Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: Season 1, Episode 16

A Night of Fright Is No Delight (10 Jan. 1970)

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An eccentric colonel leaves part of his fortune to Scooby Doo on the condition that he spend the night in a castle haunted by green phantoms.


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Episode cast overview:
Don Messick ...
Scooby Doo (voice)
Shaggy (voice)
Fred (voice)
Stefanianna Christopherson ...
Daphne (voice)
Nicole Jaffe ...
Velma (voice)


An eccentric colonel leaves part of his fortune to Scooby Doo on the condition that he spend the night in a castle haunted by green phantoms.

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10 January 1970 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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This episode was adapted into the comic book story "Night For A Fright" (Gold Key issue #8, October 1971). See more »


The late Col. Sanders was evidently a Confederate Colonel, even though the Civil War had taken place over one-hundred years earlier. See more »


[first lines]
Daphne: Ooh, wow! They sure picked a creepy enough place to read a will.
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What A Night For A Fright
4 January 2014 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

An eccentric colonel leaves part of his money to Scooby Doo for a deed he did for the colonel while he was still alive. Scooby must stay one night in a castle that is haunted by chain-wielding phantoms. I couldn't help but think "House on Haunted Hill" when watching this one. I've never seen this episode before. If I did, I don't remember it. If you've never seen the movie House on Haunted Hill, allow me to apprise you of the similarities. House on Haunted Hill has a bunch of people who don't know each other. A millionaire offers 10 thousand to people he doesn't know to stay in a haunted house for the night. People start disappearing. I like to think this episode is somewhat of a tribute to that Vincent Price film, but i'm not sure. Anyway, this is officially one of my favorite episodes of this show. Everything clicks on all cylinders. It's funny, atmospheric, eerie, with the gang at their absolute best. There are way too many amazing gags to explain, but i'll tell you about a few. There is a great drain pipe gag, involving Scooby, Shaggy & Velma. Another one involves a haunted uniform. There is also some great suspense for a cartoon. The one involving a giant piano with the walls closing in on the gang was fantastic. I don't think i've ever been on the edge of my seat for a cartoon, but that managed to do it. I have a couple of minor carps. There is a scene where Scooby tries to take a bath, and he gets thrown down a hidden door. He escapes, tries to explain what happened, only the gang doesn't believe him, since the tub is bolted down when he comes back. You would think after all the gang has uncovered in this show, they'd be a little more understanding... The phantoms are definitely creepy. I loved the laugh, but the chains seemed pointless. They were already creepy enough.

Final Thoughts: This is one of the best episodes in the series. It's an amazing episode, full of frights and surprises. The villain is predictable, but they are in most episodes. It's a must see for Scooby fans


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