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409 - The Indestructible Man



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Such as Seals - about 2 months ago

Anyone else kind of stunned at how good Joel's singing voice is at 6:10?


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Thrillhoser - 6 months ago

Plod, plod, plodding script.
After several tries, I was finally able to make it through the whole movie without falling asleep!
yay, me. :p


classic newspaper headlines
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Rosebud - 7 months ago

Double whammy! "New Petition Against Tax", AND "Building Code Under Fire". Both in ONE MOVIE! Wowsers. Two classic headlines. Awesome.


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That has to be one of the most 1950's endings ever. I suppose it was only being in the car that stopped him from picking her up and hauling her around the place.


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Last of the Wild Ponies - over 1 year ago

Man, Gary Sinise has been acting for a lot longer than I thought.


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Last of the Wild Ponies - over 1 year ago

13:30 "Any relation to Dick Cheney?" No, but this movie was a huge pain in the butt.


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The Lightning Bug - over 1 year ago

I want to see the version of this movie where he joins the circus


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James Wolfe - over 1 year ago

I love Zappa references but this must be the fifth Jimmy Carl Black comment. Someone wanted to be a musician for a living.


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - almost 2 years ago

If i were Indestructible I would...
-Re-enact the movie Fight Club, (but only the Brad Pit parts...)
-Hunt down and beat up one of every animal that has ever scared me, (Shark, Bear, Rattlesnake, Cuttlefish, Three toed Sloth, Seal etc...)
-Run for President...
Any more Ideas?


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Jane Sproul - almost 2 years ago

Now I really want to see a movie where a broken, traumatized cop who probably shouldn't be working ends up with a rich showgirl who's like, "You'll be my house-husband, sweetie."


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Jeremy Hatfield - about 2 years ago

the indestructible man is a cheap version of the incredible hulk


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Matthew Boyle - over 2 years ago

So is the indestructible man a fugitive or is he technically a free man? After all he was executed and so technically he "served his sentence" and can't be arrested again because of double jeopardy, at least not until he killed people since he was convicted of theft the first time. It's funny there's an actual Supreme Court case where someone was "executed" but it was botched and he didn't die and he sued to keep himself from getting executed again by saying it was double jeopardy. The court didn't agree for some reason


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

Did they actually switch puppeteers in the first sketch? Cause whoever's running Crow is playing fast & loose with the jaw.


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Kimono Dragon - over 2 years ago

At 20:40 the reference to "Thanks Mr. Lithgow" put me on the floor! Anyone else know where this reference came from? Subtle, but hilarious.


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Robert Brown - over 2 years ago

"By the way, was that your car out front?"

Now THAT'S some cop humor.


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Robert Brown - over 2 years ago

Is the scene where the Butcher bookdumps Squeamie shot in the Bradbury? If so, a missed opportunity for some Blade Runner jibes.

"I'll just wait here for Darryl Hannah."


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If there's anybody that should just go by 'Richard,' it's Lieutenant Dick Chasen.


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Henry Brennan - over 2 years ago

Hey Peakpasha - Do you think that's why they chose that particular short? (Duh)


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Ethan Gilbert - almost 3 years ago

People fed into giant typewriters. Almost spewed coke out my nose.


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Teri Gee - almost 3 years ago

So...in that opening, did they all change puppets or did they just run the same puppet and move the mouths as the other was speaking? I was mostly thinking about Gypsy who is, from what I understand, extremely difficult to maneuver.


Incongruous Technologies
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Donald Petkus - about 3 years ago

Atlantis has flying machines, cruise missiles , and tanks, but the warriors rely on swords and horses. Just like in space operas like the Flash Gordon serials.


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Jaguar Wong Abides - about 3 years ago

I love Joel's 'paranoid delusions'


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Gary Rothbard - about 3 years ago

fantastic!


Regarding the Invention Exchange
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If you had to guess what the Mads' invention was, what would you say?

Also, I'm crazy about "The Calling of Lot 49", but yeesh, "Infinite Jest" is easier to get through than "Gravity's Rainbow"...


Sarcasm? nooooooooo.
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Sean Barry - over 3 years ago

Awww man I can't wait until Undersea Kingdom part 3! The suspense is unbearable!


Dashing about on Horses
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Donald Petkus - over 3 years ago

It seems there is a lot of pointless racing about by horsemen. It was a time when cowboys were cheap to hire as extras and stuntmen. So the studio used them. What was the point of that chariot anyway?


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Eulalia Vox - over 3 years ago

Every time they mention Dr. Pepper LipSmacker, I get struck by a hardcore wave of nostalgia for some reason. Also, I appreciate the Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show reference.


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Joseph Ewing - almost 4 years ago

Monster-made man? Did they mean to write that?


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Joseph Ewing - almost 4 years ago

I know it's just a show and I should really blah blah, but from what I've seen, the bots don't have to imagine what they would do if they were indestructible, they've shown themselves to be, time after time.


