the Dragon - Green prehistoric creature with yellow
scales seen on the bizarre sitcom THE MUNSTERS/CBS/1964-66.
Spot was discovered by Grandpa Munster (Al Lewis) while digging in the back
yard and now this fire-breathing creature who has battleaxe scares on his left shoulder
lived under the staircase of the Munster home at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in
Spot was rarely seen but for its large tail and portions of its face when it
breathed fire. When Spot wasn't eating its favorite pet food (Doggie's Din Din), it had a bad habit of eating the neighbors' trash can lids. Once Lily
Munster (Yvonne DeCarlo) said "Eddie, you go tell Spot that if he eats any more
cars, we're gonna rub his nose in the transmission."
No. 51 "Underground Munster" Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) chastised Spot for
tracking mud into the house. Feeling hurt, Spot ran away from home and hid in
the sewer system which caused panic in the city.
TRIVIA NOTE: In his book, "The Munsters: Television's First Family of Fright" by Stephen Cox (Contemporary
Books, 1989) Butch Patrick and Al Lewis discussed the origins of Spot.
Butch claimed Spot came from props left over from the movie One Million B.C.
(1940). Al Lewis disagreed, saying, "Fred and I designed Spot. We were the ones
who decided the family needed a pet. Fred's a great artist so we got together
and came up with Spot. The prop department built him for us. What does Butch
remember. He was twelve."
Other sources claim that Spot the Dragon creature
was actually a revamped special effects prop left over from
the Universal International movie The Land Unknown (1957) starring Jock Mahoney
about an expedition that stumbled upon prehistoric monsters.
Spot under Stairs
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