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The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane Paperback – October 1, 2006
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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.
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.Read more ›
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As described really great price fast well packaged shipping ThanksPublished 2 months ago by Mike Binns
I really enjoyed this book. A lot of great inside info and a great keepsake.Published 3 months ago by JOSEPH S FALVO
"A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane" is a bit of a scattershot but loving ode to filmdom's first family of fright (of course Addams Family aficionados might beg to differ). Read morePublished 20 months ago by THowerton
Book was smaller than I expected. But great book regardless
Wish the photos in the book that are all one color would've been kept as color (some photos are all orange, all... Read more
Much information and anecdotes from one of the greatest TV sitcomes ever. Great pictures, information and stories from behind the scenes of an iconic show. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Jay
this guide to the Munsters is a must have for ANY munsters fan! full of great info and lots of interesting facts about the show I had no idea about!Published on September 5, 2013 by Carlos L. Colon