MST3K: The Crawling Hand
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1989
Directors: Jim Mallon, Herbert L. Strock
Rating: NR(Television)
UPC [Locale]: 603497-227723
Running time: 1:37 (97 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Double-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: June 11, 2002
Collection type: Owned (#1759)
Status: Available
Purchase date: June 01, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 10 / 10
Review (video): 7 / 10
It's Mystery Science Theater 3000, America's only show that makes fun of really bad B movies from the comfort of a spaceship floating above Earth. Joel Hodgson, along with his mechanical companions, wisecracking Crow and well-read chick magnet Tom Servo, make suffering through Hollywood's worst films a breeze. Adding their own dialogue, barrage of witty remarks, and an occasional colorful skit, the next hour and a half will fly by like it were only 90 minutes. There are no ushers with flashlights, crying babies, or women with big hair to spoil the fun.

This is such an early Mystery Science Theater 3000 that Larry, not Frank, is Dr. Forrester's bumbling assistant. It's sorta like Curly replacing Shemp. Anyway, in The Crawling Hand an astronaut becomes unglued and blows his ship to smithereens. Some of the wreckage makes its way to Earth, and among the charred remains is the poor clod's hand. While frolicking on the beach, a wild-eyed med student, Paul, finds and becomes possessed by the lacerated limb and takes it home -- Tom: "Thank goodness he brought a handbag." For a while the two are happy, but eventually things get out of hand (hah, hah). They start to fight, and as Crow says, "It's hand-to-hand combat." Alan Hale, Jr., costars as an overweight sheriff whose brawn surpasses his brain capacity. Gee, now that's a stretch for him.

(Show #106 -- Original Airdate: December 1989)
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Jim Mallon....Director
Joel Hodgson....Created By
Trace Beaulieu....Writer
Joel Hodgson....Writer
Jim Mallon....Writer
Kevin Murphy....Writer
Mike Nelson....Writer
Josh Weinstein....Writer
Jim Mallon....Producer
Film Editing
Randy Davis....Film Editor
Joel Hodgson....Song Writer
Josh Weinstein....Song Writer
Charlie Erickson....Song Writer
Trace Beaulieu....Art Director
Joel Hodgson....Art Director
Faye Burkholder....Make-up Artist
Clayton James....Make-up Artist
 The Crawling Hand
Herbert L. Strock....Director
William Idelson....Screenwriter
Herbert L. Strock....Screenwriter
Joseph Cranston....Original Material By
Malcolm Young....Original Material By
William Idelson....Original Material By
Joseph F. Robertson....Producer
Willard van der Veer....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Herbert L. Strock....Film Editor
J. Earl Snyder....Sound
Trace Beaulieu....Crow
Josh Weinstein....Servo
Jim Mallon....Gypsy
Trace Beaulieu....Dr. Clayton Forrester
Josh Weinstein....Dr. Laurence Erhardt
Joel Hodgson....Joel Robinson (uncredited)
 The Crawling Hand
Peter Breck....Steve Curan
Kent Taylor....Dr. Max Weitzberg
Rod Lauren....Paul Lawrence
Alan Hale....Sheriff Townsend
Allison Hayes....Donna
Sirry Steffen....Marta Farnstrom
Arline Judge....Mrs. Hotchkiss
Richard Arlen....Lee Barringer
Tristram Coffin....Deputy Earl Harrison
Ross Elliott
G. Stanley Jones
Jock Putnam....Ambulance Driver
Andy Andrews
Syd Saylor....Soda Shop Owner
Ed Wermer
Beverly Lunsford....Patsy Townsend
Les Hoyle