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The scary and silly goings-on at a mad scientist vampire's home/lab.
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Billy Van ... Bwanna Clyde Batty / ... (131 episodes, 1971)
Julius Sumner Miller ... The Professor (131 episodes, 1971)

Vincent Price ... The Narrator (131 episodes, 1971)
Fishka Rais ... Igor (131 episodes, 1971)
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Riff Markowitz (unknown episodes)
 
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Riff Markowitz (unknown episodes)

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Mitch Markowitz .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Riff Markowitz .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
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Van Fike .... wigs (unknown episodes)
Hilda Healey .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Robert Laden .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
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Jim Borecki .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Larry DeNardis .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
 
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Jerry Appleton .... floor director (unknown episodes)
Nancy Pruss .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
June Tyack .... educational consultant (unknown episodes)
Brooke Weslak .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min (130 episodes)
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Most of the dialogue was improvised.See more »
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: In a cooking segment Grizelda tosses an orange into the cauldron and misses but there's still an accompanying splash sound as the orange bounces off the floor.See more »
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The Narrator:Another lovely day begins with ghosts and gouls with greenish skin. So close your eyes and you will find that you've arrived at Castle Frightenstein. Perhaps the Count will find a way to make his monster work today. For if he solves this monstermania he can return to Transylvania. So welcome where the sun won't shine to the castle of Count Frightenstein.
[Insidious laughter]
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
No laugh-track, 16 December 2007
Author: zerobeat from Canada

Somebody (from Los Angeles) mentioned hearing a laugh-track (of kids) when they saw this show but there most certainly was none added during production or broadcast both back in 1971 and in reruns in 2007 here in Canada (where the show was made).

So either he's mistaken, or the Americans actually added a laugh-track for that market. This might make sense, since so many American shows do have a fake laugh-track (thankfully, their version of The Office does not).

The only laughing that makes sense in a TV show is when there really is a live audience present, and you hear genuine laughter. I saw a live taping of Kids In The Hall around 1991 and the laugher heard during broadcast really is the genuine laughter of the real audience.

The Hilarious House of Frightenstein doesn't have a lot of stuff that would incite robust laughter anyway. It's more weird than funny. A lot of it is obviously ad-lib, and in modern times many of the scenes would require a "take 2" (or 3 or 4 or 5) to perfect it. But on this show, part of the charm is the inclusion of semi-flubbed stuff.

I remember once where a guy who looks like a stage-hand kind of peaks around the corner while Igor is doing a scene and he looks like he knows he screwed up. It was kept in for final broadcast and the result is this micro-surreal moment.

Julius Sumner Miller (The Professor) is shown actually forgetting where he put a prop for an experiment he is about to show, and he ad-libs something and moves on to another topic.

At one point The Oracle has is hand stuck in the crystal ball, and the "POP" sound effect happens way before he pulls his hand out and there's an ad-lib "well, you can't win 'em all" and it's almost like Billy Van steps out of character for a moment.

In another universe or era, this would have lots more editing or retakes. And it would be very boring. I wonder how much my 9-year old brain in 1971 loved this show in part because of all the screw-ups.

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