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609 - The Skydivers



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Thank god for the british invasion...
Richard Musser - 13 days ago
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I've often heard it said, but it really hits home with this movie. 1963. American pop music is basically novelty songs, and kids try to "swing" to everything. I know there's probably a more favorable context in which to listen to this, but why bother? Oh my god it's awful.


Josh Lane - almost 5 years ago
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Are they doing the twist ironicly? The music isn't even appropriate, perhaps they're twisting dramatically, yeah thats it.


Kyle Matthews - 8 months ago
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Worst MST movie yet. And why is that skydiver always leaning his neck forward?


Proposed SAT Question
Leave Robert Denby Alone! - about 1 year ago
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QUESTION: Why in hell is that Eraserhead photographer using a flash on an extremely sunny midday?

ANSWER: Coleman Francis


BadTouch - 7 months ago
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Servo misspeaks at 1:11:10 when he says, "Somebody put a tongue under his wallet!" It was joke about the guy on screen having an "episode." It should be, "Put a wallet under his tongue!" (You know, a common bit of advice to keep people from swallowing their tongue during a seizure or "episode.")


"I'm Cherokee Jack!" Never mind...
Jeffrey Jones - 6 months ago
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Can't understand the hate for this one.
It must be one of my favorites.


David Bowiescock - about 1 year ago
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I was really hoping for The Sonics "Strychnine" when I heard that opening jukebox lick... all of a sudden it's a garage version of Catalina Caper! Coulda woulda shoulda.


EEl Pogg Festival
Tony T. - 6 months ago
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At the eel pogg festival, just before they exit the SS Suzy, (written on the boat with electrical tape) they show a guy staggering around the beach holding a beer can....does anybody know what that was all about?


Kyle Matthews - 8 months ago
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This one was so bad I had to stop watching at 50 minutes in. No redeeming qualities to this one except the hilarious opening sequences.


BadTouch - 8 months ago
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My favorite MST3K. I can watch this over and over and never get tired of it.


Shannon Kerr - over 5 years ago
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Someone with ADD edited this film


Leave Robert Denby Alone! - about 1 year ago
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Maybe I'm not well, but I really like Crow's scream...


Veklorr Vigorr - 11 months ago
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When did you get here?
About an hour ago. This young lady offered me a cup of coffee.


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Kevin Casey is a less convincing woman than Divine!


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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So does anyone else get a creepy serial killer vibe from the Industrial arts guy?


Look Polish - about 2 years ago
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Was there something wrong with Coleman Francis?


Leave Robert Denby Alone! - about 1 year ago
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It's like Coleman Francis couldn't decide which one he wanted to be more: David Lynch or Alfred Hitchcock, but ended up failing at being either/both.


Stephen A Nathe - over 2 years ago
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I consider this the "pinnacle" of Coleman Francis' directing career....

Helped LARGELY due to PETEY PLANE!!!


Fancy Pantserton - almost 5 years ago
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So, um...sooo...they put acid in that parachute...then...er...oh. Well, that's one way to approach it: have it do nothing, then never mention it again...yep. One way to go about that there "plot point"


Rory Simpson - about 4 years ago
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Nobody ever puts acid in my chute...


Jason Edwards - about 1 year ago
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Nooooo Lupita!


S.A. Nathe - over 1 year ago
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highlights are Jimmy Bryant, Petey Plane, and the skydiving scene with the leather boys


S.A. Nathe - over 1 year ago
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that's Hank Hill....isn't it?

"Will there be mashed potatoes!?"


S.A. Nathe - over 1 year ago
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..."sincreely, Bill"


Dragon my Tail 2day - over 1 year ago
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Tor Johnson as a parachuting instructor "Time to open chute...".
Kevin Casey was the forerunner of Marge Simpson....


A Lush Cocktail Rescue - over 1 year ago
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This film really does feel like a chick flick, albeit an incredibly depressing one. Coleman Francis was fascinating.


Joey Thomas Mackie - over 1 year ago
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"Should I be gaining speed?"


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Crow is likely correct. Industrial Arts probably is the short the boys watched while the girls went to the gym to watch the other film.


Carrie is So Very - about 4 years ago
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Who got their start as a "I can't pay you but I'll put your name in the credits"? None other than DAVID WORTH, who went on to direct "Warrior of the Lost World", among other corny action flicks from the 80s. The importance of starting off on the right foot, folks.


