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311 - It Conquered the World



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It Conquered The World!*

*If by "the world" you mean a small town in California and a nearby military/space facility, which it held for approximately two days. But that's not as snappy a title.


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Here are the names of the eight people you most need to control in order to begin to take over the world. First, the mayor of Beechwood, California. I'll just give you his name. You can find his address in the phone book, I'm sure. I mean, you just landed on this planet for the first time, and Google won't exist for half a century, but, really, the guy's name should be enough...


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No matter how many times I see this episode, I don't understand why they replay the ending monologue three times.
My preferred interpretation is that the writers found Graves' ending monologue so shoehorned-in, pompous, and heavy-handed that they decide to end the episode the way they ended the movie, by hammering in a message that over-dramatizes the story's moral. But... Some people like this movie. Maybe some people like that cheesefest of a soppy monologue? I don't get it.


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Zeitgeist Meister - 2 months ago

This movie was remade about 10 years later as Zontar, which in turn was used for a spoof by SCTV. People were controlled by a cabbage leaf on their heads.


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Still one of my three favorite episodes, ever. Mitchell and Manos are the funniest riff-jobs, mainly because the two films are bad and horrible (respectively). But It Conquered The World is an objectively good -- maybe even great -- 50s sci-fi movie, yet it contains just enough cheesiness to make it eminently riffable. It's the best of both worlds (conquered or otherwise).

Plus I've heard Frank Zappa was in touch with the MST3K crew in the early 90s and gave them some suggestions for movies, in which case this would've probably been Frank's first pick. Frank "loved" this movie. In his song about bad monster movies (Cheepnis) nearly the entire song intro is a monologue about It Conquered The World and it's hysterical. Coming from 1974, it's probably the first known riff-job on this movie.


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Thanks, 'Watch-It-Together'; this is a great Experiment but one I rarely think to cue up. It's been a year, at least.


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Erica -MSTies of SOCAL - 2 months ago

How does this have so few laughs? This is one of my top five fav episodes. Come on, people - CAT SNAPPING. Nuffsaid...


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This is actually one of my favorite movies ever. I can watch this un-riffed any day. It's cheesy and very melodramatic sure. But where on God's green Earth are you you going to hear another closing speech like the one Peter Graves delivers again in cinema?


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Matthew Boyle - 3 months ago

whoa wait a minute, they leave the dinner party and paul's wife gets behind the wheel? I doubt that was something you see in many 50's movies.


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Matthew Boyle - 3 months ago

Who the hell says sheeing? It's skiing! Is it those damn Brits again? They say schedule like shedule so it wouldn't surprise me. Although school is inexplicably still pronounced school and not shool as you would think from their pronunciation of schedule.


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Matthew Boyle - 3 months ago

How do you have prostitutes on ice in a nice way?


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Matthew Boyle - 3 months ago

What's funny is that I think in one of the last season 8 episodes called time chasers they make a reference to the letter asking why Joel seems so sleepy all the time. Mike's brother/alter ego "eddy" mentions how working for Dr. Forrester was a good temp job until "that sleepy eyed guy left".


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Ray Garraty - 4 months ago

The great grandfather of Grimace.


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Gregory Robert Dunn - 5 months ago

Barbie frozen in a block of ice!!!! LMAO!!!


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - 5 months ago

The monster is cheesy and some of the acting and dialog is poor but over all this is a decent movie. The overall flavor is a nice kinda body snatchers meets silent hill creepiness.


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Misterkingdom - 6 months ago

I hope I'm not losing my mind but I love Roger Corman's dialogue. In this one, swap diamonds and gunslinger. He writes women characters well. They always end up in the action of things instead of staying on the sidelines.


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Jane Sproul - 10 months ago

Stupidity restrains wo-man's progress more, y'know. You could maybe ask your long-suffering wife about that.


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Misterkingdom - about 1 year ago

Why does kissing in the 50s look so painful?


