The Munsters (1964–2004)
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Herman the Great 

Herman becomes a wrestler, in order to gain some extra money for Eddie's future education.


Earl Bellamy


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Lily Munster
Al Lewis ... Grandpa
Beverley Owen ... Marilyn Munster
Butch Patrick ... Eddie Munster
Fred Gwynne ... Herman Munster
John Hubbard ... Duke Ramsey
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Mr. Hansen
Johnny Silver ... Jerry
Billy Varga Billy Varga ... Strangler Murphy (as Count Billy Varga)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... The Ring Announcer (as Jimmy Lennon)
Tiger Joe Marsh Tiger Joe Marsh ... The Referee
Matt Murphy Matt Murphy ... Killer Conklin
The Great John L. The Great John L. ... Genghis Cohen
Gene LeBell Gene LeBell ... Tarzan McGirk
Jay S. York Jay S. York ... Crusher Kowalski (as Jay York)


Herman is blending metal tubes in the living room, in front of Eddie and his impressed friend Wilbur, whose father is a wrestling promoter. Wilbur tells to his father about Herman's special skill to bend tubes and even lift cars. Herman sees an article in a magazine, about the importance of opening an special bank account for children future education. Wilbur's father calls Herman and makes an offer to him: to become a wrestler. Herman's thinking about an extra job, in order to open an account for Eddie's future education. This could be a great opportunity, but Herman doesn't want that Lily and the family find out. The promoter says that that won't be a problem, because he could fight wearing a mask. So, Herman becomes a wrestler called "The Masked Marvel", but while he's training upstairs Grandpa appears and discovers Herman's secret. Herman asks Grandpa not to tell anything about the matter to Lily. That night takes place the first fight, and Grandpa's watching it at the television.... Written by Alejandro Frias

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Release Date:

12 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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Kayro-Vue Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Herman's USD 1,000.00 award, in 1964, would be equivalent to USD $8,143.19 in 2018, if adjusted for US Inflation. See more »


While in training for wrestling Herman is wearing a jacket that states Transylvania Olympic Team 1841. The modern Olympics didn't start again until 1896. See more »


Grandpa: This is not just a wrestling match, this is a shining crusade, a contest on the battlefield of life that will lead you a stronger and nobler person.
Herman Munster: Really?
Grandpa: Of course, the next bum comes along, get in there and kick him in the teeth!
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Herman The Wrestler
29 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is a classic episode, remembered well by those of us who have watched this show for many years. Herman becomes "The Masked Marvel," a wrestler. He's doing it to put extra money in the bank for Eddie's college fund.

It came about when Eddie had a friend over, Wilbur, and Herman wowed the kids with exhibitions of his strength. Wilbur's dad is a wrestling promoter, hears about Herman, calls him and invites him to be a wrestler.

Herman accepts, but wants to keep it a secret. Only Grandmpa knows what his "night job" really is, and the rest of the family winds up watching, unknowingly, on television.

Herman's first bout is with Tarzan McGurk. It winds up like his next seven with Herman's soft heart ruining his record.....but his face saving him in the end!

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