December 22, 2008

Herman Munster Meets Santa Claus

The Munsters have been periodically revived through the years in TV specials and even a clone series that tallied as many episodes as the original 1964 sitcom. The latest incarnation — notwithstanding a recent Hustler Video Classics-Gone-Porn version — was the 1996 Holiday TV Movie, The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas, in which Grandpa’s experiments transport Santa Claus to 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

Critics were unimpressed. The best thing said about the show was that very young children might be entertained. At least the casting was inspired, with Sam McMurray valiantly channelling Fred Gwynne’s genius, Sandy Baron — a Catskills-trained comic — picking up for Al Lewis, and the formidable Ann Magnuson a good pick to essay Yvonne De Carlo’s Lily. The 91-minute special survives on DVD.

Staying in a Christmas mood, here’s a real treat: The original Munsters appearing in Macy’s Santa Claus Parade!

Up on YouTube is a wonderful vintage movie newsreel from 1964, Santa’s in Town, subtitled “Munsters Escort Kris in Parade”. Gwynne and Lewis appear in character, riding the Munsters Koach down Broadway. There are nice shots of the novelty car’s detailing, such as a spider and its web in a corner of the windshield.

Not sure, but I think the first shot might have been doctored by Universal’s special effects department, the film marquees whited out so as not to promote competitors’ films.

It’s a wonderful time machine glimpse of Macy’s parade 44 years ago, and its fun seeing Al Lewis having a ball in the city he loved.

The Munsters in Santa's in Town on YouTube.

Screencaps from The Munster’s Scary Little Christmas on Marky Munster’s elaborate fan site.

The Munsters Scary Little Christmas on DVD.

The Munsters's Color Pilot
Frankenstein Meets Santa Claus

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Anonymous said...

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-Ethan Tudor W.
Actor/Host of "The Neverhood Show"
Also catch me on the ABC/Warner Series "The Middle" Wed. Night's at 8pm (PST) on ABC

It’s OFFICIAL! “Butch Patrick’s Whistle Stop Halloween Tour” Departs from the West Coast Oct. 2nd !

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City List

1st Leg of the trip from Los Angeles to Chicago

1. Los Angeles CA.

2. Pamona CA.

3. Claremont CA.

4. Ontario CA.

5. San Bernardino Ca.

6. Victorville CA.

7. Barstow CA.

8. Needles CA.

9. Kingman AZ.

10. Williams AZ.

11. Flagstaff AZ.

12. Winslow AZ.

13. Gallup NM.

14. Albuquerque NM.

15. Lamy NM.

16. Las Vegas NM.

17. Raton NM.

18. Trinidad CO.

19. La Junta CO.

20. Lamar CO.

21. Garden City KS.

22. Dodge City KS.

23. Hutchinson KS.

24. Newton KS.

25. Topeka KS.

26. Lawrence KS.

27. Kansas City MO.

28. La Plata MO.

29. Galesburg IL.

30. Kewanee IL.

31. Naperville IL.

32. Chicago IL.

“Butch Patrick’s Whistle Stop Halloween Tour”

City List

2nd Leg, Chicago to Orlando Via. Wash DC.

1. Chicago IL.

2. South Bend IN.

3. Toledo OH.

4. Sandisky OH.

5. Cleveland OH.

6. Alliance OH.

7. Pittsburgh PA.

8. Connellsville PA.

9. Cumberland MD.

10. Harpers Ferry WV.

11. Washington DC.

12. Richmond VA.

13. Petersburg VA.

14. Rocky Mount NC.

15. Fayetteville NC.

16. Dillon SC.

17. Florence SC.

18. Kingstree SC.

19. North Charleston SC.

20. Yemassee SC

21. Savannah GA.

22. Jesup GA.

23. Jacksonville FL.

24. Palatka FL.

25. Deland FL.

26. Sanford FL.

27. Winter Park FL.

28. Orlando FL.