This isn’t the first time that the legendary Chicago-based horror host has shown “Munster, Go Home!” on Me-TV (from coast-to-coast). Sven had previously shown the cult feature-length Munsters film in July 2013, May 2014 and Nov. 2015.
According to IMDB, Universal released the film to theaters on June 15, 1966. “The Munsters” TV series concluded on May 12, 1966 after two seasons on CBS (the final episode was “A Visit from the Teacher,” according to IMDB’s episode listings).
“Munster, Go Home!” was directed by Earl Bellamy. Bellamy had directed seven episodes of “The Munsters” TV series.
“The Munsters” cast and Debbie Watson (the third “Marilyn Munster”)
The actors who appeared in “Munster, Go Home!” were Fred Gwynne (reprising his role of Herman Munster), Yvonne De Carlo (reprising her role of Lily Munster), Al Lewis (reprising his role of “Grandpa” Munster), and Butch Patrick (reprising his role of Eddie Munster).
Debbie Watson was the third actress to play the role of Marilyn Munster (previously played by Beverley Owen for the first 13 episodes of the TV series and was later played by Pat Priest for the remainder of the show’s run).
In addition to the regular cast of characters, several familiar faces are also in “Munster, Go Home!”
In addition to the regular cast, several notable actors from stage, screen and television also appeared in the feature-length “Munsters” adventure, including Terry-Thomas (as Freddie Munster), Hermione Gingold (as Lady Effigie Munster), John Carradine (as Cruikshank), Richard Dawson (as Joey), Bernard Fox (as Squire Lester Moresby) and Robert Pine (as Roger Moresby).
Grandpa Munster’s “Drag-u-la” Special: Designed by George Barris
The coffin-shaped “Drag-u-la” car was designed and built by automobile customizer George Barris, who also designed the “Batmobile” for the 1966-68 “Batman” TV series. Barris’ customized “Drag-u-la” was originally featured in “The Munsters” episode “Hot Rod Herman” (which aired in May 1965).
Barris also designed “The Munsters’ Koach” for the TV series, which was constructed out of three Model T bodies. According to the official website for Barris Kustom Industries, Universal production heads gave Barris 21 days to construct the Munsters’ “Koach.”
Be sure to watch Svengoolie and “Munster, Go Home!” this Sat. on Me-TV!
Watch “Munster, Go Home!” with the wit and wisdom of Svengoolie this Sat. on Me-TV! You will not want to miss out! Frightfully fun for all fellow fans of Sven, “The Munsters” and Universal horror flicks!
Sat., April 29 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG 5.3 (over-the-air)/Comcast 196
Ed. Note (Once Again): Wonderful to be back again with my fellow Svengoolie fans from coast-to-coast (last Sat. during Sven’s showcase of the 1943 Universal thriller “The Mad Ghoul” on Me-TV, since the popular classic/cult TV diginet was restored to my cable lineup last Fri.)!
Be sure to join in on the fun with all fellow fans of Sven during the Sat. live-tweeting sessions (“#Svengoolie” & “@MeTV” on Twitter)! -C.H.
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to WBAL’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
Congrats to Sven on this year’s Rondo Award! Congratulations to Svengoolie on winning this year’s Rondo Award (named in honor of actor Rondo Hatton) for “Favorite Horror Host!” The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” salutes Sven, along with runner-up Dr. Gangrene (and honorable mentions to Penny Dreadful, Count Gore De Vol, Lord Blood-Rah and Karlos Borloff)!
Fun Fact: According to IMDB’s profile on Rondo Hatton (1894-1946), he was born in Hagerstown, Maryland; which is not far from the home office of “Silver Screen Reflections!”
Before he was Herman Munster, watch Fred Gywnne as Officer Francis Muldoon in the 1961-63 series “Car 54, Where Are You?” (select episodes are streaming on Shout! Factory TV*). Before Al Lewis played Grandpa Munster, he also appeared in 44 episodes of “Car 54” (playing the character of Al Spencer in 1961 and playing the role of Officer Leo Schnauser from 1961 until the end of the series in 1963, according to IMDB).
*Under license from CBS Television Distribution (owners of the pre-1973 NBC Film Productions/National Telefilm Associates/Republic Pictures Television holdings).