Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Season 1 Episode 1

What a Night for a Knight

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Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Sep 13, 1969 on CBS
8.5
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On their way back from the movies, Shaggy and Scooby find the abandoned vehicle of a missing archaeologist, and the only thing inside the car at all is a mysterious suit of black armor in the seat. After research, the gang learns that superstition tells that the armor can come to life.moreless

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  • The Mystery Inc. Gang Solves Their First Mystery in the Beginning of One of the Most Classic Cartoons in the History of Cartoons!

    7.0
    In the first episode, The Mystery Inc. gang investigates the disappearance of a British professor that was delivering a black knight to a local museum. The gang then leans that the armor can come to life under a full moon. It's not perfect, which is usual for a pilot episode, as some of the humor isn't really that funny, but I enjoyed seeing the introductions of these memorable characters. Plus the Black Knight ghost is pretty awesome!moreless
  • Classic! but not one of my favorites.

    6.5
    This episode, which was the first of "Scooby-Doo Where are You!", is definitely a classic. This being said, it is not one of my favorite episodes of the series. It has a reasonable plot, a reasonable location and a pretty good Monster! but there is just something lacking in it. I do take into consideration that it was the pilot episode and was never going to be the best but I would maybe go as far as to say that is is my most unfavorable episode of the whole series...but I am not quite sure. It is quite a creepy episode and has an eerie atmosphere to it (more so than most other episodes) but even with that I think that it does not match most others. The Villain behind it all is slightly ridiculous and the beginning is quite boring but it is the First of the whole show and is therefor a Classic!! 6.5/10 :Dmoreless
  • The first episode in a great series

    7.0
    This is the episode that started it all. Scooby and the team are faced with a mystery involving a knight. A professor ofArchaeology Jameson Hyde Whitedisappears during the transportation of a suit of knightly armour to the County Museum. According to legend this knight comes alive during full moons. The Scooby Doo team meet with Mr.Wickles who is the curator of the museum and come to the conclusion that there is something fishy going on. They get into the museum at night through an open window and begin investigating. After awhile they stumble across a room with copies of famous paintings being made. Scooby Doo and Shaggy manage to take down the Black Knight in an old school airplane, the mystery is solved. Mr.Wickles was making fake copies of the paintings to get rich. The gang locates the missing professor tied up inside one of the museums attractions. An excellent start to a great series.moreless
  • well done

    9.5
    Great Fun! This being the first televised

    episode of what would become a much beloved and long lived animated feature, is indicative of why it lasted so long. Scooby, the dog is adorable and adds the perfect comic relief to the gang's adventures into some frightening places. Great animation and a nice spectrum of personalities among the group; handsome and level-headed Freddy, pretty and sensitive Daphne, brainy Velma, spaced out Shaggy and goofy, "scaredy cat" Scooby. Hanna and Barbera at their best. Loved it to the very end of the episode well writian for the time, and one of the best to start of with. well donemoreless
  • It was okay

    7.7
    While walking home from the movies, Shaggy and Scooby come upon a abandoned truck with a mysterious suit of black armor inside. They summon up the rest of the gang and examine the scene: an empty crate that is labeled property of Jameson Hyde White, Professor of Archaeology, England, and a delivery slip directing the contents to the county museum. The gang delivers the contents to the county museum, where the curator, Mr. Wickles, tells them about the legend of the Black Knight, who comes to life on nights when the moon is full. However, he can't explain the disappearance of Professor Hyde White. While Scooby is snooping around the museum, he find a pair of odd-looking spectacles. After research at the library, these odd-looking spectacles are a type of magnifying glass made in England and used by archaeologists. Deciding that something is going on at the museum, the gang returns to the museum that night. Shaggy breaks in through an upper window. as he goes to let the others in, eyes in an Indian effigy watch him. The gang splits up. The moon is once again full and the Black Knight is roaming the halls. He threatens an oblivious Velma (who near-sightedly mistakes him for Shaggy) and menaces Scooby after he takes an interest in the dinosaur exhibit. After escaping the Knight, Scooby and Shaggy notice that there is a painting missing from the walls, though it has returned by the time they fetch the others. Daphne notices a trail of paint which leads them to a mummy case. Opening the case, they find a secret room in which museum paintings are being duplicated. When they decide to fetch the police, the Knight shows up. The gang flees into the relic room, where Scooby and Shaggy hide in a World War I biplane. Shaggy tries to trick the Black Knight into leaving by using his ventriloquism, and it nearly works. Unfortunately, Scooby accidentally turns the plane's engine on. The ensuing chase and crash knocks out the Black Knight, who is revealed to be Mr. Wickles. It is revealed that Wickles and a gang of forgers had been making fakes of the paintings in the museum collection and stealing the originals. Wickles had crept into the suit of the Black Knight and kidnapped Hyde White, the only person who could have spotted the fakes. Scooby catches Hyde White's scent and leads them to the Indian effigy, inside of which they find the archaeologist gagged and tied up.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When the gang return the knight to Mr. Wickles, the knight's eyes can be seen during the converstation. However, Mr. Wickles is later revealed as the villian. So he shouldn't be around when the knight was alive.

    • When Velma says "So that's where the old knight was headed for", her lips don't move.

    • Velma mentions that Shaggy was a gymnast in high school.

    • When Daphne picks the back door in the hidden room, the knight comes out. The knight's suit of armor was missing its helmet design, but in the next scene, it's back on again.

    • When Scooby puts on the suit of armor at the end of the episode, the suit was fitted perfectly for Scooby's paws, even though earlier, it was made for fingers...not paws.

    • We learn in this episode that Shaggy is a ventriloquist.

    • After Shaggy falls from the top window of the museum, he lands in a pile and then gets up and walks away wearing a hat. Then the camera changes and the hat is gone like it just vanished.

    • Why would a WWI-vintage airplane that's part of a museum exhibit have gasoline in its engine and be in full working order, thus enabling it to fly around the museum?

    • At which point before administering the cough medicine to Shaggy did Velma find her glasses?

      During the scene in which the knight gets trapped in the stockade, Velma, who has just lost her glasses, starts to pour some cough medicine into a measuring spoon to give to the knight, whom she mistakes for Shaggy. The scene then switches to Shaggy who is looking for Velma, and then back to Velma, who is now wearing the lost glasses and is just about to administer the cough medicine.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (10)

    • The Black Night appears in Scooby Doo Night Of 100
      Frights.

    • Villian:J. WicklesReason: He and the gang of forgers were stealing paintings and replacing them with fake ones. So, he had to kidnapped Professor Hyde White because he was the only person who could've spotted the fakes.

    • We see the back door of the Mystery Machine open in this episode, something that doesn't happen very often. It also appears to be stocked with various supplies, like a first aid kit and a ladder. Typically the back of the Mystery Machine is completely empty.

    • Adapted into the comic book story of the same name (Gold Key issue #1, March 1970).

    • Professor Hyde-White makes a cameo appearance (one of the many masks pulled off at the unveiling of the culprit) in the 1997 JOHNNY BRAVO episode "Bravo Doobie Doo" which guest stars the entire gang.

    • For the first few episodes, some translations will also have the end theme in English rather than just music or the song being sung in that language.

    • This episode isn't shown that often on TV. The rest of the episodes appear a lot more often.

    • In Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, the Black Knight Ghost plays a large role. Peter Boyle plays the part of Mr. Wiggles.

    • Velam loses her glasses for the first time.

    • The main source of inspiration for this came from Enid Blyton's Famous Five books, that involved four youngsters, and their dog, solving crimes and mysteries.

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