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619 - Red Zone Cuba



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Teri Gee - 7 months ago
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Does anyone know how they rigged up Servo to shoot ping pong balls into the air? Maybe some kind of a launcher? But they'd have to have a lot of balls loaded in at once given how quickly he fires them off once he gets going.


Rowsdower Jr. Sr. - about 5 years ago
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Sorry Manos, but THIS is the worst movie ever made. Manos had a bad plot; Red Zone Cuba never even comes near one. Manos has awful actors; Red Zone Cuba has people saying things on camera. Even the incorrigible 'Incredibly Strange Creatures...' has to take a backseat to this toxic waste dump on film. Still, the riffs make it one of my top eps all time.


Teri Gee - almost 3 years ago
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After having watched the Coleman Francis trifecta numerous times, I've come to the conclusion that Red Zone Cuba was made because Coleman Francis hates the human race. Sky Divers wasn't great but at least had a plot that could be followed and a couple of non-disgusting characters. The Beast of Yucca Flats makes so little sense that you can float along on the sea of riffs and random sentences and scenes and enjoy yourself, barely being affected by the movie itself. Red Zone Cuba is a horrible morass of hatred and loathing and incomprehensibility that is only saved by the incredible riffing job the guys do.


Hmm
Drew - 11 months ago
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Francis -- actor, director & producer paces next to car : "Why, if my mood picks up any more I might just not kill myself!" Was that Riff on purpose? Cause uh, he supposedly did kill himself, in a car with a bag over his head and using a hose for carbon monoxide poisoning. Dayamn!


Charles D. Mercury II - 11 months ago
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Check out the unit on Trace!


Shelly Fitzgerald - over 1 year ago
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"And when Curly dies, he provides food for other Curlies."


S.A. Nathe - over 1 year ago
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Mike's clearly needing more Hinder-90, cause he's suffering from a bad case of Deep Hurting


S.A. Nathe - over 1 year ago
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good to see Petey Plane, even if it is just a gratuitous cameo


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Won't make my top 10 but this episode doesn't deserve all the hate it gets. Though crow is right, this movie dares you to watch it.


Lisa Matriccino - almost 2 years ago
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"Give me the ring!" - anyone else a Sisters of Mercy fan? lol


Joey Thomas Mackie - over 1 year ago
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A wild Curly can hit 30 mph when threatened.


Jam Handy - over 2 years ago
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ugh, when will The Criterion Collection do this film justice?!


Karl Hart - over 1 year ago
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Dr Forrester must have worked for UPS during his time wrapped up in bandages... he's got quite a LARGE PACKAGE... hehe.. erm.


Bronn K - over 4 years ago
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Tom Servo started singing that random song from "The Starfighters" at 29:02. Beautiful! I love subtle callbacks like that.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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During the second flying flying sequence (in cuba) is Mike cupping his hands around his ears to look like a pilot's helmet? I think that's what he's doing but would be interested to know otherwise.


Keep your eye on the guinea pig - almost 4 years ago
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Well, I'm no Mike Nelson, but I think I would have went with a Time Warp joke when the guy was doing the "knee test."


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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I want to hurt this movie, but i can never hurt it as much as it has hurt me.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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I think Tom Servo is misunderstanding the loud bangs around 29:43. He thinks its supposed to mean it's thundering outside but I think Coleman was going for an unseen "flashback". One of the guys says "If you need help, my friend here can fly". It then switches to Coleman and he starts smoking while loud bangs go off. It's supposed to be like he was a WWII pilot with PTSD and flying causes him to relive the battles. I think


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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Wait a minute professor buehler did another speech related short for another episode and they made the same joke! I think the episode was earth vs the spider in season 3. It was the one about being heard, understood and pleasing.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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flag on the moon, how did it get there? oh wait wrong movie, although as far as plots go in coleman world this could be a prequel.


Look Polish - about 2 years ago
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Red Zone Cuba is one of the best episodes. It deserves more than 167 laughs!


why so bad?
Billy Black - over 2 years ago
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This one is EASILY the worst of the MST3k series. BY FAR. YOU CAN'T COMPARE to the turd masterpiece Coleman Francis has deposited on film. I love Mike and the bots trying to turn this turd into gold but its still just a god awful terrible pointless waste of an hour.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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"...my father was a can opener, my mother was a wood duck..."
Servo's lines are ALWAYS the best!!


