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Old 10-24-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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TV Remembering HOWDY DOODY's Cast of Characters

With the recent passing of Howdy Doody producer Roger Muir, I thought
it would be a good time to salute some of the delightful denizens of Doodyville. How many of you folks over 50 remember ...?

Sir Archibald - English explorer, played by Dayton Allen, who wore an
explorer's outfit, pith helmet and long beard.

Petey Bluster - Nephew of Mr. Bluster and the pawn in many of his
uncle's plots.

Phineas T. Bluster - Howdy's nemesis, the mayor of Doodyville, and a
mean-spirited egomaniac, usually scheming to spoil everyone's fun. Voiced
by Dayton Allen, Allen Swift, and Nick Nicholson.

Buffalo Bob Smith - Howdy's voice, friend and confidant; the key
member of the show. He participated in every story plot, usually as a peace-
maker and guardian of Doodyville. And he was probably the best commercial
spokesman that there will ever be in children's television.

J. Cornelius Cobb - The shopkeeper (played by Nick Nicholson) who
had a strong dislike for clowns, especially Clarabell.

Dilly Dally - A circus roustabout who wore a sweater with a big "D"
(for being the waterboy on the Doodyville High School Football team) on it.
He had the ability to wiggle his ears. Voiced by Bill LeCornec.

Grandpa Doody - One of Doodyville's oldest citizens, he (like Howdy,
his grandson) was voiced by Bob Smith.

Heidi Doody - Introduced as a stranger who saved Buffalo Bob's life in
Africa, she was adopted as Howdy's sister. Voiced by Arlene Dalton.

Howdy Doody - Howdy began his career as a voice on radio. He was
originally a Mortimer Snerd-ish bumpkin named Elmer (voiced by Bob Smith).
His opening line was the greeting "Howdy Doody," and that's what the kids
who listened to the show began calling him. Frank Paris made the original TV
puppet (now known as "Ugly Doody"). When he walked off the show due to a
contract dispute, Velma Dawson was hired to build a more attractive Howdy
marionette (the familiar face we know and love today). Not being a ventriloquist, Bob Smith recorded Howdy's lines prior to the airing of the show.

John J. Fedoozle - Inspector John J. Fedoozle ("America's No. 1 BOING
Private Eye") was modified by Scott Brinker from the original Velma Dawson
Howdy Doody puppet. The detective's specialty was searching for two kinds
of people: those who are missing and those who have to be found! He was
voiced by Dayton Allen and Allen Swift.

Flub-a-Dub - Found in South America by Buffalo Bob while on vacation,
this character--who was eight-animals-in-one-- was voiced by Dayton Allen and Allen Swift. He had the head of a duck, the ears of a cocker spaniel, the
neck of a giraffe, a dachshund's body, a seal's flippers, a pig's tail, a cat's
whiskers and the memory of an elephant.

Hop, Skip and Jump - Three kangaroos introduced in 1953.

Clarabell Hornblow - A mute clown (originally played by Bob Keeshan),
he used his horn-equipped box to communicate a "yes" or "no." He was
generally lovable but wild and unruly in his early years. Squirting Buffalo Bob
and Chief Thunderthud with a seltzer bottle was his favorite pastime. He was
later played by Robert "Nick" Nicholson and, finally, by Lew Anderson.

Hyde and Zeke - Two bear cubs found in the snow.

Mambo - A dancing elephant, he became part of the show's circus.

Oil Well Willie - Doodyville's warm-hearted prospector (played by Bill
LeCornec). He always searched for oil but never found any.

Oscar - Played by Bob Keeshan, he never said a word except his own
name.

Peppi Mint - At first, Peppi (played by Marti Barris) was Hazel Witch's
maid.

Pierre the Chef - Played by Dayton Allen, he was the circus chef who
was constantly concocting new delicacies.

Sandra Witch - Voiced by Rufus Rose, she was a witch from Always
Always Land and generally caused mayhem with the Doodyville residents.

Capt. Windy Scuttlebutt - Voiced by Allen Swift, he was a jolly sea
captain with a large dog (also named Windy). He was later voiced by Robert
Nicholson.

Dr. Singasong - Played by Bill LeCornec, he dressed in a high black hat
and a mourning suit. He spoke as if he were singing and provided musical
entertainment. He was also the circus doctor, who sang all the time because he
believed singing would make his patients feel better (although it often had the
opposite effect).

Chief Thunderthud - Played by Bill LeCornec, he was a member of the
Ooragnak (kangaroo backwards) tribe and always shouted "Cowabonga" in
both greeting and anger. (Writer Ed Kean invented the word, long before
Bart Simpson or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were ever conceived.)

Tizzy - A dinosaur puppet had a voice described as being a cross
between Sir Archibald's and Eleanor Roosevelt's.

Tom Turtle - Discovered during an Arkadoodle adventure, he became
part of the circus. Voiced by Lew Anderson.

Ugly Sam - Played by Dayton Allen, he was a poor wrestler who
always lost his matches, wore a striped old-time bathing suit, and was dim-witted.

Princess Summerfall Winterspring - Introduced as a puppet (in 1950),
she was from the Tinka-Tonka tribe. On the day she was born, there was
summer sun, fall leaves, winter snow, and spring flowers at the same time.
In 1952, she was replaced by a live princess and was played by Judy Tyler.

Zippy - A live chimpanzee who met the HD cast at a Kellogg's
convention in New Orleans, in 1952. The chimp took a strong dislike to Mr.
Bluster and attacked the puppet each time he saw him.

