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509 - The Girl in Lovers Lane
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Air Date September 18, 1993
MST3K Director Joel Hodgson
Movie Director Charles R. Rondeau
Year 1959
Cast Brett Halsey
Joyce Meadows
Lowell Brown
Jack Elam
Preceded by 508 - Operation Double 007
Followed by 510 - The Painted Hills


The eeeeentire creeeeeewwww

Feels a sense of shaaaaame (shame)

If only they had half a brain

They could attain

A measure of fame

From a film like Shane

But nooooo

To their disdaaaain

The Girl in Lovers Lane


The Movie

Synopsis

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The Girl in Lovers Lane

Danny (Brown), son of a wealthy family, is running away from home. He meets Bix Dugan (Halsey), or "Big Stupid," a long-time drifter who agrees to "mentor" Danny. Danny's naivete leads him to commit gaffe after gaffe, leaving Bix to straighten things out. But when they stop at a diner in the next town, Bix finds himself attracted to the waitress, Carrie (Meadows), and is forced to re-examine his whole drifting career. Meanwhile, Jesse (Elam) goes around creeping everyone out.[1]

Information

  • Actor Jack Elam’s characteristic eye was caused by an injury he suffered at age 12. During a Boy Scout meeting, a boy threw a pencil, and it jabbed Jack’s eyeball.
  • Actor Brett Halsey (who played Bix Dugan) had a tiny part in Experiment 801 Revenge of the Creature. He’s one of the young men who finds the female lead unconscious on the shore, and then promptly gets killed by the creature.

The Episode

Host Segments

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Joel gives the Bots belly buttons

Prologue: Crow and Tom Servo attempt to give themselves belly buttons. Joel is initially against the idea (mostly because of the drill press involved), but finally relents.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Tom and Crow contemplate their navels. The Mads present evil baseball promotion night ideas, such as Colorless Odorless Toxic Gas Night and Slide Whistle/Brass Knuckle Night. Joel and the Bots have Doc Martens for Don Martin, complete with nutty sound effects.

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots sing their own train song, "What a Pleasant Journey" in the vein of Boxcar Willie.

Segment Three: The Bots plant some money and a pinball machine on the SOL bridge to try to trick Joel into reenacting the alley fight scene from the movie. He doesn't buy it, so they accost him anyway.

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Crow's Jack Elam impression

Segment Four: Tom and Joel attempt to do the old trick that sucks an egg into the milk bottle when Crow comes by to do his Jack Elam impression. He only wants to deal with Gypsy. Joel and Tom aren't impressed, so Crow extolls Elam's virtues.

Segment Five: Furious about the extremely depressing ending of the movie, the Bots devise new, happier endings. Joel reads some letters as the Bots continue to ponder their new endings. In Deep 13, Frank writes a new ending as Dr. F delivers a moment of pain using a sledgehammer and a railroad spike.

Stinger: The prostitute in the bathtub says, "Are you waiting for a bus?"

Callbacks

Obscure References

  • "Mariette Hartley had *two* belly buttons in 'Genesis II'!"

Genesis II was a 1973 made-for-TV sci-fi movie written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. The character did indeed have 2 navels, which was Roddenberry's response to the (nonsensical, he thought) censorship he had experienced on his previous series.

  • "Richie Brockelman, the lost episodes!"

Richie Brockelman, Private Eye was a TV detective series that aired for 5 episodes in 1978. It was based around a very young PI.

  • "Sneak, Von Ryan, sneak!"

A parody of a line from the movie Von Ryan's Express.

  • "Hey, are we bound for glory right now, Mr. Big Stupid?"

A reference to the gospel song "This Train (Is Bound for Glory)."

  • "Richie Brockelman, The Lost Episodes..."

"Richie Brockelman, Private Eye" was a short-lived spin-off of the TV series "The Rockford Files". Brockelman was a naive, inexperienced recent college graduate who was attempting to build his reputation as a private investigator. It was cancelled after 6 episodes.

  • "Is it a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford..."

Paraphrase of a lyric in "Take It Easy" by the Eagles.

  • "Christina's World!"

An allusion to the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina's World.

  • "It's Larry and Balky's apartment!"

Cousins Larry and Balky are the main characters from the sitcom Perfect Strangers.

  • "Carrie is so very..."

Advertising slogan for Keri hand lotion.

  • "Hey, Mel, kiss my grits!"

A reference to Flo, the sassy Southern waitress, on the TV show "Alice", who was later spun off into her own series. "Kiss my grits" was her catchphrase.

  • "They took turns with Big Stupid and there were three of them."

Paraphrase of a lyric in "Coward of the County" by Kenny Rogers.

  • "The Color of Danny."

The Color of Money was a 1986 film about pool hustlers.

  • "Frodo is in one of those barrels!"

Crow seems to be confusing Frodo Baggins with Bilbo Baggins, who hid in a barrel alongside his dwarf companions to escape the Wood Elves in The Hobbit.

  • "Green-eyed lady, sexy lady."

Paraphrase of a lyric in "Green-Eyed Lady" by Sugarloaf.

  • "Ah, stop da music...my eggs are cold! Ha cha cha cha!!"

The diner patron with his back turned bears some resemblance to vintage comedian Jimmy Durante. ("Ha cha cha cha!" was one of his most famous catchphrases.)

  • "Hey! They're in the 'Land of the Lost!'" "Watch out for Sleestacks!!"

Land of the Lost was a Sid and Marty Kroft show featuring a human family living amongst dinosaurs. The aforementioned Sleestacks were lizard-like humanoids that dwelt alongside them."

  • "Gollum! Gollum!!"

Jack Elam's characteristic creeping puts Tom in mind of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings antagonist, Gollum.

  • "He's as harmless as a puppy." "Yeah, Cujo."

Cujo is a novel by Stephen King, later adapted into a movie, about a rabid dog that attacks its owners.

Video Release

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The episode was released on DVD in the United States on 7 July 2009 as part of Shout! Factory's Volume XV along with episodes 102 The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy, 604 Zombie Nightmare, and 616 Racket Girls.


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