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105 - The Corpse Vanishes
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Air Date 9 December, 1989
MST3K Director Jim Mallon
AKA The Case of the Missing Brides
Movie Director Wallace Fox
Year 1942
Cast Bela Lugosi, Luana Waters
Short Radar Men From the Moon - Chapter 3: Bridge of Death
Short Director Fred C. Brannon
Year 1951
Cast George Wallace
Preceded by 104 - Women of the Prehistoric Planet
Followed by 106 - The Crawling Hand


“Nipple, nipple, tweak, tweak, fly! fly! fly!”


The Short

Synopsis

105s

Cody and Ted narrowly escape the molten lava which trapped them at the end of a cave by exiting from a convenient side tunnel. Returning to their rocketship, Cody and his colleagues leave the moon, having accomplished the most important part of their mission. They must now return to Earth to warn U.S. officials about Retik’s plan to invade Earth. Meanwhile, Retik contacts his henchmen on Earth and orders them to attack Cody’s ship when it lands.

Information

  • The working title for Radar Men from the Moon was "Planet Men from Mars". Radar Men borrowed heavily from Republic's previous (and popular) serial King of the Rocket Men, including most of its flying shots and the "rocketman suit". Radar Men has twelve chapters.

The Movie

Synopsis

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The Corpse Vanishes

On the day of Alice Wentworth’s wedding, mad scientist Dr. Lorenz sends the young bride a poisoned orchid, the scent of which places the young woman in a state of suspended animation. He then spirits her body away to the basement laboratory of his isolated mansion and extracts her bodily fluids to inject into his vain and aged wife in order to renew her youth and beauty.

A young journalist, Patricia Hunter, investigates the case and discovers it involves an unusual orchid. She is directed to Lorenz, a known expert on orchids, and visits his mansion where she meets with a chilly reception. She is forced to spend the night when a storm breaks, and discovers the basement laboratory. In the morning, she hurries back to her newspaper offices. Hunter and her colleagues make an attempt to trap Lorenz but he outfoxes them, chloroforming Hunter and carrying her to his laboratory to use her bodily fluids upon his wife. During the injection procedure, Lorenz is stabbed by an angry servant woman who holds Lorenz responsible for her sons’ deaths. He strangles her then collapses and dies. The servant rallies weakly and stabs Lorenz‘s wife to death. The police arrive and Hunter is rescued.

Information

  • Bela Lugosi also starred in another 1942 horror film, Bowery at Midnight. In a scene in that film outside a cinema, the advertising poster outside the cinema doors is for "The Corpse Vanishes" and features Lugosi's image and name.
  • Originally released on May 8th, 1942, The Corpse Vanishes is tied with The Mad Monster (which was released on the same day) as the oldest film used on MST3k.

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue

Chiro-Gyro

Chiro-Gyro

Dr F brings Laurence a bottle of Isaac Asimov Body Splash (part of the Foundation Trilogy gift set) from the Mad Scientist Convention. "It smells like space!" (gag is recycled from K13 - "sst-death flight")

Invention Exchange

Joel demonstrates the "Chiro-gyro" and Clay presents the "Flame Throwing Flower".

Host Segment 1

Tom and Crow read Tiger-Bot magazine, featuring a "dreamy" Commander Data and a dream date with Twiki.

Host Segment 2

Crow, Tom, Gypsy and Joel play tag on the Satellite of Love.

Host Segment 3

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Joel gets a haircut

Crow runs his own barbershop. References are made to a variety of Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin locales and institutions including the Hot Fish Shop[1] also referenced in episode 1001(Soultaker), Ellsworth, Wisconsin, and Bixby, Minnesota.

Host Segment 4

The Bots say a good thing and bad thing about the movie in exchange for a RAM chip, only for Tom to fail when he could not think of a good thing, and his head explodes.

Information

  • Tom Servo’s head blows up for the first time in the final segment.
  • At the end of segment 2, Joel runs down the doorway sequence and is run over by Cambot. This is the first time he’s done it in the national series, but he did it at least twice in KTMA episodes.
  • The segment with Joel and the bots playing tag only to have Joel cheat was used previously in Humanoid Woman.

