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610 - The Violent Years
Air Date October 8, 1994
MST3K Director Trace Beaulieu
Movie Director William Morgan
Year 1956
Cast Jean Moorhead
Barbara Weeks
Arthur Millan
Short Young Man's Fancy
Preceded by 609 - The Skydivers
Followed by 611 - Last of the Wild Horses

"She died like she lived... failing algebra"
  — Mike

The Short



Young Man's Fancy

A story sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute that encourages use of a number of home appliances. Teenage Judy is less than excited about her brother’s visit from college until she sees that her brother is accompanied by his roommate, Alexander Phipps. Judy is attracted to Alex (he makes her feel “squishy!”), but Alex seems only interested in engineering and time study. So Judy prepares dinner all by herself, using modern household appliances and electricity to impress him.


The Movie


Violent years

Paula Parkins (played by Jean Moorhead) from The Violent Years

Paula Parkins (Jean Moorhead) is the spoiled daughter of socialite parents. Bored, she forms a gang of teenage girls who terrorize their small community. Striking late at night, the young women rob gas stations, commit acts of vandalism, and sexually assault young men while living double-lives as picture-perfect students and obedient daughters. Paula's father, the editor of the town newspaper, unknowingly tips her off to inside police information, keeping the gang ahead of the law.


  • The Violent Years was written, but not directed, by Ed Wood. It made some money at the box office, but Wood had sold his rights and collected no residuals.
  • Jean Moorhead, who plays Paula, was Playboy’s Miss October 1955.
  • The song “So What” by Ministry uses several samples from this film.

The Episode

Host Segments


Tom with a ventriloquist dummy head

Prologue: Servo’s new head from a ventriloquist dummy is disturbing.

Segment One: The Mads unveil their theme music, "Livin' in Deep 13". They demand theme songs from Mike, Tom, and Crow. Tom is ready with his Orff-inspired theme music. Crow and Mike are completely unprepared, and it shows. In spite of this fact, Frank really likes Mike's song.


The Mads perform "Livin' in Deep 13"

Segment Two: The Mads proudly introduce their new radio station called Frank! "Turn your crank to Frank!" Mike and the bots are reluctant to turn their cranks to Frank.


Crow's one man show about Keanu Reeves - starring Mike

Segment Three: Tom reenacts a tearful scene from the 1976 movie A Star is Born

Segment Four: It's rehearsal time for Crow’s one man show about Keanu Reeves - starring Mike!


Crow and Mike reenact the gas station robbery

Segment Five: Mike and Crow reenact the enthralling gas station hold-up scene from the movie. It takes a while, so Tom and Gypsy read a graduation invitation in the interim. The Mads are still on their "Turn your crank to Frank!" kick.

Stinger: Lying in her prison hospital bed, Paula says, "So what!"

Other Notes


  • Unusual credits: Over "Mighty Science Theater", TV's Frank continues to name artists for radio station Frank, which starts out very country and proceeds into very random.
  • This is the final episode with Charles A. Zimmerman listed as an editor.
  • Tom’s theme song is set to the music of “Carmina Burana.”


Obscure References

  • (SHORT, shot of boys approaching house) "Geez, it's Chip and Dale!"

Servo is actually referring to Warner Brothers' Goofy Gophers (who are often misidentified as Chip and Dale due to the latter's popularity).

  • "The Bobby Knight Story!"

Bobby Knight is a college basketball coach known for his volatile temper.

  • "The Peggy Noonan Gang!"

Peggy Noonan is a veteran Republican speechwriter.

  • "Turn your crank to Frank!"

This is a parody of the Twin Cities' mid-90's country-format radio station BOB 100 and its catchphrase "Turn your knob to BOB!"

  • "Everyone forced to write with the Palmer Method"

The Palmer Method is a handwriting method, once popular in the US, that, among other strict regiments, forced left-handed people to write with their right hands. Its supporters also purported to be able to reform delinquents with its strict regimentation.

  • *As Judge walks into the court room* "Here Come Da Me!"

Reference to Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham's signature courtroom mockery routine, which started with "Here Come Da Judge!". It later became a song entitled Here Comes The Judge, the most famous version of which is covered by Shorty Long.

A reference to a recurring feature in Penthouse magazine in which people write in to relate (somewhat dubious) details of their sexual exploits.


Video Release


MST3K DVD cover

Commercially released on DVD by Shout Factory in December 2011 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 22, a 4-DVD set with Time of the ApesMighty Jack, and The Brute Man.

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