Halloween with the New Addams Family
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|Halloween with the New Addams Family|
|Genre||Halloween television movie|
|Directed by||David Steinmetz
|Produced by||David Levy|
|Written by||Charles Addams (characters; uncredited)
|Music by||Vic Mizzy|
|Editing by||Ken Baker|
|Production company||Charles Fries Productions|
|Release date||October 30, 1977|
|Running time||74 min.|
|Preceded by||The Addams Family (1973 series)|
|Followed by||The Addams Family (1992 series)|
Halloween with the New Addams Family was a 1977 NBC television film. It stars John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy, Lisa Loring, Ken Weatherwax, and Felix Silla and was a reunion of sorts with the actors reprising their roles from the original 1960s series The Addams Family. Blossom Rock was ill at the time of the production (she would die in early 1978, shortly after this special aired) causing her role of Grandmama to be portrayed by Jane Rose.
Gomez's brother, Pancho, is staying with the family while Gomez goes to a lodge meeting in Tombstone, Arizona. Gomez is jealous of his brother, who once courted Morticia. Halloween is nigh, and Pancho tells the legend of Cousin Shy, who distributes gifts and carves pumpkins. A gang of crooks have bugged the Addamses' home and plan to take advantage of Gomez's absence to steal the family fortune. The lead crook "Bones" Lafferty sends an associate named Mikey to investigate. Wednesday (Senior) is home from music academy, where she studies the piccolo (she breaks glass with it). Pugsley (Senior) is home from Nairobi medical school, where he is training to be a witch doctor. Mikey panics and flees after treading on the tail of the family's pet lion Kitty Kat. The crooks have a fake Gomez and Morticia to help in their plans, along with two strong-arm goons, Hercules and Atlas. Gomez returns home for the Halloween party and trimming of the scarecrow. Lafferty poses as Quincy Addams (from Boston) to get in. He has his men tie up Gomez and Morticia and his doubles take their places, confusing Pancho, who is still in love with Morticia. Lurch scares off the thugs and terrifies the assistant crook Louie the Lard (who was dressed as Little Bo Peep). Fester, trying to be nice, puts Lafferty on the rack. Lafferty tries to escape through the secret passage and steps on Kitty Kat's tail. When the police arrive upon responding to a noise complaint, Lafferty and his gang surrender. The Addams Family are then free to celebrate Halloween happily.
Cast and Villains
- John Astin - Gomez Addams
- Ted Cassidy - Lurch
- Jackie Coogan - Uncle Fester
- Carolyn Jones - Morticia Addams
- Jane Rose - Grandmama
- Lisa Loring - Wednesday Addams, Sr.
- Ken Weatherwax - Pugsley Addams, Sr.
- Felix Silla - Cousin Itt
- Elvia Allman - Grandma Hester Frump
- Henry Darrow - Pancho Addams
- Jennifer Surprenant - Wednesday Addams, Jr.
- Ken Marquis - Pugsley Addams, Jr.
- Parley Baer - "Bones" Lafferty
- Patrick Campbell - Louie the Lard
- Vito Scotti - Mikey
- Dean Sothern - Fake Gomez
- Terry Miller - Fake Morticia
- David Johns - Hercules
- Clinton Beyerle - Atlas
- George Ranito Jordan - First Cop
- Suzanne Krarna - Countess Dracula
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