Buford and the Galloping Ghost

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Buford and the Galloping Ghost
Buford Files.jpg The Galloping Ghost titlecard.jpg
Genre Animation
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
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 February 3, 1979 (1979-02-03) – 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 and broadcast on NBC from February 3, 1979 to September 1, 1979. [1]


Buford and the Galloping Ghost is composed of two unrelated animated segments: The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost.

The Buford Files features a lazy, super sleuthing bloodhound named Buford (voiced by Frank Welker) 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 (voiced by Pat Parris) and her older brother Woodie (voiced by Dave Landsburg) – and the trio solves confusing mysteries that baffle Sheriff Muletrain Pettigrew (voiced by Henry Corden) and his overeager, but dimwitted deputy Goofer McGee (voiced by Roger Peltz). 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.

The Galloping Ghost is Nugget Nose (voiced by Frank Welker), a short and feisty ghost prospector who finds adventure riding his invisible horse. He is also a guardian to two teenage cowgirls – Wendy (voiced by Marilyn Schreffler) and Rita (voiced by Pat Parris) – who work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch owned by grouchy, old Fenwick Fuddy (voiced by Hal Peary). 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.

Broadcast history[edit]

Buford and the Galloping Ghost was originally broadcast in these following formats on NBC:

  • The Buford Files / The Galloping Ghost (as part of 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) (rerun)

The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost originally aired as segments on Yogi's Space Race from September 9, 1978 to January 27, 1979. Buford, Nugget Nose, Wendy and Rita also participated in intergalactic racing competitions with Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Jabberjaw and several new characters on the half-hour "Yogi's Space Race" segment. While Nugget Nose, Wendy and Rita raced together as a trio, Buford's partner is Jabberjaw whose race ship contains a track on which Buford runs to increase speed.

When Yogi's Space Race was cancelled, repeat episodes of The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost were repackaged and spun off in their own half-hour series beginning February 3, 1979. The show has been rebroadcast on USA Cartoon Express, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. [2]



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

The Swamp Hermit: Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford go to Jeb Crowley's place only to find him missing. As they pick Jeb's trail, they find also two escaped bank robbers, the Swamp Brothers.

Phantom of the Horse Opera: A movie producer visits the Fuddy Dude Ranch, with Wendy and Rita hoping to be cast in his next film and Nugget Nose causing trouble at the same time.
2 "The Vanishing Stallion / Too Many Crooks" September 16, 1978

The Vanishing Stallion: Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford watch Nelly's stallion Cheetar race which somehow gets switched in the 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 and the girls summon Nugget Nose to help save the day and capture him.
3 "The Swamp Saucer / Sagebrush Sergeant" September 23, 1978

The Swamp Saucer: A UFO has been sighted. Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford get in contact with an Astro-chimp. They then 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 Man with Orange Hair / Bad News Bear" September 30, 1978

The Man with Orange Hair: At the Fenokee Sports Palace, a clown openly steals a pair of silver jewelled ice skates. Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford do a thorough search exposing the announcer and the light director as the thieves.

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

The Demon of Ur: Goofer fails to safeguard a demon statue of Ur which disappears from a train. Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford's investigation reveals the thieves winched the statue out with a camouflaged crane.

Robot Round-Up: Wendy and Rita worry about losing their jobs when Mr. Fuddy hires a robot to work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch and they call upon Nugget Nose for help.
6 "The Missing Bank / Pests in the West" October 14, 1978

The Missing Bank: Goofer delivers in an armoured car 10 million dollars to the bank, but the bank hasn't received the money. Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford discover that some scenery and disguises were used to intercept the money.

Pests in the West:
7 "Scare in the Air / Rock Star Nuggie" October 21, 1978

Scare in the Air: Buford gets caught in a near plane crashing accident. 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 "Buford and the Beauty / Frontier Fortune Teller" October 28, 1978

Buford and the Beauty: Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford go to see a movie being filmed. The leading dog star Duchess gets stolen for ransom. Buford rescues his beloved Duchess while Woodie and Cindy Mae expose the dog napper.

Frontier Fortune Teller:
9 "Peril in the Park / I Want My Mummy" November 4, 1978

Peril in the Park: Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford go to the amusement to work, but the place close to closing down. An investigation reveals that the real estate Shafter is responsible for sabotage in order to get the park sold.

I Want My Mummy: It's a case of mistaken identity at a costume party at the Dude Ranch when a mummy, Queen Tut-Tut, comes back to life with Wendy disguised as the Queen.
10 "The Magic Whammy / Mr. Sunshine's Eclipse" November 11, 1978

The Magic Whammy: Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford go to the Great Zambini Magic Show; multiple mysterious robberies have been committed by Zambino, who specialises in hypnotism.

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

The Haunting of Swamp Manor: Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford venture in the old Grimsley Mansion. Whilst they search the mansion for clues, the ghost of Jedediah Grimsley lingers. 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 Case of the Missing Gator / A Ghost of a Chance" November 25, 1978

The Case of the Missing Gator: Smugglers in the swamp are after some stolen diamonds and a man has lost his pet alligator Gertrude. Once Gertrude is found, the smugglers are arrested.

A Ghost of a Chance:
13 "Don't Monkey with Buford / Elmo the Great" December 2, 1978

Don't Monkey with Buford: Woodie, Cindy Mae and Buford are invited to the circus by Duchess. Duchess' diamond collar gets stolen during the parade. The thief is the stilt walker who wore a chimp costume.

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


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  2. ^ Grossman, Gary H. (1988). Saturday Morning TV. Random House Value Publishing. p. 388. ISBN 0-517-64114-3. 

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