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The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane Paperback – Bargain Price, 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.
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)
One problem though: numerous typographical, spelling and grammatical errors (use of "hued" instead of "hewed", "step foot" instead of "set foot", and at least one paragraph repeated out-of order). Proof reading is one thing, but even a casual read will pick up several sloppy mistakes in every chapter. Still, the book is "literate" in the sense of the intelligence brought to bear on its subject.
I love it!!