|The Dudley Do-Right Show character|
|First appearance||September 1961|
|Last appearance||September 6, 1970|
|Created by||Alex Anderson
|Portrayed by||Brendan Fraser (movie)|
|Voiced by||Bill Scott (show)|
Dudley Do-Right, created by Alex Anderson with Chris Hayward and Allan Burns, is the hero of a segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show which parodied early 20th century melodrama and silent film (by using only a piano as a musical background) in the form of the Northern genre.
Dudley Do-Right is a dim-witted, but conscientious and cheerful Canadian Mountie who is always trying to catch his nemesis Snidely Whiplash and rescue damsel in distress Nell Fenwick, usually succeeding by pure luck or through the actions of his horse, named "Horse." A running gag throughout the series was Nell's great affection for Horse and her disregard of Dudley's unrequited interest in her.
Dudley Do-Right once made a cameo in a "Rocky and Bullwinkle Fan Club" segment, playing the hero in "She Can't Pay the Rent", a play staged by Boris Badenov. Rocky and Bullwinkle also appeared as cameo in an episode called "Mountie Bear".
In the standard intro, Dudley is seen mounted backward on his horse.
Dudley Do-Right Show
The Dudley Do-Right Show is an animated television series assembled by P.A.T. Film Services, consisting of cartoons produced by Jay Ward Productions and Total Television, which aired Sunday mornings on ABC-TV from April 27, 1969 to September 6, 1970. Each half-hour show included two segments each of Dudley Do-Right Of The Mounties and The World Of Commander McBragg, along with one segment each of Tooter Turtle and The Hunter. Dudley Do-Right was a Jay Ward production, while the other segments were products of Total Television. Both companies used Gamma Productions, a Mexico-based animation studio.
The U.S. syndicated version of the show, called Dudley Do Right And Friends, differs from The Dudley Do-Right Show, featuring most of the same recurring cartoon segments, but a different episode selection. The syndicated package features Dudley Do-Right Of The Mounties, The World Of Commander McBragg, The King And Odie, and The Hunter. The latter two originally appeared as part of King Leonardo And His Short Subjects, a series that aired between October 15, 1960 and September 28, 1963 on NBC-TV. Twenty-six new segments of both series were produced for CBS-TV's Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales in 1963, and these later segments are included in the syndicated Dudley Do Right And Friends.
Actors (voice overs) included:
- Bill Scott — Dudley Do-Right
- June Foray — Nell Fenwick
- Hans Conried — Snidely Whiplash
- Paul Frees — Inspector Fenwick/Narrator
- William Conrad did several (but not all) of the narrations.
- Evan Cox - cameo in The Actors Challenge
- The Disloyal Canadians — Snidely smuggles stolen furs via musical instruments
- Mortgagin' The Mountie Post — Dudley mortgages the RCMP post to Snidely for an 11-cent pocket watch
- Trap Bait — Snidely attempts to lure Dudley to his demise by taking hostages
- Masked Ginny Lynne — Nell dons a mask and becomes a singing "sensation" via Snidely
- The Centaur — Snidely dresses up as a horse to steal Horse in order to make the mounties lose morale
- Railroad Tracks — Snidely ties everything and everyone to railroad tracks
- Foreclosing Mortgages — Inspector Fenwick wagers (and loses) the mountie camp to Snidely in a poker game
- Snidely Mounted Police — Snidely builds his own mountie camp while Dudley is on vacation
- Mother Love
- Mountie Bear
- Inspector Dudley Do-Right
- Recruiting Campaign
- Out Of Uniform
- Lure Of The Footlights
- Bullet Proof Suit
- Miracle Drug
- Elevenworth Prison
- Saw Mill
- Finding Gold — Dudley unwittingly robs his own employer's payroll
- Mountie Without A Horse
- Mother Whiplash's Log Jam
- Stolen Art Masterpiece
- Mechanical Dudley
- Flicker Rock
- Faithful Dog
- Coming-Out Party
- Robbing Banks
- Skagway Dogsled-Pulling Contest
- Canadian Railway's Bridge
- Niagara Falls
- Snidely's Vic Whiplash Gym
- Marigolds — Dudley's allergic reaction to marigolds gives Snidely an idea
- Trading Places
- Top Secret
- The Locket
- The Inspector's Nephew
- Matinee Idol
- Snidely Arrested — Snidely becomes despondent enough to want to be arrested, only to be freed thanks to Nell
One segment originally seen on The Bullwinkle Show, "Stokey the Bear", was withheld from all reissues of the series because the U.S. Forest Service objected to the image of a bear that started forest fires, albeit because he is a victim of Snidely hypnotizing him to do so. The segment was finally released on home video in 2005.
