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603 - The Dead Talk Back



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Stud Cumming - about 1 month ago

I think one of my favourite parts of this episode would have to be Dr. Forrester's reaction to Frank spilling his guts and confessing to everything.

Oh, and he looks good in a fedora.


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MSTeacher3K - 2 months ago

Watching the detective light a cigarette while interviewing witnesses at the boarding house got me to thinking: most old movies show people smoking frequently, and in every kind of scene. But why? Did the actors do so as part of their character development, or were people so addicted to nicotine that they literally couldn't wait to smoke?


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MSTeacher3K - 2 months ago

On the 'bots' radio show, Winston Churchill sounds more like JFK. I'm pretty sure it's Trace doing the voice, but he has no British accent at all!


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Caleb Fountain - 2 months ago

Criminal Procedure by Mike and the Bots:

"So help me, lieutenant, if you would have let me handle that man my way, I would have knocked it out of him." -- "It's too bad, but they don't do that anymore." -- UH, YES THEY DO.

"You can't hold a man, or convict him, because he buys a new pair of shoes." THAT'S THE BASIS OF OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM.

All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten; all I really need to know about Criminal Procedure I learned on MST3k.


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The humanity - 2 months ago

Its hilarious every time they do the Kermit voice for the scientist


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The humanity - 2 months ago

This is such an awful film that it's hilarious, especially the wonky scientist.
Crow's solo really gets old fast though...


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Stephen A Nathe - 3 months ago

god, this is just a boring movie....


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The Dudley Do-right/Kermit the Frog-style voice the guys do for the bespectacled "medium" makes me laugh every time. It doesn't even seem to matter what they're saying; I still crack up.


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Allison Peepington - 3 months ago

This episode is one of the reasons i love this site. I did not get to see it before the show went off the air. after finding it online years later i have to say it is now one of my favorites.


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jason roggasch - 4 months ago

Man im dyin for a Nelson. And i dont even smoke. Cigarettes. I am suffering from a serious head injury so thats what happened with that '' joke''. Im as much a victim as you are . Think about it wont you.


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"You can solve murders by just contacting the murdered." Essentially the main premise of the show Pushing Daisies.


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Richard Deakin - 5 months ago

Crow Garcia's guitar solo is even better and Looongerrr than Ted Nugent's 'Stranglehold" Woow! THE ENO lol


yaaaawwwnnnn.......
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Sean Barry - 6 months ago

This one's pretty tedious, thank Jebus for Mike n Bots, but I'm gonna have to watch the second half tomorrow night.


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Joseph Ewing - 6 months ago

Does anyone know the relevance of Tom's line, " "He's tacking into the wind"? at 1:17:49?


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Atom Manhattan - 6 months ago

1) Crow's rocking out with the guitar in the Garcia getup...probably my favorite bit of all time.
2) this was easily one of the worst movies ever. Horrible script/characters/directing/acting on an epic level...this flick is just one huge @#$%ing train wreck.


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Bruce Box-Liker - 6 months ago

"Your methods have not always been -- and I use this term loosely -- orthodox."

I keep rolling this line over in my mind, and it just baffles me. He's loosely using a term to express what he does not think his methods were? So his methods were only "loosely" not orthodox?


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DEATH! - 7 months ago

Crowster's guitar solo.......Bravo!


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Scott Morrow - 7 months ago

47:45, the return of Crow's sensible pants?


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Phil Carstens - 8 months ago

So, he shot her with a sharpened curtain rod? And the investigators didn't notice? You'd think they would. Then they could search everyone's rooms and find out which has the missing curtain rod.

Boom, I'm smarter than this movie's cops.


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There's so much pausing in this movie's dialogue it's almost like it was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn! Boom!


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Gigantor! - 9 months ago

I was surprised to discover that Aldo Farnese ("Henry Krasker") died at the age of 57 in 1994-- a year after the movie was released! He was only twenty years old when it was filmed, in 1957. (He could've passed for middle-aged, IMHO.) Weird, huh?


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This is my favorite episode btw


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - 9 months ago

So round, so firm, so fully packed," talking about the cigarette, but ya gotta love some of these double entendres! @ 00:31:51


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Wait, horizontal shelving? Really, film short? As opposed to... what, exactly?


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Teri Gee - 10 months ago

Are we supposed to know what's going on with the people in the cars at the beginning of the movie? I just don't get what's going on. Does it actually tie in to the rest of the movie at any point or is it like the random murder at the beginning of The Beast of Yucca Flats?


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At 8:51 , Trace makes a really creepy noise that sounds like "Nyeehhheheeeh," when the pizza dominatrix tries to wink and smile. Kills me.


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Every police scene in this episode makes me laugh like an idiot.


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Punch Rockgroin - 10 months ago

1:19:20 "And when she came down, her face was split!" 'Bill Cosby Himself' reference!


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Noah Nelson Nearth - 11 months ago

Did anyone notice Nelson, Tom and Crow singing "Atmospheres" (the weird voice chorale in 2001: A Spade Odyssey when the monolith appeared to the apemen)... while they showed the first silhouette of the The Selling Wizard?
"Brilliant...and sophisticated!!!" ~ says I.B. Snooty of the London Philharmonic.
MST3K deserves the Nobel Prize for ...umm... Crackupitude!


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Embalming kind of makes the air-horn unnecessary.


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59:20 Why do they have a picture of Howdy Doody on the wall?


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“Where did he find it?” Through telepathy he told me he found it behind the garage. He had to use telepathy because as you saw he didn’t say a word since he came in.


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Who keeps mowing the lawn outside!?


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Poor Jim Kelley four super-bowls four loses. So unless talent scouts get rings Churchill knows some football.


