The Monster Squad - The children's program THE MONSTER SQUAD/NBC/1976-77 told
the story of wax museum monsters who were brought to life by Walter (Fred Grandy), a young criminology student while tinkering with his crime computer
in the museum's dungeon-like basement. Under Walter's guidance, the
legendary monsters joined forces as "The Monster Squad" to battle crime and
The Monster Squad consisted of the tuxedo-wearing Dracula (Henry Polic, II),
the fur-faced Werewolf, a.k.a. Bruce W. Wolf (Buck Kartalian), and the hulking
Frank N. Stein (Michael Lane).
"My name is Walt. I work as night watchman here at Fred's Wax Museum to put
myself through criminology college. It used to be very lonely until recently
when I plugged in my crime computer, suddenly oscillating vibrations brought to
life three legendary monsters...Dracula, The Werewolf and Frankenstein.
Creatures hated and feared for centuries, now determined to make up for their
past misbehavings by fighting crime wherever they find it. Together, we're THE
Members of The
TRIVIA NOTE: In 1977, Milton
Bradley Company produced a board game based on the TV series.
Fred Grandy who
played Walter, the night watchman later appeared on the romantic comedy THE LOVE
BOAT/ABC/1977-86 as Yeoman-Purser Burl "Gopher" Smith. From 1987 to 1995, he
held office as a US Congressman for the state of Iowa.
In 1987, a movie entitled
The Monster Squad featured legendary monsters Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster,
the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman who sought an amulet that would give
them the power to rule the world. Their plans, of course, were thwarted by a
group of kids called "The Monster Squad."
Monster Squad Movie
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