In 1999, a live-action film starring Brendan Fraser (as Dudley), Sarah Jessica Parker (as Nell), Alfred Molina (as Snidely), and Robert Prosky (Inspector Fenwick) was released. The movie received extremely negative reviews and was a box-office failure, as it had an opening weekend gross (domestically) of $3,018,345, which then went on to have a "domestic total gross" of $9,974,410. The movie was made on a budget of $70 million.
Theme park attraction
Dudley Do-Right is the theme of a log flume attraction at the Islands of Adventure theme park titled "Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls". Guests enter a queue themed to resemble a theater, with Dudley, Nell, Snidely and Horse presented as actors. Riders board cartoon logs and journey "into" the story, where Snidely has sinisterly captured Nell Fenwick. Horse and Dudley make their first appearance in front of a cyclorama backdrop, theatrically "charging" to the rescue.
The ride system contains three drops, the last and tallest of which is 75 feet. It is a hybrid flume/coaster that utilizes steel track to not only shoot guest-filled logs down the final drop, but under the water's surface and over a bunny hill. The ride system was designed and built by Mack GmbH and opened in 1999.
In popular culture
- Prince and The New Power Generation's 1991 single Gett Off includes the lyric "Dudley do no wrong tonight if Nell just let him kick it" in reference to Dudley's frustrated pursuit of Nell.
- In an issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly in Seanbaby's section "The Rest of the Crap" in which that month's topic was a Captain N: The Game Master parody, Seanbaby quoted that Simon Belmont in Captain N "talks like Dudley-Do Right".
- In the episode "Midnight Rx" of The Simpsons Homer goes to a Canadian drug store called "Dudley Do Drugs" with an image of Dudley in effect of the drugs.
- The athletic bands of Michigan State University, Wichita State University, and the University of Akron perform the theme song while the students act as if they are each riding a horse at various home games, such as basketball, hockey, and football. The theme song is played by the Wichita State Basketball Band for the opening and second half tip-offs at Wichita State basketball games.
- The theme music for Dudley Do-Right is derived from Franz von Suppé's Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna and Light Cavalry overtures as well as the Prelude to Act 3 of Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin.
- In the TV series Due South, the Canadian Mountie hero Benton Fraser is referred to in one episode as "Dudley Do-Right". In another episode, a gun smuggler claims that Fraser will hunt him to the end of the Earth, resulting in his accomplice proclaiming "That doesn't happen. This is real life, not Rocky and Bullwinkle."
- In the film Canadian Bacon, a character refers to a mountie with "Nice try, Dudley."
- In the essay Cowboys v. Mounties, from the book The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell (2002).
- In the episode "Mild Mannered" of the TV series Warehouse 13 agent Pete Lattimer states "You know, Dudley Do-Right was first on the scene at all three locations" when referring to a seemingly well-intentioned police officer as a potential suspect in his investigation.
- Mount St. Charles Academy Mounties, of Woonsocket, RI, uses Dudley DoRight as their mascot, for their hockey team.
- The nickname ("Do-Right") of native Californian (San Jose) leisure rapper/hip hop vocalist John Dudley.
- In the superhero-themed novel Soon I Will Be Invincible, former supervillain Lily sarcastically calls superheroic Corefire 'Dudley Do-Right'.
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