Obscure References

Host Segment Prologue

The Short: Radar Men From the Moon. Chapter Three: Bridge of Death

  • "Joel: "Yeah, what's that symbol mean over there, I always wondered.
Tom: It means Gold N Plump.
Crow: Ah, Gold N Plump Turkey?"
Gold N Plump is a chicken processing corporation located in St Cloud, MN. Their advertising gained nationwide fame for their battle-ready, helmeted birds driving tanks or parachuting from airplanes.
  • "Try not to look like Mr. Peanut."
Mr. Peanut is the corporate mascot for Planter's best known for his top hat, cane and monocle.
  • "He never drinks coffee on our home planet."
Reference to a television advertisement for Folger's coffee. The wife gets upset that her husband "never has a second cup of coffee at home".
  • "...the Macy's parade gone awry."
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade presented by Macy's Department store. The most prominent feature of the parade is the huge balloons.
  • "...kinda reminds me of Das Boot!"
Das Boot is a film about a German submarine and its crew.
  • "Daddy, what's Vietnam?"
References a Time-Life commercial in the '80s for its "History of the Vietnam War" book series. In the commercial, a man and his son stand before the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The son looks up, and asks "Daddy, what's Vietnam?". At which point, a voiceover somberly intones "A question a child might ask - but not a childish question."
  • "They're at the Cadillac Ranch!"
Cadillac Ranch is an art installation in Amarillo, Texas. Created in 1974, it consists of several Cadillacs buried nose deep into the ground similar to the pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge.

Movie Act 1

  • "Nice dive!" - Crow
Running gag said when a bride dies at the altar.
  • ""I'll remember that, stooge!" - Cub Reporter Pat Hunter
The bots proceed to make The Three Stooges sounds.
Nelson Eddy was an American singer and movie star who resembles the actor on the screen.
  • "Ponch! Jon!"
Ponch and Jon are the motorcycle cops from the 70's show CHiPs.
  • "Meanwhile back at the Addams family home..."
The Addams Family was a television show featuring an eccentric and macabre family living in a gloomy mansion.
  • "She's practicing for her role as Camille."
Camille is the stage play adapted from the novel La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, which has also been adapted into several films. The main character is a courtesan who is suffering from consumption, and the story has a famously sad ending.
  • "Lovely, Lovely!" - Said by Joel when a creepy guy is stroking a girl's hair.
This is a reference to the necktie killer in Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy.
  • "When a hunchback comes along, you must whip him. He's playing with your corpse, unless you whip him. It will not go away, you must whip him. Whip him, whip your hunchback."
Joel and Tom sing their version of Whip It by Devo.

Movie Act 2

  • "Something stupid this way comes!"
A play on "something wicked this way comes", a phrase from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Said by the second witch in reference to Macbeth.
  • "Ze plane! Ze plane!"
Crow says the phrase made famous by Herve Villechaize in Fantasy Island as a diminutive man is seen onscreen.
  • "The weather started getting rough..."
Tom sings the theme to Gilligan’s Island as lightning is seen onscreen.
  • "She's got legs and she knows how to use them."
Lyrics from the song "Legs" by ZZ Top
  • "I've got to go back here and talk to the lion and the witch." - said as Bela Lugosi climbs into a wardrobe.
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is a novel by C.S. Lewis

Movie Act 3

  • "Dr. Denton! Dr. Scholls! Dr Pepper!"
Dr. Denton is a brand of blanket sleepers. Dr. Scholl's is a brand of foot care products. Dr Pepper is a soft drink.
  • "I've got a bad feeling about this, Joel."
Crow seems to be a Star Wars fan. Several characters used this phrase throughout the series.
  • "Little leg of the dog that bit him!"
"Hair of the dog that bit you" is a common phrase meaning to drink alcohol to cure a hangover.
  • "Character actor Burgess Meredith!"
Burgess Meredith was a character actor best known for his gruff voice. He played the Penguin on the 1960s Batman TV series, and Mickey the trainer in the film Rocky.
  • "Thank you, Shecky!"
Shecky Greene was a comedian known for his nightclub act in Las Vegas.
  • "And now, right here in our very office..."
Said as a parody of Ed Sullivan, a popular television variety show host who would often introduce acts as being "right here on our stage".
  • "A date that will live in infamy!"
References the "Day of Infamy" speech by FDR in which he asks Congress to declare war following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.
  • "It's the Notre Dame Fight song!"
Notre Dame Victory March is one of the most recognizable collegiate fight songs in the United States.
  • "It's the sleeper!"
The sleeper hold (or chokehold) is an illegal move in wrestling.
  • "Hey, Cloris, what's up?"
The actress seen onscreen somewhat resembles Cloris Leachman.
  • "And his hair was perfect!"
From Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London", a 1970's rock song with the lyric: "I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic's, his hair was perfect."

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