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THINK TALL, TALK TALL, STAND TALL, WALK TALL: Am I the only one here who thinks they totally missed out on a primo Buford Pusser reference here?


Any Which Way Aileen Smithee Can - almost 4 years ago
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Coleman Francis: Like Tor Johnson minus the charisma and charm.


Frederick Jacob Luebker - about 4 years ago
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I fucking love this episode!


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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How full of yourself do you have to be to write and direct a movie starring yourself in which you're a bad-ass like if Kurt Russell wrote Escape From New York. Then there's that shot focusing on the "Where will you spend eternity?" sign which would be pretentious in any movie but shows how seriously Coleman Francis took himself and his "movies". That's the funniest part about this whole movie. And Coleman Francis weights about 200 pounds my ass? Ha.


Joshua Bivens - about 4 years ago
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What is the "one-eared elephant" thing? Can someone please explain?


Bees On Pie - over 4 years ago
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Mike in a tux. BRB, I suddenly need a cold shower.


Bronn K - over 4 years ago
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Okay, I like Joel better during the host segments sometimes. This film provides an example-the joke about Dr. Forester dying is stretched, even though you can basically get all the laughs out it in one, maybe two segments. They honestly didn't do anything with the "Mike is Carol Channing" joke, so it wasn't funny. They don't even really talk about the film, except to complain, "God, this is an awful film," which adds nothing since the whole point is that all of these films are awful.

I'd have had more fun if they'd made jokes directly relating to the plot like they did with Manos. They had Joel dress up in a hokey outfit, Mike Nelson cameo'd as Torgo, they made fun of all that filler from when they were driving around at the beginning. Here, they could have made fun of all those horrible jumpcuts, the terrible editing, or they could have had a whole segment where Crow attempts to explain the plot (which is non-existent until the last fifteen minutes).

This is an awful movie, the riffing is top notch, but the host segments do nothing for me at all.


Rachel Adams - over 4 years ago
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I don't want to be covert anymore :C


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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What does Cherokee Jack have against the letter 'Y'?


Scooter Atreides - about 5 years ago
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Watched Sky Divers last night, now I'm bracing myself for more Coleman Francis....

I'm doing research for an article I'm writing about the most notorious Directors and Producers of MST3K :D


Brad D - about 5 years ago
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John Carradine sings the theme song. How can you not love this movie?


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Oh, and in case anyone's forgotten -- I'm Cherokee Jack!

That is all.


Nicholas Goodman - over 5 years ago
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The first episode I bought on DVD, my favorite.


And In The End....
Mitchell - about 2 years ago
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That ending host segment was just...... weird!
i think they did it for the kicks, man!


Shari Stithem Rivenburgh - over 2 years ago
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It's martial law in Rats Ass, Missouri.


Matthew Schaefer - over 2 years ago
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What truly disturbs me about the oeuvres of Mssrs. Francis and Wood is that they are "auteurs", they have a vision that they mean to convey on film. "Monster A-Go-Go" or "Creeping Terror" can be dismissed as hackwork, but Coleman Francis is actually trying to say something...something awful.


Amelia Blank - about 3 years ago
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This movie breaks all the rules of Cinematography and editing in all the worst and most boring ways.


Stephen A Nathe - almost 3 years ago
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anyone else catch Crow's chuckling at #69??

xD


Teri Gee - almost 4 years ago
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Is there any semi-logical reason why Curly shot Justine's wife when she suggested they go back? Every time I watch this episode, I try to understand it, but I don't. They had said they were going straight. The car broke down. She suggested they go back. It makes sense. There's not much sense in trying to go on with a faulty car. So...let's shoot her? What? WHY?


