products: the wiffle cup, wiffle underwear, etc. Dr. F's scanning causes Tom's balloon head to explode.

The Scanner Planner

Segment Two: Tom, Crow, and Joel are resting in caskets to see what it’s like to be dead. Even though they're never going to die, the Bots discuss what kind of funeral they’d like to have. Tom wants his friends to toss him up and down in a blanket at his funeral. Crow wants a beach funeral, although his first choice is to be mummified and placed next to Joseph Stalin.

Segment Third: Tom sends Joel a message about what he wants for lunch using Gypsy Express, with Crow as the rider and Gypsy as the pony, despite the fact that Tom and Joel are standing a mere 3 feet apart.


Tom and Joel in resting caskets

Segment Four: Tom demonstrates quantum linear super-position so that Joel and Crow will understand how John Ireland is able to go into the attorney’s office and immediately end up on his horse on the street. He also warps time and space at will.

Segment Five: Since Roger Corman made the 1870’s seems so dismal, Joel and the bots discuss how dreadful the 1970’s were. The Bots have deep fried the letters, but Joel is able to read one anyway. Back in Deep 13, Dr. F finally succeeds in working his scanning skill on Frank.

Stinger: Saloon dancing girl: "What about our clothes?"


  • The sound effect used when Dr. Forrester is trying to "scan" Frank is the same sound used for Brain Guy sending the movie in the later seasons.

Obscure References

  • You're a man playing a woman, playing a man -summarizing the theme of the musical Victor Victoria.
  • Who shot Vivian Valance? Reference to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Vivian Vance.
  • Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, Riding through the glades... A reference to a Monty Python sketch about a Robin Hood-like character.
  • "With Red Buttons to watch Red Dwarf."

Red Buttons was an American actor and comedian. Red Dwarf is a British sitcom about a group of misfit space travelers.

  • "Why did they cancel Manimal?"

Manimal was an action-adventure show which ran on NBC for 8 episodes in 1983.

  • "Been a long time." "Been a long, long, long, long, lonely time."

Quoting lyrics from the Led Zeppelin song "Rock and Roll".

  • "You're not bad." "You're just drawn that way."

Alluding to a line spoken by Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Actual Line: "I'm not bad; I'm just drawn that way.")

  • "And the Vikings would have finally captured a Super Bowl title."

Prior to this episode, the Minnesota Vikings were in four Super Bowls and won none of them. Their last Super Bowl game was in 1977 where they lost 14-32 against the Oakland Raiders. They have yet to play in another Championship game.

Video Release

  • Gunslingervhs

    MST3K Gunslinger DVD

    The episode was released on VHS in 1998 by Rhino.
  • Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in October 2004 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 6, a 4-DVD set with Teenagers from Outer Space, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and Mr. B's Lost Shorts.

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