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623 - The Amazing Transparent Man
0623
Air Date March 18, 1995
MST3K Director Kevin Murphy
Movie Director Edgar G. Ulmer
Year 1960
Cast Douglas Kennedy, Marguerite Chapman
Preceded by 622 - Angels Revenge
Followed by 624 - Samson vs. the Vampire Women


So the main causes of accidents are joy, sex, and old age?
  — Mike


He's amazing and amusing,

he's delicious and nutritious,

two for breakfast, one for...

  — Servo (singing along to the music)


The Short

The Days of Our Years

Synopsis

623s

Another Union Pacific short, this time a preacher talking about avoiding work accidents and providing three examples. As Mike points out, the main causes of workplace accidents are, apparently, joy, sex, and old age.

Information

The Movie

Synopsis

Transparent

The Amazing Transparent Man

Former U. S. Army major, Paul Krenner (James Griffith), plans to conquer the world with an army of invisible soldiers and will do anything to achieve that goal. With the help of his hired muscle, Julian (Red Morgan), Krenner forces Dr. Peter Ulof (Ivan Trisault) to perfect the invisibility machine Ulof invented. He keeps Ulof’s daughter, Maria (Carmel Daniel) imprisoned to keep Ulof in line.

The nuclear materials Ulof needs to better his invisibility machine are extremely rare and kept under guard in government facilities. Krenner arranges the prison break of notorious safecracker, Joey Faust (Douglas Kennedy), to steal the materials he needs. Of course Faust will do the jobs while invisible. Krenner offers Faust money for the jobs and Faust expresses his grievances against working for him. Faust tells him that he’ll sing like a canary if he’s returned to prison. Krenner tells Faust that he’s wanted alive or dead. Faust reluctantly complies. However, when he meets Faust’s woman, Laura Matson (Marguerite Chapman), he slowly charms her into a double cross.

TransparentMan

"Hayley Mills in The Amazing Trans-PARENT Trap!"

Faust continues attempting to escape and tries to get one over on Krenner. It looks like he may have the edge on Krenner when Faust attacks Krenner while invisible. However, Dr. Ulof’s guinea pig dies and, during the second time he’s invisible, Faust uncontrollably reverts from invisible to visible and back again. Despite these drawbacks Faust forges ahead intent on breaking free from Krenner’s control. [1]

Information

The Episode

Host Segments

Auntiefrank

Auntie McFrank’s Tangleberry Inn

Prologue: Tom’s science project is a Crowtus Robotus Horribilus, trapped in a giant bottle.

Segment One: Crow gets mounted among the other insects of Servo's collection. Deep 13 has been transformed into Auntie McFrank’s Tangleberry Inn, a colorful bed and breakfast. After being served a meal of cold lo mein, Mike and the Bots provide some "local color" for the guests by presenting a llama. "Don't you give no matches to Mikey!" The guests can't pack fast enough, and Dr. F is peeved.

Segment Two: Based on the tragic short, Crow learns the hard way about "gentle pressure".
Mikey

"You people bring matches for Mikey?"

Segment Three: Frank finally gets a day off and buys a ticket from a scalper for Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale. Dr. F tactlessly lets Frank know it's already left theaters.

Segment Four: After failing to impress the Bots with his new electric organ, Mike gets caught pretending to be Rick Wakeman when he tries to perform The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
AMAZING TRANSPARENT

Mike's new organ

Segment Five: Mike and the Bots try to answer the film’s dilemma of either having an invisible army or blowing up a county in Texas. They read an amazing transparent letter. Back in Deep 13, it's teatime, though Frank still mourns for Squanto.

Stinger: Petting the invisible guinea pig is fun!

Other Notes

Guest Stars

Callbacks

Obscure References

  • "They should have had a train scene here!"

​Crow is suggesting that some Freudian imagery would have rounded out the montage.

  • "Flag on the moon..."

A callback to the disjointed, apparently random narration in the movie The Beast of Yucca Flats.

  • "...when he was good friends with Dean Rusk."

