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The Inspector

 
 

 

 

 

Prod. Notes:


 

September 1969 - October 1970,  CBS

Hanna-Barbera

 

Cast:

 

Scooby-Doo ............................................................................. Don Messick

Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers ................................................... Casey Kasem

Freddy Jones ....................................................................... Frank Welker

Daphne Blake ...................... Stefanianna Christopherson (1969-70)

Daphne Blake ........................................................ Heather North (1970)

Velma Dinkley ........................................................................... Pat Stevens

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 


 

When Frank Sinatra sang "Strangers in the Night," did he know he would inspire the name for the longest-running cartoon on network TV? Probably not. Nonetheless, that Great Dane named Scooby-Doo (as in “dooby dooby doo”) has appeared on television under no less than twelve titles.

 

It all began in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The traveling companion of four hep-cat teenagers, Scooby-Doo helped solved mysteries while simultaneously murdering the English language (though the fact that he could even speak should count for something). Scooby’s best friend was the skinny, goofy Shaggy, with whom he shared a love for Scooby snacks, among other delicacies. Also along for the ride was the much hunkier Freddy, the babelicios Daphne, and Velma, the brainy girl who did most of the mystery cracking.

 

The inexplicable fivesome tooled around in the Mystery Machine (a groovy painted van), ending up in some pretty creepy towns menaced by ghosts, ghouls or mummies. When the gang would split up to look for clues Freddy would “take the girls,” leaving Scooby and Shaggy to fend for themselves, usually ending up in each other’s arms out of fear. After an extensive chase scene/musical sequence, the villain would be caught, reveal his true identity and curse those meddling kids for foiling his plans.

 

The show lasted for two seasons before reruns took over. In the years to follow new incarnations of the show were produced under various titles and, it's interesting to note, that while the show itself underwent many changes, the characters did not. Aside from a modified Daphne appearing in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, the gang retained their late-sixties garb well into the eighties and nineties. This included knee-highs, a mini-skirt and lumpy turtleneck sweater for Velma, a rockin’ minidress and head scarf for Daphne, and groovy bell-bottoms for the guys. Scooby remained in his natural canine glory throughout.

 


 

 
 
Episodes:
 

 

Season 1

 

What a Night for a Knight

A Clue for Scooby-Doo

Hassle in the Castle

Mine Your Own Business

Decoy for a Dognapper

What the Hex is Going On?

Never Ape and Ape Man

Foul Play in Funland

The Backstage Rage

Bedlam in the Big Top

A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts

Scooby-Doo and a Mummy Too!

Which Witch is Which?

Go Away Ghost Ship

Spooky Space Kook

A Night of Fright is No Delight

That's Snow Ghost

 

Season 2

 

Nowhere to Hyde

Mystery Mask Mix-Up

Jeepers It's the Creeper

Scooby's Night With a Frozen Fright

The Haunted House Hang-Up

A Tiki Scare is No Fair

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf?

Don't Fool With a Phantom

 


 

Opening Lyrics:

 


 

"Scooby-Dooby Doo

Where Are You?

We got some work to do now

Scooby-Dooby Doo

Where Are You?

We need some help from you now

 

C'mon Scooby-Doo,

I see you

Pretending you got a sliver

You're not fooling me

Cause I can see

The way you shake and shiver

 

You know we've got a mystery to solve

So, Scooby-Doo, get ready for your act

Don't hold back

And Scooby-Doo, if you come through

You're gonna have yourself a Scooby Snack

That's a fact

 

Scooby-Dooby Doo

Here are you

You're ready and you're willin'

If we can count on you

Scooby-Doo

I know we'll catch that villain."

 

 

 

 

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