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Elisa Farrington - almost 4 years ago

The Lon Chaney Eye Thing - one of my top host segments - so simple yet so funny. "In run the Butinskys"...my mother used to say that.


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Donald Petkus - almost 4 years ago

By the time of the Indestructible Man, Chaney's alcoholism was so advanced apparently he couldn't be trusted with much dialog. Looks as though he's going through the motions trying to imitate his Universal Studios Frankenstein monster. His early acting showed promise. Maybe his Lenny in Mice and Men type cast him out of A movies.


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Cliff Beefpile - about 4 years ago

Also, watching the end of this episode--the part where Mike and Kevin are cops--is hilarious to me. Seeing how all four of them are just barely holding it together, especially after watching the "Poopie" outtakes videos and just how much they struggled not to laugh, makes it all the more funny.


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Cliff Beefpile - about 4 years ago

This episode deserves way more laughs based on the poop jokes alone. And the riffs during the endless exposition scene are hilarious.


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Fredrick Stafford - about 4 years ago

You know kids, watching this I almost lament for a time when a guy named Richard ‘Dick’ Chasen could still proudly call himself Dick Chasen because he wasn’t teased into madness as a teenager and then take a classy stripper to a drive-in diner in a car with no front windshield and ply her affections with hamburgers and coffee (hamburgers and coffee?!) and cap it off with a long mind numbing absurdly mundane nearly suicide inducing monologue and have considered it very successful foreplay! ...I said almost.


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Graeme Cree - about 4 years ago

Blooper in this episode. Dr. F says that the movie stars "Casey Adams of Catalina Caper fame", then puts on a skipper's hat and imitates him. Casey Adams/Max Showalter, who appears in this movie does look a lot like Del Moore, the guy in Catalina Caper, but they are in fact two completely different people.


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - about 4 years ago

Anyone know why every time someone in the movie says the word "switch," Crow says Jimmy Smits?


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RevJoan - about 4 years ago

Interesting.
This episode has only 33 or so laughs, but close to 100 quoted riffs.


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 4 years ago

That ending makes my skin crawl. The cop gets the burlesque dancer fired because "I figured being my wife would take up all your time." And she actually answers, "Even if I wanted to say no, I couldn't. You're not supposed to say no to a detective." Eww. Get a backbone, lady!


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Russ "Screw You, Greenland" Fry - over 4 years ago

Wow, a whole 'being chased by cops through a sewer' scene and not one Third Man reference...


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Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago

Squimy screams just like a peacock.


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starman 76 - over 4 years ago

cereal novels!


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Kelly Slane - over 4 years ago

So the non-blinking girl... Weeping Angel nearby?


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Desiree Ashcraft - over 4 years ago

I thought this one was a bit ok when I first saw it. Then I watched it again, and really saw all of the sewer scene. Oh...my....gosh!!!!!!!!! Just about "pee my pants" funny!


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Tom Servo's puns - over 4 years ago

I think this episode has the most unbalanced laughs-to-best-riffs ratio on the whole site.


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Scooter Atreides - over 4 years ago

I wish they'd kept goimg with Undersea Kingdon: It's better than Phantom Creeps OR Radar Men From The Moon.


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Kelly Slane - almost 5 years ago

Hey, is the doctor who brought him back to life Leon Ames of "On Moonlight Bay" and "Meet Me in St. Louis" fame? The dad in both? Or just an incredible simulation?


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Kelly Slane - almost 5 years ago

I love when the trio reads the other front page news highlights other than the headline that you're supposed to read... "Oh look, building code under fire!"


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Dana Xu - almost 5 years ago

BLINK!


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Kimono Dragon - almost 5 years ago

An entire movie of exposition, really? Take out the narration and them explaining previous facts that led them here, and the movie is less than 6 minutes! Perfect for MST3K to harpoon.


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Hell, I'm surprised this Experiment only got 4 laughs. I thought this one was pants-pissing funny. The Invention Exchange is a classic, and the Any Excuse For A Parade Parade is pure gold. The movie contains one of my all-time favorite riffs, from Servo: "Jeez, I gotta take a big indestructible whiz!"

I saw this one for the first time on local TV here (DC) on "Count Gore DeVol's Saturday Chiller". It was nearly his best work, but I had to nab a copy when I found it on archive.org because I really loves me some Lon Chaney, Jr.

I saw Cheney Jr's name in the credits to "Undersea Kingdom" but despite my having viewed both episodes multiple times, I still can't spot him.

I was actually disappointed that Joel or the Bots passed on a chance to mock the detective's name -- Dick Chasen -- even as I was sniggering like a fool.


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Mariah Osmundson - about 5 years ago

The guys are too classy to make fun of it, but the main cop in this movie is actually named Dick Chasen! (Dick chasin'?) LOL.


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Peakpasha - over 5 years ago

You know, it's interesting, that Lon Chaney Jr. is both in the short and the movie.