Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Secret Squirrel vs. Captain Kidd (?)(1965)

Secret Squirrel was dealing with a fake ghost, 4 years before Scooby-Doo.

In "Captain Kidd's Not Kidding", Yellow Pinky (Paul Frees) poses as the ghost of Captain Kidd to steal an ancient Spanish galleon that was just raised from the depths by the Panaravian government. Mel Blanc resurrects his "Mexican guy" character from The Jack Benny Program in the form of a Panaravian representative, while Frees is also the news reporter conducting the interview, and, in a hint of the future, tossing in a sponsor plug for the "ghost"'s appearance. I don't know who wrote this story, but it was ahead of its time in a lot of respects.

Edit: 11/4/15: Unfortunately, the video has been deleted due to a copyright claim issued by WB.

Blanc & Frees had such good chemistry together. It's just a shame that the only other project the two did together was the movie, "The Man Called Flintstone", the very next year.

Rating: B.

4 comments:

magicdog said...

Still love me some SS!

It pops up on Boomerang at 11pm. The theme song is still cool, and the show itself a lot of fun. Then again I'm partial to 60s spy spoofs!

hobbyfan said...

Hmmmm. Last I knew, Powerpuff Girls was airing at 11 pm (ET) on Da Boom, unless they just changed the lineup.

magicdog said...

It's 11pm PST. I have dish, so I get a lot of programming 3 hours earlier.

hobbyfan said...

11 pm in Las Vegas equates to 2 am in Troy, NY. I'm sleeping when SS is on.

It may be just me, but the 1993 revival bit, except for the addition of Penny.