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413 - Manhunt in Space



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Hey, Waitaminnit!
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Any Which Way Aileen Smithee Can - about 1 month ago

I thought Joel was a Lefty, but he plays guitar right-handed. Ah, well. I guess if it's good enough for Duane Allman and Mark Knopfler...

P.S.- Ken the traitorous space bureaucrat (James Griffith) is the also the slap-happy yet shriek-y Major from The Amazing Transparent Man.


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big_Greg - 7 months ago

Man, this was painful. I have a problem with patched together TV episodes turned into movies (although the Johnny Socco one is an exception); I wish MST3K had prohibited these from riffing. Deeeeep Hurrrtingggg.... But Joel and Co. were really at their peak with the skits, at least; they saved this turkey from being a complete abomination.


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Krankor - 7 months ago

Take a minute and read Winkys bio !


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scrodsword - about 1 year ago

Why do Rocky and Winky blow up the Double M, after being briefed about it in the beginning?


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I'd like to say that modern-day dramas have improved since the days of ice-rink General Hospital. But they haven't. You could do a shot-for-shot remake of this GH episode, updating only the music and costumes, and put it on prime-time basic television.


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Kimono Dragon - over 1 year ago

Calling the short a "Kinescope suppository"!! I did a spit take. They've used "Stink-burger", and a dozen more analogies, but that was the best!


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So, besides the technical issues mentioned below with "cold light" how is it that they left an invisible spaceship parked at two different large spaceports, and never once had to worry about another ship trying to land on the same pad or service personnel and vehicles running into it?


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Hee! Crow wears his paper towel suit to the disco because he's the quicker picker upper. I thought Tom was supposed to be the ladies bot.


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Zeitgeist Meister - over 1 year ago

Wow, "whispery discussions of white guilt". The guys were ahead of their time.


Tough cookie
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DJburris87 - over 1 year ago

That Veena sure is tough.She gladly runs off to prepare lunch immediately after contemplating their imminent death.


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DJburris87 - over 1 year ago

Is it just me or does Winky seem a little light in the loafers?


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - almost 2 years ago

This episode just fails to register to me. I have watched it twice in a row and all I remember about it is that everyone is looking for an invisible ship but no-one actually tries to search for it.
I think my brain has gone numb.


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Donald Petkus - about 2 years ago

general hospital is extremely boring and can be used as an alternative to water-boarding.


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Ray Conklin - over 2 years ago

Painfully dumb movie, and that's coming from a guy who likes cheesy sci-fi from the earliest days of movies onward!
I had to watch this over several sittings to get through the movie. Only the riffs kept me from losing it!


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James GreyWolf - almost 3 years ago

I am.... 100.


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Robert Brown - almost 3 years ago

Hey, just before the second break, from "know Veena" Tom blurts out a joyful "Nuveena" who has yet to make an appearance in MST. It's both a nice bit of temporal hanky-panky, and a reminder that the Brains lived with most of these movies and shorts banging around their sundry subconscious minds for years before they gave them the "treatment." Kind of like Coily and Wally the waffle.


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Robert Brown - almost 3 years ago

So is "Orbit Jet" the name of Rocky's ship, or just the make/model? They keep referring to it as a singular: the Orbit Jet rather than a Orbit Jet, or Rocky's Orbit Jet. Yet as a name, Orbit Jet doesn't have the ring of say, The Achille Lauro, or the Mary Celeste.


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Robert Brown - almost 3 years ago

@21:50 a nice reference to Police Squad! which I'd never caught before. Very nice.


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Robert Brown - almost 3 years ago

During the GH short, Crow quips about the Gregory Peck wannabe: "He was old even back then."

Somebody's a GH fan! (I admit to watching a bit when Luke and Laura were all the rage, and Frisco Jones, and that spy agency, PEON or Scorpion, or whatever it was called. WHat any of it had to do with a hospital--general or otherwise--is beyond me.


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"Manhunt in Space" -- Because no matter where he goes, Winky lets nothing get in the way of his gay nightlife.


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Stefan - almost 3 years ago

This one is funny. "Winky." LOL.


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Barry Ward - about 3 years ago

I can't help but wonder if this was the first use of a starship "cloaking device" in science fiction (now a conceit of the genre). Does anyone know? If so, that's pretty impressive for such a lame-ass "movie."


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Robert Brown - about 3 years ago

Joel's "Who's next?" is one of my favorite moments in all of MST. He has clearly been scarred forever by his sister. Deep hurting indeed.


