Despite the Addams Family being a property that had been around for a while, the sitcom only lasted two seasons before it got canned. It was popular, but people got tired of it quickly. Why? Well, at almost the exact same time, a TV show called “The Munsters” came out.
In fact, initial airings of the two shows were mere days apart — “The Addams Family Goes to School” debuted on September eighteenth, while “Munster Masquerade” came out on September twenty-fourth. The TV-viewing public might have stomached one monster family for longer, but they got burned out before long on a pair of them.
Shooting Around a Missing Star
While filming “The Addams Family,” the first film in the trilogy of 20th Century Fox movies, Raul Julia played Gomez and reportedly loved doing so – it was apparently his favorite role. Except for when he burst a blood vessel in his eye.
Not only can this be painful – and lead to vision problems – but it also created a big red patch in one of Julia's eyes. While it's not too far off from something you'd see in the Addams family, the movie decided it would be best to give Julia some time off so he could recover. They had to shoot other scenes while he rested.
Going Back to His Roots
“The Addams Family” was Barry Sonnenfeld's directorial debut after serving as cinematographer on a number of well-known films, and he had to step back into that role for some time. Near the end of shooting, director of photography Owen Roizman quit and was replaced by Gale Tattersall.
Shortly thereafter, however, Tattersall had to be rushed to the hospital, and Sonnenfeld served as a cinematographer while also directing. To no one's surprise, the movie ended up running over schedule, but it was still finished and still managed to do pretty well, so all is well that ends well, as Helen would say.
Getting Sold Off
The original production company for “The Addams Family,” Orion, was worried about the movie going over budget. The company had suffered a series of flops at that time and was worried about its bottom line. Thus, during production, they sold the film to Paramount. They thought the film would be another flop, but they were dead wrong.
With a budget of around thirty million, the film took in almost two hundred million dollars at the box office. Paramount was pretty pleased about all that, but the people working on the movie weren't notified – by either company – they eventually found out, thanks to a journalist.
Famous for Her Witchy Roles
The woman who played Granny Hester Frump, Morticia Addam's mother, in the 1964 television show has some strong bona fides when it comes to playing a witch on the screen. Not only was she a witch in this show, but she's also one of the most famous witches in movie history – maybe even the most famous of all time.
Yes, it's Margaret Hamilton, the woman who played the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz” from 1939. Now that's some serious witch material to be able to brag about on your resume. Nothing like having an expert provide some truly witchy performances.