Jonny Quest (1964–1965)
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The House of Seven Gargoyles 

En route to a Norwegian castle, Jonny can't get the others to believe he saw a periscope following their boat through the fjord, then later seeing a stone gargoyle move.

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(as William D. Hamilton)
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Roger T. 'Race' Bannon / Submarine Navigator / Submarine Crewman / Dietrich Sorensson (voice)
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Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
Don Messick ...
Danny Bravo ...
Hadji (voice)
Vic Perrin ...
Professor Ericson (voice)
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Ivar / Submarine Crewman / Gunnar / Submarine Navigator (voice)
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Dr. Ericson has constructed a device that can reverse gravity. The key component is known as the "Ericon Bar." Ericson lives in a remote part of Norway in a castle with stone gargoyles. On the eve of a visit by Dr. Benton Quest, one of the gargoyles seems to come to life. In reality, it's a dwarf in disguise, assigned by agents wanting to seize Ericson's invention. As Dr. Quest's boat approaches the castle, Jonny thinks he sees a submarine periscope but no one in the Quest party believes him. But Jonny's eyes haven't deceived him. There is a sub, containing some of the spies after the invention. Written by Bill Koenig

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18 February 1965 (USA)  »

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The Nordic name "Gunnar" means "fighter, soldier, attacker" with further connection to the words "brave and bold." However, this is the name of Prof. Ericson's servant, to whom the word "loyal" is applicable far above these other adjectives. See more »

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Dietrich's first burglary is in the daytime, and Gunnar tells the Quest team that it happened "this afternoon." However, there was an intervening scene of Dietrich and Ivar meeting in a graveyard at night, so Gunnar should have said "yesterday afternoon." See more »

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Dr. Benton C. Quest: Jonny thought he saw a periscope in the fjord, and I'm sure it was only a seal.
Professor Ericson: It would take desperate men indeed to try and run a submarine through the fjord with its tricky channel and the danger of falling ice.
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What an episode!
11 March 2010 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

The Quest Team heads to the fjords of Norway to pay a visit to one of Dr. Quest's old friends, Dr. Ericson. Dr. Ericson has invented an anti-gravity device that may have drawn some unwanted attention. Even though no one will believe him, Jonny is sure he spotted a submarine in the nearby fjord. Next, once at Dr. Ericson's, Jonny is certain he's seen one of the stone gargoyles that guard the castle move. Again, no one believes him. Opinions on Jonny's eyesight change, however, when Dr. Ericson's discovery is stolen from the castle by foreign agents.

Based mostly on recollections from my childhood, there are what I would consider to be three iconic Jonny Quest episodes. These three episodes represent not only what I call the best of Jonny Quest, but they're filled with moments and images I'll never forget. The three episodes in question – The Curse of Anubis, The Robot Spy, and The House of Seven Gargoyles. I've already written about the first two, so now I'm on to third. To begin with, what a name – The House of Seven Gargoyles! How cool is that? It just evokes mystery and suspense. And what about the human gargoyle? I'll never forget the first time I saw this episode – it gave me chills for days. The image of the gargoyle coming to life and creeping through the castle corridors is the stuff of nightmares. Add to that clandestine meetings in a graveyard, spies in a submarine, and a stolen anti-gravity device and you've got one rock solid Jonny Quest episode. With no hesitation, I rate The House of Seven Gargoyles a 9/10.

Another thing that always creeps me out about this episode is the gargoyle Jonny is given in the final scene. Looking at the statue sitting between Jonny and Hadji in the backseat of the car, I'm always waiting for its eyes to open. Creepy stuff!


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