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Introduction

Inch High, Private Eye was an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC's '73-'74 Saturday Morning line-up. It debuted on September 8, 1973 and ended on August 31, 1974, running for 13 episodes. Its place on the schedule was at 8:30am in the Fall of '73 (between Lidsville [1] and The Addams Family) before moving to 9:30am in the Spring of '74 (between Emergency +4 [2] and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids).


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Series Overview

Inch High, Private Eye opening sequence01:02

Inch High, Private Eye opening sequence

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Inch High is a miniature private investigator who works for the Finkerton Detective Agency. He often gets under the skin of his irascible boss, Mr. Finkerton. Inch is assisted by his cute and clever niece Lori, their musclebound and somewhat oafish friend Gator, and their ever-loyal St. Bernard, Braveheart. The group travels from case to case in the "Hushmobile", a futurist car that practically glides on air and is super-quiet. Inch's "inch high" size often lands him precarious situations while on the job either digging for clues or confronting suspects. Despite his less than intimidating size, Inch is a gun-ho, no nonsense P.I. who takes what he does very seriously.




Characters/Cast

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Inch High, Private Eye

  • Inch High (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - "The world's biggest little detective", Inch is the titular character, a P.I. who is quite literally only around an inch high. Popular voice actor Lennie Weinrib (also the voice of H.R. Pufnstuf, and the original Scrappy-Doo, as well as The Joker, The Penguin, and Commissioner Gordon for Filmation's The New Adventures of Batman, and many, many others) plays Inch High as a perfect blend of comedy legend Jack Benny [3] and Don Adams' Maxwell Smart from Get Smart [4]. In fact, Inch High can often be heard exclaiming "Now cut that out!" or "Sorry about that, Chief!", signature catchphrases of both Benny and Adams, respectively.



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A.J. Finkerton

  • A.J. Finkerton (voiced by John Stephenson) - Mr. A.J. (his real name might actually be Elray) Finkerton is the cantankerous head of the Finkerton Detective Agency (a send up of the famous, real-life Pinkerton Detective Agency [5]) who dreams of one day firing Inch High...this time for good! . Finkerton looks like Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) from The Beverly Hillbillies [6] and acts and sounds like the great Joe Flynn (Capt. Binghamton of McHale's Navy) [7]. Renown voice actor John Stephenson (the voice behind The Flintstones Mr. Slate, zookeeper Eustace P. Peevly on Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!, the original voice of Jonny Quest's father, Dr. Benton Quest, and a whole host of others) channels Flynn to perfection.



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Lori

  • Lori (voiced by Kathy Gori) - Lori is Inch High's niece and an invaluable part his crime solving team. Lori's "Uncle Inch" has been known to go undercover as part of her necklace or do some spying from inside her purse, and can contact Lori through her Compact-phone. The character of Lori seems to have been inspired by the Partridge Familys own Laurie Partridge (played by Susan Dey [8]), which may explain why Lori's name sometimes mistakenly appears as "Laurie" instead. Actress Kathy Gori is probably most familiar to cartoon fans as the voice of the leggy telephone operator, Rosemary of Hong Kong Phooey fame.



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Gator

  • Gator (voiced by Bob Lutell) - Every crime solving team needs muscle and that's "Mr. Inch's" and "Miss Lori's" friend, Gator. Gator is a good-natured, yet dimwitted fellow who drives the group's stealthy electric Hushmobile and longs to one day be a full-fledged detective. Gator is also a master of "1,002 disguises" (including: a granny, a servant girl, and 1,000 others). Gator may have been loosely based on Jethro Bodine from The Beverly Hillbillies (played by Max Baer Jr. [9]) and Jim Nabor's Gomer Pyle of The Andy Griffith Show [10] with his southern accent, brute size, and child-like naivety.