ROCK STUPID!
Scott A. Taylor - about 3 years ago
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This isn't a movie .. it's an exercise in perpetual boredom designed by aliens to test the limits of human intelligence and endurance prior to invasion. I'm pretty sure that the science report given to the supreme commander of the 'soon-to-be-invading' force would read something like this:

All human test subjects show signs of advanced mental breakdown, drooling, loss of sanity and uncontrollable flatulence at the presentation of this movie. Film considered to be far to cruel and unusual to unleash on these unsuspecting saps. We want to rule them, not turn them into dribbling vegetables. Further test subjects begged for death by electro torture and anal probes rather than watch the Colman Francis trilogy. At the mere mention of Bert I. Gordon test subjects attempted to throw up their own oesophagi in order to strangle themselves.

Suggest invading force consist of Lieutenant's Wood, and Corman to soften up the earthlings. Later to be finished off by Ensign Lucas who'll leave them conquered but still able to ask 'WHY?'

Report ends ... going for coffee! P.S. You know it's a bad one when you can actually see the huge question mark hanging over the humans fried brain!


Sean Graham - over 4 years ago
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Off the top of my head, I think dropping the restaurant owner down the well is probably the most depraved act that occurs in an MST3k film (apart from JT in Sidehackers). That his entire existence is the definition of depression doesn't help, but it's really capped off by the fact the reasoning behind it is never fully explained. Flag on the moon


Anne Fleming - about 4 years ago
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Being a bingo Nazi myself, it bothers me that they say B37. B is 1-15 MST3K! lol


Look Polish - over 3 years ago
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What is this movie about?


Kim Spence Dean - about 3 years ago
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Just thinking about this episode cracks me up. Classic.


Stephen A Nathe - about 3 years ago
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THANK YOU SERVO!!!

"Allonsy!!"--1:01:03 Mark, making this the best episode if you're a Whovian


Stephen A Nathe - about 3 years ago
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did he ask if there's a busline or train out of Cuba??


Amse Master - about 3 years ago
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This is the most insane movie I have ever seen. It had to make sense to someone at some point, and I hope to never meet that person.


B RYE the MST3K Guy - about 3 years ago
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"theres 80,000 of them & 7 of us"


Jane Sproul - over 3 years ago
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Remember, no one gives a shit what you say, as long as you're pretty!

(Refreshing to see men get this advice for once. >.>)


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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The gay high school secret service...


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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"pie doesn't wanna make you kill yourself, want some??"

"we got an omelette called SUPERCALIFRAGILASTICEXPIAL-DELICIOUS..."


Karl Hart - over 3 years ago
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Seems those bandages are a bit tight... anyone else concerned about the rather largeness of Clay's package? :o


Gal Dagon - over 3 years ago
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Tom's Grunting when he pops out the lottery numbers. The movie hasn't even started and I'm already dead.


Roll Fizzle Beef - over 3 years ago
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Coleman Francis reminds us of the beauty of the human spirit with every puff on a cigarette.


Crypto Dentist - almost 4 years ago
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I guess they were after Francis because they had to sit through The Beast of Yucca Flats.


Frederick Jacob Luebker - over 4 years ago
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I love when Mike imitates Coleman Francis.
"Well I feel better just talkin' about it."
My favorite one is "chinese fire drill." it gets me every time.


Just Johnny Baca - over 3 years ago
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13:24 - "Hey Bob, you sure you wouldn't be more comfortable on a toilet?"


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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and it ends with Dr. F choking his Frank......


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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snow....? in Cuba...????


Harold Cagle - over 3 years ago
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HEY! I live in Rats Ass MO.


Robert TenPas - over 3 years ago
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Coleman Francis movies have such flowery, musical dialogue.


Great Scott - over 3 years ago
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Now I have the Moon Zero Two theme stuck in my head only with the words Red Zone Cuba.


Joseph Ewing - over 3 years ago
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Does anyone know what the hell John Carradine's opening speech is about and, if it does, how does it fit into the rest of the movie?


Joseph Ewing - almost 4 years ago
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I know they had to edit movies to fit the time-slot, but it seems like they edited out scenes to purposefully make the movies more confusing. Like from jumping from the cop telling them that Coleman Francis has a 5000 dollar bounty on his head to a scene beginning with them talking about how "they" give you 1000 bucks when you join and 1000 when it's over. No matter how bad of a movie this is, you know there was some lines cut between those two conversations.


