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Final film of Gilda Radner.
Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder were married in real-life.
All of the visual 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.
Dom DeLuise appeared in drag in this movie for almost his entire performance, but appeared briefly at the end in menswear.
In her 1989 book "It's Always Something", 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."
This was the final collaboration between Dom DeLuise and Gene Wilder. The others being The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), The World's Greatest Lover (1977), and Blazing Saddles (1974).
Final theatrical feature film of Gene Wilder as a director.
The film was one of several movies, mostly comedies, released between the mid 1970s and mid 1980s, that revived the old dark house mansion movie. The movies include Clue (1985), Haunted Honeymoon (1986), Murder by Death (1976), The Spiral Staircase (1975), The Cat and the Canary (1978), House of the Long Shadows (1983), and Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984).
Gilda Radner, wife of Gene Wilder, sadly suffered a miscarriage during production.
This movie was not a remake of the movie of the same name, Haunted Honeymoon (1940).
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The film's title is a misnomer, as the couple played by Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder are not newlyweds 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".
The film was Razzie Award nominated for one Golden Raspberry Award for Dom DeLuise for Worst Supporting Actress, and not for Worst Supporting Actor, due to his drag act, and won the Razzie for his role as "Aunt Kate".
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Gene Wilder's vision was to suggest black and white in the film's cinematography, but within a color movie.
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The name of the radio program was "Manhattan Mystery Theater". The name of the episode broadcast during the movie was called "Haunted Honeymoon".
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According to Gene Wilder's autobiography "Kiss Me Like A Stranger" (2005), it was Hanky Panky (1982), in which he and Gilda Radner, who was married to G.E. Smith at the time, met. The two, quickly became friends, and married prior to this movie.
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Location scouting, looking for a suitable mansion, was conducted on the East Coast of the U.S. before locales in England and Scotland were scouted. In the end, the manor chosen was Knebworth House, which is situated about an hour's travelling time from London, England.
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Final of three cinema movie collaborations of Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder. The others being Hanky Panky (1982) and The Woman in Red (1984).
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The film's closing credits declare: "The producers wish to thank Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England, and David Tomblin."
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The movie's closing credits state that this motion picture was: "Filmed at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England."
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Special Effects Consultant John Stears utilized wherever possible, old film industry visual effects to reflect the old dark house genre movies of the past.
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Aunt Kate (Dom DeLuise) was inspired by an impersonation of Ethel Barrymore from The Spiral Staircase (1946), whom DeLuise had impersonated at a dinner with Gene Wilder.
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With this movie, Gene Wilder wanted to make a 1930s-era movie, but one for the mid eighties time of 1986.
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According to film critic Leonard Maltin, the movie was "inspired by old Bob Hope and Red Skelton movies."
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Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder met while making Hanky Panky (1982). Radner, who was already married, and Wilder fell in love, and later Radner divorced her husband and married Wilder.
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A major inspiration for this movie for Gene Wilder was The Old Dark House (1932).
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According to the October 12, 1984 edition of "The Hollywood Reporter", Gene Wilder bought the picture remake rights to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's (MGM's) classic comic-mystery movie "Haunted Honeymoon", a.k.a. "Busman's Honeymoon". Wilder's wife, Gilda Radner, played the part played in the original by Constance Cummings, with Wilder playing the part previously portrayed by Robert Montgomery.
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Last acting appearance of Gene Wilder in a cinema movie until See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
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Comedy star Dom DeLuise appeared in drag in this movie.
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Gene Wilder (Larry Abbot) portrayed another character who was first named Larry, which was Larry "Cash" Carter in The Lady in Question (1999).
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This movie was originally in development at 20th Century Fox prior to studio head Sherry Lansing letting it go. Wilder directed The World's Greatest Lover (1977) and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) at 20th Century Fox.
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One of Emma Stone's favorite films.
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