CBS (HBO Max)
September 20, 1969
Episode 2 – “A Clue For Scooby-Doo”
The gang is headed to Rocky Point Beach for some rest and relaxation when Scooby goes surfing and encounters the ghost of Captain Cutler. Cutler went down in the graveyard of ships.
Now boats are missing and the mystery gang are called into action to find out who is behind it. The gang visit a beach hermit that tells them he saw a ghostly glow moving through the fog and it was Cutler’s ghost. He explains how Cutler went down. Cutler’s boat collided with a “fancy yacht” and as he went down he vowed to get his revenge. The beach hermit tells the gang to check out with Cutler’s wife at the old lighthouse.
Scooby, Shaggy and Velma visit widow Cutler’s lighthouse. Velma realizes the creepy interior shows that widow Cutler practices witchcraft. Mrs. Cutler appears. She says she used witchcraft to summon her husband’s ghost from her watery grave, but would have left him under the sea had she known he’d enact revenge.
The find a clue with some glowing seaweed. Scooby goes into a drainpipe to swipe it from a mouse. He is against the idea, but does it for a Scooby snack.
They deduce the seaweed comes from the graveyard of ships, so that prompts the gang’s next destination. They travel in a boat and above water encounter a yacht running without anybody on board. They follow into a cove and the yacht disappears.
Now, they must go underwater with their own diving suits to find out what’s happening. Will they solve the mystery and unmask the diver? What’s happening with all those vanishing boats?
Didn’t fully remember this episode, but sure I saw it on Saturday morning cartoon day as a child. The ghostly glowing diving suit was familiar. It’s funny how all these years later, I’m rewatching these classic episodes and remembering all the things that made this series fun to watch.
The witchcraft backstory seems a bit weak, but that isn’t the important part of the story, it’s meant to be a supernatural angle to explain the appearance of the ghost — and to frighten away the teen sleuths from solving the mystery.
An entertaining episode, but I can see why it wasn’t that memorable, other than the ghostly diving suit. Still, it’s recommended. They don’t make many cartoons like this any more. That late 60s, early 70s groovy music, the creepy sounds, the mystery to solve all combine for a good time.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½