Mike and the bots learn the art of safe driving and why you should pay attention at railroad crossings in the 1959 short, Last Clear Chance. Later, they watch government agents use radar technology to catch criminals in Radar Secret Service (1950). The bots stage Mike's 10-year high school reunion, themed "Hungry Like The Wolf".
The short at the beginning of the show was great, but even the crew from MST3k couldn't salvage the movie. The best movies are the really bad ones. This was not good or bad, just boring. Took me 3 nights to get thru the movie and its not one I would care to watch again. There's no classic lines or charectors like in "Manos" or "Puma Man". NOTE: for those that prefer one over the other, this actually stars Mike Nelson and not Joel Hodgson.
Ya know, I've seen some unbelievably cheesy films on MST3K over the years but I can't recall ever watching one so abysmally boring (either Joel or Mike era) as "Radar Secret Service". I can imagine moviegoers of the 1950's standing in line after leaving the theater, paying to be beaten silly with nerf-bats after enduring this snore-fest about G-men using what was apparently technology that had captured the public imagination at the time (i.e. radar) to foil the absolutely unintelligible plans of some gangsters; all are dressed in full suits (with hats) almost indistinguishable from one another, all drive REALLY big cars (one with a radar on top) and spend scene after scene in said cars driving through fields and pastures (and occasionally a city street) chasing each other and talking about radar... lots and lots of talking about radar.
Mike and the bots do their utmost to make an episode out of "Radar Secret Service" but it's such an utterly vacuous film to begin with that their best couldn't get more than a couple of chuckles out of me (although I did enjoy the short). Please rent before buying. :o)
I admit to having a soft spot for RADAR SECRET SERVICE (1950), but god knows why -- a pair of nondescript federal agents tracking down a gang of nondescript uranium hijackers does not make for riveting cinema. Perhaps it's just such a perfectly generic example of a no-budget crime drama, full of two-fisted lawmen, hardboiled dames, and double-crossing gangsters, that it already seems to be a parody of itself, even without the riffing. (Maybe that's why I'm also so fond of RACKET GIRLS, though that movie is operatically over the top, compared to this one).
It's a typically static Robert L. Lippert production, directed with typical faceless efficiency by Sam Newfield, and makes room for the typically unfunny comic mugging of Sid "Monkey Boy" Melton. Noir fans take note that Tom Neal, star of the Poverty Row classic DETOUR (1945), plays hard luck gang boss Mickey Malone in this picture.
The feature is pretty much blown away by the short subject, LAST CLEAR CHANCE (1959), a traffic safety film narrated by the Highway Patrolman of Death. "Why don't they look?"
The ending is not perfect, but I like it very much. I watched it with my other half. The plot of the film feels very close to reality. The film's camera switch is too montage. Very pretty. The actor's performance was animated and devoted.