Clue Club

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Clue Club
Clue club.jpg
Title Screen
Genre Animation
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
Voices of David Jolliffe
Bob Hastings
Patricia Stitch
Tara Talboy
Jim MacGeorge
Paul Winchell
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Alex Lovy
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run August 14, 1976 – September 3, 1977

Clue Club is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from August 14, 1976 to September 3, 1977 on CBS.

Clue Club only had one season’s worth of first-run episodes produced, which were shown on Saturday mornings on CBS (the original home of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, which Clue Club had replaced; Scooby-Doo was being groomed for its move to ABC).

In the fall of 1977, cut-down versions of the half-hour episodes of Clue Club appeared under the new title Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives to showcase the show's basset and bloodhound which aired as a segment on the CBS Saturday morning package program The Skatebirds from September 10, 1977 to January 28, 1978.

When The Skatebirds was cancelled in early 1978, Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives re-appeared as a segment alongside The Robonic Stooges on their half-hour show, also on CBS. The full-length versions of Clue Club returned to CBS on Sunday mornings from September 1978 to January 1979, concluding the show’s original network run.

After a mid-1980s revival on USA Cartoon Express, it has since resurfaced on Cartoon Network (as part of the Mysteries, Inc. block) and Boomerang.

Plot[edit]

Similar in format to Hanna-Barbera’s successful Scooby-Doo, the show centers around four adolescent friends who open the titular private investigation agency out of Larry's suburban residence. They are: Larry, 19; Pepper, 18; D.D., 16; and Dotty, 13. They solve mysteries with the help of their two talking hounds, Woofer and Wimper. The dogs only talked to each other & the camera, they were not understood by the human characters.

Clue Club mysteries usually involved investigating bizarre crimes such as a movie director vanishing or a two-ton statue disappearing into thin air. Their relationship to the police was closer than most of H-B's variations of the formula, with the local Sheriff often requesting their assistance on cases...as well as making arrests at their conclusion.

Characters[edit]

  • Dotty (voiced by Tara Talboy) - The youngest member of the Club, endured an arsenal of deprecating nicknames from her elder sister and friends: "half-pint," "short-stuff," and the like. A prodigy, she normally stayed at home; from there, Dotty provided case-solving information from her minicomputer and/or results from various forensic tests. She also had access to high-tech communications equipment, including audio/video links to the Club's car...and to their wristwatches, which doubled as pagers. (Where and how the Club built or otherwise acquired these devices was never specified; it was hinted that Dotty herself custom-made them.) Dotty's friends were highly protective of her, and resented it when she joined them in the field...which the girl frequently did, after running out of "homework."
  • Pepper and D.D. (voiced by Patricia Stitch and Bob Hastings) - They typically searched for leads and/or evidence, which often led to them being chased by the culprit(s). It was never revealed what D.D.'s initials stood for.
  • Larry (voiced by David Jolliffe) - Normally he interviewed the suspect(s) and/or passed on the Club's findings to Dotty.
  • Woofer and Wimper (voiced by Paul Winchell and Jim MacGeorge) - Much of the comedy would come from Woofer, who would constantly accuse suspects without good reason, then later back-track while proclaiming his genius; and Wimper, a more down-to-earth, easy-going, yet intelligent dog, who would at times go along with his comrade’s schemes, and other times turn the tables on his pal. This, and Wimper's ability to find pertinent clues, elevated his character to equal status. Unlike Scooby-Doo, the dogs are only able to talk to each other and not to humans. They served in cases either as trackers or delivering messages and/or evidence back to Dotty to analyze. Their voices sound similar to "Amos 'n Andy".
  • Sheriff Bagley (voiced by John Stephenson) - The local Sheriff who frequently relies on the Clue Club for assistance and arrests suspects at their conclusion.

Episodes[edit]

