Munster, Go Home!
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|Munster, Go Home!|
|Directed by||Earl Bellamy|
|Produced by||Joe Connelly
|Written by||Joe Connelly
Yvonne De Carlo
|Music by||Jack Marshall|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios|
Munster, Go Home! is a 1966 American film based on the hit 1960s family television sitcom The Munsters. It was directed by Earl Bellamy, who also directed a number of episodes in the series. The film was produced immediately after the television series completed filming for its original run, and included the original cast with the exception of Marilyn, who was played by Debbie Watson replacing Pat Priest from the series.
This film offered audiences an opportunity to see the Munsters in Technicolor rather than the black-and-white format of the television series, but was not a commercial success upon its original theatrical release. It was produced and released at least partly in order to introduce the characters and concept to foreign audiences, as it came in advance of international syndication for the film's source material (the television series 70-episodes).
For the Transatlantic crossing, stock footage of the American passenger ocean liner, the SS United States, near the end of its active career, was utilized. Although most of the film is set in fictional "Shroudshire, England" the automobile racing scenes were shot at the Paramount Ranch Racetrack in Agoura, California. They featured the "DRAG-U-LA" custom dragster designed by famous auto customizer George Barris.
Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) and his wife, Lily (Yvonne De Carlo) learn from Cavanaugh Munster's will that they have inherited an English manor known as Munster Hall in Shroudshire, England, and that Herman has inherited the designation Lord of the Manor as "Lord Munster". The family boards the famous American transatlantic passenger ocean liner SS United States (in its last years) to England. Herman gets seasick, Marilyn (Debbie Watson, replacing TV series original player Pat Priest in a controversial move) encounters a new love and suitor Roger Moresby (Robert Pine). Grandpa (Al Lewis) gets turned into a grey wolf upon accidentally consuming a wolf pill. Grandpa has to be sneaked through British immigration and customs.
Cousins Grace (Jeanne Arnold) and Freddie (Terry-Thomas) are furious that the American Munsters are getting the manor, and that Herman will be Lord Munster instead of Freddie. Grace and Freddie, with the help of Lady Effigie (Hermione Gingold), try to get rid of the Munsters, so the estate can be theirs. The American Munster couple feels right at home when Herman's English relatives try to scare them. Freddie disguises himself as a ghost, but screams and runs away when he encounters Herman. Grandpa sneaks out of bed to find out the secret of Munster Hall: a counterfeiting operation is at work in the basement.
Later, Herman enters a race, driving Grandpa's custom dragster, "Drag-u-la". Grace and Freddie attempt to interfere with him winning the race, by setting up a plot to kill him. Herman wins the race with the help of wife Lily. The British Munsters, including their butler, Cruikshank (John Carradine) are all exposed and apprehended by the police authorities. Herman captures Freddie and Grace by tossing tires on them. Lady Effigie is sent to Shroudshire's police station with her butler by Lily and Eddie (Butch Patrick). Herman and his family donate the land and Munster Hall to the city for historic preservation. Roger and Marilyn get together and hope to see each other again. Herman and his family head for their American home.
- Fred Gwynne – Herman
- Yvonne De Carlo – Lily
- Al Lewis – Grandpa
- Butch Patrick – Eddie
- Debbie Watson – Marilyn
- Hermione Gingold – Lady Effigie Munster
- Robert Pine – Roger Moresby
- Bernard Fox - Squire Moresby
- Terry-Thomas – Cousin Freddie Munster
- Jeanne Arnold – Cousin Grace Munster
- John Carradine – Cruikshank
- Ben Wright – Hennesy
- Richard Dawson – Joey
- Arthur Malet – Alfie
- Maria Lennard – Millie
- Cliff Norton – Herbert
- Diana Chesney – Mrs. Moresby
- Dick Crockett – (uncredited)
- Jack Dodson – Shipmate (uncredited)
- Helen Kleeb – Emily (uncredited)
- Don Knight – (uncredited)
- Laurie Main – (uncredited)
VHS and DVD releases
In 1997, GoodTimes Entertainment released Munster, Go Home! on VHS alongside the 1981 made-for-TV reunion movie The Munsters' Revenge. The VHS version of Munster, Go Home! is presented in an open matte 1:33:1 aspect ratio. In 2001, GoodTimes Entertainment released a DVD version of the film using the same transfer. In 2006, Universal Home Entertainment released a two-feature DVD featuring Munster, Go Home! and The Munsters' Revenge. The Universal transfer is sourced from an original print and presented in its original theatrical 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
It was made available in Region 4 on DVD in September 2016.
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