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Iff'n you're wonderin' if our beloved characters will ever get around to that cup o' coffee, skip to 1:06:10.
You're welcome. Coleman Francis was a true visionary genius.


Josh Lane - almost 5 years ago
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I swear in the later episodes when they show cambot in the rollcall it sounds like they say kill yourself anyone else get that???


Nathanael Hardy - almost 5 years ago
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Petie the Plane was the most nuanced and dynamic character in the movie.


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In the opening titles to Skydivers, keep an eye out for minor cast members with the last name Francis.


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Planning trip to our nation's solar system.


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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So, all of Dr. Forester's psychosis and sociopathy stem from his rejection by his high school swing choir....?


Andrew James - almost 2 years ago
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Is it just me or does it look like there is a 'hammer and sickle' in the eagles eye at the end of the Industrial Arts short?


Brad Gravett - over 5 years ago
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This is the only Coleman Francis ep I can give a laugh, simply because it's the least depression. Red Zone Cuba is on par with Camus.


Are they men, or...what am I looking at?
Kristin Kidd - almost 3 years ago
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Beth is played by someone called "Kevin." Stunt double? Does it explain the weird helmet hair? I guess saggy baggy overalls are the outfit of choice for leaving people guessing? And...the big blonde? Uh...really big. With "man face." I'm so confused.


Stephen A Nathe - over 2 years ago
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Jimmy Bryant(The guitar in the band) is really really GOOD!!
check hs wikipedia---he also played fiddle in one of my fave Monkees/Mike Nesmith songs "Sweet Young Thing"

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Bryant


Crypto Dentist - over 2 years ago
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I'm honestly curious: did Francis ever film more than one take of any given scene? Cardoza and plenty of company read their lines like if they were earnestly trying to keep emotion out of their voices. I have to assume that Francis simply didn't know he could insist, as a director / producer / editor (not credited but he was, as if this was edited), on a better take. Maybe his budget didn't allow for that much filming.


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Real talk: Beth (Kevin Casey) is super adorable, despite (or perhaps because of) her impressive hair-helmet.


Roe Walker - over 3 years ago
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What is it with Colman Francis and having major scenes with people shooting other people with guns from planes???
On another note, this definitely is his worst film, if that's possible.


Atom Manhattan - over 3 years ago
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I hear by award this movie 'Worst. Editing. Ever.'


chris kaprys - over 4 years ago
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and i ask you: in what other t.v. show can you get interrupted by 2 robots and their maker making fun of a horribly slapped together black-and-white film about skydiving to see one robot saw himself in half trying to make a napkin holder then get teased and laughed at when his two halves start arguing with each other over whose fault the accident was? priceless.


Kayleigh Johnson - almost 5 years ago
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This is one of my favs, that I rarely see people mention when talking about mst3k.


Phil Carstens - over 5 years ago
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Oh wow. Trace Beaulieu cracks me up so much in the swing choir bit.


Mitchell - about 2 years ago
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How far away from the landing field did the bad guys park? Seriously, look at all that happens between the time they put acid in the chute and when they finally get back to their car.


Crow TRobot - almost 3 years ago
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It's great when the (again, RANDOM) guy comes up to watch the skydiving and has to ASK where he should be looking in the sky to see the skydivers. The answer is just as stupid "About 4,000 feet"(?) as if someone that clueless could begin to calculate where that height would be located.


Bruce Box-Liker - about 4 years ago
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"On land, people shoot up acid. In the sky, people acid up 'chutes!"


Knox Harrington - almost 3 years ago
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Coleman Francis had a singular vision as a director, and he wasn't going to let those little things that bogged down lesser directors like "having a plot" or "having characters that aren't repulsive" or "making sense" get in his way.


HypnoHelioStaticStasis - over 2 years ago
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Much better idea for a film: the Scottish guy and the swimsuit lady at the party.
"She's a brawny bathing beauty. He hails from the Highlands. They're COPS."


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 2 years ago
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But the kids!


Olivia P - about 5 years ago
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Wait, since when could you say "puss" on TV?


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 2 years ago
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@1:24:44 Guest starring Mike Tyson as that one lady


Robert Brown - almost 3 years ago
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@29:00: Wait, you mean she's wearing a wig? No way!


