|409 - The Indestructible Man|
|Air Date||August 15, 1992|
|MST3K Director||Jim Mallon|
|Movie Director||Jack Pollexfen|
|Cast||Lon Chaney Jr., Max Showalter, Marian Carr|
|Short||Undersea Kingdom, Episode 2: The Undersea City|
|Preceded by||408 - Hercules Unchained|
|Followed by||410 - Hercules Against the Moon Men|
|“|| (Having taken several bullets, a bazooka round, and a blast from a flamethrower, Lon Chaney emerges from the sewer much the worse for wear)
Now I think he's just the incredibly resilient man.
|— Tom Servo|
For the first part, see episode 406.
In this thrilling chapter, The Undersea City, Crash and Billy manage to escape being blown up. The crew attempts to escape back to the sub, but are captured by a group of Atlanteans, who mistake them for agents of Unga Khan. Unga Khan sends his agents to take the sub crew away from the squad of Atlanteans.
Some folks say that Raymond Bernard, a.k.a. “Crash” Corrigan, got his nickname because he had the physical ability and willingness to do his own stunts. Other folks say that the nickname was invented by Republic Pictures’ publicity department, so that it would sound a bit like “Flash Gordon.”
Told in flashback by police detective Dick Chasen (Showalter), the movie concerns a 72-hour period of horror for the main characters. Charles "Butcher" Benton (Chaney) is a double-crossed convicted robber and murderer who was executed in the gas chamber. His body is unlawfully sold to a scientist (Robert Shayne), who plans to move his testing to human subjects. The corpse is subjected to chemical injection and massive jolts of high-frequency electricity in order to study the effect on human tissues. But Benton's heart is restimulated and he completely revives (though rendered mute due to electrical damage to his vocal cords), immensely strong and with skin virtually impervious—even to bullets. After killing the doctor and his assistant (Joe Flynn), Benton sets out to avenge himself on his attorney and the lawyer's henchmen who, in collusion with the attorney, had betrayed Benton in order to steal his loot. Benton had left the location of his stash to his stripper-girlfriend (Carr), who had since gone straight and begun dating the detective who brought Benton to justice, after she had rejected the lawyer's own advances.
The story then follows Benton's revenge on his enemies; the police who first learn of a wave of mysterious killing, then of Benton's reanimation; and the developing relationship between the detective and the stripper. The lawyer, fearing for his life after the two henchman are murdered, confesses the plot to the police, and reveals that Benton had always used the sewer system to evade detection; and to find a hiding place for the money, as it turns out.
Tracked down by the police, Benton is weakened but not killed when hetakes a direct hit in the solar plexus from a bazooka, and is disfigured by a flame thrower. He runs to a power station, where he maneuvers metal equipment and himself into position to trigger a high-voltage jolt of electricity, which kills him. At the fade-out, Chasen proposes to his girlfriend.
- The film's title card does not contain the word "the". The film is also known simply as "Indestructible Man".
- Released on a double bill with Worlds Without End (1956).
- Chaney reportedly asked director Jack Pollexfen not to make any dialogue changes or additions after the lunch break, when he usually drank heavily.
- Lon Chaney has no spoken lines in this movie following the opening scene in his prison cell.
- Lt. Chasen mentions putting in a call to a Professor Dwiggins at Caltech who may know about Professor Bradshaw's work. Sue Dwiggins is the real name of co-writer Sue Bradford.
Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Bots explain their trick. The Mads are supposedly having a party and mention a secret invention that is apparently wearable and has lots of catchphrases. Joel and the Bots show their Cereal Novels.
Segment Two: The Satellite of Love Any-Excuse-For-A-Parade Parade features the Undersea Kingdom! The parade goes horribly awry when Gypsy sneezes, causing the Tom Servo balloon to explode.
Segment Three: Joel explains to the Bots how pain is good. They then discuss what they'd do if they were indestructible. Joel's suggestions are less than inspiring.
Segment Four: Joel mimics the Lon Chaney eye squint, and receives the ridicule from the Bots. When the Bots take over, Joel ponders what he has wrought on the world.
Segment Five: Joel and the Bots sign the "No Cops & Donuts Joke Accord". In a coincidence, cops visit Deep 13 to deliver a noise citation for the party.
Stinger: The somehow less-than-Indestructible Man pathetically struggles to move a manhole cover
- Joel's reference to Crow's "Little Billy" doll from Attack of the Giant Leeches hints at the impending Undersea Kingdom short.
