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Final film of actress Gilda Radner.
Third and final of three collaborations of actor Dom DeLuise and actor-director Gene Wilder. The first was The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) and the second was The World's Greatest Lover (1977). As actors, the two also both appeared in Mel Brooks's Blazing Saddles (1974).
The name of the radio program was "Manhattan Mystery Theater". The name of episode broadcast during the movie was called "Haunted Honeymoon".
The picture is not a remake of the 1940 film of the same name "Haunted Honeymoon" (aka Haunted Honeymoon (1940)).
Lead actors Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder were really married. The film was the third and final of three collaborations between the husband and wife comedy team. Their earlier films were Hanky Panky (1982) and The Woman in Red (1984).
Final film [to date, January 2013] as a director for Gene Wilder.
The film was one of a number of pictures, mostly comedies, made and released between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, that revived the old dark house mansion movie. The films include Clue (1985), Haunted Honeymoon (1986), Neil Simon's Murder by Death (1976), The Spiral Staircase (1975), The Cat and the Canary (1978), House of the Long Shadows (1983) and Kenny Everett's Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984).
Actor Dom DeLuise appears in drag in this movie for his entire performance. Ironically, for his drag act, DeLuise won a Razzie Award, not for Worst Supporting Actor, but for Worst Supporting Actress.
All the special effects were created on set and in-camera. Gene Wilder insisted on using the same techniques for visual effects that were used in the 1930s. This also helped to keep the budget down.
According to film critic Leonard Maltin, the movie was "...inspired by old Bob Hope / Red Skelton movies".
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The film's title is somewhat of a misnomer as the couple played by Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder are not newly-weds on a honeymoon but are about to be married. However, the name of the episode broadcast on radio during the movie was called "Haunted Honeymoon".
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In her 1989 book "It's Always Something", actress Gilda Radner said of this film, "On July 26 [1986], Haunted Honeymoon (1986) opened nationwide. It was a bomb. One month of publicity and the movie was only in the theaters for a week - a box-office disaster".
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