Rock Harris - about 3 years ago
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The lines that they use to mock Mr. Personality (Harry?), delivered in the monotone are PRICELESS. I have to pause to stop laughing. The funniest thing? It's in exactly his monotone. Oh, gods.....


Crow TRobot - almost 3 years ago
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Many MST3K movies are known for having no plot, but this one might just be the WORST ever on this issue. AMAZINGLY random scenes (good riffs tho)


Crow TRobot - almost 3 years ago
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I love how no one in the film has anything to do with the plot like (or really each other). They just randomly wander into the film and do a few things and then leave, making sure we don't actually CARE about what happens to them.


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The only true Thespians in this movie are The Roller-Skate Majorette......and Petey the Plane. Have some coffee and enjoy, won't you?


What the...what???
Diane - aka Starbreeze - almost 3 years ago
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I haven't read everyone's comments yet but has anyone noticed at around 20:31 or so to 20:34 you can see 2 or more people walking behind the plane when he runs up to pull her out. Btw, What was wrong? Why did he go running over to the plane? What was happening? Anyone? It's less than 10 minutes into the movie and I'm already confused.


Stephen A Nathe - about 3 years ago
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Coleman Francis makes my head wish it was as empty as Thomas Bowlhead Servo's


Crypto Dentist - over 3 years ago
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The guy in the short is Hank Hill, don't you think?


Rachel Adams - over 3 years ago
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I don'rt know why but Coleman Francis' films are so comforting to me, that I usually choose them to go to sleep to. They are of course very bad, but in such an adorable way.


Russ "Screw You, Greenland" Fry - over 4 years ago
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Holy crap, I almost peed myself laughing when Gypsy was singing the Beach Boys in the beginning. I always felt she (?) was the most underrated character on the show.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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Who would win? The shape-shifting boat, or Petey?


Scott A. Taylor - over 3 years ago
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Is everyone in this damn movie butt ugly?? I mean come-on!!! I can handle bad actors .. I can handle ugly people .. but not both at the same time!


Anthony Cardoza Presents! - over 3 years ago
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Oh God... what has this show done to me... watching this episode for the first time and at around 11:10 I started singing "tool operator" about 5 seconds before Tom. I'm scared. Is there a pill for this? Or should I just keep wa...

*turns back to television*

Yes... must watch...


Jane Sproul - over 3 years ago
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This gets a laugh for the short, but the big woman at the dance brings me so much joy I can hardly stand it.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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PETEY PLANE!!


Joey Thomas Mackie - almost 4 years ago
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"What is this large brown thing rushing up to meet me?"


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A callback all the way back to The Killer Shrews in segment three- "Nobody had to give me a car..." Sounds like Crow's still a little bitter...


Bronn K - over 3 years ago
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This script had a brilliantly written plot, they just forgot to include it in the movie.


Scott A. Taylor - over 3 years ago
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Boring, Boring, BORING!!!! OH MY GOD .. MANOS WAS SLIGHTLY LESS BORING THAN THIS CRAP!!. The riffing helps but holy shit, this movie sucks serious donkey balls.


Rhea Vichot - almost 6 years ago
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We'll need actorspeople who can read... lines with... and interact with others


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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How did Tony Cardoza produce movies? Do you just pick a friend if you're directing a movie and call them the producer?


Solana Itsreallyreallylong - almost 4 years ago
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There are hipsters today that would trip the Industrial Arts nerd onto a table saw for those retro thick-rimmed glasses.


Rosebud - over 3 years ago
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This one helps prove the theory, the worse the film the better the riffs.


copy paste
Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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The editing is rea--SQUIRREL--bad and starting to get annoy--anos was almost better than thi--anybody have a pi-- of gum?


A Lush Cocktail Rescue - almost 4 years ago
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I think my favorite thing in this entire episode is when what's-his-name drives his bike behind the hangar and Mike and the Bots make assorted farm animal noises, including an old farmer going "You get that motorcycle outta this here barn...!"


Morgan Zindzi T - almost 4 years ago
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So industrial arts were the 50s equivalent of computer science? It gave you an advantage in any field, like the corporate sector...


MyMyMSTie - almost 4 years ago
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I've watched this episode at least 5 times in the last month... TIME.. GET IT?
Oh wait... Wrong episode ;)


Teri Gee - over 4 years ago
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I have to admit that I LOVE the Coleman Francis trifecta. Not because of the movies since they are, without fail, utterly depressing. No, not the movies, but the riffing is so perfect in each one. Something about these dreary, incompetently-made movies just suits MST3K perfectly.


