Based off of the classic 1964-66 Universal Studios/MCA/CBS TV sitcom masterpiece, “The Munsters;” the studio’s full-length 1966 Technicolor “Munsters” feature film production was directed by veteran director Earl Bellamy. Bellamy also directed seven episodes of “The Munsters” TV series. The 1966 classic Universal “Munsters” monster comedy masterpiece was produced by veteran television producers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher. Connelly and Mosher also produced “The Munsters” TV series and were also known for their earlier MCA/Revue (Universal) TV series, “Leave It to Beaver” (from 1957-63, with Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont).
Universal released “Munster Go Home!” as a double-feature presentation with “Johnny Tiger” (1966, with Robert Taylor, Geraldine Brooks and Chad Everett), according to the American Film Institute. The studio also released “Munster Go Home!” as a double-feature presentation in select cities with Alan Rafkin’s Universal ghoul comedy classic masterpiece, “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966, with Don Knotts and Joan Staley); according to IMDB.
This will mark Sven’s seventh big coast-to-coast broadcast of “Munster, Go Home!” (1966) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the legendary 1966 Universal “Munster” feature-length monster-comedy masterpiece back in Feb. 2012*, July 2013, May 2014, Nov. 2015, April 2017 and July 2018.
Who was in “Munster, Go Home!” (1966)?
The players who appeared in the 1966 Universal “Munster” monster feature-length comedy masterpiece were Fred Gwynne (as Herman Munster; before “The Munsters,” Gwynne previously appeared in the role of Officer Francis Muldoon in Nat Hiken’s 1961-63 NBC comedy with Joe E. Ross, “Car 54, Where Are You?”), Yvonne De Carlo (as Lily Munster, alongside “The Munsters;” De Carlo appeared in numerous film and TV productions throughout her screen career, including the role of Sephora in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 Paramount VistaVision adaptation of “The Ten Commandments”), Butch Patrick (as Eddie Munster), Al Lewis (as Grandpa Munster; Lewis also appeared in “Car 54, Where Are You” with Fred Gwynne; Lewis played the role of Officer Leo Schnauser from 1961-63), Debbie Watson (as the third Marilyn Munster after Beverley Owen and Pat Priest in the “Munsters” TV series; Watson previously appeared in the role of Tammy Tarleton in Universal’s brief television adaptation of the studio’s “Tammy” comedies), John Carradine (as Cruikshank; the veteran horror-monster actor appeared in numerous roles, including his Universal “Count Dracula” monster appearances in the studio’s productions of “House of Frankenstein” in 1944 and “House of Dracula” in 1945), Hermione Gingold (as Lady Effigie Munster; in addition to her numerous stage and screen roles, Gingold previously played the role of Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn in Morton DaCosta’s 1962 Warner Bros. screen musical adaptation of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man”), Richard Dawson (as Joey, Dawson was also known for his role of Cpl. Newkirk in the 1965-71 CBS comedy, “Hogan’s Heroes;” Dawson went onto greater fame in game shows, he was one of the panelists on Mark Goodson–Bill Todman’s “Match Game”/”Match Game PM” from 1973-78 and the first host of Goodson-Todman’s “Family Feud” from 1976-85, along with the brief 1994 syndicated revival), Terry-Thomas (as Freddie Munster, in addition to his numerous film roles, the British comedian also appeared in two Robert Fuest thrillers with Vincent Price for American-International, 1971’s “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” and the 1972 sequel, “Dr. Phibes Rises Again” ), Bernard Fox (as Squire Lester Moresby, in addition to his numerous character roles, Fox was best known for his role of Dr. Bombay on “Bewitched” from 1967 until the conclusion of the series in 1972), Robert Pine (as Roger Moresby, Pine went onto greater fame in the role of Sgt. Joseph Getraer on “CHiPS” from 1977-83) and Jack Dodson (in an uncredited role as a second ship steward; Dodson was known for his role of Howard Sprague on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1966-68).
Earl Bellamy was not the first choice to direct “Munster, Go Home!” (1966)
Veteran TV producer-director Gene Reynolds (later of “M*A*S*H” fame) was originally considered to direct the full-length Universal production of “Munster, Go Home!” before Earl Bellamy, according to the American Film Institute. Reynolds previously directed two episodes of “The Munsters” in 1966; “Just Another Pretty Face” and “A Visit from Johann.”
Universal’s big-screen approach for “The Munsters”
According to the June 20, 1966 edition of BoxOffice magazine, Universal/MCA executives wanted to produce a feature-length “Munsters” production; citing the success of the earlier feature-length edition of the studio’s 1962-66 TV comedy, “McHale’s Navy” (1964, with Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway and Joe Flynn). The Universal “Munster” monster feature was released on June 15, 1966; one month after the conclusion of “The Munsters” TV series on CBS, according to IMDB. According to additional details from the American Film Institute, the 1966 “Munster” feature-length production was also released to promote Universal/MCA’s upcoming syndication of the 1964-66 “Munsters” TV series to local television stations from coast-to-coast at the time.
