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Ghastly Ghost Town
Ghastly ghost town title
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Details
Air date September 9, 1972
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Cronology
Previous episode None
Next episode The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair

Ghastly Ghost Town is the first episode of the first season of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

Premise

After the Mystery Machine crashes into a sand dune and gets stuck near the Three Stooges' ghost town theme park, the gang try to figure out who's been scaring away the tourists.

Synopsis

While driving down the desert road, the Mystery Machine gets stuck in the sand dune after the gang tries to avoid a king-size bat, who is heading down the opposite direction on the road. Later, the gang meets the Three Stooges--Moe, Larry and Curly Joe--who had opened a theme park, which is a real ghost town.

After being invited over to a restaurant, Moe explains that something unusual has been scaring away the tourists, and if they don't do anything about it, they'll be out of business. Soon, the gang meets Rhino the caretaker, who has been acting suspicious lately. Soon, they meet Tyrone, a mechanical T-Rex who has been roaring unexpectedly, which scares away the Three Stooges, and the gang ran into Amos Crunch, the manager of the theme-park, who told them that they were trespassing, and in the process, Scooby backs into the front left foot of Tyrone, which opens a secret door in the hull. Later, the gang, together with Rhino, discovered that the roar was from a tape-recorder. After Tyrone had his last roar, Crunch destroyed the tape.

Now the Three Stooges can get back to business, but there was one question remaining: What's with the king-size bat the gang saw earlier? Meanwhile, Rhino, who too is acting suspicious lately, is being followed by Velma, but as she stands at the front porch of the caretaker's office, she was sent down the trap-door and into the abandoned mine used for the mine ride.

After realizing that Velma had disappeared, the gang split up, with Shaggy and Scooby searching at the Ferris wheel area, Fred and Daphne searching at the desert, and the Three Stooges searching in the Cowboy museum, with no better results: Shaggy & Scooby ended up in the hall of mirrors section of the ghost town saloon, Fred and Daphne being tricked by someone dressed in a cactus costume, and the Three Stooges being scared by the mysterious Gunslinger.

Later, the earth shook, due to the Indian war dance, which scared away The Three Stooges and they get onto the mine ride, only to have no idea where they were heading to. Meanwhile, Shaggy, Scooby, Fred and Daphne reunited, and when Shaggy suggested to ask Crunch and Rhino, who appeared to be playing cards in their office, for help, the Gunslinger appeared, with Fred and Daphne being sent down the trap-door--and landing right on Velma--while Scooby dealt with the Gunslinger, only to end up in the well, while the Gunslinger suffered a short circuit. Later, Shaggy tried to get Scooby out, only to have the both of them end up back in the well. Meanwhile in the mine, The Three Stooges crashed into a dead end and saw Fred and the girls, and it was realized that the mine is full of uranium, but after Velma sneezed due to the dust, they suffered a landslide, trapping the six in the mine. However, Moe insisted that they could dig their way out. However, it didn't go as well as planned. That's when Velma noticed that there was a huge pipe near the crash site, and they'd be able to communicate with anyone on the surface.

After getting out of the well, Shaggy and Scooby heard their friend's voices from the top end of the pipe, and after realizing what has happened, they headed off to find a way to rescue them. Later, they thought they could get some help from Crunch and Rhino, but it turns out that they were only dummies dressed in the caretakers clothes.

Later, Scooby came up of an idea of using Tyrone to dig their friends out. They succeeded, but two mysterious villains, the Gunslinger and the Cigar-Store Indian, plotted their getaway on the king-size bat, as Shaggy and Scooby used Tyrone to go chase them, and successfully foiled the villian's getaway. Meanwhile, the Indian war dance was just a silent film, projected on a secret projector. After the capture, Tyrone dropped the two villains at the town jail, and the pair were identified as Crunch and Rhino, who had discovered uranium in the abandoned mine and used the Gunslinger and the Cigar-Store Indian to scare everyone away so they could mine the uranium illegally, and smuggle it across the border via the king-size bat for a huge profit.

The Three Stooges later reopened the theme park, and Shaggy and Scooby were awarded for their role in capturing Crunch and Rhino, as well as foiling their uranium smuggling plan. The theme park showed Ingagi the orangutan and a Alligator in cages; Shaggy and Scooby have been rewarded with a large sandwich.

