Munster, Go Home! (1966)

90 mins | Comedy | 15 June 1966

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HISTORY

The 2 Mar 1966 LAT announced that actors Al Lewis, Fred Gwynne, and Yvonne De Carlo would appear in a theatrical film based on their television series The Munsters (CBS, 24 Sep 1964—1 Sep 1966). The 8 Mar 1966 LAT reported that the picture marked the screen debut of television actress Debbie Watson as “Marilyn,” played in the series by Pat Priest. Gene Reynolds was listed as director at that time. Four weeks later, production charts in the 8 Apr 1966 DV noted the 21 Mar 1966 start of principal photography, under the direction of Earl Bellamy. Production was completed 22 Apr 1966, as noted in the 25 Apr 1966 DV. The final interior scenes were reportedly shot on Universal’s “Phantom” stage, used decades earlier for The Phantom of the Opera (1925, see entry).
       Although The Munsters had already been cancelled by CBS, the 25 Apr 1966 DV revealed that production company Universal Pictures intended the film to create an audience for syndicated reruns of the series. The cast, however, hoped the film would result in the series being reinstated.
       Munster, Go Home opened 15 Jun 1966 as part of a double feature with the drama, Johnny Tiger (1966, see entry). Reviews were lukewarm, describing the innocuous humor as suitable only for children.
       An announcement in the 28 Mar 1966 DV listed Richard Peel, Dennis Turner, Terence Mitchell, and Danny Dee among the cast. “Film Assignments” in the 28 Mar 1966 DV ... More Less

The 2 Mar 1966 LAT announced that actors Al Lewis, Fred Gwynne, and Yvonne De Carlo would appear in a theatrical film based on their television series The Munsters (CBS, 24 Sep 1964—1 Sep 1966). The 8 Mar 1966 LAT reported that the picture marked the screen debut of television actress Debbie Watson as “Marilyn,” played in the series by Pat Priest. Gene Reynolds was listed as director at that time. Four weeks later, production charts in the 8 Apr 1966 DV noted the 21 Mar 1966 start of principal photography, under the direction of Earl Bellamy. Production was completed 22 Apr 1966, as noted in the 25 Apr 1966 DV. The final interior scenes were reportedly shot on Universal’s “Phantom” stage, used decades earlier for The Phantom of the Opera (1925, see entry).
       Although The Munsters had already been cancelled by CBS, the 25 Apr 1966 DV revealed that production company Universal Pictures intended the film to create an audience for syndicated reruns of the series. The cast, however, hoped the film would result in the series being reinstated.
       Munster, Go Home opened 15 Jun 1966 as part of a double feature with the drama, Johnny Tiger (1966, see entry). Reviews were lukewarm, describing the innocuous humor as suitable only for children.
       An announcement in the 28 Mar 1966 DV listed Richard Peel, Dennis Turner, Terence Mitchell, and Danny Dee among the cast. “Film Assignments” in the 28 Mar 1966 DV included the following crew members: Ray Quiroz, script supervisor trainee; Raymond Cossar, Dick Smith, and Gene Lloyd, sound; Stanley Gulliver and Jimmy Hilbert, grips; Donald Wolz, special effects; Wava Green and E. House, hairstylists; Doug Wilson, painter; Sam Gage, craft service; Doug McFarland, driver captain.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Mar 1966
p. 4, 8.
Daily Variety
8 Apr 1966
p. 14.
Daily Variety
25 Apr 1966
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
2 Mar 1966
Section D, p. 14.
Los Angeles Times
8 Mar 1966
Section C, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
9 Jun 1966
Section E, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
24 Jun 1966
Section C, p. 13.
New York Times
15 Jun 1966
p. 43.
New York Times
16 Jun 1966
p. 53.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
Ward
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Matte supv
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Asst to the prod
Scr supv
Stunt coordinator
Stills
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 June 1966
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 June 1966
Production Date:
22 March--21 April 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
16 July 1966
Copyright Number:
LP35383
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ghoulish-looking Herman Munster inherits an estate from a British uncle and takes his family--wife Lily, son Eddie, niece Marilyn, and mischief-making Grandpa--to England by boat to claim both his title and his manor house. On board, Marilyn strikes up a romance with Roger Moresby, a race-driving champion. On arriving, they receive a less than effusive welcome from their foreign relatives (Lady Effigie, her children Freddy and Grace, and their sinister butler Cruikshank), who are using the manor house as the headquarters of a counterfeiting ring. All attempts to scare off the Munsters fail miserably, for they are delighted by screams in the night, white-sheeted apparitions, and other ghostly phenomena. Desperate to be rid of the Munsters, Lady Effigie persuades Herman to save the family honor by entering an automobile race against Roger, as their families have been longtime rivals. Roger is knocked unconscious, and the head of the counterfeiting ring substitutes another driver, planning harm to Herman as the race proceeds. Herman, however, driving his Dragula, a special coffin-shaped car, wins the race and unmasks his opponent, who turns out to be the barmaid at the local pub. The Munsters donate their property for a village park, and Roger promises to visit Marilyn in the ... +


Ghoulish-looking Herman Munster inherits an estate from a British uncle and takes his family--wife Lily, son Eddie, niece Marilyn, and mischief-making Grandpa--to England by boat to claim both his title and his manor house. On board, Marilyn strikes up a romance with Roger Moresby, a race-driving champion. On arriving, they receive a less than effusive welcome from their foreign relatives (Lady Effigie, her children Freddy and Grace, and their sinister butler Cruikshank), who are using the manor house as the headquarters of a counterfeiting ring. All attempts to scare off the Munsters fail miserably, for they are delighted by screams in the night, white-sheeted apparitions, and other ghostly phenomena. Desperate to be rid of the Munsters, Lady Effigie persuades Herman to save the family honor by entering an automobile race against Roger, as their families have been longtime rivals. Roger is knocked unconscious, and the head of the counterfeiting ring substitutes another driver, planning harm to Herman as the race proceeds. Herman, however, driving his Dragula, a special coffin-shaped car, wins the race and unmasks his opponent, who turns out to be the barmaid at the local pub. The Munsters donate their property for a village park, and Roger promises to visit Marilyn in the States. +

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