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The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man
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The Scooby-Doo Show
Episode # 115
US Air date December 11, 1976 (ABC)
Written by See below
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
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The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man is the fifteenth episode of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, later repackaged as the fifteenth episode of the first season of The Scooby-Doo Show.


One rainy night, Shaggy drives the Mystery Machine -- and wrecks it! He bumped the Mystery Machine at the Happy Humor Ice Cream factory. A trip inside to use the phone to get a tow truck turns into a mystery, complete with three Technicolor Phantoms -- Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla!


On a rainy night, Shaggy drives the Mystery Machine - until a black cat races across the road and Shaggy and swerves and crashes into the garage of the Happy Humor Ice Cream factory. Upon investigation, they find the tires blown and a huge pile of Popsicles in the middle of the road. A news bulletin comes over the radio in the Mystery Machine and announces that an armored car containing two million dollars has been stolen.

Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby enter the ice cream factory in search of a phone. They run into the night watchman who warns them about three technicolor phantoms and then shows them a phone. But when Velma picks up the phone, a threatening message - warning the gang they are doomed if they stay there - comes over the line. Then all of a sudden, the three Technicolor Phantoms appear; one chocolate, one vanilla, and one strawberry. After the phantoms have gone, they meet the owner of the factory, Avery Queen, who is wearing a cast on his leg and is on crutches. Fred tells the girls to stay with Mr. Queen, and him, Scooby, and Shaggy go have a look around, Shaggy and Scooby claim they are going to guard the Mystery Machine, but the Vanilla Phantom chases them into the freezer and locks them inside. But to their dismay, the ice cream is still completely frozen and hard as a rock.

Fred informs the girls, Shaggy and Scooby and are missing and they all go to search for them. Fred and the girls come upon a parking garage full of ice cream trucks. But several clues point to the trucks not being really ice cream trucks-like they are so heavy they are cracking the floor and the doors are locked. But suddenly the Strawberry Phantom appears and chases them. Back in the freezer, Shaggy puts on a brown winter coast, and the Strawberry Phantom appears and believes that Shaggy is the Chocolate Phantom! But then the other Chocolate Phantom appears, giving Shaggy away and Shaaggy flees. He eventually meets up with Scooby, Fred, Velma and Daphne, but they are not relieved because the Strawberry Phantom appears again and chases them. Fred sets a trap, but Shaggy falls into it instead and the Phantom escapes.

They go to find Mr. Queen, and find him running without his crutches; they chase him into a room, and he vanishes. Mr. Queen is getting suspicious-he faked his broken leg. The Vanilla and Strawberry Phantom makes an entrance. Velma, Daphne and Fred escape but Shaggy and Scooby fall down an air duct and get locked in the milk-making room. Scooby accidentally breaks the valve in the machine and it goes out of control, filling the room up with milk.

Velma, Fred and Daphne find cans of white paint and realize that the ice cream trucks were white. They rush to the parking garage where they discover the same truck that was heavy enough to crack the floor is covered in white paint. And the truck feels like it's solid steel. Suddenly all three phantoms appear and chase Fred and the girls around the garage. Shaggy and Scooby get out of the milk room-and fall through an air duct, falling onto the phantoms, saving Fred, Daphne and Velma. The three goons try to escape in an ice-cream truck, but it crashes; and tons of money comes falling out. The phantoms are unmasked as two henchman and the night watchman, who the policeman identifies as Sammy the Shrimp, a very skilled hijacker. Mr. Queen appears and explains that his fake cast was full of money-he was afraid the phantoms would steal his money if he left it in his safe. Sammy and his two henchman robbed that armored car that was mentioned on the radio and hid it in the garage at the factory.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Radio announcer (only time heard)
  • Police officer (single appearance)




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Food and drinks:

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Other objects:

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Suspect Motive/reason
Mr. Grizzley Knew all about the Technicolor Phantoms who were plaguing the ice cream factory.
Avery Queen He was wearing a suspicious fake cast.


Culprit Motive/reason
Sammy the Shrimp as Mr. Grizzley and Vanilla Technicolor Phantom
His two accomplices as the Chocolate Technicolor Phantom and the Strawberry Technicolor Phantom
They robbed an armored car and hid it in the factory's garage and painted it to look like the rest of the ice cream trucks. Then they dressed up as phantoms to scare everyone away.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Police officer
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Radio announcer
Heather North Daphne Blake
Pat Stevens Velma Dinkley
John Stephenson Sammy the Shrimp/Mr. Grizzley
Avery Queen
Vanilla Technicolor Phantom
Chocolate Technicolor Phantom
Strawberry Technicolor Phantom

Full credits

The following credits reflect closely as possible to how they are seen on-screen.


Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • In the opening scene, the Mystery Machine is seen from the distance, clearly being driven through the rain by Fred. When the camera cuts to a shot of the interior of the Mystery Machine, Shaggy is suddenly driving.
  • The gang come into the garage as the ghosts are finishing up painting one of the trucks. Fred puts his hand on the very same truck and says "Bone dry."
    • Since the phantoms are only seen painting the letters on the truck, it may be possible that the rest of the truck had dried at this point. When Fred puts his hand on the truck, it is clearly seen that he only touched the white part, not the red letters.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities


Fred is shown clearly driving, with Shaggy behind.


Then Shaggy is driving, showing the error they made.

  • In the opening scene, the Mystery Machine is seen from the distance, clearly being driven through the rain by Fred. When the camera cuts to a shot of the interior of the Mystery Machine, Shaggy is suddenly driving.
  • When the gang are being taken to the phone by Mr. Grizzly, Velma disappears from the cart. Velma is last seen as Shaggy makes a joke regarding the Technicolor Phantoms' coloring. Then, the camera pans to the Vanilla Phantom peering at the gang from behind a corner. When the cart is next seen, Mr. Grizzly is the only one in it, as the gang have dismounted. However, only Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby. Velma is seen again at the desk where the phone is.
    • It's possible that Velma ran for the phone after dismounting the cart.
  • When the Vanilla Phantom is seen peering at the gang, Mr. Grizzly is talking about how the Technicolor Phantoms have scared everyone away. However, it is later established that Mr. Grizzly is the Vanilla Phantom
  • When the Vanilla Phantom is unmasked, Velma identifies the culprit as Mr. Grizzly, though the name was never mentioned before.

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External links

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