Jenica Burgos - about 4 years ago
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You know, I have seen this episode numerous times and it was not until this last viewing that I realized that it is Harry kissing Suzy in the boat scene and not Frankie. No wonder everyone's so pissed. I want the dark-haired guy to win.


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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What did Tony Cardoza say at 20:56 before Crow says, "What did he mean by that?"


Steve Kelleher - about 4 years ago
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"Frolicking has never been so depressing."


Laura Ann Fitton - about 4 years ago
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Never knew Gypsy had such a lovely singing voice!


Richard Deakin - over 4 years ago
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Tony Cordova has dun alotta crappy movies huh lol. Skydivers,Red Zone Cuba,Yucca Flats and even a very small cameo in Hellcats as the artist!


Ian Krantz - about 4 years ago
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When that kid thought his friends would laugh at him if he told them about his "passion" for shop class he was correct


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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If this isn't the greatest opening host sequence for any MST3K ever then I don't know what is!!!!!


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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At 39:25 I was worried that Cup of Joe Moss was going to end up at The Master's house. Good thing he turned left (which was successfully executed).


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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I want an official Deep 13 Swing Choir costume!


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This is one of the few movies (from this show) where the band featured in the party scene actually doesn't suck.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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When I took shop all we did was cut one piece of steel with the torch and take apart and reassemble the same lawnmower engine a hundred times.


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 4 years ago
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Two things: wouldn't you notice an odor if acid was in your backpack? And when SPOILER ALERT Harry dies, there's a shot of Beth with her chute all packed before running to Harry's side. Would she actually repack her chute first? I don't think so, Coleman Francis!


Jaguar Wong Abides - about 4 years ago
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I like the feel of a board moving smoothly against a sharp saw....and I thrust the nail into the soft yielding wood...


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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As a survivor of several duller than death planetarium shows I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the planetarium sketch! And it probably has the best lighting in the history of MST3K IMHO. But I digress......back to Uranus!


SpoungeBot - over 4 years ago
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Wow a Robyn Hitchcock reference I've been into him since the Soft Boys days. He has actually gotten better and weirder with age, he's playing with Peter Buck from R.E.M. now, anyways it always surprises me the great musical taste these guys have.


Joe Hogin - over 4 years ago
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Petey the Plane


Joe Hogin - over 4 years ago
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It's like they forgot to have things happen in this movie... lol


Kimono Dragon - about 5 years ago
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I though Tom Servo was kidding when he said "Kevin Casey as Beth". Then I looked at the opening credits again... KEVIN CASEY played BETH! And this during the Kennedy years!


Joe Weintraub - about 5 years ago
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At 20:32 you can see the film crew walking behind the plane :-)


Gal Dagon - over 5 years ago
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So... Would anyone like some coffee?


chris kaprys - over 4 years ago
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at least there's this riveting soundtrack... this is downright "hitchcock-ian"... (yeah, ROBYN hitchcock-ian..)" ... it's robyn hitchcock's birthday today! march 3rd!


chris kaprys - over 4 years ago
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i've watched so many mst3k episodes, for years and months and nights (at least 1 a night before/off to bed).. and this has to be the one that i lose the most sleep over... because the riffs are so spot on, and never get old. such a good episode.


Fancy Pantserton - almost 5 years ago
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...I like the part where they switch randomly to a shot that has nothing to do with anything...


Fancy Pantserton - almost 5 years ago
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Oh! Nevermind, they didn't do it yet...


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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“Why Study Industrial Arts?” had the flattest acting I’d ever seen… Until I saw “The SkyDivers”.


Ajax (what's my name?) - almost 5 years ago
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Why Study Industrial Arts? Because this episode is still gone.


Rachel Anne Mullins - almost 5 years ago
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The YouTube account with the full episode link has been deleted :( Here's a playlist of the episode in parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs_ffkJ8FaQ&list=SP0DD1F28F3FD65C7C&feature=plpp_play_all


Peter Trinidad Niederbrach - over 5 years ago
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Is it just me or does Coleman Francis use exactly the same soundtrack for all of his movies? I swear I heard the same music in Red Zone Cuba...


Dan Rudy - over 5 years ago
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Take THAT, swing choir!