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The Munster
The Munsters
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Synopsis - The pale and deathly-looking set of characters were loosely based on a number of popular figures from horror films. The main characters were - Herman Munster (the father) is a representation of Frankenstein's monster and is a funeral parlor employee, Lily (his wife) is a lady vampire, Count Dracula (Grandpa & Lily's father) is a 378-year-old mad scientist and vampire, Eddie Wolfgang (their 10-year-old son) is a werewolf. Marilyn (their niece) is the only normal one and is considered the ugly duckling of the family, and Spot, the family pet (a fire-breathing dinosaur who lived under the stairs). Plenty of laughs were provided as the group of misfits attempted to assimilate themselves into society, although most of the chuckles were to be found at the gag-fuelled ghouls' highly gothic-looking residence, 1313 Mockingbird Lane.



The Munster
About the Show

  • The Munsters debuted on CBS on September 24, 1964 and completed its original prime-time run on September 1, 1966.
  • 70 episodes were made

stars

  • Fred Gwynne........Herman
  • Yvonne De Carlo...Lily
  • Al Lewis.......Grandpa
  • Beverly Owen......Marilyn (1964)
  • Pat Priest....Marilyn (1964-1966)
  • Butch Patrick....Eddy

sequels
Tv and film

Munster Go Home!

  • Summer, 1966, the movie "Munster, Go Home!" is released in US theatres. Pat Priest is replaced by Debbie Watson as Marilyn.
  • Synopsis: The Munsters inherit a title and a manor house full of money and homicidal relatives which results in hilarious problems.

the mini munsters

  • October 27, 1973, "The Mini Munsters" premieres on ABC's Saturday Superstar Movie. It is a cartoon version of "The Munsters." Al Lewis supplies the voice of Grandpa.

The Munsters' revenge

  • February 27, 1981, "The Munsters' Revenge" airs. It is a TV-movie with Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Jo McDonnell (as Marilyn), K.C. Martel (as Eddie), and Sid Caesar.
  • Synopsis: Wax figures of Herman and Grandpa begin to terrorize the town everyone blames the real Herman and Grandpa. The two now have to clear their names before it's too late.

The munsters today

  • Fall of 1988, "The Munsters Today" TV series premieres. It is based on the original series. It stars John Schuck as Herman, Lee Meriwether as Lily, Howard Morton as Grandpa, Hilary Van Dyke as Marilyn, and Jason Marsden as Eddie.
  • Synopsis: "The Munsters Today" was an updated version of "The Munsters." Grandpa has preformed a experiment that went wrong and accidentally froze the family for twenty-five years. They wake up in the late 80s. The episodes now start in black and white and go into color (like the Wizard of Oz).

Here come the Munsters

  • October 31, 1995, a new Munster movie airs, "Here Come the Munsters." It airs on the Fox Network.
  • Synopsis: The newly immigrated Munsters try to figure out life in California while attempting to locate Marilyn's missing father.

The munsters' scary
 little Christmas

  • December 1996, a second Fox Network movie airs. It is entitled, "The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas."
  • Synopsis: Herman, Lily and the other Munsters of 1313 Mockingbird Land add their own ghoulish touch to the holiday season. 

trivia

  • Lily Munster's original first name was Phoebe in the pilot, which was in color.
  • Grandpa's Drag-u-la racer was only used in one episode, despite being shown in the end credits of every 2nd season episode.
  • Beverley Owen played Marilyn for the first 13 episodes and Pat Priest replaced her for the remainder of the series.
  • 'Beverly Owen' , who played Marilyn Munster in the first 13 episodes, is a natural brunette. She wore a wig, and her hairline was often covered up by a headband. Pat Priest, who played Marilyn for the remainder of the series, is a natural blond, so that is her natural hair.
  • This show and its "rival" series "The Addams Family" (1964) both debuted within a week of one another in September 1964. At the end of that year's TV season, this show ranked #18 in the Nielsens, with a rating of 24.7, while The Addams Family came in at #23, with a 23.9 rating. At the time, Nielsens indicated what percentage of American TV households tuned in to any given program. By the end of the following year, both series were cancelled.
  • There was only one Drag-U-La (Grandpa's coffin car,) built for the show. It now hangs from the ceiling in Planet Hollywood in Atlantic City. There have been several replica's built since.
  • Eddie's pet dragon that lived under the stairs was named Spot.
  • Eddie's stuffed wolf was named Woof-Woof.
  • Grandpa's pet bat was named Igor.
  • Other member's of the Munster family were Lily's brother (and Grandpa's son) a werewolf named Lester and Uncle Gilbert, the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • The Munsters lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Mockingbird Heights.
  • The uncredited voice of The Raven was supplied by Mel Blanc. On the rare occasions Blanc was unavailable, the Raven's voice was supplied by Bob Hastings.
  • Grandpa wasn't Grandpa Munster. He was Lilly's father, and their family name was "Dracula".
  • Eddie's full name was Edward Wolfgang Munster.
  • This series' title was supposedly derived from combining the words "fun" and "monsters".
  • The Munster Koach, and the Dragula car were both built by Hollywood car customizer George Barris.
  • Fred Gwynne also played Herman's twin brother Charlie and a reject creation of Doctor Frankenstein's named Johann.
  • In the episode "Just Another Pretty Face", Fred Gwynne appears without his makeup. In that episode, Herman was struck by lightning and was turned into a "normal" human being.
  • Beverly Owen's final episode was "Family Portrait".
  • For the first 13 episodes, in which Beverley Owen played Marilyn, Fred Gwynne appeared last in the opening credits. When Owen was replaced by Pat Priest and the sequence had to be re-shot, Gwynne appeared first in the credits. Since there were no further cast changes for the second season, the credits remained in that order for the remainder of the series.
  • Bill Mumy was the original choice for Eddie Munster, but his parents didn't approve of the extensive makeup that would be used for his character. He would eventually guest on the episode "Come Back, Little Googie", playing an incorrigible brat, during the first season.
  • The character 'Herman Munster' was ranked #19 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
  • Contrary to popular belief, The Munsters were not the first couple on TV to share a bed. It was real-life couple Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on their show "Mary Kay and Johnny" in the late 1940s.
  • The name of the funeral parlor that Herman worked for was Gateman, Goodbury and Graves.
  • The occasional role of Mr. Gateman was played by John Carradine.
  • During the series, each episode was filmed with only one camera. As there was no studio audience to contain, it was possible to only need one camera to get various shots during a scene.


