Thursday, June 03, 2010

0419: The Rebel Set

MST3k, Experiment #0419

Johnny At The Fair. At the 1947 Canadian National Exhibition, a young boy ditches his parents and sets off for adventure, meeting some celebrities along the way, including world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, Canadian figure skater Barbara Ann Scott (who won the gold medal in the 1948 Olympics), comedians Ole Olsen & “Chick” Johnson, and former Canadian prime minister McKenzie King. This short was narrated by Lorne Greene.

The Free-Living World of the Over-Teens! The Rebel Set.

A coffeehouse proprietor recruits three losers: a struggling actor, an unknown writer, and the ne’er-do-well son of a once-famous movie star. His plan: to carry out a million-dollar armored car heist during a four-hour train layover in Chicago.

Who is Merritt Stone?! Well, I am going to just follow the trend here, and quote the Satellite News episode guide, which I believe quotes MST3k.Wikia... and although I am most likely wrong on who quoted who here, I am going to quote the whole damn thing. So, who is Merritt Stone?!

Alright, let’s settle this once and for all. Tom’s right, he’s not Merritt Stone. He’s Gene Roth. Although they do whole Merritt Stone thing in this episode, Stone is NOT in this movie. As Daddy-O informs us: Dark, slender and gaunt Merritt Stone played the spider-eaten dad Pete Flynn in 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER; a clergyman in 414- TORMENTED; an uncredited part as a consoling cop near the end of 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST and the King Grady in 411- THE MAGIC SWORD. Looking like Nick Nolte’s father, portly, baggy-eyed Gene Roth played the sheriff in both 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES and the lunch cart guy in 414- TORMENTED, as well as a railroad conductor in this movie. Handsome, avuncular Jack Kosslyn portrayed a lieutenant in 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN; the KTLA newscaster in 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST; Fraser in 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER; and, under a lot of makeup, the ogre in 411-THE MAGIC SWORD. There, that’s settled.

The short here is great and one of my favourites of the "non-hygiene" related shorts. Basically it just follows around this kid as he gets lost at the fair. Apparently when you're a little four(4) year old kid and you get lost at the fair, a ton of awesome things happen to you and you get to meet celebrities and hot babes. On that note, I want to be four(4) and get lost at the fair.

The movie is bland and boring and relatively pointless. Yet another one of those "beatniks are evil" movies, this one... well, it's so bad that I couldn't find a description of the film longer than two sentences. IMDb even stated that the full summary was "too short."

The episode itself is pretty good. Lots of laughs through the whole thing, and nothing at all to disappoint. Sure, there's really nothing special about this episode, but I really also couldn't think of anything to complain about. Good episode.

Favourite line: "Johnny's negligent parents let him wander off."

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