Dean Rusk was the U.S. Secretary of State under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

  • "The doctor's wife had died. He paused to smell a rose..." "Plan 5 from Outer Space!"

All references to Ed Wood's cinematic opus Plan 9 from Outer Space. Though the SOL crew tackled Ed Wood's other films like Bride of the Monster and The Sinister Urge; Mike wouldn't tackle Plan 9 until the founding of RiffTrax.

  • "Oh, no- cops!"

Mike is imitating the Simpsons character Snake.

  • "Must escape from Barbara Woodhouse!"

Barbara Woodhouse was a British dog trainer.

  • "Shadowlands II: Escape from Oxford!"

Shadowlands was a 1993 film about C.S. Lewis' relationship with poet Joy Davidman.

  • "Is your knob turned to Bob?"

A reference to "Turn your knob to Bob", a former slogan for the Minneapolis radio station KTLK-FM. The slogan had inspired the "Turn Your crank to Frank" sketch in Experiment #610 The Violent Years.

  • "Burgess Meredith is in there reading..."

A reference to the "Twilight Zone" epsiode Time Enough at Last, in which actor Burgess Meredith played a bank teller who typically reads in the bank's vault during his lunch break.

  • "I'm not a telephone junkie... There's no action..."
Jayne-mansfield-1957-everett

Jayne Mansfield

These are lines from the Elvis Costello song No Action.
  • "It's kind of an abstract sculpture of Jayne Mansfield."

Jayne Mansfield was a blonde movie actress during the 1950s and 60s, known for her voluptuous figure. Unlike her fellow blonde bombshell Mamie Van Doren, none of Jayne's films were ever used on MST3K.

  • "Ben, some people will turn you away..."

Mike is singing the theme song from the 1972 horror movie Ben, which was about a socially awkward young man and his friendship with a rat. The song was performed by a young Michael Jackson.

  • "It's just me and the latest issue of Sassy!"

Sassy was a magazine for teenage girls published during the 1990s.

  • "Goofus pisses me off."

Goofus and Gallant are two characters who regularly appear in the magazine Highlights for Children. Goofus is generally thoughtless, lazy, and inconsiderate.

  • "Spies Like Us!"

Spies Like Us was a 1985 movie starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd, with a theme song by Paul McCartney.

  • "Thanks a lot, Bill W...."

Bill W. is the name of the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • "Mr. Keesterman's mailbox!"

Mr. Keesterman is a character in the daily newspaper comic strip "Crankshaft". A recurring joke is that Keesterman's curbside mailbox is frequently damaged by the titular character's careless driving of a school bus.

  • "Tonight on '21', Charles Van Doren vs. Leopold Stokowski..."

"21" was a popular TV game show in the 1950s. The contestants were asked general knowledge questions, which were purported to be held in a sealed vault until the show was recorded. It was eventually revealed that the producers were giving the answers to contestants that they favored, such a Mr. Van Doren. The scandal was dramatized in the 1994 feature film Quiz Show. It was implied that the producers' selection of who would win was partially inspired by anti-Semitism or a disdain for ethnic minorities, hence Tom's reference to Leopold Stokowski, the orchestra conductor of Polish-Irish heritage.

  • "Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison!"

Jim Garrison was a New Orleans District Attorney who popularized the theory that President John F. Kennedy's assassination was the result of a larger conspiracy. Garrison was played by actor Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone's 1991 feature film JFK.

  • "Donald Nixon!"

Francis Donald Nixon was a younger brother of United States President Richard Nixon. Faust resembles him slightly.

  • "I just know I'm gonna show up in News of the Weird now!"

News of the Weird is a syndicated newspaper column by Chuck Shepherd.

  • "We return now to 'Paris, Texas'."

Paris, Texas was a 1984 film directed by Wim Wenders.

  • "It's a Frank Gehry building!"

Frank Gehry is an architect known for designing asymmetrical, ultramodern structures.

Goofs

  • At the end of the movie, shortly after the question 'What would you do?' is asked, Mike's microphone is briefly visible.

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