Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Snooper & Blabber (1959)

Snooper & Blabber was one of the backup segments on Quick Draw McGraw during its 3 year run (1959-62). A cat & mouse team that put the emphasis on team, and not the traditional conflicts between cats & mice, Snooper & Blabber were detectives who took on all sorts of cases & odd jobs.

If you got past Snooper's malaprops, you could find yourself laughing until you dropped. Daws Butler based Snooper's voice on one of the characters from the radio show, Duffy's Tavern, and, after the first few episodes, took on the dual role of Blabber, which explains why Blabber sounds a little like Augie Doggie, with the voice later recycled for Elroy Jetson and Lambsy.

From 1961, here's "Zoom Zoom Blabber", in which Blab takes after a TV hero (Don Messick) in order to convince Snooper the character is "real":

Edit, 9/13/17: The video has been deleted due to copyright issues.

Too bad no one thought to give them a female partner, which H-B later did for Secret Squirrel when his series was revived in 1993.

Rating: B-.


magicdog said...

For some reason, my area didn't get much play of Snooper & Blabber Mouse in syndication.

The adventures are about on par with its stable mates at the time, in fact many of the adventures could be interchanged with the other characters.

hobbyfan said...

Cookie cutter scripts, largely because the same creative people worked on everything back then.