Mystery Science Theater 3000: I ACCUSE MY PARENTS
May 26, 2016 1:34 AM - Season 5, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Poster. A young man wins an essay contest about his loving family, but the truth is they neglect him. So, he runs off and gets involved with gangsters. I tell you, life is tough for us English majors. With short The Truck Farmer: Encyclopædia Britannica Films informs us of the process by which fresh vegetables are brought to our cities, which apparently doesn't involve exploited migrant labor very much at all. While the movie doesn't have the weirdness power of an Eegah or a Sinbad, this is another excellent episode, filled with great moments like Duck News with Hugh McQuacken, and the old guy and his hamburger. The host segments are terrific too. Oh, what could Jimmy's problem be? YouTube (1h32m) - Shout Factory TV - Unriffed Premiered September 4, 1993.

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Movie, "I Accuse My Parents"
Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt - Wikipedia - Rotten Tomatoes (5%)
IMDB (1944, 2.3 stars)
"Young man goes to work for gangsters to impress his nightclub-singer girlfriend."
Directed by Sam Newfield. Written by Arthur Caesar, Harry L. Fraser and Marjorie Dudley. Starring Robert Lowell, Mary Beth Hughes and John Miljan.

Short, "The Truck Farmer"
Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt
IMDB (1954, 1.7 stars)
Starring James Brill, and that's about it.
posted by JHarris (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Don't miss the grand finale, in which I Accuse My Parents reveals that it was made for the purpose of being shown to our soldiers overseas. (This is not the only film--like, actual narrative feature film--that Sam Newfield made with the contribution of the U.S. government.) I've never been able to wrap my head around why, if that was the motivation, THIS was the film that resulted. Was it strictly the Mary Beth Hughes factor? Did they think her ridiculous outfits and hats would get our boys a-hootin' and a-hollerin'? Was Allison Hayes busy on a Corman production or something?
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 2:36 AM on May 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

posted by oneswellfoop at 2:44 AM on May 26, 2016 [2 favorites]

This is the only episode of MST3K that was a hit with my parents (whom, for the record, I have never accused). My dad will still say LI-AR! LI-AR! LI-AR! to a character on TV these days.
posted by Countess Elena at 12:19 PM on May 26, 2016 [3 favorites]

Every week we watch the current episode, for that week, of MST3K in the MST3K Club, at Tonight at 9 PM Eastern time (6 PM Pacific)!

There's more information (although slightly out of date) in the Club FAQ.
posted by JHarris at 12:48 PM on May 26, 2016

I got my car from Jack Taylor Automotive. He really does have a great place!
posted by stevis23 at 7:46 PM on May 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Thanks for coming out everyone! This one wasn't such a bad episode, even if our hero was blitheringly stupid at times, so 40,000 XP divided between seven viewers.

I feel like some changes are afoot here at MST3K Club. I just had a look at some of Cytube's features, and I think we can offer more control for viewers at those times when a show isn't going on. And the Club FAQ could use some updating.

BTW everyone, there are only five Joel episodes left.
posted by JHarris at 7:51 PM on May 26, 2016

This is legit my favorite episode ever. Every single joke lands and lands hard, the skits are hilarious, and the source material is terrible without being intolerable. Everything works, and works as well as the show would ever work.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:10 PM on May 27, 2016 [2 favorites]

This is one of my fam's favorite episodes. And I think my husband's fav. It's a cheap joke, but meowing every time they say "Kitty" just gets me every time.

... Did you know that it's my birthday, guys?
posted by Crystalinne at 2:43 PM on May 27, 2016 [2 favorites]

Hey, I wrote an essay and now it's lead to a life of crime!
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:13 PM on June 4, 2016

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