- 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: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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), .Gilligans Island, Green Acres, The Tonight Show, and many other great shows. He lives in California.
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There is a lot of fun craft throughout this book and it doesn't take itself too seriously and has fun with its subject matter. You'll find splash pages like "Grandpa's Potions" and "Lily's Cuisine" along with along with lots of trivia pages and off camera tidbits about how the cast spent time in between scenes and managed additional appearances. Each main character (including the two Marilyns) are given their own individual coverage and Cox always does what he can to bring in the individual actor's voice, quoting them and delivering their thoughts. There are welcome diversions like "Munster Motors" that delve not just into the filmic history of the vehicles but also their legacy and impacts that they had outside of the TV show.
Personally I could read a whole book on Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Al Lewis. Though Gwynne gets the lion's share of devoted time (and rightly so) Cox gives ample time to all cast members and early on quite a bit to series creators and creative directors. This print also includes the requisite episode summary and I'm not sure that giving (scant) coverage to the follow up series was a necessity but it's at least here to cover an all-things-Munsters bases.
I dock the book only for not having a more intensive history section and the formatting didn't always flow with how Cox chose to throw in (and break up a narrative reading), though perhaps these are minor quibbles for a fanbook such as this. A necessary for every Munster collector out there, and probably required reading for most serious fans.
Cox, a fan of the show since childhood, takes a look at its history, the iconic characters, and the program's enduring legacy. With the exception of Fred Gwynne, the author was able to interview all of the primary cast, and many in the production staff, for his book. Now that Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Al Lewis have sadly passed on, it would be very difficult for anyone to repeat what Cox has done.
With a ton of photos, "cutout" images, drawings, sketches, various lists, magazine covers and ads, and pages of various bold colors, the book has kind of a "scrapbook" appearance. The photos featured are mostly in black and white, includes many candid's, and some images that have apparently not been published before. Cox focuses almost entirely on matters related to the original cast, with an interesting episode guide for the original series, and coverage of the movies Munster, Go Home! (1966), and The Munster's Revenge (1981). There is a slight nod to the TV series, The Munsters Today (1988-91), and the briefest of glances, at other various made for TV Munster projects.
A dedicated fan of classic television, Stephen Cox has also written books about Gilligan's Island,Green Acres,The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Addams Family, among others. Cox's has an informal style, where he tries to keep things light, upbeat, and fun, and not get too heavy, or controversial. Things might seem too goofy or sugar coated at times, and the lack of "dirt", or deep critical analysis, might be the book's only fault.
The photos come alive on the glossy 8"x10" pages, although the different colored pages make some text less visible, the book is still mostly easy to read, and the quality is simply outstanding, particularly for a publication that is currently selling at Amazon for nine dollars. This book is highly recommended to any Munsters fan, and also a cool read for any lover of classic 60's TV comedies.
Herman’s Existential Poem (Pg. 189)
Ibbity bibbity, sibbity sab.
Ibbity bibbity, canal boat.
Dictionary. Down the ferry.
Mary Mary, quite contrary.
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy Wuzzy lost his hair.
Scooba–doo and scooba–die,
That chicken’s not too young to fry.
Life is real, life is earnest.
If you’re cold, turn up the furnace
“Far – Out Munsters”
Season 1: Episode 26 (1965)
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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