Friday, August 19, 2011

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Magnificent Muttley (1969)

We told you before about the backup feature to Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines, in which Muttley would have Walter Mitty-style daydreams. In this example, a clear case of Muttley wishing he had the courage to stand up to Dick Dastardly, envisions himself as "The Masked Muttley", in a parody of The Lone Ranger and other Western heroes. The fact that Dastardly has a television contradicts the entire concept of the main portion of the series......

Sadly, as the series was cancelled, no thought was ever given to letting Muttley have a whole half-hour for his daydreams, but in reality, these shorts were the best part of the show. Unfortunately, the intro to this feature was not included in the clip.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

Personally I think 2-1/2 minute segments of Muttley's daydreams was the better option. It seemed to work better in small doses to break up the action during the main show.

As I recall, there was also a joke segment called "Wing Dings".

hobbyfan said...

Correct. The "Wing Dings", which in show biz parlance would be the equivalent of blackout skits, IIRC, could turn up here if I can find some.