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317 - The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent



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Robert Brown - 8 days ago

Another unfinished episode for me. It isn't a terrific feature, but I have no idea why I was able to finish "Teenage Caveman" and not this one.

The short is the star of the show, of course. It's no Mr B Natural, or Hired!, or Is It Love?, or A Date with Your Family, but it still makes me laugh.

One of the incidental benefits of MST3K are the glimpses of the former world we get through the various shorts and features. The Home Economics short is one of the most rewarding examples. The world of 1950 is most decidedly not the world of 2014. We can learn this fact from dry history textbooks, but we can see it, hear it and feel it in a filmstrip such as this.

And make mock while we learn. I love you, Best Brains!


So, you wanna know what a 5-lb. party is?
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Dave Ryder - 3 months ago

On another forum, I found out that Patty Marvel, a member of the Yahoo MST3K group, apparently sent a letter to Iowa State asking exactly this question...here is their response.

Dear Ms. Marvel,

Our office received your inquiry about the promotional film called "The Home Economics Story." According to sources here the reference in the film is to a "five-pound party." Apparently there was an old sorority tradition to have a party and bring a 5-lb. box of candy when you announced your engagement.

Sincerely,
Sandra Gartz
Assistant to the Director

...so, now we know...


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Hailley Petey-Plane - 4 months ago

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Hailley Petey-Plane - 4 months ago

Do you really need to take classes to know how to do laundry or cook for multiple people?


JUST A FEW OBSERVATIONS
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K.T. Robot - 5 months ago

So these "tough" Viking women set out to retrieve their men in a boat barely big enough for them, and manage to get there rowing against the wind. Everything went downhill from that point, but the riffs were great. As for the short, soooo dated, but even more so hilarious. I was craving waffles, but I realized I didn't know enough about electricity to use the waffle iron. And I don't think I've seen a funnier sight than Frank and the chicken in a knife fight! I could watch that clip over and over, and its the reason I'm giving this episode my laugh.


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Cliff Beefpile - 5 months ago

All I can hear is the narrator saying, "...five-pound potty..." What the hell does he actually say?


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Joel mentions, with an obvious "eye roll" in his voice, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, saying she's "attempting to swim the English Channel. Again." In September, 2013, after 4 attempts over her lifetime, she finally managed to swim from Florida to Cuba. It took her 53 hours and she was the first person to complete that swim without the protection of a shark cage. She was 64 years old at the time.


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Joseph C Goodson - 6 months ago

"Even the physics class was about what a girl would like. It was about physics in the home." Jesus Christ.


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Ray Garraty - 6 months ago

So a woman goes to college and gets a degree to be a better housewife?


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Sean Barry - 6 months ago

I'm hungry for waffles now... not sure why.


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Sean Barry - 6 months ago

21:05--50's brainwashing show: "For after all, we live in a world where people are more important than things."
Me: *vomiting sounds*


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0:09:02 - "Damn." has been playing over and over in my head and has had me laughing hysterically now for over 12 hours.


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Not Dave Chappelle - 8 months ago

I can't think of any other film the guys have done that features straight-up human sacrifice!

1:25.23


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Andrea Mackey - 8 months ago

the home ec short - appx 16 mins into full link 1: I've watched the cheerleader portion 5 times now; it's hilarious yet also on it's own, flipping weird. cheerleading in the modest days seems smarmy


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Release the Hounds!


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hippiekarl7 - 9 months ago

Here's a brain teaser: who looks more baked in the opening segment---Joel, or TV's wisecracking Crow?


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Matt Towler - 9 months ago

Now that I know most of the riffs by heart I'm watching what the Joel & the bots themselves are doing. Watch for Joel pretending to push Tom into a meat grinder on the screen during the short! ;-)


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - 10 months ago

"Look, she's left-handed. Can't trust a leftie!" Makes me proud to be sinister, we get a +2 bonus in life! Lefties unite!


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Tom Nathe - 10 months ago

Oh, my. A Diana Nyad reference.


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Gregory Robert Dunn - 11 months ago

What a stupid movie... It had so much potential too.


