The Munsters (1964–2004)
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Rock-a-Bye Munster 

Herman believes that Lily's expecting a child.


Norman Abbott

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Episode cast overview:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Lily Munster
Al Lewis ... Grandpa
Beverley Owen ... Marilyn Munster
Butch Patrick ... Eddie Munster
Fred Gwynne ... Herman Munster
Sid Melton ... Diamond Jim
Marilyn Lovell Marilyn Lovell ... Mrs. Dudley (as Marilynn Lovell)
Peter Robbins Peter Robbins ... Elmer
Paul Lynde ... Dr. Edward Dudley


While Herman and Grandpa are watching television, a curious system allows them to see Lily and Marilyn talking in the kitchen. They hear something about a new child, coming to visit the house for a few days. Herman believes that Lily's expecting a child and he gets excited for all the matter. The truth is that Marilyn will care for a boy named Elmer, the family's doctor son, for a few days. Herman is a little bit worry because Lily hasn't told him yet about the new son. He'll try to make Lily to tell him all about Eddie's new "playmate" in a discreet fashion. But Lily gives Herman the doctor's card, and Grandpa advice him not to worry about Lily, that women are specialized in hiding these secrets. Grandpa comes up with the idea of making a visit to the doctor that night. But Dr. Edward Dudley doesn't see anything without his glasses, and he won't see that Herman's one of his patients. Herman asks Dr. Dudley whether Lily's expecting a boy, and believing that Herman is talking about ... Written by Alejandro Frias

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Release Date:

15 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Kayro-Vue Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Herman plays for Lily, 'Johannes Brahms's Wiegenlied' (1868), frequently referred to in English as Brahms's Lullaby or Cradle Song. The Lullaby was dedicated to Brahms's friend, Bertha Faber, on the occasion of the birth of her second son. See more »


Mrs. Dudley: Marilyn is so sweet, what is her uncle like?
Dr. Edward Dudley: I couldn't get him in focus too well without my specs. All I'm sure of is, he was nine feet tall and had a penguin with him that turned out to be his grandfather.
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References The Late Late Show (1962) See more »

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The Debut Of "Dr. Dudley" and The Munster Hearse-Car
27 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Who remembers Paul Lynde as "Dr. Dudley?" Lynde was excellent in this role and always made me laugh out loud. His IMDb biography says he was only in three episodes. I would have guessed more. In this episode, the doctor's son is going to be visiting for a week in the Munster home. However, Grandpa and Herman think the "the arrival of a playmate for Eddie" means Lily is having a baby. (They overheard this in a conversation between Lily and Marilyn and misinterpreted.)

Lily won't say anything so Herman and Grandpa visit Dr. Dudley at four in the morning. Dudley is like Mr. Magoo without his glasses. The conversation he has with his guests at that hour is laugh-out-loud funny. Anyway, this "screwball" charade is played out for almost the entire show. The look on Herman's face when he sees the toy Frankenstein monster, who he thinks is his son, is priceless! It's a classic moment in this series.

Also fun to see and hear in this episode was how the Munsters acquired their famous car. Sid Melton has been a familiar face from the '50s until the late '90s, and is sill alive. He played "Diamond Jim," the used car salesman.

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