1 9 6 0 (USA)
100 x 3.5 minute episodes
Private eye Q.T. Hush was a detective with something extra – His shadow had a mind and body of its own! The shadow (named Quincy) was able to talk, slide under doors, and even smoke cigars, making Q.T. a very effective sleuth.
His faithful dog Shamus also assisted the investigator, sniffing clues (playing the ‘private nose’ to QT’s private eye) while decked out in his own deerstalker cap.
Like most private detectives, Q.T. had a love/hate relationship with the local police, in this case, Chief Muldoon.
Q.T. Hush was imaginative and well animated, but its strongest asset was the fact that it was in colour. Colour cartoons were a precious commodity in the 1960’s.
While the show’s 100 episodes were designed to be shown in 5-minute cliff-hangers (10 per story) or half-hour adventures, most syndicated stations chose the latter, often using the programme to complement an existing show like Dick Tracy.
Q.T. Hush has inexplicably disappeared from television since the 60’s, but it is still remembered fondly by the kids who watched it.
The idea would be tried again a few years later in the NBC series Super President and Spy Shadow