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Teri Gee - about 3 years ago

This is definitely one of those "Repeat to yourself it's just a show. I should really just relax." questions, but I would like to know if Tom had some kind of malfunction or something making him colorblind. ...because in season 1, he's the one who comments on Robot Holocaust being in color. He's never had any issue with color before this episode.

I'm relaxed. I'm just curious. :)


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"This video is not available in your country". Yes it is! I watched it just last week. Some loser keeps DCMA flagging these.


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Marcus Hardy - about 3 years ago

time to get my laff and eventual sleep on to some good MST3K.


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There have been lame spacesuits of all varieties on this show, but these might be the lamest. Half the characters are just wearing normal clothes. They're literally just t-shirts, stretch pants, and caps you could get at the dollar store. Was that a design choice or did they just have no budget for costumes?


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Garrett Dryden - over 3 years ago

15:20 Way to break that fourth wall guys, just awesome!


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Gal Dagon - over 3 years ago

The host segments in this one might be the most underrated of all. Joel playing Crow and using Tom as an amp was the bomb.


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Gal Dagon - over 3 years ago

You have a very kind face...


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John Shelley - over 3 years ago

Maybe this has been said here before, but could Rocky and Winky have been the inspiration for the names Rocky and Bullwinkle?


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Sean Barry - over 3 years ago

Wow the little kid reminds me of those people you meet who think they are REALLY smart but are clearly idiots, and you're too polite to say anything.


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Sean Barry - over 3 years ago

Ouch... this one is just so.... DUMB!


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Sean Barry - over 3 years ago

I have a feeling a "gay nightlife" meant something else in the 40's...


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Stu Slaymaker - over 3 years ago

Too bad about Scotty Beckett. Cute kid in 1940s movies. Hollingsworth Morse also directed the TV Adventures of Superman with George Reeves. This was strung together with episodes of the "Space Ranger" tv show, which I remember seeing as a kid


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Bronn K - over 3 years ago

Rocky really should have tried to Ken with a forklift. Ken would never have gotten the drop on him if he had. But then, I'm sure that Ken would have just fled, becoming a Fugitive. We'd have had to do a whole different show, then.


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Realistic Action Batch - over 3 years ago

Ho. Lee. Sheep. Dip.
I just realized that Winky's mom is Auntie McFrank.

It explains so much about him now.


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Stephen - over 3 years ago

Seriously, though. Can you think of a more diminutive name for a man than "Winky"? That's not JUST a rhetorical question: I want to hear your ideas for diminutive names...


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 3 years ago

Sorry guys, no white guilt, just white pride.


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Jaguar Wong Abides - over 3 years ago

They should have had Frank & Dr F. turn those Bean Bag pants around and have them dancing to AC/DC's "Big Balls"


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Mike Carmona - almost 4 years ago

Mr. Secretary...Lex Luthor!


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - almost 4 years ago

OMG, I made it! I watched the entire short without getting a "hiatus" hernia! Even with the riffs, it was like pulling a tooth sans Novocaine but I did it! OK, I definitely deserve a RAM chip for that, maybe two! *g* That said, I would hate to go under the knife in the 1950's, fraught with peril I imagine.


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Vince Giangiacomo - almost 4 years ago

Hal Roach lived to a 100; however, most of the kids on the little rascals/our gang died young. Go figure.


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There's a part of me that wants to change my screenname to "Nurseferatu" because that is just the most brilliant thing ever. Someone please use it!


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Gregory Robert Dunn - almost 4 years ago

The last ten years of Beckett's life were filled with stories of divorce, violence, drugs and arrests. After more or less giving up show business, he tried selling real estate, then cars, and twice enrolled at universities with the intention of becoming a medical doctor. In 1961, Beckett married Margaret C. Sabo; she would remain with him until his death.
On May 8, 1968, he checked into a Hollywood nursing home, needing medical attention after suffering a serious beating. He died two days later at age 38. Although pills and a note were found, no conclusion was made by the coroner as to the exact cause of death; however, some speculate he overdosed on barbiturates or alcohol.[3]
Leonard Maltin later wrote: "It was a particularly sad end for someone who, as a child, had shown so much easy charm and talent."


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Teri Gee - almost 4 years ago

My grandma thought soap operas were evil. I never wanted to watch them anyway, but when I stopped on one while channel surfing at her house, she gave me a lecture on how evil those shows were. Watching Joel and the bots riffing on General Hospital...it almost feels like a guilty pleasure. I'm wondering if my grandma is looking down on me and going to pay me a ghostly visit. "They're EVIL!"

...but at least they're being ripped apart. :)


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Joseph Ewing - almost 4 years ago

How does this group of writers, when put together, know everything you could ever know about everything ever?


