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A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts

Frankenstein's Monster running in Franken Castle

A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts title card

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Details
Episode # 111
Air date November 22, 1969
Run time 22m 2s
Written by Ken Spears
Joe Ruby
Bill Lutz
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Chronology
Previous episode

Bedlam in the Big Top

Next episode

Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too

A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts is the eleventh episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.

Premise

On their way to Franken Castle, the kids stop to get their fortunes told by a gypsy fortune teller, who warns them they will meet their doom if they go to the castle. They soon are greeted by, Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and a werewolf on the castle grounds who warn them away.

Synopsis

The gang is making its way Franken Castle, on the way they see a gypsy wagon and stop to have their fortune told; the gypsy tells them that the castle caretaker has just been frightened off and warns them to stay away from the castle.

After dismissing her warnings, they continue and eventually reach the castle. They're warned off at the drawbridge by Dracula. All but Daphne manage to get off the drawbridge before it is raised, leaving her trapped inside. There she is pursued by Frankenstein's Monster. Shaggy and Scooby swing across to the castle to open the drawbridge. They manage to lower it, but are chased by the Wolfman.

Fred and Velma come upon a a dining hall where Dracula appears, transforms into a bat and swoops down on them. Velma loses here glasses and while crawling about looking for them she disappears through a trapdoor behind the fireplace.

In the meantime, Scooby and Shaggy have found the kitchen—and Frankenstein's Monster. Eventually they end up in the torture chamber into which Velma, too, has 'blindly' wandered. They manage to find Daphne in a dungeon and rescue her while trapping Dracula. The four leave but become separated; Daphne and Velma hook up again with Fred and check out a clue that Daphne found: an inscription that points to a treasure hidden in the Franken crypt.

Meanwhile Scooby and Shaggy find a mad scientist's lab, where they begin to experiment, narrowly avoiding both the Wolfman and Frankenstein's Monster. Soon they are discovered by the rest of the gang go down to the crypt, where they find Dracula resting in one of the coffins. He chases Fred, Velma and Daphne. Shaggy and Scooby try to catch him with a tapestry, but he leaps back into the coffin, taking the tapestry with him. When they reopen the coffin, Dracula's disappeared, but left behind a ruby, diamond and gold earring. The ruby and diamond have come off the tapestry (into which they had been woven). The gold earring is identical to one worn by the gypsy they saw earlier.

Returning to the gypsy wagon, they find that "she" is actually a he: "Big Bob" Oakley, alias "The Actor", who had been trying to scare people off so he could search for the Franken treasure.

Later, the gang relax outside the castle with a picnic. The four teens wonder about the truth behind the bat that wasn't discussed before. Just then, Scooby swoops down ontop of the prosthetic bat, which is attached on a wire, and takes a bit out of Shaggy's sandwich.

Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Monsters and other villains:

Other characters:

  • Alligator (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Caretaker (single mention)
  • King Tut (first mentioned)

Locations

Objects

Clues:

Food and drinks:

Other objects:

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Gypsy Warned the gang to leave. They also found her earring in the Franken crypt.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Big Bob Oakley as the gypsy/Werewolf/Dracula/Frankenstein's Monster To steal the Franken Jewels.

Cast

Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Sheriff
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Stefanianna Christopherson Daphne Blake
John Stephenson Big Bob Oakley
Werewolf
Dracula
Frankenstein's Monster
Gypsy (Big Bob Oakley)
June Foray Gypsy

Full credits

The following credits are how they are seen on-screen (or as close as possible).


Notes/trivia

  • The immortal line, "Yes, and I'd have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for these blasted kids and their dog!", was first uttered in this episode.
  • This was one of the few episodes that there were no traps made by Freddy, but Scooby and Shaggy made two, with mixed success.
  • This episode is an ode to the three famous Universal movie monsters of the 1930's and 1940's: Dracula, Frankenstein, and Werewolf. 
  • This is the second episode Shaggy demonstrates his ventriloquism skills.
  • The gang manage to capture Oakley twice, as a werewolf and as Dracula, but run away both times instead of unmasking him.
  • Although the werewolf appears three times in the episode, the gang see him only once.

Miscellaneous

  • Disguises: Scooby as a knight statue and werewolf.
  • "Zoinks" count: 1.

Cultural references

  • Shaggy calls Scooby, Igor, referring to Dr. Frankenstein's assistant.

Adaptations

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Fred agrees to go into the gypsy wagon, the collar of his shirt is white instead of blue.
  • When the Mystery Machine first arrives at the castle, its empty.
  • The gargoyle casts a shadow, although the lasso doesn't.
  • When Shaggy and Fred open the coffin, the vampire is wearing the tapestry, which Shaggy and Scooby used to trap him a little later in the episode. Then a few seconds later, the vampire is wearing his black tuxedo again.
  • The headlights shine on the gang's faces, then on their backs.
  • When the gang go back from the castle to the gypsy wagon, they encounter the gypsy with no earring on her left ear, but when she runs away with the tapestry, she suddenly has an earring on her left ear.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • How did Oakley create that lightning effect?
  • The Ancient Egyptians so completely obliterated all trace of King Tutankhamun that it wasn't until the discovery of his tomb in 1922 that he was even known to have existed so there is no way a person in 1668 would have known of him.
  • The success of this scheme done by the Actor would have most likely failed in real life because there was no way he could change costumes so fast and get to the castle without the gang seeing him and getting back to the gypsy wagon.
  • The two times Dracula vanishes, he gets more and more transparent until he's gone.
  • The werewolf, even hunched, is significantly shorter than Oakley himself.
  • Frankenstein's monster sounds different at his last appearance.

Home media

Quotes

Fred: Look at that fire. Maybe we're expected for dinner?
Velma: Fine. As long as we're not the dinner.

External links


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