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520 - Radar Secret Service



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Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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This is probably the first episode where I was actually able to pick out the post-credits clip as I was watching.


Fancy Pantserton - almost 5 years ago
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radioactivated U 238...a highly potential ingredient for atomic energy...actually, they make it into plutonium, I believe.


Paul Trieglaff - about 4 years ago
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29 comments, and not ONE MSTie mentioned the ABSOLUTE gayness of the pink farmer's truck! SHAME! I'll see you all in MSTie HELL!


Matthew Boyle - almost 2 years ago
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Did people not know what uranium was in the atomic age? That's what U-238 is, although I think it might be a more unstable, and therefore radioactive, isotope. I don't get why they don't just say uranium unless they're just trying to sound sophisticated.


S.A. Nathe - 6 months ago
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how the hell does that long, bike handle-looking control DRIVE/FLY the helicopter???


"Last Clear Chance" short to RADAR SECRET SERVICE
Allen Smalling - 9 months ago
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Not one of my favorite features, but definitely one of my favorite shorts.


Pete Vogt - over 1 year ago
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Watched this a dozen times....still don't get who's the good guys and who's the bad guys hehe. One of my faves


Veklorr Vigorr - 11 months ago
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Since Mike took over, the shorts have been better than the movies. That driving short was hilarious!


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 4 years ago
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I've seen both episodes a zillion times but it just hit me that Mickey Moran in this movie is the same actor (Tom Neal) that plays Clifford Scott in The Brute Man. Clifford is the guy that screws Rondo Hatton's character Hal over while they're in college, which leads to Hal burning his own face with acid. I only realized it because I was dozing and I suddenly realized his voice sounded really familiar. So I checked IMDB and there ya go! Turns out Tom Neal had an interesting but rocky real life as well.


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 3 years ago
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40% of traffic accidents involved a vehicle pulled over to the side of the road, the short says. I actually found myself quoting this statistic to someone recently. How silly to assume that a statistic from 1959 would be the same today! I'm guessing that the number isn't nearly that high now, but I don't know for sure.


StartSeeingBenMurphies - about 2 years ago
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So, helicopters in 1950 were controlled with upside down walkers hanging from the roof?


Radar men and the moon.
Donald Petkus - about 2 years ago
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One of the real-life applications of radar was measuring the distance to the moon at various points in its orbit.


Meghan Calico Hendrickson - about 1 year ago
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"Only radar knows what the hell is going on!"


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I Am The Button - about 1 year ago
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Wow... I... This is truly the only movie MSTied, outside of Dr Z maybe, that I truly have a difficult time following what's happening, all the way through.
It actually hurts to think about it, real pain. By the end where one of the two blondes shoots the other one, it was only there I realized they were two separate "different" people, I could not tell them apart, I still can't!

What else can I say but RADAR!


NavySandman - about 1 year ago
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I love the way Golden Grahams is worked into the the theme music every few minutes.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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"Merdil?" the maid's voice makes my ears bleed.


Robert Brown - over 3 years ago
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So...why don't you people look? I mean, it's important. That poor railroad employee is worried about you. Come on!


Rosebud - over 2 years ago
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wow, this movie plays like a best-of supercut, because I can't figure out what the heck is going on. cars drive around, then they cut to inside talking scenes, and it's the same driving and talking scenes over and over.


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Rosebud - over 1 year ago
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The world was so polite back then. 1:24. One of the bad guys (I think?) is shot, bleeding to death we presume. He adjusts his tie, making it TIGHTER. People really cared about their appearance back then. Wanted to look good for the coroner I guess.


Dragon my Tail 2day - over 1 year ago
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I thought Servo was the one with the underwear fixation, but maybe it rubbed off on Crow. I wonder if a Dermatologist, or mechanic, can remove that bulbous growth on top of the R.S.S. car.


StartSeeingBenMurphies - over 1 year ago
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Mr. Kotter! I can walk!


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Oh, also: Kind of amazing that in a movie filled with "radar" at every turn and long, lingering shots of a helicopter they managed to totally avoid mention of MASH.


fleshdunce - almost 4 years ago
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Mike is wearing a claddagh ring! YES


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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It's funny to me how they use word RADAR to account for everything new that technology can do.


Jane Sproul - over 3 years ago
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This gets a laugh for various reasons, but 'never, under any circumstances, drive with your butt cheeks' is one of the most prominent.


