Saturday, October 30, 2010

Screen Gem Saturdays: Halloween Eve with The Addams Family

Although I prefer “The Munsters,” the TV show based on cartoonist Charles Adams’ creepy characters is still a lot of fun. As Morticia, Carolyn Jones was one of the hottest goth chicks to ever fill the screen; it was no surprise that she had Gomez (John Astin) wrapped around her finger. The kids were fairly obnoxious, but perfectly cast (Lisa Loring and Ken Weatherwax). Ted Cassidy as Lurch was brilliant; there is no way that anybody could ever compare to him. Sadly, Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan) and Thing are missing from this publicity well as the music of Vic Mizzy. Can you imagine watching this show without his musical contributions?

It really is odd to see the cast in color. Here’s the whole gang (minus the kids): Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan), Grandmama (Blossom Rock), Gomez (John Astin), Morticia (Carolyn Jones), and Lurch (Ted Cassidy). Who was the casting genius on this show?

Although it only ran for 2 seasons (1964–1966), this show is still much loved and watched today, over 40 years after its release.

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TiKiMOOSE said...

I just wish the publicity shots were done a little later in the season after the makeup was finalized....Lurch and Morticia look unfinished in many of the early shots.

Connie Moreno said...

That show was way ahead of its time! Great post!