Phil Carstens - almost 4 years ago
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You know, after watching this one a few times, I'm beginning to think that Coleman Francis didn't have a firm grasp of the Bay of Pigs invasion.


1994evol - almost 4 years ago
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Crow: YEAH! THAT'S IT BABY! SHAKE THAT MONEYMAKER! WOOHOO!!


Ray Garraty - almost 4 years ago
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Coleman Francis can't drink coffee out of a soup can without spilling half of it down his shirt? Is that fine acting or just no money or time to waste on a retake?


Rachel Adams - over 4 years ago
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I want John Carradine singing "Night Train To Mundo Fine" as my new ringtone. I'm going to take care of that tonight.


Kim Spence Dean - about 4 years ago
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Hands down, one of the best episodes ever. ENDLESSLY quoted in my house. And just thinking about the Weismeyer scenes cracks me up. Watching them makes me cry from laughing so hard.


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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Anyone else make the Knee Test? I did, and no matter where I put my feet I didn't fall over. I guess that makes me the Weeble-type.


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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So John Carradine's character had what connection with these guys? There was a one minute scene where they hopped a train unnoticed... did I miss something?


Anne Fleming - about 4 years ago
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I lose it every time when Frank and Dr. F do the knee test!


A Lush Cocktail Rescue - almost 4 years ago
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I'm unsurprised that I know 95 percent of these riffs from memory...


Anita Foster - almost 4 years ago
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Hehehehe...WOW...what a stinker!


Anita Foster - almost 4 years ago
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This film wastes no precious screen time on a plot!


Just Johnny Baca - almost 4 years ago
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Major bummer that my favorite joke wasn't recorded. At just before 1:01:42, the soundtrack plays the beginning of the background song, and Tom Servo sings, "Hello mudduh....fadduh."
I walk around singing that all the time. People think I'm nuts, but it just cracks me up to no end. Hopefully someone can submit a link to the complete recording, just to see that part.


A Lush Cocktail Rescue - almost 4 years ago
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Second episode I ever saw, still amazing.


Jesse Wilkes - almost 6 years ago
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I can't believe no one had added this one yet!


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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Wait a second! You mean to tell me Cherokee Jack walked away from all this scot-free? Ha, that figures. Another “Hollywood Pretty Boy” skates by on good looks and rakish charm!


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Talk about your incompetence! It's bad enough that most of the dialogue is "looped", but... I'm just watching this scene where they hop off the freight. They're obviously outdoors, but when you listen to their "looped" lines, you can hear the room echo at wherever it is they had their "looping" stage set up. Auggghh.


starman 76 - over 4 years ago
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wait for Crow's 'frog mine' scream and splash at 1:07:47 followed by Mike's 'there! now we have the rest of the day to ourselves!' classic!


Kelly Slane - over 4 years ago
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"We got an omelet called supercalifregulisticexpialdelicious..." A quote that is funny to see, but HILARIOUS the way Tom says it... Writing it doesn't do it justice!


Desiree Ashcraft - almost 5 years ago
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Was that the gym teacher from the industrial arts short?!?!


Desiree Ashcraft - almost 5 years ago
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Yup, this is from my home state. This is from one of the premier schools in Kansas. The medical school is known and respected nationwide. Unfortunately, the forensics department didn't follow suit.....


John Harms - about 5 years ago
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Man, I don't know why we don't have shorts like this in grade schools anymore. There's nothing kids like more than tips on posture and communication delivered in a dry clinical method.


Classicats - almost 5 years ago
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This movie is like the crappy cousin of The Dirty Dozen (wow, that rhymes). That being said, I like this one a lot for some reason.


Stereo Catz - about 5 years ago
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This was a movie in the same way the Bataan Death March was a nature hike.


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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The Bay of Pigs probably would've gone better if the U.S had used actual soldiers instead of a pack of ex-cons with 3 hours of traning.


Robert Ferguson - over 5 years ago
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The Riffing in the short had me in stitches! Just as good as the the "LOST SHORT"


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This one's chock full of rifftastic goodness... but I've decided to give it a Laugh solely on the basis of John Carradine singing the opening theme.


chichifroglegs - almost 6 years ago
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this one's my favoriate episode..."Oh to be blessed with an instrument like that!" lol