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1. Dr. Felix Frankenhooker? Nice. But then, the second time (after the short), he's Dr. Frankenkeister.
2. Wouldn't Hypno Helio Static Stasis mean staring, mesmerized and unmoving, at the sun?
3. The cop drives all the way with the funeral procession just to wait outside?
4. Isn't there an agriculture license specifically to allow teens to drive tractors on the road before they're old enough for cars?
5. 19:40 I love Crow leaning over to "listen" to the rail.
6. A radar fish finder?? Radar doesn't work underwater! Water scatters and refracts e-m radiation. Fish finders do exist, but they work using sonar.
7. Did I hear Magic Voice correctly? 47:37 she says to kick off the high school reunion music, here's In Halen! (Which I guess is what you get when you cross an 80s hair band with a lit joint...)
8.The movie way oversells what radar can do, but the post-9/11 NYPD, with its surveillance cameras, roving x-ray vans, and thermal imaging helicopters can do everything shown and more. (Don't believe me? Here's a news report: Part 1, Part 2 Watch for yourself.)


Kiri T. Unicorn - over 4 years ago
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0:03:19- Gypsy has a bra? I know we never really see all of her, but still...


Teri Gee - over 3 years ago
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I can't believe I haven't mentioned this yet.

The short was filmed in IDAHO! My home state! Now, it wasn't filmed in the best part of the state, but was instead filmed near Meridian, over by Boise, but I feel a wonderful thrill every time I see that ISP patch. When I was living in Toronto, I would just start smiling. No, it doesn't take much. =D

And in case you're wondering, there are still (even 50 years later) a number of railroad crossing with no warning lights, some even without signs.


Eric Gilbert - over 4 years ago
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At 0:48:26 you can see Mike just put his hand up in disbelief of what he just heard.


Mitchell - over 2 years ago
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Wow! Not only can radar produce TV quality images, it can do tracking shots of cars from ground level! Whoda thunk it?!?


J.D. Martell - over 2 years ago
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I love Gypsy saying "This is wrong" while Mike piles underoos on Crow.


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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The guy in the short being distracted by his girlfriend's ass is a total dick. Not only does he not look before pulling out into the road because he's an inconsiderate prick, but a gentleman waits long enough to be sure that the lady he's dropping off isn't locked out, attacked by a psycho lying in wait, or whatever.


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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So... is this movie supposed to be a propaganda film for radar?


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Finding it difficult to type. The helio hypno static stasis is taking effect... Must resist the stasis.... can't...... fight.. it...... any... longer..... stasis....... sucks..... fingers........ froz


Matthew Boyle - almost 2 years ago
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It has no time to stop for you for corn shucking crackers!


Morgan Zindzi T - about 4 years ago
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Crow giggling like a manic toddler for his underroos at 3:41 fills my heart with gladness. Trace is legend.


Ray Garraty - about 4 years ago
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At the end of the movie, they land the helicopter, then they have the shootout. When they return to the helicopter it's not parked in the same spot or facing same direction. Did someone move it?


Scott A. Taylor - about 3 years ago
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Radar operators of the time must have been face palming themselves into a coma at the sheer dumb-assedness of the science (or lack thereof) in this film!

And yup, this film is another great example of 'DEEP HURTING!' Were it not for the riffing my ass would feel distinctly raw and sore if I had to watch this without it. And I definitely nominate this film for a Crummie™.


Thomas J. Hikeeba! - about 3 years ago
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Seems the premise of this movie is that no one thought that it might be a good idea to, gee, I dunno, maybe have some sort of police escort or maybe even an armored car to carry the Uranium-238? I guess they thought RADAR should have been sufficient.


Rosebud - over 2 years ago
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@55 minutes. Two thieves casually discuss stealing bomb-grade uranium (probably punishable by hanging) with Days of our Lives soap opera music plays in background. So soothing.


Carface Capone - over 2 years ago
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@39:05 nice call forward to Werewolf


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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Maybe they should riff "Red Asphalt", it could use some lightening up.


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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Radar Secret Service, when Ambien just isn’t strong enough.


Robert Brown - over 2 years ago
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I love the call-back to "Daddy-O." No, I want answers. What's a daypo? Or a sampo, while we're at it.


Classicats - about 4 years ago
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-Hey, my sensible pants!
-Hey, my bra!
-Hey, my pantyho-- I mean, what are those?

I guess the pants are the ones Joel gave Crow as a gift, instead of a racecar. Seems like he shouldn't be upset about losing them.


Last of the Wild Ponies - almost 3 years ago
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@6:33 With Ryan Stiles as that one cop.


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - about 3 years ago
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Is it just me or is the pushy cop from the short like, CRAZY handsome. Reminds me of Bryan Brown (Thornbirds, FX, Cocktail). Also, it tickles me how much the one cop has a crush on Blackie's waitress girlfriend.


