Buford and the Galloping Ghost

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Buford and the Galloping Ghost
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Genre Animation Mystery
Directed by Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Voices of Frank Welker
Pat Parris
Dave Landsburg
Marilyn Schreffler
Henry Corden
Hal Peary
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13 (26 segments)
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Art Scott
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 9, 1978 (1978-09-09) – September 1, 1979 (1979-09-01)
Related shows Yogi's Space Race

Buford and the Galloping Ghost is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series and a spin-off of Yogi's Space Race produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which was broadcast on NBC from September 9, 1978 to September 1, 1979.[1]

Buford and the Galloping Ghost was animated at Filman, an animation studio in Madrid, Spain (headed by Carlos Alfonso and Juan Pina) who did a lot of animation work for Hanna-Barbera between the early 1970s through the mid-1980s.


The Buford Files[edit]

Buford is a lazy, super sleuthing bloodhound with a mournful bark and a sharp nose for solving mysteries who lives deep in Fenokee swampland. He teams up with two teenagers – Cindy Mae and her older brother Woody – and the trio solves confusing mysteries that baffle Sheriff Muletrain Pettigrew and his overeager, but dimwitted deputy Goofer McGee. Buford's abilities are expanded with ears that revolve like radar dishes, and his nose responds to clues like a Geiger counter. But Buford has two weaknesses: when the moon comes out, he howls his heart out, often at the most perilous moment, and he also has a running feud with a karate-wacking raccoon.

Voice cast

The Galloping Ghost[edit]

Nugget Nose is the short and feisty ghost of an Old West gold prospector who finds adventure riding his invisible horse. He is also a guardian to two teenage cowgirls – Wendy and Rita – who work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch owned by grouchy, old Fenwick Fuddy. Whenever Fuddy threatens to fire the girls, Nugget makes himself invisible and becomes a helping friend. He is always battling Fuddy and takes delight in harassing him in odd and humorous ways. When the girls are in trouble, Wendy summons Nugget by rubbing on her special gold nugget necklace.

Voice cast

Broadcast history[edit]

The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost were originally broadcast in these formats on NBC:

  • Yogi's Space Race (September 9, 1978 – January 27, 1979, NBC Saturday)
  • Buford and the Galloping Ghost (February 3, 1979 – September 1, 1979, NBC Saturday)

The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost originally aired as segments on Yogi's Space Race from September 9, 1978 to January 27, 1979. Following the cancellation of Yogi's Space Race, repeat episodes of both segments were repackaged and spun off in their own half-hour series from February 3 to September 1, 1979. The show has been rebroadcast on USA Cartoon Express, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.[2]

Buford, Nugget Nose, Wendy and Rita also participated in intergalactic racing competitions with Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Jabberjaw and other characters featured on "Yogi's Space Race" segment (which was also spun-off into a separate half-hour). While Nugget Nose, Wendy and Rita raced together as a trio, Buford's partner was Jabberjaw whose race ship contained a track on which Buford ran to increase speed.


No. Title Original airdate
1 "The Buford Files: The Swamp Hermit / The Galloping Ghost: Phantom of the Horse Opera" September 9, 1978

The Swamp Hermit: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford visit their friend Jeb Crowley in Fenokee Swamp but discover that he's been kidnapped; as they pick Jeb's trail, they rescue their friend and also capture two escaped convicts, the Swamp Brothers.

Phantom of the Horse Opera: Wendy and Rita are star-struck with dreams of becoming movie stars when a movie producer visits the Fuddy Dude Ranch; Nugget Nose, worried that his girls will abandon him for Hollywood, begins causing trouble by trying to scare away the producer.
2 "The Buford Files: The Vanishing Stallion / The Galloping Ghost: Too Many Crooks" September 16, 1978

The Vanishing Stallion: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford watch Nelly's stallion Cheetar mysteriously disappear during the Fenokee annual Steeple chase race; they follow the trail to a couple of crooks who snatched Cheetar for his value's worth.

Too Many Crooks: A crook-on-the-loose seeks refuge at the Fuddy Dude Ranch; Wendy and Rita summon Nugget Nose to help save the day and capture the crook.
3 "The Buford Files: The Swamp Saucer / The Galloping Ghost: Sagebrush Sergeant" September 23, 1978

The Swamp Saucer: A mysterious UFO has been sighted in Fenokee Swamp; Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford get in contact with an Astro-chimp and then they proceed to thwart a gang trying to steal a valuable space satellite generator.

Sagebrush Sergeant: Mr. Fuddy's sister, a tough army sergeant, arrives at the ranch and starts Fuddy and the girls on a rigid schedule of exercise and work.
4 "The Buford Files: The Man with Orange Hair / The Galloping Ghost: Bad News Bear" September 30, 1978

The Man with Orange Hair: At the Fenokee Sports Palace, a pair of silver jewelled ice skates are stolen by a mysterious performer with orange hair; Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford do a thorough search exposing the announcer and the light director as the thieves.