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Stereo Catz - about 1 year ago

Gotta love an alien invasion that can be defeated with a high collar.


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It occurs to me that the alien could have avoided the blowtorch and this whole tragedy might have been prevented, if only someone had spoken up in time and said those two all-important words : "Gentle pressure."


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This film was probably Roger Corman's magnum opus. I mean, in Corman films, you can at least be fairly confident that there will be a plot - But this one also comes with recognizable acting talent, characters development and actual *themes?*

Wait, how did this end up on MST3K?


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I gotta share this -- if you've ever wondered why the MST3K guys made so many Frank Zappa references, and even gave him a musical tribute when he died, this may explain it : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzxa49fefq8
It's a live performance of "Cheepnis," a song about monster movies. The entire first 2 minutes is a monologue of Zappa making fun of "It Conquered The World" (this was recorded all the way back in 1974, so it's sorta like the ancestor of the modern MST3K skit). I don't know who made the youtube video for it, but it is FRIGGIN' PRICELESS. Keep your eyes peeled for Samson the Silver Mask -- he's in there. Also featuring the famous Ruth Underwood, whom the bots seem to reference anytime they hear a xylophone.

After you hear this song you'll see why the guys thought of Zappa as a kindred spirit. Great minds think alike :D


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James GreyWolf - over 1 year ago

At about 1:00:00, Lee's wife confronts him. She states that he is blind of his actions. He is too attached to this power he is gaining. I think I know what she is really doing and why taking this position. She is doing an intervention. She is trying to get him in to a help group -- AA, Aliens Anonymous. I think she did this because of the help that she got in AlAnon, the group developed to help friends and family members of those addicted to aliens. They helped her understand that she has to make a stand and do what she can to get him to an AA meeting so he can face his addiction. Maybe he did make a meeting. Maybe they helped him learn, almost too late, that man is a feeling creature. And because of it, the greatest in the universe......


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Linda Decatmomma - over 1 year ago

has a bad sound was not easy to listen to.. needs a new upload


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Diane - aka Starbreeze - over 1 year ago

It's probably just me but it sounded like they said penis a few times instead of venus. Especially at the beginning of the movie.


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Creepy Girl - over 1 year ago

"It's the end of everything!" In that case, why bother running? Where is there to run TO?


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Kyle Butler - almost 2 years ago

This movie would have been watchable, even without the gang, if it werent for the HORRIBLE effects of the Main monster baddy and his flying..uh..cave bats? Most of the movies are really dry, tedious and/or painful to watch but this one holds its own (relatively that is) and is now among one of my favorites. When the letter asks why Joel looks so sleepy when he talks cracked me up, i always thought Joel looked SEVERELY uncomfortable on camera and wondered if he ever smoked a little something to calm his nerves.


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Sean Marten - almost 2 years ago

Well I for one have learned that man is a feeling creature, or...something like that. Okay, run it again.


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Alyssa Transitoria - almost 2 years ago

47:30...I love Tom singing the Brady Bunch-esque 'incidental' music!


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Jimmy Porto - almost 2 years ago

According to IMDB, this movie was filmed in five days!


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Sean Barry - about 2 years ago

That final monologue at the end of the film was one of the truest and greatest things I have ever heard. No wonder they played it for us in full like 4 times.


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Stu Slaymaker - about 2 years ago

Don't know about Crazy Days. But, Beechwood Market is up in the Hollywood Hills. It was still there about 10 years ago. My wife took a picture of me standing in front of it, and we went inside and bought a Coke!


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Patrick Swayze Christmas - about 2 years ago

"For a few dollars you can hire a woman who will fit all your fetishes!" I didn't make this up people and it isn't a riff....


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Patrick Swayze Christmas - about 2 years ago

Sheeing...playing ping pong or badminton with a Barbie Doll frozen in a block of ice! ~I knew that :)~


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SuperJaneEyre - about 2 years ago

Good lord, that child's drawing of Crow is terrifying looking.


