The Rebel Set
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I had a really bad night's sleep last night—my brain just wouldn't shut off and I spent most of the night awake in bed. So I took the day off work (I've been a serious code monkey lately), and napped most of the day. I did, however, have time to watch The Rebel Set. I recognized the main bad guy immediately as the chief from "Get Smart", a show I saw a lot on television when I was young.

Anyway, this was probably one of the most coherent movies MST3K had done up to this point. The script wasn't terrible, the acting semi-okay, and the filming wasn't terrible. The story was good, the plot moved well. All in all, I was a bit surprised it made it into the MST3K bucket.

Basically it's about some beatniks that are approached by "Mr. T" (no, not the A-Team Mr. T) for a one-time job in Chicago, which will net them $200k each. Back in 1959, when this movie was made, I'm sure that would be over a million in today's money. So they board a train to New York from Los Angeles, where they live. The train has a three-hour layover in Chicago, where they meet Mr. T, who apparently drove to Chicago, do the job, then hop back on the train at the last moment. Mr. T also boards the train this time, and begins killing off the beatniks until the last guy catches on to what's happening and rats everything to the police.

I give this movie 136 empty seats one for each episode of Get Smart that Mr. T played the Chief.

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