Marilyn's hanging out with Tom Daly, a young man from a good family. She's very happy with him, but he hasn't met Marilyn's family. So, Tom's family sends an invitation to Herman and Lily, for a masquerade dance party. But Grandpa hasn't been invited, and Lily intercedes and calls to Mrs. Daly, asking if Grandpa can go to the party too. Surprised, Mrs. Daly says that there's no problem if that Grandpa person assists to the party. Mrs. Daly tells her husband about the matter. They're suspecting about Munsters' good manners. Herman disguises himself as King Arthur, wearing a heavy armor. Lily disguises herself as a shepherdess (quoting Herman, she looks "positively awful") and Marilyn is a pilgrim. Grandpa disguises himself as Napoleon, mixing up the potions of Marlon Brando and Charles de Gaulle. At the party, things aren't going so good, because Mr. Daly hasn't talk with Herman. Besides, Grandpa is behaving in an eccentric way with Mrs. Daly. Marilyn encourages his uncle to talk with ... Written by
The actors who play Tom Daly's parents both appear in Bewitched (1964) episodes. Mabel Albertson became well known as Mrs. Stevens in that show, and her husband there was named Frank. In this episode, the boyfriend's dad is played by actor Frank Wilcox. See more »
Lily's wires are visible while she is "dancing on air". See more »
[gazing out the window on a stormy night]
Boy, look at the neat lightning. I sure hope it hits our house!
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I was born in '68 and was brought up on re-runs of The Munsters, so I guess that a fair amount of nostalgia influences how I feel about this TV series, but even trying to put prejudice aside, I cannot see how one could fail to enjoy such a gloriously silly programme, with such monstrously lovable characters.
In the opening scene of this first episode, pretty blonde Marilyn (Pat Priest) is seen necking with her boyfriend on the porch of her aunt and uncle's spooky house in Mockingbird Lane. Not realising that Marilyn is the only normal one in a family of monsters, the young man invites his girlfriend and her bizarre guardians to his parents' masquerade party, with disastrous results.
With lumbering Fred Gwynne as well meaning man-made monster Herman, sexy (if you like the goth look, and I do!) Yvonne De Carlo as his dead wife Lily, pasty faced Al Lewis as vampire Grandpa, and pointy eared Butch Patrick as wolf-boy Eddie, the Munsters are pure horror comedy fun from start to finish.
The premise that the Munsters see their niece as 'the ugly one' is pretty damn funny on its own, but add Gwynne's hilarious mugging (of the facial kind), the fact that Herman's face is mistaken for a mask by the other party-goers, and the boyfriend's sudden realisation that his girl is related to monsters, and you've got a quality opening episode from a show deserving of the label 'classic'.
And don't forget that catchy theme tune.
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