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Munsters: Complete Second Season
     

Munsters: Complete Second Season

 

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The afterlife has been good to The Munsters. Although the series lasted only two seasons, Herman Munster and his brood live on, thanks to syndication, TV Land, and now DVD. The frighteningly funny second season comprises a whopping 32 episodes, a prodigious output that took its toll on the cast, who required hours in makeup for each episode. This behind-the-scenes insight comes from "America's First Family of Fright," one of four documentaries included on this three-disc set, which also notes that the smash success of the upstart Batman TV show -- which debuted in January 1966 -- doomed the series. Like ABC’s similarly short-lived ghoul comedy, The Addams Family, The Munsters were spared the indignity of a jumping-the-crypt moment. Car 54, Where Are You? veteran Fred Gwynne leads the ensemble as Herman, with screen beauty Yvonne De Carlo as his vampire wife, Lily, and Al Lewis as batty Grandpa. Butch Patrick returns as the wolfish Eddie for Season 2, and Pat Priest replaces Beverly Owen as Marilyn, the lovely and seemingly "normal" niece whom the family loves nonetheless. Aside from the fact that the Munsters are monsters, they remain every bit as functional as the Cleavers, and the show adheres strictly to sitcom fundamentals, albeit with macabre twists. "Happy 100th Anniversary" involves your basic marital misunderstanding; Eddy feels unloved and decides to run away, leading to "Herman's Child Psychology"; later, Eddy enters Herman in a rodeo in "Bronco-Bustin' Munster" and brings out the senior Munster’s competitive instincts when he idolizes TV horror show host "Zombo." Louis Nye has a great turn as the TV ghoul in that one, one of many memorable character bits that grace the season. The great Irwin Charone’s hilarious dive out the window as "Herman’s Driving Instructor" is another classic bit of ‘60s TV business. Also making memorable appearances this season are Dom DeLuise (Herman's doctor in "Pretty Face"), Frank Gorshin (a shady used car salesman in "Herman, the Tire Kicker") and Harvey Korman (doing his German professor shtick in "Prehistoric Munster"). As for Gwynne, two of his finest half hours are the benchmark episodes "Just Another Pretty Face," which allowed him to appear without makeup, and "A Visit from Johann," in which he doubles as Herman's primitive and undomesticated cousin. Although more than 40 years old, The Munsters is one of those rare vintage series that will play as well with nostalgic parents as it will for their own little monsters.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0025192746925
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
13:45:00