- During the SOL's portion of the Invention Exchange, Crow describes the Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho as "...controversial, yet all-but-forgotten". The novel would return to the popular consciousness after being adapted into a successful film starring Christian Bale in the year 2000.
- In the first Host Segment, Dr. Forrester states that The Indestructible Man stars Casey Adams "...of Catalina Caper fame." This is not accurate. Dr. F is most likely confusing Casey Adams (who played Lt. Chasen, and who had also worked under the name "Max Showalter") with Del Moore, who played the similarly WASP-ish Arthur Duval in Catalina Caper.
- Lon Chaney Jr. plays Hakur in the short “Undersea Kingdom” and stars in The Indestructible Man as Butcher Benton. This may be the only episode in which an actor appears in a prominent role in both the short and the feature.
- “Want some?” (Daddy-O)
- Building Code Under Fire
- The routine Tom and Crow fall into at the end of segment 3 is from The Side Hackers.
- "Ooooh-ooooh, Monte Blue, that's a game for..."
- "Unga Khan, Unga Khan, mad tyrant of Atlantis..."
A parody of the rap from the Chaka Khan song "I Feel For You".
- "He actually looks like Jimmy Carl Black, doesn't he?" "The Indian of the group."
- "It's The Bishop!"
"The Bishop" was a sketch from episode 17 of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The Bishop was depicted as a violent man of action, whose name was used as an exclamation by his surprised targets.
- "Known for his anthologies!"
A reference to the "Norton Anthologies" published by W. W. Norton & Company.
- "It's Averell Harriman!"
William Averell Harriman (D) was an American businessman, diplomat, and served as Governor of New York.
- "Billy looks like William Frawley!"
Bald, heavyset actor William Frawley is best remembered for playing Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy.
- "Regular Nina Totenberg, isn't she?"
- "It's Jim Henson's 'Birth of a Nation' babies."
D.W. Griffith's silent film Birth Of A Nation is remembered for its innovative camera use, and its overt racism (the Ku Klux Klan are celebrated as heroes in the post-Reconstruction South).
- "Ben Hecht!"
Ben Hecht was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, beginning in the 1920s.
- "Any relationship to Dick Cheney?"
- "...Absorbine Jr...."
Absorbine Jr. is a popular liniment used to soothe sore and tired muscles. The "junior" appellation comes from he fact that the initial Absorbine liniment was developed for horses.
- "...And my co-host down on the parade route is Mary Frann."
The late Mary Frann was a co-star on the popular 1980s sit-com Newhart. She played Joanna Louden, wife of Dick Louden (played by Bob Newhart).
- "...And the operator says, forty cents more..."
A line from the Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show song "Sylvia's Mother".
- "Inspector Henderson and Captain Binghamton! Working together for your future!"
The two scientists who reanimate the Butcher had roles in two popular TV series - The Adventures of Superman and McHale's Navy.
- "The Silent Scream!"
A reference to a 1984 anti-abortion film, most notorious for showing ultrasound footage of an actual abortion in which the fetus appeared to be recoiling in pain; the movie has been criticized by those in the pro-choice movement as misleading.
- "Would you come here, please? Gadding about like a crazy person!"
Crow is mimicking comedian Kevin Meany, whose act often consisted of imitating his mother (who would scold him for acting like a "crazy person").
|preceded by: Season 3||MST3K Season 4||followed by: Season 5|
|1992 - 1993|
|401||Space Travelers||1992-06-06||409||The Indestructible Man||1992-08-15||417||Crash of Moons||1992-11-28|
|402||The Giant Gila Monster||1992-06-13||410||Hercules Against the Moon Men||1992-08-22||418||Attack of the the Eye Creatures||1992-12-05|
|403||City Limits||1992-06-20||411||The Magic Sword||1992-08-29||419||The Rebel Set||1992-12-12|
|404||Teenagers from Outer Space||1992-06-27||412||Hercules and the Captive Women||1992-09-12||420||The Human Duplicators||1992-12-26|
|405||Being from Another Planet||1992-07-24||413||Manhunt in Space||1992-09-19||421||Monster A-Go Go||1993-01-09|
|406||Attack of the Giant Leeches||1992-07-18||414||Tormented||1992-09-26||422||The Day the Earth Froze||1993-01-16|
|407||The Killer Shrews||1992-07-25||415||The Beatniks||1992-11-25||423||Bride of the Monster||1993-01-23|
|408||Hercules Unchained||1992-08-01||416||Fire Maidens of Outer Space||1992-11-16||424||Manos: The Hands of Fate||1993-01-30|