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K.T. Robot - almost 4 years ago

So, what happened to all the shorts? I was having an attack of SAP, but all of the good shorts were "removed by user".Waaaahhhhh!


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Cliff Beefpile - almost 4 years ago

The soap opera host segment is one of my favorite skits in the series. I love Cambot's organ music, Tom's lab coat, and I can just picture Crow's little metal butt.


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Cliff Beefpile - almost 4 years ago

At about the 33:40 mark, after Rocky and Winky blow up the Mars spaceship, Bobby says, "Why do I have to miss all the excitement." That boring-ass sequence--seriously, no tension whatsoever--is what passes for EXCITEMENT in this movie! Somehow they managed to make blowing stuff up in outer space boring. Curse you, Rocky Jones!


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Austin Strong - almost 4 years ago

Rocky? Bobby? Winky?! I know Buzz Aldrin is a bit of a silly name, but at least the first men on the moon didn't sound like Keebler Elves.


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Austin Strong - almost 4 years ago

If you replace "space in front of every word" with "does everything while on a cell phone", then Tom and Crow pretty accurately described the future, including the impact on interpersonal relationships that results in a backup that unchains the entire social fabric of modern civilization. Really makes you think, don't it?


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Austin Strong - almost 4 years ago

The child actor that plays Bobby is WAY too stupid to play the brainy, adult intelligence level-kid. At least Wil Wheaton was smart and a decent actor (the part was just written to make him the most annoying character ever made).


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Harold Cagle - almost 4 years ago

I want to be a Space Ranger when I grow up!


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago

Funny as it seems, with the fish tanks, humans can exist in space for a few minutes w/o a space suit. Not really recommended, but it can be done. Space suits are for extended EVA's.


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago

Skip the first 14 minutes (after the intros). It is General Hospital, which is a soap.


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Jacob Hill - about 4 years ago

2 lol's right away:

I love it when they pretend Tom's hands work, and even asking a colorblind person what color something is is so evil even Dr. Forester apologizes.


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Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago

So amazing how within 2 minutes of Bob saying they shouldn't kid themselves into thinking they will ever be seen since they are like a tiny fragment in infinite space...Rocky Jones finds them! Incredible!


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Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago

I want Winky's Space guitar so I can play cool Space music. Modifiers...they can be your friend, or they can be your enemy.


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Daniel Popp - over 4 years ago

Great Dr. Who reference at the 17 minute mark.


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a60precision@yahoo.com - over 4 years ago

Mike as Winky is one of the funniest skits of the Joel era, ironically.


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Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago

In New York City there are clubs where a man will pay good money to happily be punished as an unworthy slave by a strong beautiful dominant woman like Cleolanta. Uh-I mean, or so I have heard…I don’t know the Mistresses’ schedule or the tribute prices or safe words or anything…


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Cindy - over 4 years ago

As a fan of Robert Heinlein, I kinda liked this experiment. It harkens (Did I say harkens??) back to his earlier young adult books, like "Space Cadet" and "Starman Jones". I think the writes of the show swiped stuff from him! Keep in mind, this was edited together from a few episodes of the 1954 TV series "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger". I think they did a pretty good job considering it was such an early television program! It was one of the few such early shows recorded on film, that's the only reason it survived for Joel and the Bots to "enjoy".


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Frederick Jacob Luebker - over 4 years ago

It sounds like the audio for General Hospital was recorded onto a wax cylinder.


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Kiri T. Unicorn - almost 5 years ago

The physics behind the "cold light" invisibility gadget are highly suspect...

...Entirely spurious, that is.


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I think I can say this without too much controversy: These Rocky Jones movies are really lame.


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Brad Gravett - about 5 years ago

Ok, yeah, Cleolanta is absolutely gorgeous. And frankly, if I was a sovereign and treated so flippantly by everyone like this, I'd be pissed off too!


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Brad D - about 5 years ago

Scotty Beckett...another Our Gang tragedy.


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Robert Ferguson - about 5 years ago

The "short" .... those 3 are juuuuust ruthless !


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Aaron Blasting - over 5 years ago

This website effin rules.


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j davis - over 5 years ago

When Tom is mocking the older nurse in the GH short- I lose it every single time. Coming in a close second is when Joel makes Bobby talk in a muted voice about taking over the Galaxy. I think this is my favorite underrated episode.


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Jimmy Porto - over 5 years ago

Scotty Beckett, the actor who played Winky, lived a short, tragic life. He had to be replaced on this show because he was jailed on weapons charges and may have been involved in an armed robbery. He died at the age of 38 from unknown causes.


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SailorTweek - over 5 years ago

God bless you, Winky.