Buford and the Galloping Ghost

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Buford and the Galloping Ghost
Buford Files.jpg
The Galloping Ghost titlecard.jpg
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)
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Art Scott
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 9, 1978 (1978-09-09) – September 1, 1979 (1979-09-01)
Chronology
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. The series was composed of two unrelated segments: The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost.[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 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 race together as a trio, Buford's partner is Jabberjaw whose race ship contained a track on which Buford runs to increase speed.

Episode list[edit]

The Buford Files / The Galloping Ghost Original airdate
1 "The Swamp Hermit / Phantom of the Horse Opera" September 9, 1978 (1978-09-09)
The Swamp Hermit: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford visit their friend Jeb Crowley in Fenokee Swamp, but discover that he's been kidnapped by a pair of escaped convicts.
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.
2 "The Vanishing Stallion / Too Many Crooks" September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)
The Vanishing Stallion: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford watch Nelly's stallion Cheetar mysteriously disappear during the Fenokee annual Steeple chase race.
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 Swamp Saucer / Sagebrush Sergeant" September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23)
The Swamp Saucer: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford investigate when a mysterious UFO has been sighted in Fenokee Swamp and they get in contact with an Astro-chimp.
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 (1978-09-30)
The Man with Orange Hair: At the Fenokee Sports Palace, Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford investigate when a pair of silver ice skates are stolen by a performer with orange hair.
Bad News Bear: Nugget Nose and the girls try to prevent Mr. Fuddy and a visiting safety inspector from discovering a grizzly bear hiding out at the Fuddy Dude Ranch.
5 "The Demon of Ur / Robot Round-Up" October 7, 1978 (1978-10-07)
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.
Robot Round-Up: Wendy and Rita are worried they might lose their jobs when Mr. Fuddy hires a robot to work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch for a free one-week trial.
6 "The Missing Bank / Pests in the West" October 14, 1978 (1978-10-14)
The Missing Bank: Deputy Goofer delivers $10 million from Fenokee bank to a bank in Culpepper in an armored car, but the bank president claims he hasn't received the money.
Pests in the West:
7 "Scare in the Air / Rock Star Nuggie" October 21, 1978 (1978-10-21)
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.
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 (1978-10-28)
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 kidnapped for ransom.
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 "Peril in the Park / I Want My Mummy" November 4, 1978 (1978-11-04)
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 because someone is sabotaging the rides.
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 Magic Whammy / Mr. Sunshine's Eclipse" November 11, 1978 (1978-11-11)
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.
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 Haunting of Swamp Manor / Klondike Kate" November 18, 1978 (1978-11-18)
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.
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 (1978-11-25)
The Case of the Missing Gator: Jeb Crowley's pet alligator, Gertrude, is missing and smugglers in the swamp are after some stolen diamonds.
A Ghost of a Chance: A millionaire guest offers $1 million to prove that ghosts exist at the Fuddy Dude Ranch, so Mr. Fuddy goes to great lengths to try and capture Nugget Nose.
13 "Don't Monkey with Buford / Elmo the Great" December 2, 1978 (1978-12-02)
Don't Monkey with Buford: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford are invited to the circus by Duchess whose diamond collar is stolen during the parade by a chimp.
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.

Footnotes[edit]

  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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