The Munsters (1964–1966)
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Movie Star Munster 

Herman's opportunity to become a film star is knocking on the door.



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Pat Priest ...
J. R. Finlater
Walter Burke ...
Alfred Swanson


Two opportunistic producers are looking for a poor ingenuous man, in order to use him for make valid a insurance policy. The producers find Herman, while he is fixing the car with Eddie, and with just one look they found out that he is the right person to carry away the plan. They tell Herman the story that he could become a film star if he agrees to work with them, signing a contract without knowing that it's in fact the policy. All the family is very excited about Herman's new artistic career, especially Lilly, who begins to have dreams about it. Herman films a bunch of scenes, in which he will make the part of a man always in a clear danger: crossing one street and let a car knocking him down, putting himself under a pile of brick while he's supposedly waiting to his "sweetheart" and finally a scene inside a room, where he has to cross a window pretending to be another door. Nevertheless, Herman involuntary escapes of all the traps, falling instead the fraudulent producers in their... Written by Alejandro Frias

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1 April 1965 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Marilyn Munster: [noticing the title of the book Herman is carrying] The Method Actor?
Herman Munster: One must dig deep to come up with the perfect character.
Grandpa: You're telling me! That's how I found my first ten wives!
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Jesse White & Walter Burke: Great TV Actors
8 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Somewhere in this big city there has to a be a big, stupid-looking guy who has a face which looks like it's been in an accident," says one scam artist to his partner. Hmm, I wonder who they will find to pull off their insurance scam?

There were few people on TV more gullible than our buddy "Herman Munster." In this episode, Herman falls for those two con men who pose as movie moguls. They want to run a scam they've used before and Herman, unknowingly, will be a part of it by playing a role in a fake movie in which he gets knocked off, and the crooks cash in on his accident policy.

The con artists are played by two guys whose faces are very familiar to people who watched television back in the Munster era: Jesse White and Walter Burke. White was in a ton of TV shows from the 1950s through the 1970s but became more famous doing a TV commercial. White was "the Maytag repairman" whom we all loved. Burke, a very small actor, become fairly well-known early on by playing the bodyguard of "Willie Stark" in "All The King's Men" in 1949. He then went into television where he was a mainstay to the late 1970s.

These two were the stars of this farcical episode in which Herman quickly becomes egotistical and pictures himself a big movie star. The con men keep trying to kill him, but only wind up hurting themselves in a bunch of funny slapstick routines.

Not only is the slapstick pretty good, there are some decent comedic lines in here, especially when White and Burke see Herman's face for the first time.

"That's a face? That's the first time I've seen a ready-made victim."

"They said they wanted 'stark realism' and my face was as stark as it gets," brags Herman.

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