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Joseph Ewing - 11 months ago

"So? Big deal. My stools float." I can't believe I never got that joke until now. Haha. That's one of the best lines in the episode.


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Elisa Farrington - 12 months ago

Well, I won't feel the same way about geodes ever again.


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hippiekarl7 - about 1 year ago

I'm surprised (as both a HeadDead and a MYSTie) that TV's wisecracking Crow lost the beard and hair each time they went back in the theater; all 3 of them usually have any skit's wig on when they go back to a movie (remember Mike's beehive? Crow and Tom's hockey hair?)....."The Skinny Bot Rocks!"


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 1 year ago

*lol* I love MST! When I have a bad day, I always watch to get a laugh and cheer me up!


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Kelly Slane - about 1 year ago

*with accent* I don't smoke, but if I did, I'd smoke Nelson.


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Mal'te'akh Malithion - about 1 year ago

"Why am I always subjected to the works of the devil?!" Because nobody LIKES you.


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Ken Beatty - about 1 year ago

I think I have had the laugh button for the episode work like twice out of the almost dozen times I have tried. A bunch of times it actually reduced the number of laughs. This time the number just stayed the same....anyone else see this?


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Jeffrey Brandenburg - about 1 year ago

This was one of the greatest series of my teenage years, which would explain a lot... ha


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Colter Matthews - about 1 year ago

I've always wondered this: Why did Dr. Forrester say to Mike "Your first short film"? This certainly wasn't his first short, that was "Is This Love?" and it wasn't even the first short of the season, that being in the previous episode "A Date with Your Family". It's such an odd way to introduce the short. Anyone else agree?


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Bruce Box-Liker - about 1 year ago

This is one of those terrible stories that only knows how to do an impression of a murder mystery; they had seen enough mysteries to know that they consist of a lengthy investigation followed by an unveiling at the end, but it hadn't occurred to them that the two should be related.

And what was the thought process that went into the gambit at the end? "I bet we can trick the murderer into admitting guilt by making him think he's only admitting to *attempted* murder!"


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Frederick Jacob Luebker - over 1 year ago

"Leon, what are you doing down there?"
"Mom, I'm talking to the dead!"
"Did you look for a job today?"
"I put in some applications... lay off!"

Ive been there, man. Minus the talking to the dead part.


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Mitchell - over 1 year ago

Could this film be sued for false advertising? Shouldn't they at least have to put up a disclaimer that in fact, throughout the entire film, NO dead EVER talk back? Or talk at all. Or even mumble.


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Mary Alice Orchard - over 1 year ago

*loud blaring horn* "It's hard for him to make friends, I think"


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Mary Alice Orchard - over 1 year ago

"This?" "Is THIS"


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Super McWonderfull - over 1 year ago

45:20 .......... CROW IS : JERRY GARCIA

And a little to well if I might add. The 2 hour long guitar solo is
very accurate.


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Aaron Kuehmichel - over 1 year ago

The Grateful Dead sketch gets me every. Single. Time. Classic! This episode deserves more 'Laughs'!


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Raymond Conklin - over 1 year ago

Crow's literal riffing rules! His jam-band solo guitar riffing, along with his hairy get-up, are priceless.


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Fancy Pantserton - over 1 year ago

Coulda swore the scruffy private eye at the beginning said "Have you been hearing odd stories about Chuck Barry? Telepathy? The Fourth dimension?" ♫All of these things are unlike the others♫none of these things can be called the same♫


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Kimono Dragon - over 1 year ago

Clearly a top 10 MSTie. Bad flick, great riffs, hilarious sketch, and an almost painful short. When outsiders ask about MST3K, I can direct them to this.


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Rhys Patterson - over 1 year ago

That initial silhouette of the selling wizard reminded me of the ark of the covanent. It was treated almost the same too... Only it would like keep nazis from melting...maybe


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Peter Privalov - almost 2 years ago

Is there a new link to this?


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Scooter Atreides - almost 2 years ago

Call me weird, but I think the Selling Wizard girl is hot :)

But then, I thought the same about Judy--the "squishy" girl from Young Man's Fancy :D


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John Harms - almost 2 years ago

I've never seen so many unneeded scenes in a movie before. Going into the music store to show the bongo players, the drawn out interrogation of Kruger... I just shook my head as the both passed.


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Ian Bruner - about 2 years ago

I actually somewhat like this one. There's just enough cheese factor to not take seriously so you can enjoy it, and you can kinda tell that the actors had a bit of fun doing their parts.


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Cliff Beefpile - about 2 years ago

And what the hell is with that guy's hair!? It's like he walked into Supercuts and asked for the Bride of Frankenstein special.


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Cliff Beefpile - about 2 years ago

So, why can't Mike be a truly world-class dancer? Thoughts?


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Gal Dagon - about 2 years ago

I love the sketches in this one. Both the fire drill and the Jerry Garcia parody had me in stitches.


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Sage Harpuia - about 2 years ago

... Why would Winston Churchill care about American Football?


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B - about 2 years ago

"Here's an interesting gadget." BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!


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I love all the Ed McMahon references at the end of the short... "Ed McMahon's Budweiser Ice Cream!" "Hi-yooooooooo!"


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This movie feels like the lovechild of Coleman Francis and Ed Wood.


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Rachel Adams - over 2 years ago

The interrogation scenes in this are so great. They really know how to extract information.


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Benji Hollister - over 2 years ago

the props used in the beginning by our "scientist" are hysterical. I love when they all crack up together


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bob - over 2 years ago

"Is that a tick on her face?"


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Alex Stefanic - over 2 years ago

Crow's guitar solo....'nuff said.


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Alek Balobeck - over 2 years ago

Why are so many of these episodes all wobbily? Is there a reason?