The Koach
the Munster koach

  • built by Barris Kustom Kars
  • The Koach was made from 3 Model T bodies and is 18 feet long.
  • To accommodate the five members of the Munster family and meet their specific requirements Barris used a 133 inch frame. Each member wanted a compartment so a fiberglassed 1927 model "T" body was grafted into a six-door touring roadster with three compartments including a laboratory for Grandpa Munster and a hansom cab rumble seat for Eddie.
  • It has a four speed manual transmission and a power rear end.
  • The brass radiator and fenders were hand formed.
  • In 1964, the cost to build the first one was $18,000.00.
  • It had "blood red" velvet interior.
  • It took 500 hours to hand form the ornate rolled steel scrollwork.
  • It had Gloss Black Pearl paint.
  • The front end had a dropped axle, split radius rods and T springs.
  • The studio gave George Barris 21 days to complete the car.
  • Powered by a 289 Ford Cobra engine from a 1966 Mustang GT. Built with Jahns high compression pistons, ten chrome plated Stromberg carburators, an Isky cam, and had a set of Bobby Barr racing headers
  • There are 2 Koach's
  • gets three miles to a gallon of embalming fluid.
  • Optional goodies that were added to the interior for the Munster’s pleasure included, a Muntz stereo tape recorder, Sony TV, and two antique French telephones. A special Autolite electrical system was needed to make these extras operative.
  • The Munster Mobile which reached a top speed of 150 M.P.H. (0-45 in 7.2 seconds, 0-60 in 10 seconds, 0-80 in 15.4 seconds)


The Dragster
Dragula
Grandpa's car
 

  • Built by Barris Kustom Cars
  • A coffin on wheels it was created for a cost of $10,800.
  •  This dragster goes from 0 to over 180 mph in a matter of seconds with a parachute for brakes.
  • An ornate Owens-Corning Fiberglass casket, trimmed in royal purple velvet silk and embodying a very lively 350 H.P. Ford Mustang engine with a 12 volt Autolite electrical system.
  • The exterior of the casket, which rests on a tube chassis has a quiet antique gold finish with sedate Italian gold leaf.
  • Appropriately, the dragster accommodates one person. He is positioned in the rear of the dragster behind the engine and under a clear plastic bubble which allows greater speed through streamlining.
  • At his command is a four on the floor speed shift which diverts the power of the 360 cubic inch engine to the rear wheels, 11 inch Firestone racing slicks mounted on specially made 10 inch deep Rader drag Reynolds aluminum wheels.
  • Up front are imported Speedsport English buggy wire wheels with 4 inch Italian tires.
  • The radiator is a casket in a casket solid brass by Radiator Dynamics, and the grille is a marble gravestone with the following inscription: Born 1367, Died ?
  • The Drag-u-la has dual 4 barrel carburetors with a Ram-thrust MT manifold and bat-shaped forced-air scoops.
  • Gas is consumed at a rate of 4 gallons per mile of embalming fluid pushed by the high powered Dupree Chrome Dome electric fuel pump.
  • Antique head and tail lights with solid silver spiders on the hub caps carry out the funeral motif.
  • Spouting out of the side of the coffin almost like a cluster of flowers, is the engine Huth exhaust system ala metal organ tubes that are tuned.
  • The original car is hanging in Planet Hollywood in Atlantic City, NJI oversaw all the work on all the cars. We had two helpers and me on the #1. #2 is in Atlantic City in a museum. #3 is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at a museum, and there is no motor or trans or rear end in that car. #4 is owned by Ricky DeBanardo in New York. He is opening a museum some time next year. He is using it at car shows all the time as he loves to drive it.