(Ah, they just don't make TV kids' shows like they used to. But I guess you
had to be there. A thank you goes to Jack Koch's Howdy Doody
Collector's Reference and Trivia Guide
for these biographical sketches.)
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Sir, I think Hyde and Zeke are the sweetest cutest critters ever found in something that is NOT either chiba or anime (or anything else like that)!! How do I know this? Well...I have a HD show uploaded from another web site with them in it....I squeal every time I see them....I want to just grab them off that puppet stage and take them home with me!

I would love to see Zippy beat the crap out of Phineas T. Bluster...if only ONE time!!

Oh....I FINALLY have a question!! Can you pass along to Dilly Dally a marriage proposal....from me??? Please???
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Sir, I think Hyde and Zeke are the sweetest cutest critters ever found in something that is NOT either chiba or anime (or anything else like that)!! How do I know this? Well...I have a HD show uploaded from another web site with them in it....I squeal every time I see them....I want to just grab them off that puppet stage and take them home with me!

I would love to see Zippy beat the crap out of Phineas T. Bluster...if only ONE time!!

Oh....I FINALLY have a question!! Can you pass along to Dilly Dally a marriage proposal....from me??? Please???

Actually, in one episode of the show (I forget which one; I have so many on
video or DVD), Zippy did get pretty rough with ol' Mr. Bluster! (I'm not
sure but I think there's a clip from that show on the 40th anniversary TV
special aired in syndication, in 1987. It's called It's Howdy Doody Time! A
40 Year Celebration
and available on VHS (out of print) and maybe on DVD.
You can probably find a copy on eBay. Highly recommended.)

Hey, I just realized that this happens to be my 3,000th post! Cowabonga!!
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Actually, in one episode of the show (I forget which one; I have so many on
video or DVD), Zippy did get pretty rough with ol' Mr. Bluster! (I'm not
sure but I think there's a clip from that show on the 40th anniversary TV
special aired in syndication, in 1987. It's called It's Howdy Doody Time! A
40 Year Celebration
and available on VHS (out of print) and maybe on DVD.
You can probably find a copy on eBay. Highly recommended.)

Hey, I just realized that this happens to be my 3,000th post! Cowabonga!!


Cowabonga dude!!! Congratulations on making the 3000+ posting club!!! <<hands tvstarcollector a loaf of wonder bread and a bottle of Jack Daniel's)

Now.....did you send Dilly my message?????
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Cowabonga dude!!! Congratulations on making the 3000+ posting club!!! <<hands tvstarcollector a loaf of wonder bread and a bottle of Jack Daniel's)

Now.....did you send Dilly my message?????

Darn! I forgot! But, Dilly is a very popular boy (not many guys can wiggle
their ears). So, I'm afraid you'll have to stand in line!
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Okay...(takes my number)......WHAT???!!! I'm number 2,605,139????? And the line stretches from Doodyville to.....six miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona?????!!! Are you SERIOUS????!!!! Okay....okay...I see there are at least 825,000 first wave Boomer girls and another at least 100,000 female puppets waiting in line too, and they've all been waiting longer than me, so I guess I'll have to wait........
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Confidentially, I think that whole "geek" image Dilly has going is a facade. I
think he is secretly a real "heart-breaker." Have you noticed how many girls
on the show suddenly vanished? First, the original Princess Summerfall
Winterspring (a puppet), then Heidi Doody (also a puppet). I think that he
secretly had a crush on the live character Peppi Mint (hey, didn't all of us
guys?). Yep, I think Dilly is just one of those "love 'em and leave 'em"-type
guys. All I'm saying is that Dilly seems to be the kind of boy who might
string a girl along.

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Confidentially, I think that whole "geek" image Dilly has going is a facade. I
think he is secretly a real "heart-breaker." Have you noticed how many girls
on the show suddenly vanished? First, the original Princess Summerfall
Winterspring (a puppet), then Heidi Doody (also a puppet). I think that he
secretly had a crush on the live character Peppi Mint (hey, didn't all of us
guys?). Yep, I think Dilly is just one of those "love 'em and leave 'em"-type
guys. Just my opinion, of course.

Okay...here's my opinion as to what happened with those ladies:

A) Yes, the original Princess Summerfallwinterspring was a puppet, but she then was transformed into a LIVE PERSON! Once that happened, Dilly lost all interest in her. Next time she and Thunderthud are together look at their eyes - you kinda KNOW he had dibs! That is, until Elvis came calling...

B) As for Heidi, the reason she left had NOTHING to do with Dilly - in fact, I believe she left DESPITE Dilly! He's looking for a girl with a strong sense of adventure, and Heidi was the closest he would get. That is, until Mr. Bluster told her she could not shoot arrows anywheres near Doodyville - and Buff told her she could not put an arrow somewhere on Mr. Bluster (where it would actually do him some good!). So she left, despite Dilly's pleas to stay.

C) About Peppi Mint, well...what can we say? One girl, four male humans and how many male puppets??? Not to mention all the off-camera tongues wagging??? Dilly never stood a chance!

So there - all of this is just my opinion - but I could be wrong.
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O.K. Maybe Dilly isn't the type of boy who would string a girl along.
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....but Howdy would. Once a girl finds out that Flub-A-Dub is Howdy's pet (and he/she/it starts talking), that girl is knocking at the Buff's door asking for directions to the Ruff n' Reddy show! LOL
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I realize that this is an old thread.

One character who appeared a few times, circa the late 50s, was Fred Flipflop, whose could do a standing backflip, a talent that he only performed when there was imminent danger. I can't find anything about this character online.

i have a vague idea of what the character looked like, and I believe that he may have been played by Dayton Allen. Does anybody know?

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