Special Features

America's first family of fright! - An in-depth examination on the cast, the show, and their place in television history; Fred Gwynne: More Than a Munster - A behind the makeup look at the rise and fall of the multi-talented Fred Gwynne; Yvonne DeCarlo: Gilded Lily: A look at how Yvonne DeCarlo grew into the role that defined her; Al Lewis: Forever Grandpa: Follow his rise from comedian and stage actor to television icon and political activist!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bateman Chester Skinner
Charles Lane Holmes
Charlie Ruggles Charlie Wiggens
David Macklin Phil
Dayton Allen Dr. Willoughby
Dom DeLuise Dr. Dudley
Don "Red" Barry Ted
Dorothy Green Mrs. Kingsley
Emmaline Henry Gwendolyn
Frank Evans Bill
Frank Gorshin Fair Deal Dan
Frank Maxwell Desk Sergeant
Fred Gwynne Johann
Gene Blakely Big Leo
Harvey Korman Prof. Gearhart von Fagenspahen
J. Edward McKinley Mayor Handley
Jackie Minty Jack McGinly
Jane Withers Pamela Thornton
Joan Staley Clara Mason
Joe de Santis Lou
John Carradine Mr. Gateman
Joyce Jameson Lou
Louis Nye Zombo
Ned Romero Wonga
Paul Reed Henry J. Fregosi
Roger Perry Ted Bradley
Rory Stevens Boris
Val Avery Commissar
Vinton Hayworth Bank Manager
Willis B. Bouchey Mr. Bradley,Judge
Barton MacLane Big Roy
Buddy Lewis Mr. Leonard
Chet Stratton Clyde Thornton,The Man
Digby Wolfe The Director
Don Edmonds Frank Colson
Don Keefer Dr. Elliott
Douglas Evans Clarence
Elvia Allman Mrs. Harkness
Foster Brooks Admiral
Francis de Sales Mr. Foster
George Petrie Prof. Hansen
Henry Beckman Husband
Herbie Faye Rod
Jerome Cowan Ted Thatcher
Joan Swift Nurse,Secretary
John Abbott Dr. Victor Frankenstein IV
Ken Osmond John
Len Lesser Manikoo
Leonard Yorr Valery
Louise Glenn Telephone Operator
Michael Petit Charlie
Nolan Leary Judge
Patricia Woodell Miss Thompson
Rian Garrick Corbett
Warren Parker Ted
Wendy Cutler Sally
William Phipps Hank
Bryan O'Byrne Uriah
Dick Wilson Al
Eileen O'Neill Ann Carter
Felix Locher Powatuma
Forrest Lewis Motel Manager
Gary Owens Dick Willet,Zombo's Announcer
Helen Kleeb Woman,Manager's Wife
Irwin Charone Mr. Howell
Jackie Joseph Woman
John Lawrence Gregor
Lee Henry The Roustabout
Marge Redmond Miss Hazlett
Mary Mitchel Dorothy Harkness
Michael Blodgett Jim
Mike Barton Frank
Monroe Arnold The Director
Olan Soule Bailiff
Pat McCaffrie Spengler
Richard Lane Announcer
Richard Poston Doctor
Robert Morgan Police Officer
Sammy Shore Vic
Vito Scotti Voice of Ancient Rome Reporter
William O'Connell Bank Clerk
Adele Claire Secretary
Alma Murphy Little Old Lady
Bella Bruck Ninotchka
Bill Quinn Attendant,Mr. White
Bonnie Franklin Janice
Charlie Callas Lefty
Donald Dillaway Man
Elsie Baker Woman
Jackie Coogan Young Man
Jimmy Stiles Billy
Joe Quinn Police Officer
Johnny Silver Blinky
Lenore Kingston Woman
Leonard P. Geer Cowpoke
Robert Cornthwaite Mr. Parker
Sally Frei Indian Girl
Simon Scott Wilbur Kingsley
Dave Willock Harry
Edward Mallory Young Man
Hoke Howell Reporter #1
Jack Grinnage Mr. Walpole
Jefferson County Daniel Boone,Fred Gwynne's double
Jimmy Cross Beasley
Justin Smith Doctor
Michael F. Blake Child
Penny Kunard Fan
Richard Jury Man on Train
Than Wyenn Legionnaire Captain
Vicki Draves Cindy

Technical Credits
Charles R. Rondeau Director
Don Richardson Director
Earl Bellamy Director
Ezra Stone Director
Gene Reynolds Director
Joseph Pevney Director
Norman Abbott Director
Richard Baer Director

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Munsters
1. Herman's Child Psychology [25:47]
2. Herman, The Master Spy [25:44]
3. Bronco-Bustin' Munster [25:49]
4. Herman Munster, Shutter Bug [25:45]
5. Herman, Coach of the Year [25:40]
6. Happy 100th Anniversary [25:48]
7. Operation Herman [25:49]
8. Lily's Star Boarder [25:47]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Munsters
1. John Doe Munster [25:48]
2. A Man for Marilyn [25:47]
3. Herman's Driving Test [25:47]
4. Will Success Spoil Herman Munster? [25:49]
5. Underground Munster [25:23]
6. The Treasure of Mockingbird Heights [25:43]
7. Herman's Peace Offensive [25:47]
8. Herman Picks a Winner [25:49]
Disc #2, Side A -- The Munsters
1. Just Another Pretty Face [25:48]
2. Big Heap Herman [25:46]
3. The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World [25:50]
4. Grandpa's Lost Wife [25:44]
5. The Fregosi Emerald [25:49]
6. Zombo [25:47]
7. Cyrano De Munster [25:49]
8. The Musician [25:50]
Disc #2, Side B -- The Munsters
1. Prehistoric Munster [25:46]
2. A Visit From Johann [25:48]
3. Eddie's Brother [25:47]
4. Herman, The Tire-Kicker [25:47]
5. A House Divided [25:45]
6. Herman's Soroity Caper [25:48]
7. Herman's Lawsuit [25:46]
8. A Visit From the Teacher [25:51]

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