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SuperJaneEyre - about 2 years ago

Out of curiosity I looked up when Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out (since this film was obviously the Corman quickie version of that), and Invasion was released only *five* months earlier. Quick indeed!


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SuperJaneEyre - about 2 years ago

You know, for as often as they'd feature Corman as one of the kings of bad cinema, I wonder what the guys actually thought of his genuinely great horror comedies like Little Shop of Horrors and Bucket of Blood.


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Just Johnny Baca - about 2 years ago

Geechy Guy? Cool, I love that weirdo guy. "My mother said 'watch out, there's always one weirdo on every bus', ... I could never find him."


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Robert Brown - over 2 years ago

Hey, skit #2 is "Who's Afraid of Mrs. Olsen."


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Aaron Kuehmichel - over 2 years ago

Can anyone confirm if the 'Crazy Days at Beechwood Market in downtown Winnetka' commercial they reference at about the 35:55 mark was a real commercial? I presume they meant Winnetka, Illinois...


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Gregory Robert Dunn - over 2 years ago

Sorry I'm not in now but if you'd like to leave a...


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Bruce Box-Liker - over 2 years ago

If you go to the Horror exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle, you can actually see one of the control creatures from this movie.


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Paul Trieglaff - over 2 years ago

@jameskrummel : Wow! You think MST3K is in the business of respect? Ummm... Travel back in time to 1989, and alert PBS!!!!


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Crypto Dentist - over 2 years ago

36:07 - "What's happening in the rest of the country" Mister Asshole???


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James Krummel - over 2 years ago

Love the respect they showed at the end to Peter Graves. He always made any movie he was in at least tolerable just from his stellar acting presence. Not a big fan of Lee Van Cleef, but I do enjoy his acting as well. Too bad his career didn't blossom more than it did. All in all, not a bad movie really. Oh, and always great to see the beautiful Beverly Garland at work.


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Classicats - over 2 years ago

"There's nothing quite as pretty on a summer day as arterial spray on the white snow." Get a lot of snow in the summer, do we Joel? Well, they are from MN. :)


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Joseph Ewing - over 2 years ago

No one wondered for a single second if the people would be saved and back to normal if you removed the thing on their necks? They just went ahead and killed everyone.


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Joseph Ewing - over 2 years ago

1:27:29 Aqui means "here" in Spanish, KEVIN.


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Elisa Farrington - over 2 years ago

Crow is so funny in Winter Sports Cavalcade when his hockey mask head-dress gets knocks off which makes it so he can't see when he gets his hat put back on and then a piece of 'Snapped Cat' lands on its bill....then he peeks over the desk at the very end after he faints away.


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Elisa Farrington - over 2 years ago

ramchips - Good thing: The Cave Bats! I actually got a creepy feeling when they showed that one in the trees thinking and waiting to strike. Bad thing: 'It'. So lame and too unbelievable, especially when it inches up to Bazooka Joe who has to stand there and pretend he can't escape.


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 2 years ago

JLI, NP, that's b/c they are right-handed, they don't know any better.


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Colleen Swiggum - over 2 years ago

Geez, where's ozzy osbourne when you need him?


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Joseph Ewing - over 2 years ago

For Roger Corman, that was a pretty clever transition from the opening credits to the opening scene.


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John S - over 2 years ago

Phone rings. He answers it saying, "This could only be Anderson." Anderson says, "I have the only working phone left."...so how were they BOTH talking on the...???


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

It's completely impervious to anti-tank weapons, but not small torches.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

The coffee and pie bit was good shtick. I wonder what they stole it from.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

Is it a bad sign that I find cat-snapping really, really funny?


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

They keep doing these bits about James Arness and Peter Graves and I don't get it. Jim Phelps does not look like Matt Dillon!


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

A modern whirling dervish? But dervishes still exist.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

Those nooses are supposed to be behind the left ear, not the right.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

Not many actors can say they've hat-tricked the mystery science theater. Including Lee, because he's dead.