Additional insight into Grandpa Munster’s “Drag-u-la” roadster
The Grandpa Munster “Drag-u-la” roadster was built by custom auto designer George Barris’ Barris Kustom Industries with Dick and Keith Dean; according to the Volo Auto Museum. Barris also designed the “Munster Koach” with the Deans.
Modified from a 1964 Ford chassis in a coffin shape, it was reported that five “Drag-u-la” vehicles were constructed (one for filming, the rest for publicity). The coffin-shaped roadster was originally introduced in the 1965 “Munsters” episode “Hot Rod Herman;” according to IMDB. Both Barris “Munster” automobiles (known as the only authentic “Drag-u-la” in existence and the “Munster Koach”) are in the collection of the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois; on loan from Barris Kustom Industries.
Legendary heavy metal rock singer, horror film director and “Munster” aficionado Rob Zombie recorded his 1998 hit, “Dragula;” which was featured on his “Hellbilly Deluxe” album; according to Billboard Magazine.
“Munster, Go Home!” (1966): Re-titled in France, Italy and Germany by Universal
According to IMDB, the Bellamy-Connelly-Mosher Universal production of “Munster, Go Home!” was re-titled by the studio for theatrical releases in France, Italy and Germany. In France, the 1966 Universal “Munsters” feature was re-titled under the name of “Frankenstein et les Faux Monnayeurs” (“Frankenstein and the Counterfeiters”). In Italy, the feature was released under the title of “La Dolce Vita: non piace ai Mostri” (“The Sweet Life: Monsters don’t like it”). In Germany, “Munster, Go Home” was re-titled under the name of “Gespensterparty” (“Ghost Party”) and for a 1973 re-release of “Die Frankenstein Familie” (“The Frankenstein Family”), according to Heritage Auctions.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Munster, Go Home!” (1966); this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, Butch Patrick, Al Lewis, Debbie Watson, John Carradine, Hermione Gingold, Richard Dawson, Terry Thomas, Bernard Fox, Robert Pine and Jack Dodson; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Munster, Go Home!” (1966); this Sat. on Me-TV! Escape from anxiety and chaos with Sven’s big broadcast of Earl Bellamy’s classic Universal “Munster” monster masterpiece including Sven’s extended fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song, Kerwyn’s “home office” edition of the “mail call” segment and much, much more! A perfect treat for all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow aficionados of “The Munsters” everywhere! Relax, sit back, laugh along and have fun with one of Sven’s many requested films! Fun for all ages! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
*Before Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick area (Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick broadcast region in early 2013; originally on WJLA-TV and then moved to WTTG-5 in March 2017). -C.H.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Broadband 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
Relax, laugh along, live-tweet and join in on the fun with all fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast via Twitter during #Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Munster, Go Home!” (1966); this Sat. on the airlanes of Me-TV!
In connection to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: Again, to quote Sven’s executive producer, Jim Roche: “#KeepCalmAndWatchSven!” Look to the positive wisdom, enlightenment and encouragement of Svengoolie, the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere, the entire crowd of fellow super Mystery Science Theater 3000 MSTies everywhere & the entire crowd of fellow classic film enthusiasts everywhere! We fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals highly recommend Kerwyn’s informative coronavirus/COVID-19 prevention public service announcement! Again, to all fellow super Svengoolie everywhere, safety first, wear a face mask/appropriate face covering, wash your hands for approximately 20 sec., avoid touching your face, use a sleeve/tissue when coughing/sneezing, practice social distancing measures, stay home, stay well and keep healthy. Escape from stress, chaos and anxiety by relaxing with Sven’s Sat. evening big broadcasts of classic monster, sci-fi and horror feature film masterpieces on the airlanes of Me-TV! Join in on the fun with the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals by live-tweeting via Twitter during Sven’s Sat. evening Me-TV big broadcasts! Again, let’s all take preventative steps by staying safe, staying well, being hopeful and keeping healthy! And again, safety first, stay well & keep healthy, Sven/Mr. Rich Koz, the entire Sven/Me-TV production team & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie everywhere! And again, to quote Me-TV’s preventative motto; “#StayHomeWithMe!” –C.H.
Tami Govea’s recent AfterBuzzTV article on Svengoolie’s C2E2 interview with Mark Ruffalo (aired during Sven’s May 2 Me-TV big broadcast of James Whale’s classic 1931 Universal monster masterpiece adaptation with Boris Karloff, “Frankenstein”) and how Sven’s big broadcast w/the C2E2 interview featuring Mark Ruffalo was one of the top live-tweeting Twitter trends of the evening!
