Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 1, Episode 4

Gamera vs. Barugon (4 Dec. 1988)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi
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The historic first meeting between Gamera and the crew of the Satellite of Love.



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Episode cast overview:
Joel Hodgson ...
J. Elvis Weinstein ...
Tom Servo / Gypsy (as Josh Weinstein)


The historic first meeting between Gamera and the crew of the Satellite of Love.

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4 December 1988 (USA)  »

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$250 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of 2014, this is the earliest episode of the series available for viewing. It is unknown if any fan copies of the first three KTMA episodes still exist. See more »


The opening song is listed as the "MST 300 Theme Song" in the credits. See more »


[A message from a viewer played from an answering machine.]
Caller: I enjoyed the movie but really hated the constant interruptions that were on there. It was like being in a theater with a bunch of rude Junior High teenagers. I hope you don't continue the program, not in that fashion anyway.
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References Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »


Rainbow Connection
Written by Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams
Performed by J. Elvis Weinstein
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"Gamera vs. Barugon" is perhaps the earliest available episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000"
20 February 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

The following review was previously submitted on Dec. 4, 2007 in the movie title entry on IMDb since the "MST3K" episode guide there didn't have the entry I wrote about at the time: "After the theme song, Joel just fields a recorded call that complements his show and describes the movie before hitting "movie sign" as we go to the picture. It's basically about a giant turtle with flames on his feet defeating this monster with a straight long tongue who can fire snow mist off his mouth. There's also a Japanese guy with a brother and another friend who's searching for treasure and a native woman who knows about Barugon by legend. The in-between segments has Joel fielding more recorded calls, one of which complains about the constant talking by Joel and his 'bots, Tom Servo and Crow. Crow derservedly calls the guy on it. This being an early episode, there's not too much talking at the screen for the first hour so anyone watching this may be a little disappointed as I initially was. What talking there is has some good zingers about Bob Hope, M*A*S*H, Don Ho, Chuck Norris, and others I can't remember. The movie itself threatens to be sleep inducing with confusing cuts throughout. Gamera vs. Barugon was later re-shown on the Comedy Central version of "MST3K" in the fourth season. I hope to review that from YouTube soon. Until next time...P.S. The show's production company was originally called Hair Brain before settling on Best Brains. And Tom Servo (as originally voiced by Josh Weinstein) initially sounded here like a mix between Kermit the Frog and Marvin Martian!"

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