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Haunted House Hang-Up
Haunted House Hang-Up title card
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Details
Episode 205
Airdate October 10, 1970
Written By Larz Bourne
Tom Dagenais
Bill Lutz
Directed By Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Chronology
Previous Episode Jeepers, It's the Creeper
Next Episode A Tiki Scare Is No Fair

Haunted House Hang-Up is the fifth episode of the second seasonof Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and the twenty-second episode overall in the series.

Premise

Mystery Inc. are headed to a rock festival down some deserted back-roads when they run into a farmer who warns them about a haunted mansion up ahead. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby head up to the mansion where a headless specter roams the grounds and the gang must find out who is behind it and why. 

Synopsis

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The Haunted Mansion
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The Headless Specter
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Fred, Daphne, Velma, Scooby and Shaggy cruise down a wooded back-road towards a rock festival when they pull up to a farmer on the road who says his name is Asa Shanks. He informs them there is a fork in the road and to take the long way, because the short way leads past the mansion, haunted by a headless specter. To Scooby and Shaggy's horror, the gang head for the mansion to investigate. The van overheats and Shaggy and Scooby go look for water in an old well. But a white-sheet "ghost" floats up out of the well and the gang doubts Shaggy and Scooby's story. Realizing there is no bucket in the well, the gang heads inside the mansion after seeing a light. Entering, they are chased away by a floating candle. Then the gang find a small parlor with a painting of a man named Jefferson Stillwall pointing to something. The head goes missing off the painting, only saw by Shaggy and Scooby and again, the gang doubts them. They hear a knocking noise and they follow it to a room with an empty box with a wooden head inside. The curious clan follow footprints and end up splitting up to follow different footprints. Velma, Scooby and Shaggy stumble into a dark room and find the headless specter! Aided by cheesy pop music- the specter chases the three around the house until they crash through a window and fall down into the well, finding a hidden passage.

Fred and Daphne find a bedroom with an old diary with an entry stating "Marching men in single file hide the secret. Stillwall shows the way." Then, they find a trapdoor that leads into a fruit cellar. The passage that Velma, Shaggy and Scooby find lead to the fruit cellar and the gang reunites. In the cellar, they find canisters of helium and a jar of balloons. They deduce the ghost in the well was just a sheet covered over a helium-filled balloon. Velma concludes that the diary refers to a line of columns and the painting of Stillwall in the parlor must be pointing to a specific column. But the painting points to the greenhouse. Shag and Scoob enter the greenhouse and find the specter. Pursued, they run into the well and fly up on the balloons. Shaggy, Scooby and the specter crash into the hen-house and the headless specter is unmasked as Penrod Stillwall, descendant of Jefferson Stillwall He made up the specter to scare people away so he could search for the treasure.

The gang hear the thumping noises again coming from the attic and Fred and Shaggy go up into the attic to see a man wearing a sheet, chopping the walls of the attic with an axe. Fred and Shaggy chase him outside and the sheeted-figure crashes into a column, making it collapse. The sheeted figure is revealed as Asa Shanks. He was looking for the treasure also. Scooby reveals the treasure from inside the column and the gang decided someone moved the painting.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Penrod Stillwall
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Heather North Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Hal Smith Headless Specter
Asa Shanks/
Phony Phantom

Songs

Song Credits Performed by
"Love The World" Credits Austin Roberts

Villains

  • Headless Specter/Penrod Stillwall (redeemed)
  • Phony Phantom/Asa Shanks

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Asa Shanks He warns the gang from the haunted mansion.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Penrod Stillwall as the Headless Specter To scare away thieves.
Asa Shanks as the Phony Phantom To steal Penrod Stillwall´s family fortune.

Locations

  • Stillwall Mansion

Notes/trivia

  • This is the first instance in the franchise where the main villain (the Headless Specter) was not trying to scare people away to cover up some kind of criminal/illegal activity.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • How could Penrod Stillwall see if his head was inside his shirt?
  • Asa Shanks really did not need a disguise, and strangely the Headless Specter didn't scare him.
  • The Mystery Machine's engine is shown at the back of the van instead of the front, meaning that there are no rear doors. This is inconsistent with other episodes.

Home media

Quotes

External links

  • Buy from iTunes (US)


Previous Episode:
Jeepers, It's the Creeper
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Season 2
Next Episode:
A Tiki Scare Is No Fair
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