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The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane Paperback – October 1, 2006

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Steve Cox has devoted his life to chronicling classic TV. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and TV Guide, he has written books on The Addams Family (the old-money ghouls), .Gilligan’s Island, Green Acres, The Tonight Show, and many other great shows. He lives in California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Back Stage Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823078949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823078943
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thoroughly enjoyed this lavishly illustrated book about everybody's favorite family of ghouls. Author Steve Cox was able to touch base with each of the cast members and many of the behind-the-scenes folks who worked on the show (and the movies), and he weaves the many perspectives into a cohesive and delightful look at the people who made the Munsters what it was (and still is). What becomes clear to me is that although there was some friction and conflict on the set (I leave the details to the devoted reader), these people were professionals who knew how to do their jobs and did them better than anyone else could. Subsequent re-incarnations of the family of 1313 Mockingbird Lane have proved that such show-business lightning doesn't strike twice. I gained great respect for Fred Gwynne in particular, who suffered physically and emotionally during the show...a brilliant performer and a great human being! And Al Lewis-though it's somewhat disturbing to think that I am now older than Mister Lewis was when he portrayed Grandpa, I am dazzled by what he brought to the role. Not content with traipsing out the old Lugosi "I want to suck your blood...blah!" stuff, Mr. Lewis created a unique and loveable character from the ground up. Although he may not have been given carte blanche, he certainly took it and ran with it. Butch Patrick, Yvonne DeCarlo and Pat Priest all knew what would work and surprised you with their brilliant work on the show. In short, a wonderful book about a classic of television history...The Munsters!
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...unless you're "The Munsters", that is.

Steve Cox has done an incredible job updating, redesigning and totally transforming his earlier (and very much sought after) Munsters book from 1989 ("America's First Family of Fright"). With the benefit of new information, even more inside cast info, up-to-date interviews and -- most notably -- hundreds of incredible color and never-before-seen photographs, this book makes the the earlier effort look like a dry run by comparasion. Even the quality and clarity of the images is astounding. And the art direction is flawless.

It's fun and informative. Too bad Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis aren't around. I'm sure even they would have been impressed.
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I never thought that I had much in common with Howard Stern until I heard that his favorite TV show was "The Munsters". And when I heard that he loved this book by Stephen Cox, I immediately picked it up. What a great volume to have alongside you while you watch these episodes. It is absolutely packed with great photos (many in color and almost all of them rare), behind the scenes stories, and information about the creation of the series. If you have even the slightest interest in The Munsters, you will love this book!
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Some 40 years after leaving the TV airwaves The Munsters continues to grow in popularity and attract a legion of fans both old and young. Stephen Cox, a true blue, or perhaps green, Munsters fan has penned a loving tribute to this show which, much like its colorful characters, never seems to die. Cox has jam-packed the book with well-researched articles, comments from cast and crew members, an episode guide, a look at Munsters collectibles, trivia, and much, much more.

This is not some breezy fluff book. Cox has clearly done his homework and sought out as many people involved with the production of the show as possible including Chris Hayward and Allan Burns, a writing team who penned the initial "Meet the Munsters" script in 1963. Cox shows off photos from the rare pilot episode, shot in color, featuring a different Eddie and Lilly (who looked more like Morticia Addams). Interestingly, John Carradine was offered the role of Herman Munster and Burt Lahr (the Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz) the role of Grandpa. How different would the show have been with that cast!

There are wonderfully informative articles on the make-up and look of the Munsters. At the time Bud Westmore was the head of Univeral's make-up department and Westmore had trained under the great Jack Pierce. While Westmore gets the credit in the show, Cox uncovers that he wasn't directly involved with the show as that fell into the hands of his crew including Westmore's brother Perc, and Abe Haberman. Cox has uncovered a veritable treasure chest of behind the scenes photos showing the stars getting their makeup applied and these talented crewmembers hard at work. I'm always amazed that things like these photos managed to survive the decades.
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Wow! What this book is to it's previous version (The Munsters, Television's First Family of Fright) is what The Incredible Hulk is to Dr. Banner. Stephen Cox has given his book a monsterous (or should I say Munsterous) dose of Gamma radiation. The first edition is 174 pages of standard paper with over 250 Black & White Photos. This edition is 208 gloss pages of both color and black & white photos. There are less than 250 pictures but far more written information. If you have the first edition, I recommend you pick this one up also. If you don't, buy both.
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I just picked up this book and I'm done. I couldn't put it down. Stephen Cox covers it all from A to Zombo. I never even thought of wondering who supplied the voice of the raven, and I was amazed to learn where much of the equipment in Grandpa's lab came from. And to overlook the sultry photo of Pat Priest's Marilyn being serenaded by the make-up artist on page 64 would be criminal! If you're already a fan of the Munsters this book is a must. If you're not, it will help make you one.
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