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Mike Carmona - over 2 years ago

The outbursts at 00:07:03, 00:07:24, and the one starting at 00:19:37 (ESPECIALLY!) get me EVERY TIME!


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Joseph Ewing - almost 3 years ago

Every once in a while there is a line in the movie that they talk over that I would like to have heard. Does anyone know what Peter Graves says at 1:07:40?


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Jerome Montgomery II - almost 3 years ago

Why Peter Graves speech in the end of the movie seem so Shatner lol


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Mitchell - almost 3 years ago

Could someone please make "It Conquered The World vs The Creeping Terror"? You could probably do it for about 80 bucks.


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Mitchell - almost 3 years ago

Reportedly Paul Blaisdell, who designed and built the monster, was actually hurt and pissed off when, at the first screening, the alien was finally revealed and the whole audience burst into derisive laughter. Apparently up until that moment he was convinced his traffic cone with lobster claws creation was frightening.


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Looking at his Wikipedia page, I feel bad that I only know Lee Van Cleef from Master Ninja, aka "the Good, the Bad and the Ninja"


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Kiri T. Unicorn - almost 3 years ago

People really shouldn't complain about the cost of the space program.

Apparently, an entire experimental satellite program can be run by six people or so...


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Kiri T. Unicorn - almost 3 years ago

"And what's a day in Copenhagen without a bowl of blonde and a traditional whack at the traditional Crow-Beating?!"

Ah, once again we have the inimitable vocal stylings of Kevin Murphy.
Outstanding.


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Apparently, Beverley Garland, who played Claire Anderson commented "THAT conquered the world? when she saw the creature to be used in the movie, and kicked it over! This movie was remade in 1966 with the title Zontar, the Thing from Venus, which I saw a couple of years ago, it was truly awful!


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Fredrick Stafford - almost 3 years ago

For laughs go to a meeting of your local city council and give the “Graves speech” word for word during the open public comments portion.


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Richard Deakin - about 3 years ago

That......Was.......The.......Most...............Heart-Warming..........Endearing.......Motivational..........Speech...........I......Have.........Ever Heard :-(***************************************


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Mitchell - about 3 years ago

He learned to late that man is a feeling creature.....


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Kimono Dragon - about 3 years ago

So, it comes from a planet with a surface temperature of 900F, and Lee VonCleef kills it with... FIRE? It's 2 years before 'The Blob'. They wouldn't even have been stealing the idea to freeze it!


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Renaynay - over 3 years ago

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Classicats - over 3 years ago

The end segment was so cute, when Joel was feeding the bots and watching without comment. Then I cracked up when the Mads were watching it as well. And I continued cracking up when they played it instead of the end theme. AND the stinger.


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Big McLargehuge - over 3 years ago

What a bummer when the blonde lady bites it. She was GUSTY!


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Puma Man - over 3 years ago

Joel makes a good dummy, but I can see Crow's lips moving.


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Robert Ferguson - over 3 years ago

From 42:42 - 44:00 the "intermission" One of the BEST dysfunctional families I've ever seen.


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Dana Xu - over 3 years ago

Great speech by Mr. Graves


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True Cheepnis! (Pun intended.)


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Andy Jones - almost 4 years ago

Amazingly obscure Church of the Sub Genius reference in the short. I'm impressed. Impressed enough to give Slack.


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Alex Stefanic - almost 4 years ago

I like this movie quite a bit. One of Corman's best.


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Jimmy Porto - almost 4 years ago

Honey! Can't you just let me once take over the world?!?


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Jeremy Morrison - almost 4 years ago

@Frankie....100% agree, I enjoyed the movie, or maybe just Peter Graves


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Alex Wilkerson - almost 4 years ago

It's funny when the letter says that Joel looks really sleepy when he talks.


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Frankie DeMario - about 4 years ago

Cheap effects aside. This wasn't really a bad movie!