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320 - The Unearthly
Air Date December 14, 1991
MST3K Director Jim Mallon
Movie Director Boris Petroff
Year 1957
Cast John Carradine
Tor Johnson
Allison Hayes
Myron Healey
Sally Todd
Preceded by 319 - War of the Colossal Beast
Followed by 321 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

The story you're about to see is true. No names were changed because no one was innocent.
  — Servo

The Shorts


Posture Pals


Four children decide to better themselves through posture, with help from their teacher Ms. Martin. Tommy wants to have good health, Jimmy wants to stand straight and tall, Jane wants to grow tall, and Mary wants to look pretty. All four children develop outstanding posture in the end.


Appreciating Our Parents

This is the story of a boy named Tommy, who can't do anything for himself. He rethinks his symbiotic relationship with his parents, and decides to become a "team player". And, he finds out what Mom and Dad do after he goes to bed.

Memorable Quotes

Narrator: Good night!
Crow [As Tommy calling out to his parents.]: No! Help! There's an announcer under my bed!
Narrator: And what about father? What does he do all day? Well he had a particularly hard job today.
Servo: Dad pulls the lever at "The Big House."
[Scene showing Tommy's Porky Pig piggy bank.]
Narrator: Help save money. Remember, someone has to work to earn it.
Servo: Get Porky some pants!

The Movie



The Unearthly

Professor Charles Conway (Carradine) is a mad scientist attempting to develop the proverbial fountain of youth by creating "the 17th gland". Ignoring scientific ethics, his research subjects are people who have no family and are under the impression that Conway can cure their depression. However, his research hasn't been successful and his subjects are turned into grotesque monsters. Some of Conway's patients begin to uncover his scheme and intend to stop him.[1]


  • Look for Tor Johnson's son Karl, who has a bit part in this movie as the largest mutant. [2]
  • The Lobo character here (who can speak) was created by writers Mann and Black. He is a different character than the mute Lobo created by Ed Wood Jr. in Bride of the Monster and Night of the Ghouls. Screenwriter Jane Mann was the wife of director Boris Petroff.
  • This film was released as a double feature with Beginning of the End, which would later be done on MST3K.

The Episode

Host Segments


Joel's assortment of celebrity products

Prologue: The Satellite of Love crew decides to make an entry for America's Goofiest Home Videos.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Crow, who was char-broiled during the video shoot, is identified by his dental records. The Mads demonstrate some hard pills to swallow, and Joel and the Bots create a random assortment of celebrity-inspired products.

Segment Two: Tom and Crow learn how to appreciate Gypsy in the same vein as the short. It quickly degrades into the two of them hurling abuse at the other for doing so little.

Segment Three: The SOL crew does a tribute, "The Many Faces of Tor Johnson".

Segment Four: The Bots make up their own board game out of the leftovers from other board games, and model it after the twisted house from the film.

Segment Five: Joel and the Bots read a letter in the style of the Dead End Kids, and even Dr. F even gets into the act with his Leo Gorcey impression.

Stinger: Tor announces it is "Time for go to bed!"


Obscure References

  • "What's the word? Thunderbird! What's the price? 40 twice."

A reference to the ad campaign by the fortified wine "Thunderbird".

  • "I've turned her into a Sleestak!"

The Sleestaks were a race of lizard people in the TV show Land of the Lost.

  • "That's not writing, that's typing."

Truman Capote's reaction to Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road".

"Avis Films, we try harder."
Joel references it in the movie.

Video Release


Shout Factory single release

  • Commercially released on VHS by Rhino Entertainment in August 1997.
  • Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in April 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 3, a 4-DVD set with The Atomic Brain, The Side Hackers and Shorts Volume 2.
  • Commercially released by Shout Factory as a DVD single in August 2011.

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