A ghost clown is haunting Mr. Blackstone's circus, and all the acts are quitting. It's up to the kids to stop the clown and find out if he's really a ghost.


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Episode cast overview:
Nicole Jaffe ...
Velma (voice)
Shaggy (voice)
Don Messick ...
Scooby Doo (voice)
Vic Perrin ...
(voice) (credit only)
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John Stephenson ...
Samson (voice)
Jean Vander Pyl ...
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Fred / Elephant / Lion (voice)
Stefanianna Christopherson ...
Daphne (voice)


A muscle man and a midget are riding on a tandem bicycle when it suddenly breaks apart and nearly injures them both. The gang happens by in the Mystery Machine and witnesses this strange scene. The mismatched pair tell the gang they're from the circus and blame the broken bicycle on a ghost clown. The gang visits the circus and hears more about the ghost clown from the ringmaster, who believes in this otherworldly creature. Real or not, the clown has frightened away all the talent; and the circus will have to close. The gang investigates this mystery, but the evil clown finds three of them, each alone at different times. He hypnotizes Scooby into thinking he's a high-wire artist, Daphne into believing she's a unicyclist and Shaggy into imagining that he's a lion tamer. Fred has a scheme to trap the ghost, but his plan fails. Scooby and Shaggy are the ones who get the laugh laugh on this sinister clown. Written by J. Spurlin

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15 November 1969 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Velma climbs a ladder, but she grabs onto the air in between the rungs instead of grabbing the rungs themselves. See more »


[first lines]
Max the Midget: [riding a tandem bicycle with Samson] Hey, what's happening?
Samson the Strongman: Watch it! We're gonna fall!
Max the Midget: I can't control it!
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Bedlam in the Big Top
5 October 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Scooby Doo, Where Are You!

S1E10: Bedlam in the Big Top (1969)

Scooby and the gang run into a midget and a strongman who tell them that their circus is being haunted by a mysterious ghost clown. The group goes to investigate and soon each of them find themselves under the spell of the clown. Overall this here is a pretty average entry in the series, although there's no question that die-hard fans should still get a kick out of it. The ghost clown himself makes for a decent villain or at least he looks good. I wouldn't say he was all that memorable because he really wasn't given too much to do. He mainly puts the cast members under his spell and then we see them do things that they normally wouldn't do. This includes Shaggy playing a lion tamer, Scooby going on a high-wire and Daphne riding a unicycle. The circus setting was a good one but there just weren't enough laughs to make this more memorable overall. The story itself wasn't all that strong due to the fact that we pretty much get the same structure over and over.

Episode: B

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