The Munsters (1964–1966)
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While on a family vacation, Herman gets lost in the desert and wanders into an Indian village, where he is mistaken for a legendary ancient spirit.



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Episode cast overview:
Pat Priest ...
Felix Locher ...
Richard Jury ...
The Man
Sally Frei ...
The Indian Girl


While on family vacation (without Marilyn) to Buffalo Valley by train, Herman gets off at a rest stop while the rest is asleep and falls asleep himself, causing him to miss the train and end up all alone. He decides to walk to the near-by village and encounters a little Indian tribe where he is mistaken for an ancient spirit. The tribe wants him to marry an Indian girl. Meanwhile, the rest of the family has started looking for him. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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20 January 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scary story which the train passenger reads is "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. See more »


Totem pole sculpture is indigenous to tribes of the Pacific Northwest, not interior tribes of the desert southwest or Great Plains as shown. See more »


Grandpa: The last time I tried to sleep in a place this small, some guy shoveled dirt in my face.
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References Death Valley Days (1952) See more »

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Dig Those, Like, Crazy Indians, Man!
11 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Herman the dictator decides (even after all the votes went against him) that the family will vacation at Buffalo Valley. Everyone else wanted to go to the beach.

Even though this was the 1960s we see the Munsters taking the trip by train. By the '70s, I think, this was being phased out as airplane travel became cheaper and cheaper and, of course, a lot faster. I mention the train because their adventures on the train take up the first part of this story. The best scene is a man reading a ghost story to himself about a dead lady "coming to life still wearing the shroud in which she was buried" when Lily peeks into his berth.

The second part occurs after Herman gets off the train at Indian Flats, falls asleep reading a brochure and then discovers the train left without him. As Herman walks to the nearest town he comes across a tribe of Indians who are pretty humorous, two of them talking '60s jive (and with a New York City accent!). They put on a show for tourists but are bored. An old man in the tribe says prosperity will return when the ancient mighty spirit something-or- other returns from the desert. They just laugh at him. The old man points to the totem pole honoring the legend who looks a lot like Herman. Soon, Herman wanders in guessed it! An instant legend!

The last five minutes is easily the best part of the so-so show, and the two Indians mentioned above provided the most laughs to me.

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