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Originally seen on The Bullwinkle Show, the Canadian Mountie soon brought his chin-cleft good looks and high morals to his own programme, The Dudley Do-Right Show.
Dudley’s main interest, aside from his duties as a Mountie, was “the fair and lovely Nell” Fenwick, daughter of his boss, Inspector Ray K. Fenwick. But alas, Dudley’s love was unrequited.
Even though the wavy-haired hero was constantly saving the redhead, she was more in love with Dudley’s horse (called ‘Horse’) than she was with Dudley. Such bizarre comic fare was the norm for all the Jay Ward shows, including The Bullwinkle Show and George of the Jungle.
Every week, Dudley and Horse would free Nell from the clutches of nefarious, obnoxious, odious villain Snidely Whiplash, whose handlebar moustache, long coat, and black top hat recalled the great silent movie villains of yesteryear.
Even Snidely’s methods of torturing Nell, such as strapping her to a railroad track or a log-cutting machine, were right out of these melodramatic movies.
But somehow Dudley, with his high, modulated voice screaming, “Stop in the name of the law!” always managed to save the day.
Bill Scott was the co-creator of the show, as well as Dudley’s voice, while the voice of Rocky, June Foray, played the damsel-in-distress.
Eventually, the show went off the air, but Dudley’s segments could still be seen on Rocky and Bullwinkle. The hero’s own programme was also rerun in syndication under the title Dudley Do-Right and His Friends.
In 1999, the show got the live-action treatment in the feature Dudley Do-Right, starring Brendan Fraser as the title mountie.
Inspector Ray K. Fenwick