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Braveheart



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Mrs. Finkerton

  • Mrs. Finkerton (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl) - Mr. Finkerton's wife, Felicia is voiced by the ever-talented Jean Vander Pyl (famously the voice of Wilma Flintstone, The Jetsons maid Rosie the Robot, and many more). Mrs. Finkerton's voice sounds quite similar to that of Jane Hathaway (Nancy Kulp) of The Beverly Hillbillies [11], which is most clever, seeing how Miss Hathaway was Mr. Drysdale's secretary, after whom Mr. Finkerton appears to be modeled.



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Case Guide

Date Case # The Case The Crime The Suspect(s)
September 08, 1973 IH-01 "Diamonds Are a Crook's Best Friend" The fabulous Gotrocks diamonds have been stolen! Inchharry

Hot Fingers Harry

Notes: "Only one man could figure in a robbery this big...Hot Fingers Harry! And we'll find him."
September 15, 1973 IH-02 "You Oughta Be in Pictures" Every famous work of art in the world has been stolen! Inchthieves

The Pink Lady Thieves

Notes: "Well, on a case like this, one has to put one's self in the picture!"
September 22, 1973 IH-03 "The Smugglers" Smugglers are smuggling something through the shipyard! Inchzappo

The Zappo Imports Co.

Notes: "Of course! Only a non-existent firm would smuggle non-existent cargo."
September 29, 1973 IH-04 "Counterfeit Story" Someone's putting counterfeit bills in the bank vaults! Inchfreddy

Freddy The Forger

Notes: "There's only one man capable of forging such forgeries...Freddy The Forger!"
October 06, 1973 IH-05 "The Mummy's Curse" Mummy comes to life! Treasure map stolen! Curse of King Ra's Tomb coming true! Inchmummy

King Ra

Notes: "First we find the Mummy and then we ask him what he did with it!"
October 13, 1973 IH-06 "The Doll Maker" Department store fur robberies! Inchrichrich

Mrs. Rich-Rich

Notes: "To the home of Mrs. Richard Rich-Rich, 329 Easy Street! She's our prime suspect."
October 20, 1973 IH-07 "Music Maestro" Valuable instruments stolen! Inchmurray

Murray The Musician

Notes: "To grab the one man capable of playing every instrument in a band...Murray The Musician!
October 27, 1973 IH-08 "Dude City" Gambling! Inchdealers

Dude City Dealers

Notes: "The charge is betting! And that's a form of gambling! And that's illegal in this state!"
November 03, 2014 IH-09 "High Fashion" Fashion industry in panic after design thefts! Inchbridesmaid

The Bridesmaid

Notes: "The Bridesmaid! It has to be her!"
November 10, 1973 IH-10 "The Cat Burglars" Cat burglar strikes again! Priceless Ming vase stolen! Inchpaper

The Cat Burglar

Notes: "Number one: You forgot to turn your calendar page this morning. Number two: The vase was stolen by a man with size 8 and 1/2 'D' shoes, who drives a vehicle with a distinctive set of tire tracks."
November 17, 1973 IH-11 "The World's Greatest Animals" World's greatest animals missing! Inchsam

Sam Keed

Notes: "Now I ask myself, who would steal the world's greatest animals? The answer is a professional thief, a real pro. And I intend to question the top pro of them all!"
November 24, 1973 IH-12 "Super Flea" Somebody broke into the lab and stole Super Flea! Inchbug

Dr. Bug

Notes: "You mean, Dr. Bug was the one who stole him?"
December 01, 1973 IH-13 "The Return of Spumoni" Pickelangelo statue stolen! Taken by detectives who were holding it for safekeeping! Inchredears

Finkerton & Inch High

Notes: "No doubt about it, boss. That's us alright! They've got us dead to rights."

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Credits

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Inch High, Private Eye appearances on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law [12] Media Copyright: Warner Bros.







Official DVD Release

On May 01, 2012, Warner Bros. officially released Inch High, Private Eye: The Complete Series on Made To Order DVD, as part of the Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection. [13]

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