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Gregory Robert Dunn - 11 months ago

What a ridiculous lampshade...


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Derek Marino - 11 months ago

"iowa st. college, the high school after high school" ha


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Austin Strong - 12 months ago

The premise of this film is awesome: The Great Escape with Vikings! Instead, Corman gives us Hairless Beach Bodies Get Saved by their Girlfriends.


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Austin Strong - 12 months ago

They called the femmy prince guy Freddie Mercury. I think he looks more like Frodo Baggins.


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Austin Strong - 12 months ago

Normally I can excuse the characters in a film inexplicably speaking English, but Corman just takes it too far. This is one of his better written films, but he relies on the old cliches of overly-Shakespearean dialogue and the hero(ine)s speaking in American accents while the villains sneer in smarmy English accents. 2/10 for Roger, which is a freakin' Oscar nomination for him.


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Austin Strong - 12 months ago

"... ... ...Waffles. WE GOT MOVIE SIIIGN!" 47:04-47:16 Best. Buffer. Ever.


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - 12 months ago

Arrgh! It's "eck-o-nomics", not "ee-co-nomics!"


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Morgan Zindzi T - about 1 year ago

smh. I see Corman subscribed to the "Bury Your Gays" style of film. Or, in this case, Burn Your Gays... And Then Burn Them A Wife For The Afterlife.
Sorta taking a leaf outta the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants


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Joseph Ewing - about 1 year ago

I actually was genuinely curious whether Todd and the one who he had the slight romantic chemistry hinted at ended up together...


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Joseph Ewing - about 1 year ago

It's more like The Viking women with guest appearance by the sea serpent.


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James Krummel - about 1 year ago

Best short ever! Some of the funniest riffing going on in there. Had me busting out all the way through.


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Elisa Farrington - about 1 year ago

"But for Fran Tarkenton and the Minnasota Vikings there would come another day." Can someone explain this? They use it often with different football teams, like Vince Lumbardi and the Green Bay Packers in Space Travellers. What is it from?


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Elisa Farrington - about 1 year ago

Ram Chips - Bad things: King Grimwald's extensive vocabulary for "A few words I learned from your countrymen." and the brute who plays Zarko; he really whips Desir in the face and is un-necessarily rough. Good things: Raven haired Inger's change of heart and Dr. Forrester's corn-fed, Minnasota mam-a jam-a.


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Elisa Farrington - about 1 year ago

"...and coming 'round the club house turn it's Apartment House with plenty of room, and Girdle in the stretch, Bird Poop on the track and coming up the rear is Feitlebaum". (I thought it was Beetle Balm but looked it up and this is from a radio show by Doodles Weaver. Got any other horse names?


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Teri Gee - about 1 year ago

I gotta say, as cheesy as this movie is, you have to give Corman credit for some non-stereotypical characters. That prince is SOOOOO wimpy, and his father clearly knows it. He was positively shocked at thinking his son could have killed a boar. The women are the strongest characters, even if they're not the deepest characters.


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Gregg Hammerquist - about 1 year ago

The school shooting riffs would be considered so inappropriate nowadays.


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Shawn Amkr Dickinson - about 1 year ago

Waffle-waffle-waffle-waffle. lmao Gypsy. Does anyone else think that looks slightly like Crow riding a bike at the very beginning (I think its really a commerical before the show starts) reminds me of the 24.2 extra when joel trace and frank (as Servo? lmao so weird, josh or kevin wouldve come you know they would) and Crow is riding the bike. (One of the few times we see crows full body / feet)


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You gotta love the Norse karate.


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They can't get to Valhalla by being burned at the stake! They'll see each other in Hel!


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I'm pretty sure the brunette has scale-mail printed on her top.


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Vikings weren't known for their baby-faces or their penchant for surrender.


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Penalty on the riff. Too many consecutive Green Acres references. First down for the offense.


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They were dressed a little scantly for their climate.


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Bruce Box-Liker - about 1 year ago

I've gotta applaud Joel here: the prop guys gave him a right-handed baseball mitt, and he wears it left-handedly anyway.


