On a Right Doing


It’s Dudley Do-Right: The conscientious and cheerful Canadian Mountie who wasn’t the brightest bulb in the pack

Segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Music was in the style of a silent-movie melodrama with a piano in the background

Theme song derived from Franz von Suppe’s Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna; Light Cavalry, and Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin

Trumpet played by Branwell Smith, Jr. – who later played in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Band

Dudley’s Profile
Rides his horse sitting backwards

The name of his horse is Horse

Under the command of Inspector Fenwick

Smitten over Nell, the daughter of Inspector Fenwick (and voiced by Jane Foray)

Nell is more interested in Horse than Dudley

Main nemesis is Snidley Whiplash, who usually captured Nell and tied her to train tracks

The Show
Created by Alex Anderson with Chris Hayward and Allan Burns

Voiced by Bill Scott

Narrated by William Conrad

Produced by Jay Ward Productions

Debuted: September, 1961 (The Disloyal Canadians)

Last episode: September 6, 1970 (Snidley Arrested)

39 segments, but only 38 syndicated because one segment (Stokey the Bear) was pulled after the US Forest Service objected to a bear starting fires – but it was released in 2005

Other Stuff
Dudley Do-Right Show aired on ABC from April 27, 1969 to September 6, 1970 featuring segments of Dudley Do-Right, Commander McBragg, Tooter Turtle, and The Hunter

Appeared in a few Rocky & Bullwinkle comic books from Dell Comics and Gold Key Comics; plus briefly in his own comics by Charlton Comics

The Dudley Do-Right Emporium at 8200 W. Sunset Blvd was the gift shop for Jay Ward Productions from 1971-2005

Ripsaw Falls is a log flume ride at Universal Orlando

Here is a musical parody involving Dudley from Al Yankovic (and in no offense to Canadians)

Enjoy the first episode, The Disloyal Canadian

51 thoughts on “On a Right Doing

  1. A bit a a naught boy this Snidley… never seen it before – you must have a jungle of cartoons over there *smile – I think Canadian riding police men are so handsome in their uniforms. Thanks for introducing Dudley! I wish you a great and pleasant weekend .. get the dancing shoes on.


  2. I’m pretty sure I did nothing except watch cartoons for 15 or so years. I loved Dudley! And, living by the rr tracks myself, I always admired Nell for being such a good sport about being tied up to them!


  3. Dudley! Always been one of my favorites. Those clips were good to watch this morning. They got me back into the days of Saturday morning cartoons.

    I’ll bet Yankovic took some flack for his Canadian Love Song. 🙂


  4. Dudly Do-Right! Another good example of the cleverness of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. It was SOOO over my head as a kid. I loved watching it, but probably because it cracked my dad up.

    And, lol, Al Yankovic’s Canadian Idiot is hilarious. Great job putting this one together, Frank!


    • Alex,
      Of course I didn’t realize it then, but there’s no doubt that Moose, Squirrel, and friends were written for adults in a way that it entertained kids. …. and Good Morning, Alex.


  5. Ah, Snidely Whiplash – right up there with Hedley Lamarr (Blazing Saddles) for great villains in satire. This show always had the same feel to me as the Fractured Fairytales – I think it is the over-the-top voice over, heavy with satirical melodrama – definitely appeals to my sense of humor! I must admit that I always liked Snidely a little more than dense Dudley and helpless Nell. Anything from Rocky and Bullwinkle is worth watching 🙂


  6. I watched Dudley during my kids’ mis-spent youth. How could I, a loyal, dumb Canadian, not?
    I also went back to read your three posts about Ohio. Your research and organising skills are impressive. Since I wasn’t the Canadian hanging around your site in April 2011, I didn’t come on the scene till Oct. I searched out Meesh.
    Since the wife’s personal totem is the ladybug, hence her GranmaLadybug gravatar, and Ohio’s state insect is the ladybug, she’s more than willing to visit if/when we can afford it. 🙂


  7. What this show lacked in animation technique it more than made up in clever storytelling and great energy. Excellent post, Frank.

    Unrelated: I was in my market, Fairway, last night craving ice cream and hoping that they might carry something I could digest that was made with goat’s milk. They didn’t, but what they did have was your beloved Graeter’s — a brand completely unfamiliar to me until I “met” you.


  8. I love Dudley, Frank! Anything and anyone connected to Rocky and Bullwinkle will always rate 5 stars with me. I keep saying I need to sit down some day soon and just feast on all these old cartoons. I think Netflix offers the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. I hope they do, and I also hope it includes the entire cast of characters. Good one, Frank. A true favorite! 🙂


  9. love dudley and “sweet nell” as he often called her. raising a curious eyebrow at the fact that she preferred the horse. there must be more voices that june foray did than those she didn’t do. brilliant woman who can handle a show on her own. good choice.


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