Bad News Bear: During the annual health safety inspection, Wendy, Rita and Nugget Nose try to prevent Mr. Fuddy and a visiting safety inspector from discovering a wandering grizzly bear hiding out at the Fuddy Dude Ranch.
5 "The Buford Files: The Demon of Ur / The Galloping Ghost: Robot Round-Up" October 7, 1978

The Demon of Ur: Deputy Goofer fails to safeguard a demon statue of Ur which disappears from a train bound from Tecusah to Fenokee Community Center; Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford's investigation reveals the thieves winched the statue out with a camouflaged crane.

Robot Round-Up: Wendy and Rita are worried that they might lose their jobs when Mr. Fuddy hires a robot to work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch for a free one-week trial; with Nugget Nose's help, the girls attempt to sabotage the robot.
6 "The Buford Files: The Missing Bank / The Galloping Ghost: Pests in the West" October 14, 1978

The Missing Bank: Deputy Goofer delivers $10 million to the bank in an armored car, but the bank president claims he hasn't received the money; Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford discover that a mysterious road detour sign and disguises were used to intercept the money.

Pests in the West:
7 "The Buford Files: Scare in the Air / The Galloping Ghost: Rock Star Nuggie" October 21, 1978

Scare in the Air: At a Fenokee air show, Buford gets caught in a near plane crashing accident and next comes an amphibious plane out of control and going missing; Sheriff Muletrain arrests the pilot, who had attempted to hijack the amphibious plane.

Rock Star Nuggie: Nugget Nose becomes jealous of Wendy and Rita's fawning over a visiting rock star and he begins causing trouble to get him to leave the Fuddy Dude Ranch.
8 "The Buford Files: Buford and the Beauty / The Galloping Ghost: Frontier Fortune Teller" October 28, 1978

Buford and the Beauty: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford go to see a movie being filmed in Fenokee County starring a show-dog named Duchess who is stolen for ransom; Buford rescues his beloved Duchess while Woody and Cindy Mae expose the dognapper.

Frontier Fortune Teller: Wendy and Rita seek Nugget Nose's help when a couple of thieves posing as phony fortune tellers plot to steal Mr. Fuddy's furniture from his Dude Ranch.
9 "The Buford Files: Peril in the Park / The Galloping Ghost: I Want My Mummy" November 4, 1978

Peril in the Park: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford visit the local amusement park to look for summer jobs, but the place is closing down; an investigation reveals that the real estate Shafter is responsible for sabotaging the rides in order to drive the owner out of business and get the park sold.

I Want My Mummy: It's double trouble at the Fuddy Dude Ranch costume party with Wendy disguised as the mummy Queen Tut Tut, a rejuvenated ancient female Egyptian ruler.
10 "The Buford Files: The Magic Whammy / The Galloping Ghost: Mr. Sunshine's Eclipse" November 11, 1978

The Magic Whammy: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford attend the Great Zambini Magic Show while banks in Fenokee are mysteriously being robbed without any sign of a break-in; the bank robberies have been committed by Zambini, who specializes in hypnotism.

Mr. Sunshine's Eclipse: Wendy and Rita summon Nugget Nose to scare away Mr. Sunshine, an annoying TV prankster who is on vacation at the Fuddy Dude Ranch.
11 "The Buford Files: The Haunting of Swamp Manor / The Galloping Ghost: Klondike Kate" November 18, 1978

The Haunting of Swamp Manor: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford venture in the old Grimsley Mansion which is being haunted by the ghost of Jedediah Grimsley, a Confederate general; the whole scare scene was to cover up a counterfeiting activity.

Klondike Kate: Nugget Nose is reunited with Klondike Kate – a female ghost girlfriend from his past – whom he had promised to marry if he struck gold.
12 "The Buford Files: The Case of the Missing Gator / The Galloping Ghost: A Ghost of a Chance" November 25, 1978

The Case of the Missing Gator: Jeb Crowley has lost his pet alligator, Gertrude, and smugglers in the swamp are after some stolen diamonds; once Gertrude is found, the diamond smugglers are arrested.

A Ghost of a Chance: When a millionaire guest offers $1 million to prove that ghosts exist at the Fuddy Dude Ranch, Mr. Fuddy goes to great lengths to try and capture Nugget Nose.
13 "The Buford Files: Don't Monkey with Buford / The Galloping Ghost: Elmo the Great" December 2, 1978

Don't Monkey with Buford: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford are invited to the circus by Duchess; when Duchess' diamond collar gets stolen during the parade, the chimp trainer is suspected but the real thief is the stilt walker who wore a chimp costume.

Elmo the Great: Wendy and Rita buy a horse named Elmo as a surprise birthday gift for Mr. Fuddy, but the troublesome horse becomes too much for Fuddy to handle.


  1. ^ Green, Paul (2009). Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns: Supernatural and Science Fiction Elements in Novels, Pulps, Comics, Films, Television, and Games. McFarland. p. 47. ISBN 0-786-44390-1. 
  2. ^ Grossman, Gary H. (1988). Saturday Morning TV. Random House Value Publishing. p. 388. ISBN 0-517-64114-3. 

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