Title Air date
1 "The Paper Shaper Caper" August 14, 1976
The News Press has the press running without Mr. Kitrich's notice. The Clue Club have a lead on Ms. Twitchell and Dotty has a lead to the Apex Printing Company. While getting abducted in the theatre Larry, D.D. and Pepper find out about a counterfeiting scheme organized by Mr. Whitaker.
2 "The Case of the Lighthouse Mouse" August 21, 1976
The Clue Club investigate a museum robbery in which the jewels are swiped one by one and Uncle Salty is suspected to be the thief. There seems to be a connection with the lighthouse Uncle Salty once worked in. Larry recreates the crime scene to expose the thief as Mr. Gooch and his trained mouse Barrymore.
3 "The Real Gone Gondola" August 28, 1976
The Clue Club investigates a mysterious disappearance of Ms. Coldwell caused by someone named Vortex. After much traveling between home and Blizzard Mountain and avoiding mysterious encounters, they conclude Tom Coldwell caused all this in order to scare away the interested buyers of the ski resort.
4 "Who's to Blame for the Empty Frame?" September 4, 1976
The Clue Club investigate a stolen million dollar painting in the Castle Museum. When Woofer and Wimper are assigned to guard a Ming vase, they get stolen, but they meet up with the Clue Club soon. Larry reveals the heist was carried out by a pantomimist Mr. Carlottie and the cleaner Mr. Tobais.
5 "The Wild Seaweed Smuggling Caper" September 11, 1976
The Clue Club investigate the dock area where a sea monster dwells. What spooks them is someone named Doomsday who seems to be observing them. After combing the shorelines the Clue Club and Sheriff Bagley catch the three diamond smugglers who were able to conceal the diamonds in golf balls.
6 "The Green Thumb Caper" September 18, 1976
The Clue Club investigate multiple robberies at Mr. Cosgrave's manor, caused by some masked person in the dark. A trail leads to the suspects the butler Mr. Wilkins and the nursery gardener Ms. Carter who smuggled the jewels in Venus Flytraps.
7 "The Disappearing Airport Caper" September 25, 1976
A pilot Corky requests the Clue Club to clear his name of an X7 plane hijack, which carries insurance. After a major check through on Brock's cow pasture, Larry reveals that a fake airport had been temporarily placed here and Eddie himself stole and hid the plane after getting Corky to land.
8 "The Walking House Caper" October 2, 1976
Mr. Lean asks the Clue Club to check it out a top security safe. The safe gets taken clean away. Mr. Benchley tells Larry that Mr. Lean's house moves around while everyone else is pursued by a Sasquatch. Larry reveals that safe was never stolen, but they were taken to an exact matching house by Mr. Benchley.
9 "The Solar Energy Caper" October 9, 1976
The Clue Club visits a science fair. Just then the new solar generator is stolen. With many suspects in mind, Larry, D.D and Pepper check out Reed's Electronics. A final check reveals that a hologram was placed within the exhibit instead of the actual device, all devised by the scientist Mr. Foster.
10 "The Vanishing Train Caper" October 16, 1976
The Clue Club witness a train with a gold bullion vanish past a mountain. The only clue is iron pyrite pointing to the ghost town Dobson City. In an old mine nearby the Clue Club find the stolen train and its gold which was diverted by an alternate track in the mountain, carried out by the train dispatcher.
11 "The Dissolving Statue Caper" October 23, 1976
At the Fun Mountain amusement park, the Clue Club are presented with a magnificent statue owned by Bobo Cahuna. The statue then vanishes. Finding out that, this statue was made of sugar, the evidence indicates Mr. Crane crafted it and his monkey dissolved it and the real statue remained in the cargo it was shipped in. Before Mr. Crane is carried away, he asks one of his workers to watch his pet monkey while he is away.
12 "The Missing Pig Caper" October 30, 1976
At the county fair, Sally takes the Clue Club to see her prize pig Sweet Pea, except he has been taken away. Dotty notifies a suspicious character, Mr. Glut's butler Mr. Cleek. After looking in the Glut residence, the pignapper is revealed to be the ice cream man who had the means to sell the pig to Mr. Glut.
13 "One of Our Elephants Is Missing" November 6, 1976
The Clue Club go to the zoo to search for a missing elephant, but also some other animals. D.D.'s idea of disguising as a chimpanzee to stake out the thief doesn't work. At the docks, Chris Carloff and his accomplice Dr. Henkan are proved to be the thieves that smuggled the zoo animals.
14 "The Amazing Heist" November 13, 1976
At the Rock Festival, the Crown of Dileria gets swiped. While searching, D.D. and Pepper are pursued by a werewolf. Dotty briefs a likely suspect Mr. Grayson. The whole theft was schemed by Madame Hortense who strongly believes the crown is hers by birthright.
15 "The Circus Caper" November 20, 1976
On a trip to the circus the Clue Club, see the acrobat Karelli vanish. The case seems complicated since many people have their views against Karelli who was going to leave the circus anyway to work for someone else. The acrobats Tonio and Peter are revealed to be the ones trying so hard to get rid of Karelli to become the best team.
16 "The Prehistoric Monster Caper" November 27, 1976
During a filming shoot of a cavepeople and dinosaur-themed movie, the director Mr. Simmons vanishes. D.D. and Pepper are chased by a dinosaur in their search for clues. Brett Winsome reveals the definite way Mr. Simmons disappeared. Mr. Wolf posed as Mr. Simmons and make it seem like the director disappeared.

Broadcast history[edit]

  • Clue Club: August 14, 1976 - September 3, 1977 (CBS)
  • The Skatebirds (as Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives): September 10, 1977 - January 28, 1978 (CBS)
  • The Robonic Stooges (as Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives): February 4, 1978 - September 2, 1978 (CBS)
  • Clue Club (rebroadcast): September 10, 1978 - January 21, 1979 (CBS)

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