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The Quick Draw McGraw Show

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The Quick Draw McGraw Show
Quick Draw McGraw.jpg
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Written byWarren Foster
Michael Maltese
Joseph Barbera
Dan Gordon
Alex Lovy
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofJulie Bennett
Daws Butler
Red Coffey
Vance Colvig
Elliot Field
Don Messick
Jean Vander Pyl
Hal Smith
Doug Young
Narrated byDaws Butler
Vance Colvig
Elliot Field
Peter Leeds
Don Messick
Hal Smith
Doug Young
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes45 (135 segments) (list of episodes)
ProducersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time22 minutes (7 minutes per segment)
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorScreen Gems
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1959 (1959-09-27) –
October 20, 1961 (1961-10-20)

The Quick Draw McGraw Show is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and their third television series overall after The Ruff and Reddy Show and The Huckleberry Hound Show. Voice actor Daws Butler performed the show's title character, Quick Draw McGraw.[1]

The show debuted in syndication on September 27, 1959,[2] ended its run on October 20, 1961, and was sponsored by Kellogg's. The series featured three cartoons per episode, with Quick Draw and his sidekick Baba Looey appearing in the first segment, father and son dog duo Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy in the second, and cat and mouse detectives Snooper and Blabber in the third.[3] There were also "bumpers," mini-cartoons between the main cartoons that featured Quick Draw and other main characters on the show.

Michael Maltese wrote all of the episode stories. Screen Gems originally syndicated the series. It ran on CBS Saturday mornings for one season, 1965-66.[citation needed]


Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey

Quick Draw (voiced by Daws Butler) was usually depicted as a sheriff in these short films set in the American Old West. Quick Draw was often accompanied by his deputy, a Mexican burro called Baba Looey (also voiced by Butler).[4] Although technically the side-kick, or deputy, to the main character of Sheriff Quick Draw, Baba Looey is often portrayed as the more thoughtful half of the duo; at times realizing some detail about a given situation and trying desperately without success to caution Quick Draw of a trap or other danger. The exchange would always go as follows: Baba Looey would see a fatal flaw in Quick Draw's plan, and begin voicing a warning such as "I don' thin' we should be doing...", to which Quick Draw would angrily interrupt with his frequent catchphrase, "I'll do the 'thin'in' around here, Baba Looey!" His plans would then go disastrously wrong, and Quick Draw would be forced to realize he should have listened to Baba Looey.

Quick Draw was assisted in some cartoons by his bloodhound Snuffles (voiced by Butler), who refused to work until he was given a dog biscuit, after which he would hug himself and spring into the air, floating back down to Earth.[5]

Quick Draw spent a number of cartoons as his alter ego, the masked El Kabong, who used a guitar (a "Kabonger") to bash bad guys into submission. Writer Michael Maltese said the character was inspired by actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. as Zorro.[6]

Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy

A young dog named Augie Doggie (voiced by Daws Butler) and his father Doggie Daddy (voiced by Doug Young impersonating Jimmy Durante) have different misadventures in their life.[3]

Snooper and Blabber

A detective cat named Super Snooper (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Ed Gardner as the character Archie from the radio show Duffy's Tavern) and his sidekick Blabber Mouse (voiced by Daws Butler, originally voiced by Los Angeles radio announcer Elliot Field) work for the Super Snooper Detective Agency solving mysteries and catching criminals.[3] In several cartoons, the duo had a private secretary named Hazel (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl) with an Southern accent, who was never seen on screen.


SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
17826January 1, 1959 (1959-01-01)December 12, 1959 (1959-12-12)
23913September 10, 1960 (1960-09-10)December 3, 1960 (1960-12-03)
3186September 15, 1961 (1961-09-15)October 20, 1961 (1961-10-20)

Voice cast

  • Daws Butler - Quick Draw McGraw, Baba Looey, Augie Doggie, Super Snooper, Blabber Mouse, Snagglepuss, Snuffles, Narrator, Horse Face Harry, Various
  • Elliot Field - Blabber Mouse (4 early episodes), Narrator, Various
  • Don Messick - Narrator, Various
  • Doug Young - Doggie Daddy, Bigelow Mouse, Narrator, Various
  • Julie Bennett - Sagebrush Sal (Quick Draw McGraw), Various
  • Red Coffey - Duckling (Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy)
  • Vance Colvig - Tombstone Jones (Quick Draw McGraw), Narrator
  • Peter Leeds - Narrator (Quick Draw McGraw)
  • Jean Vander Pyl - Hazel (Snooper and Blabber), Mrs. J. Evil Scientist (Snooper and Blabber), Various
  • Hal Smith - Narrator, Various

Home media

Season sets of the series for the Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection label was originally announced by Warner Bros. for release in 2006 but was later cancelled due to poor conditions of the masters and the music right issues. In 2006, a Warner spokesperson said of the DVDs, "They were pulled because significant remastering work needed to be researched. As of 2021 Season sets of the series will be on DVD in Region 1 from Warner Archive in Fall 2021 "[7] Four episodes are available on DVD, the first two episodes on Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s: Vol. One and the other two on Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s: Vol. Two.

Baba Booey mispronunciation

On the July 26, 1990 broadcast of The Howard Stern Show, executive producer Gary Dell'Abate was talking about the animation cels that he buys and collects. When attempting to say 'Quick Draw and Baba Looey', he accidentally said 'Quick Draw and Baba Booey'. He said later that talking about it would last a few hours. But since then, hundreds of 'Baba Booey' song parodies have been played on The Howard Stern Show. 'Baba Booey' is often yelled out during live news broadcasts and it has become something that is yelled at golf tournaments after the ball is struck.

See also


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 486. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times, Sept. 27, 1959, pg. G10
  3. ^ a b c Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 649–650. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1991). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals. Prentice Hall Press. p. 217. ISBN 0-13-275561-0. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  5. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part 1: Animated Cartoon Series. Scarecrow Press. pp. 232–234x. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  6. ^ John Crosby syndicated newspaper column, Jan. 3, 1960.
  7. ^ "Quick Draw McGraw DVD news: Status update on Quick Draw and Wally Gator". Archived from the original on March 13, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2012.

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