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The Munsters' Revenge

USA 1981
produced by
Edward Montagne (executive) for Universal/NBC
directed by Don Weis
starring Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, K.C. Martel, Jo McDonnell, Bob Hastings, Peter Fox, Herb Voland, Charles Macaulay, Colby Chester, Joseph Ruskin, Sid Caesar, Howard Morris, Ezra Stone, Michael McManus, Sandy Champion, Gary Vinson, Billy Sands, Barry Pearl, Al White, Thomas Newman, Anita Dangler, Dolores Mann, Hillary Horan, Kenny Rhodes, Read Morgan, Mickey Deems
written by Arthur Alsberg, Don Nelson, format developed by Allan Burns, Chris Hayward, characters created by Norm Liebmann, Ed Haas, music by Vic Mizzy, special effects coordinator: Johnny Borgese

The Munsters, The Munsters (classic series), Phantom of the Opera

review by
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A bunch of people are robbed by Herman (Fred Gwynne) and Grandpa Munster (Al Lewis) - or rather by robots in their exact likeness. But since both Herman and Grandpa look quite unique they're taken in. Once in jail, they soon figure out the robots must hide in Doctor Diablo's (Sid Caesar) wax museum - but who's to believe them. So Herman and Grandpa break out to investigate the museum, posing as their own robots, and soon find out that Diablo's planning a big heist using the robots in their likeness as well as a lot of other monster robots from his wax collection. Herman and Grandpa can't go to the police with their knowledge though as they're still fugitives from the law, but fortunately detective Glen (Peter Fox), son of the chief of police (Herb Voland), has taken a liking to cousin Marilyn (Jo McDonnell) and tries to work in their favour - but rather bumblingly so. After much to and fro that also involves Herman and Grandpa working at a pizza parlor as waitresses and a trip to Transylvania, the finale's set at the opening of the great Egypt exhibition at the local museum, where Diablo, an ancient Egyptian himself, wants to steal the royal amulet off the mummy of his brother with the help of his monster robots, but Herman, Grandpa and Marilyn foil his plans.

Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster gets disappointingly little to do in this one while Bob Hastings as the Phantom of the Opera at least gets to save Marilyn and Glen.

 

When Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, and an underused Yvonne De Carlo do their shtick, they prove they still got it, and some of their stuff is just hilarious. In all though, The Munsters' revenge above all proves though that it's not necessarily a good idea to stretch a(n admittedly ingenious) sitcom concept from 30 minute episodes to feature film length - and that's even before factoring in that not everything that worked in the mid-1960s still works in the early 80s. However, this becomes particularly apparent when the script lacks stringency, feels like a to-and-fro for most of the time, and the premise wears itself out too soon. That all said, it's still fun to see the old gang again - even if with a new Marilyn (Joe McDonnell) and Eddie (K.C. Martel) -, and one simply can't claim this doesn't have its fun moments, too.

 

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