From Sven’s famous studio set to your home! Download Svengoolie’s famous Me-TV dungeon “studio set” background (featuring Body Sorrell) for your favorite videoconferencing platform (Zoom, Skype, etc.), as part of Me-TV’s assortment of classic TV show backgrounds for online videoconferencing!
The Sven “Studio Set” figurine is still available for purchase! The official Sven/Me-TV/Figures Toy Co. Svengoolie “Studio Set” limited edition Sven figurine set with commemorative Sven studio set coffin featuring “Body Sorrell” and official miniature Archie McPhee rubber chicken is still available for purchase on the official Svengoolie/Me-TV online store! And again, to quote the official rule of the official Sven/Me-TV online store site, “no personal checks!” And only purchase authentic/official Sven/Me-TV merchandise from the official Sven/Me-TV online store!
In connection to Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis:
Watch Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis in classic episodes of “Car 54, Where Are You?” via Shout! Factory TV (by arrangement with CBS Television Distribution, owners of the pre-1973 NBC film productions/National Telefilm Associates/Republic Pictures TV/Spelling TV holdings).
In connection to Fred Gwynne:
Watch Fred Gwynne as Rev. Burgess in Ralph Rosenblum’s Public Television adaptation of Mark Twain’s “The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg” (1980, from the Public Television series “The American Short Story”), featuring Robert Preston (of “The Music Man” fame), Frances Sternhagen and Tom Aldredge; with an introduction by Henry Fonda (via the Internet Archive, sourced from a 16mm “Perspective Films” print)! I recall watching the 1980 adaptation with Gwynne back in High School; it wasn’t from a 16mm film print, it was from a “Monterey Home Video” VHS videocassette tape! -C.H.
In relation to Richard Dawson:
Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals, including a “Munster” mention!
Extra! Extra! Extra! I did not know that this existed until learning about the place from one of our fellow super SvenPals! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes mentioned that there is a replica “Munster ‘1313 Mockingbird Lane’ Munster Mansion” house attraction in her home area of Waxahachie, Texas! According to additional details from the official “Munster Mansion” site, the replica “Munster Mansion” house was constructed by Sandra and Charles McKee from watching vintage episodes of “The Munsters” series! The “Munster Mansion” house has also held tours of the replica “Mockingbird Lane” mansion, along with “Murder Mystery”-themed events in the past! The McKees’ “Munster Mansion” place was painstakingly designed without blueprints by re-watching episodes of the classic 1964-66 Universal TV series and has been furnished with select replica props and original props that were used in the original Universal “Munsters” TV series!
Thank you for informing us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow “Munster” aficionados about the replica Waxahachie “Munster Mansion,” Sarah! We fellow Svengoolie SvenPals highly appreciate you bringing this information! Very cool, neat & awesome! Three cheers, two thumbs up, safety first, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Sarah & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Update: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee announced that Northwestern University Radio/WNUR 89.3 FM has extended their studio hiatus due to preventative measures/steps in response to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic until additional details. Again, pre-recorded/archival editions of Jamie’s “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcasts and other pre-recorded WNUR programs will be playing in rotation on the station via WNUR-FM 89.3/FM 89.3-HD1 in the greater Berwyn/Chicago listening area and WNUR.org or through the TuneIn platform from coast-to-coast, around the world and throughout the galaxy! Again, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals/fellow super jammers can also listen to pre-recorded/archival editions of Jamie’s past “Jammin’ with Jamie” programs (2016-present), additional details/information can be found via Jamie’s official Twitter site and/or website!
Three cheers, two thumbs up, safety first, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Jamie & the entire crowd of fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers and the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Be sure to give generously/spread the word/help out one of fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee’s friends from the PM&L players troupe by donating whatever you can to her friend’s official GoFundMe fund site to help offset the costly costs of additional medical treatments. Help out one of Jamie’s friends by donating generously/spreading the word! Again, any amount helps!-C.H.
In connection to “Munster, Go Home!” (1966):
“Munster, Go Home!” (1966) is also available in a newly-restored edition on Blu-Ray from Shout! Factory and their “Scream Factory” imprint, featuring brand-new commentary from Butch Patrick and Rob Zombie; plus the Universal made-for-TV movie, “The Munsters’ Revenge” (1981) with Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo and Al Lewis; plus much, much more in connection to the 1966 classic Universal “Munster” comedy masterpiece (by arrangement with Universal Studios). The 1966 Universal “Munster” monster comedy classic masterpiece is also available on several DVD compilation/anthology sets from Universal, including the “3-Munster Laugh Pack” (also containing “The Munsters’ Revenge” and the 1964 episode of “The Munsters,” “Family Portrait”); Universal’s “The Munsters: Two-Movie Fright Fest” (of “Munster, Go Home!” and “The Munsters’ Revenge”) and “The Munsters: The Complete Series” (both aforementioned Universal “Munsters” features with the complete Universal “Munsters” TV series). “Munster, Go Home!” (1966) is also available for streaming from Universal through participating video-on-demand service providers.
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