1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 5 (USA)
16 x 22 minute episodes
This brilliant cartoon featured a seemingly mild-mannered NYPD police station janitor named Penrod “Penry” Pooch.
When trouble – such as the Gumdrop Kid (“he’s gonna eat every candy bar in town”) – was brewing, Penry would leap into a filing cabinet and emerge in a dressing gown as Hong Kong Phooey, Mutt of Steel.
The inept Phooey would speed off in the Phooeymobile – a miniature version of the Chinese Theatre on wheels – accompanied in the animated underworld by pet cat Spot, a snickering, striped feline who usually solved the case.
The Phooeymobile could convert, at the bang of a gong, into a wide variety of other vehicles including the Phooeycopter, the Phooey-Hovercraft, and even the Phooey Pogo-Stick.
The bumbling pooch learnt all he knows from the “Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu”, which he referred to on a regular basis.
Also seen were bumbling, grouchy Sergeant “Sarge” Flint (voiced by Joe E. Ross from The Phil Silvers Show), and sex-bomb receptionist Rosemary – “The cutie beauty who’s always on duty”.
Penrod ‘Penry’ Pooch
Sgt ‘Sarge’ Flint
Joe E. Ross