Guest stars

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Ingagi
Sheriff
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Heather North Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Daws Butler Larry
Curly Joe
Pat Harrington, Jr. Moe
Henry Corden Rhino/
Cigar Store Indian
Tyrone
Michael Bell Robotic Gunslinger
Ted Knight Amos Crunch/
Gunslinger
Non-speaking roles
Alligator
Cactus

A few sources state different vocal credits for the Three Stooges:

Villains

  • Robot Gunslinger/Amos Crunch
  • Cigar Store Indian/Rhino

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Rhino Surly attitude. The Stooges mentioned that he was acting rather suspicious lately.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Amos Crunch as the Robot Gunslinger
Rhino as the Cigar Store Indian
To mine and smuggle uranium illegally.

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • This is the first of two appearances of the Three Stooges; the next appear in The Ghost of the Red Baron.
  • The episode's title card uses the same theme that SDWAY episode, Mine Your Own Business used.
  • The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the early to mid–20th century (1920s-1970s) best known for their numerous short subject films. Their hallmark was physical farce and extreme slapstick. "The Three Stooges" film trio was originally composed of Moe Howard, brother Curly Howard and Larry Fine. Shemp Howard replaced brother Curly, when Curly suffered a debilitating stroke in May 1946. Joe Besser (who portrayed Babu in a later episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies) was part of the trio from 1955 to 1957. Curly-Joe DeRita joined the trio in 1959 and remained with the group until 1970.
  • When this episode aired, the Three Stooges were all retired. Moe and Larry passed away in 1975 while Joe Besser passed away in 1988, and Curly-Joe passed away in 1993.
  • Though famous for their extreme slapstick, in this episode the Stooges are "toned down" due to the nature of the program.
  • The yellow jumpsuits worn by the Stooges during their two appearances in the series do not appear in any other Stooges media (film or cartoon).

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • While requesting help from Shaggy and Scooby, Fred loses his lower body.
  • When Scooby was telling the gang about the gator, Shaggy's lips was moving when Velma's voice was heard saying "You mean" before Velma's lips was moving.
  • The Mechanical T-Rex looks like a real monster when it was seen on a cliff, but then looks like a robot when they encountered it.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • When Moe first talks about Tyrone (their mechanical lifesized Tyrannosaurus Rex) he says Tyrone is a plastic model but when they go to see it Velma comments that there is not a single break in the plaster.
  • The three stooges are with the kids as they exame Tyrone but myseriously disappear when their manager, Amos Crunch, confronts the gang as trespassers and aren't seen again until the next scene.
  • As Fred and Daphne are walking in the desert, only Daphne is leaving footprints.
  • While in the desert with Daphne, Fred makes an amusing but also "sexist" joke: "this desert reminds me of a woman, it goes on and on and on..."
  • While requesting help from Shaggy and Scooby, Fred loses his lower body.
  • In a span of 5 seconds, Scooby is in and out of a hole that he dug 5 times.
  • Right after they begin the search for Velma, she is seen right behind Freddy looking for herself.
  • When the Stooges meet the gunslinger in the wax museum he is clean shaven and has a rounded face.  In all later appearances he has a mustache and a thin face.
  • Though this is the premier episode of a new Scooby-Doo series, the villains are not "unmasked" like in the episodes of the previous incarnation of Scooby-Doo.
  • George Cannata's name is misspelled "Goerge Cannata" in the credits.
  • Moe states that an indian that appeared perivously was simply "a home movie projected against the black desert night" but you would still need a screen for the projector's image to be seen.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Η Στοιχειωμένη Πόλη The Haunted Town

Home media

Quotes

"Those DARN kids!"

- Crunch

"Yeah, they spoiled everthing."

- Rhino

"Ready, Aim....FIRE!!"

- Shaggy

"Atta boy! Scooby."

- Shaggy

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Film and TV Tributes. The Three Stooges Online Filmography. 18 Jun 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 New Scooby-Doo Movies, The (1972, Animated Series). Voice Chasers. 18 Jun 2010.
  3. The Ghastly Ghost Town. 18 Jun 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The New Scooby-Doo Movies. SuperHeroUniverse.com 18 Jun 2010.

External links

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Previous Episode:
None
The New Scooby-Doo Movies Season 1
Next Episode:
The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair

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