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Joseph Ewing - about 1 year ago

Some of their riffs are way beyond being a stretch. At exactly 50 minutes when Joel says the guy looks like Freddie Mercury, really? I watch at least a part of an episode a day but sometimes the emperor has no clothes. I blame Mary Jo.


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Alex C. - over 1 year ago

"Carol, who is now Mrs. Bill Johnson..." Ah, so she finally got that gender reassignment surgery after majoring in home economics. Good for her (him?).


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Sam Garland - over 1 year ago

The "Crotch Cheer" is now my own personal anthem.


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Richard Deakin - over 1 year ago

Waffles! Not a bad movie at all for a Corman but why was Todd there alone with all the women and not with the rest of the viking men on there journey? I would be boiking all of them and not be going off looking for there men at all lol. Trivia time: Grimwald King is The Devil in "The Undead" and the guy that keeps on whipping Todd is Apollo in that Star Trek episode "Who Mourns For Adonis". He was Leonard Nimoys acting coach and he got him the Apollo gig!


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I'm waiting for the next version of Frank's machine: The Beyond Meat Re-animator.


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Aileen Smithee - over 1 year ago

I love this ep to pieces. Always have. That is all.


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robbin505.4.u@gmail.com - over 1 year ago

I agree, waffles are awesome and I think anytime IS the right time for waffles.


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Kimono Dragon - over 1 year ago

Stark (evil dad) is the love child of Abe Vigoda and Joe DiMaggio. "It's Tessio. He always was the smart one." "Tell Michael it was just business. I always liked him."


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Mitchell - over 1 year ago

The complete title of this film (0:29:09) is the best Charades stumper ever!


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Super McWonderfull - over 1 year ago

wow I can't believe how demeaning the short is to women.


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Fredrick Stafford - over 1 year ago

Mmm…that Abby Dalton (Desir) could make an old Norseman give up the pillage and keep his longboat docked close to home!


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Feyd Rautha - over 1 year ago

"Hellloooooo, girrrrlssss."


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Steve Ahmann - over 1 year ago

'windowpane'


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Scooter Atreides - over 1 year ago

I love Corman's enlightened, rational, peaceful Vikings: Vedrik SPARES the life of the Grimauld Chieftain???

Gimme a break! A REAL Viking would have had his dusky, non-blonde head atop his battle standard--and wouldn't leave until the Grimauld's homes were raided for valuables, their crops burned and the land salted, the men slaughtered like cattle, the women ravished, and the children enslaved.

That's how a ViIKING rolls!


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Scooter Atreides - over 1 year ago

Look, I don't mean to imply anything--but that Grimauld Prince makes Truman Capote look like Charles Bronson...


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Dave Konkol - over 1 year ago

So why are they so close to shore they can still take Todd back, but so far from it they cannot go back for the oar?


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0:30:33 Crow is "ashamed" to know Lord of the Rings references? This changes our relationship.... ;)


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Brad D - almost 2 years ago

One of the best shorts ever done by MST3K. It never gets old...


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Kimono Dragon - about 2 years ago

This tribe came right out of a Star Trek episode. I expected them to start feeding Voll. "Voll hungers. We must go to him." Jim, remember the prime directive!


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Kiri T. Unicorn - about 2 years ago

In rare form during the short, one of their best. Numerous references to sex, drugs, and violence. Oh yes, and Bob McNamara and Ayn Rand.


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Kiri T. Unicorn - about 2 years ago

I love the fight between Frank and his knife-wielding, reanimated fryer.
Of COURSE your creation will try to destroy you; have you learned NOTHING, Frank?


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Josh Maule - about 2 years ago

Willy the Waffle sure sounded a lot like Coily the Spring from the Squirm episode in Season 10. This proves it. MST3K writers are psychic.


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Alex Stefanic - about 2 years ago

I should know better than to watch this episode when I don't have waffle mix in the house...


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Matthew Eickhoff - over 2 years ago

This short film is four stars hilarious, one of my all time favorites!


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BleuLlama - over 2 years ago

Mmm... waffle shakes.