Munster, Go Home (1966)

DailyView: Day 85, Movie 148

1966 must have been an odd year. This is the year where we got the Batman movie from the TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward. Now, I have found another TV show adapted into a movie from 1966 for the DailyView. It is based on the TV show the Munsters. It is called Munster, Go Home.

Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) and his family head to England to claim an estate willed to him by a relative, an inheritance that would make him Lord Munster. However, the English Munsters, Freddie (Terry-Thomas) and Grace (Jeanne Arnold) and Lady Effigie Munster (Hermione Gingold), were not happy about it.

This was very much like the TV show, extended to the length of a movie. It had the same type of humor from the show and was very easy to watch.

Nearly the whole cast from the TV show returned for the film including Yvonne De Carlo as Lily, Al Lewis as Grandpa and Butch Patrick as Eddie. However, the role of Marilyn Munster was played by Debbie Watson instead of Pat Priest. Apparently Universal wanted to go with the younger Watson to build up her career. According to IMDB, this recast angered a lot of the show’s fans.

There were few other familiar faces found in Munster, Go Home. Richard Dawson was here playing Joey, a man who would pick up “boxes” from Munster Hall every month. Bernard Fox, who appeared in several sitcoms such as Bewitched, Hogan’s Heroes and Mash, was Squire Lester Moresby, who had a running rivalry with the English Munsters. John Carradine played Munster Hall’s butler Cruikshank.

This is not great, but if you liked the Munsters, then this would be a fun movie to watch. It plays like a longer version of the TV show. The story is simple and the laughs are cute.

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