The humanity - over 3 years ago
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As atrocious as the short is, I have to admit there is some good, common sense info that the pushy cop shares. Heck, the goofballs waving before hitting the train could just as easily be goofballs texting before getting hit by a train.


Brian Peter Vandenbroek - almost 3 years ago
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I loved it during the short when one of them comments "Whites only" at the school crossing sign.


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Hey the cop car in the short is pretty cool.


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I love crow walking into the theater with the underwear on his head and all Mike can say is weird.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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i love Crow hitting the button, and k.o'ing himself....27:40


X-Stato Euphoro Fun™!
Any Which Way Aileen Smithee Can - almost 4 years ago
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With patented Hinder-90™


starman 76 - over 4 years ago
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hypno helio static stasis


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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When Mike & da Bots start chanting "dead dead dead your dead dead dead" etc I'm surprised they didn't comment on the name "Mort" in the credits.


Timothy Wilson - over 5 years ago
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This Website is awesome! I Love MST3k! i started watching it in 1995...


Crypto Dentist - over 3 years ago
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You know, for all the intricacies of the bad guys' plans, the plot can be - spoiler warning - summed up by: the bad guys didn't think radar could find them, but radar did find them. Also, radar provides a moving picture of cars on the road.

And for heaven's sake, Michael saying Mickey just left a little while ago, while glancing at Mickey's corpse!


Aaron Kuehmichel - about 4 years ago
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How the heck does this only have 46 laughs? C'mon, people!


chris kaprys - almost 5 years ago
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i've seen a lot of mst3k... a lot. i just finished watching the opening with the traffic safety short and the after skit, and i have to say that was probably the most insane set i've ever seen. that was just... nuts! .. but very enjoyable :)


Kiri T. Unicorn - almost 5 years ago
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This movie is every bit as ignorant of physics as "Rocketship XM", and that's saying something!


Teri Gee - over 4 years ago
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For some reason, this is one of my favorite episodes. Yes, it's dull and gray, but the riffing is so good that I don't even care!

The short was also filmed in my home state, and so it makes me a trifle nostalgic, as well.

Why don't they look?


Anita Foster - almost 4 years ago
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They're dead, they're dead ♫ they're dittle ittle ity dead...♫


Rory Simpson - almost 4 years ago
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Frankenhooker 2: The Hookenering.


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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The various descriptions of the radar dish on the car got funnier with each addition. If interested, see reply for full list.


Robert Ferguson - about 5 years ago
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That whole movie has a 3 Stooges feel about it.


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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I've got the Radar Secret Service screen saver now... looking forward to seeing the truck loaded with radioactived U-2 38 pop up on my computer in those idle moments.


Phil Carstens - over 4 years ago
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I never payed attention to the commercial break at 37:10. Is that supposed to be Frank's head hitting the chalkboard?


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I love that Crow has a literal pencil mustache in the safety sketch.


Colleen Swiggum - about 4 years ago
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@ the 50:00 "he's the contact we need, but not the contact we deserve"


Kelly Slane - about 4 years ago
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Tom's "GOODBYE - oh." at 0:06:57 cracks me up every time!


Sabrina Domingues - over 4 years ago
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This experiment makes me hungry for Golden Grahams.


Graeme Cree - over 4 years ago
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One of the coolest things about this one is that the cop in the short, William Boyett, was also the sergeant in almost every episode of Adam-12.


Sam Garland - over 4 years ago
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I like it when Crow smashed his face into the button.


starman 76 - over 4 years ago
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oh those golden grahams


starman 76 - over 4 years ago
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'I suppose I should have gone in for a few minutes, but I just couldn't do it' - 'because of the tear in the sprocket holes'


Matt Towler - over 4 years ago
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Crow: "PLEASE STOP."


Fancy Pantserton - almost 5 years ago
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They may have had hypno heleo static stasis, defeated uh-gain...by ecstatoeuphorofun, with patented heinder-90


GallariaIchiban - about 5 years ago
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So yeah, I try to wedge "I'm gonna go throw myself in the thresher" into as many conversations as I can.


Kelly Slane - about 5 years ago
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I love all the "Round things! Get your round things!" gags


Robert Ferguson - about 5 years ago
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I also like it when Crow T knocks himself cold.


Robby Cunningham - over 5 years ago
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Radar... radar... RADAR!


Victoria Mayer - over 5 years ago
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HEY YOU'RE RIPPING UP MY UNDER ROOS!!