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Dudley Do-Right was the eponymous hero of a segment on The Bullwinkle Show which parodied early 20th century melodrama and silent film. Dudley Do-Right was a Canadian Mountie who was always trying to catch his nemesis Snidely Whiplash, invariably without success. He romantically pursued Nell Fenwick, the daughter of the head of the Mountie station. However, a running gag throughout the series was Nell's interest in his horse, to the point that she scarcely noticed Dudley's interest.
In 1969, Dudley Do-Right was featured in his own show, The Dudley Do-Right Show, which consisted primarily of existing episodes from the series, produced by Jay Ward Productions and Total Television.
In 1999, a live-action film starring Brendan Fraser (as Dudley), Sarah Jessica Parker (as Nell), and Alfred Molina (as Snidely) was released. According to the Box Office Mojo website (http://www.boxofficemojo.com), the movie had an opening weekend gross (domestically) of $3,018,345, which then went on to have a "domestic total gross" of $9,974,410. According to the website, the movie was made on a budget of $70 million.
It is interesting to note that although Dudley Do-Right has since become a Canadian icon, The Bullwinkle Show was initially banned from broadcast in Canada, due to the Dudley Do-Right segments.
Dudley Do-Right, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounties shaped his career around keeping an entire country safe from evil men with sawmills. Despite falling down waterfalls, being kidnapped, and riding his horse backwards he has never stopped from attempting to save the day (even though a vote 10 to 8 said it should). In addition, Dudley Do-Right's job security seems to be as stable as George Jetson's, considering he's been fired at least 250 times and counting. At the end of the day Dudley can sleep knowing he's done his best, even if that means tying himself to a log and floating up the river.
Dudley was first seen in in 1948, in The Comic Strips of Television, where he was test-marketed along with Crusader Rabbit. His first actual use in a series, however, came in 1961, when Rocky & His Friends switched networks to NBC and changed its name to The Bullwinkle Show. It was one of the back-up features, along with such holdovers from the original series as Peabody's Improbable History and Fractured Fairy Tales. It proved the most popular of the lot — and the only one to later get a show of its own. Its 39 four-and-a-half-minute episodes were rerun in 1969-70 as the lead feature of ABC's The Dudley Do-Right Show.
Or at least, 38 of them were. One episode, "Stokey the Bear", about a bear hypnotized into starting, rather than preventing, forest fires, was pulled from the series after one airing. The U.S. Forestry Service objected to what it saw as degradation of its mascot, Smokey the Bear.
Dudley Do-Right was originally the creation of co-producer Bill Scott, who also provided the character's voice; but producer Jay Ward also had a hand in development. Other voices include Paul Frees (Boris Badenov, Ludwig von Drake) as Inspector Fenwick, June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Tweety Bird's "Granny" over at Warner Bros.) as Fenwick's daughter Nell, and Hans Conried (Captain Hook in Walt Disney's Peter Pan) as the villain, Snidely Whiplash (who committed all the melodramatic atrocities, including tying Nell to railroad tracks, that were old when Desperate Desmond was committing them).
Dudley appeared in the back pages of a few Rocky & Bullwinkle comics from Dell and Gold Key Comics in the 1960s, but only had a single brief series of his own — Charlton Comics published seven issues of Dudley Do-Right in 1970 and '71. Other than that, his only foray into other media is a forthcoming live-action movie, starring Brendan Fraser, who, in another adaptation of a Jay Ward cartoon, played George of the Jungle.
Today, Dudley Do-Right lives on in two ways. First, there is (of course) the endless series of televised reruns. Second, a small shop at 8200 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles — the official outlet for all Jay Ward character merchandise — is called Dudley Do-Right's Emporium.
Did you know that Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons were once banned from Canada? It seems the Canadian authorities felt that the portrayal of Dudley Do-Right would somehow undermine the authority of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Dudley rides his horse http://www.everwonder.com/david/bullwinkle/b4.rm