Buford and the Galloping Ghost

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Buford and the Galloping Ghost
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The Galloping Ghost titlecard.jpg
GenreAnimation Mystery
Directed byRay Patterson
Carl Urbano
Voices ofFrank Welker
Pat Parris
Dave Landsburg
Marilyn Schreffler
Henry Corden
Hal Peary
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes13 (26 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)Art Scott
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1978 (1978-09-09) –
September 1, 1979 (1979-09-01)
Chronology
Related showsYogi'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 11-minute segments: The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost.[1]

The Buford Files and The Galloping Ghost originally aired separately as segments on Yogi's Space Race from September 9, 1978, to January 27, 1979. Following the cancellation of Yogi's Space Race, 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]

Characters[edit]

  • Buford (voiced by Frank Welker): Buford is a lazy bloodhound with a mournful bark and a sharp nose for solving mysteries who lives deep in Fenokee Swamp. He teams up with the teenage Boggs twins – Cindy Mae and Woody (voiced by Pat Parris and Dave Landsburg) – and the trio solves confusing mysteries that baffle Sheriff Muletrain (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 moments and he also has a running feud with a karate-whacking raccoon.
  • Nugget Nose (voiced by Frank Welker): 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 (voiced by Marilyn Schreffler and 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.

Buford, Nugget Nose, Wendy and Rita also participated in intergalactic racing competitions with Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Jabberjaw and other characters on the 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 contains a track on which Buford runs to increase speed.

Broadcast history[edit]

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

  • Yogi's Space Race (September 9, 1978 – October 28, 1978) (90 minutes)
  • Yogi's Space Race (November 4, 1978 – January 27, 1979) (60 minutes)
  • Buford and the Galloping Ghost (February 3, 1979 – September 1, 1979) (30 minutes)

Broadcast schedules (all EDT):

  • September 9, 1978 – October 28, 1978, NBC Saturday 8:00-9:30 AM
  • November 4, 1978 – January 27, 1979, NBC Saturday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • February 3, 1979 – September 1, 1979, NBC Saturday 12:00-12:30 PM

Episodes[edit]

The Buford Files / The Galloping Ghost Original air date
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 and soon discover he has 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 Hollywood 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 a stallion mysteriously disappear during the Fenokee annual steeplechase 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, visits 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 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 the Fenokee Community Center.
  • Robot Round-Up: Wendy and Rita are worried of losing their jobs when Mr. Fuddy hires a robot to work at the Fuddy Dude Ranch.
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 never 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 scare him away.
8"Buford and the Beauty / Frontier Fortune Teller"October 28, 1978 (1978-10-28)

  • Buford and the Beauty: Woody, Cindy Mae and Buford go 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.
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: At the Fuddy Dude Ranch costume party, Wendy is disguised as the mummy of 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 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 haunted by the ghost of Jedediah Grimsley, a Confederate general.
  • Klondike Kate: Nugget Nose is reunited with Klondike Kate—a 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.

Production[edit]

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.

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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