The series follows a group of four teenage detectives, the Clue Club – Larry, Pepper, D.D., and Dottie – who solved mysteries with the help of two talking dogs, a bloodhound and basset hound named Woofer and Wimper. Clue Club mysteries usually involved investigating bizarre crimes such as animals, trains, airports, a movie director, and statues vanishing into thin air.
Clue Club only had one season's worth of first-run episodes produced, which were shown on Saturday mornings on CBS.
In the fall of 1977, cut-down versions of the half-hour episodes of Clue Club appeared under the new title Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives to showcase the show's bloodhound and basset hound which aired as a segment on the CBS Saturday morning package program The Skatebirds from September 10, 1977, to January 21, 1978. When The Skatebirds was canceled in early 1978, Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives re-appeared as a segment alongside The Three Robonic Stooges on their half-hour show from January 28 to September 2, 1978, also on CBS.
The full-length versions of Clue Club returned to CBS on Sunday mornings from September 10, 1978, to January 21, 1979, concluding the show's original network run. After the mid-1980s re-airing on USA Cartoon Express, it has since resurfaced on Cartoon Network (as part of the Mysteries, Inc. block) in the 1990s and Boomerang in the 2000s.
Cast And Characters
- Paul Winchell as Woofer: a bloodhound who tried to solve the mysteries independently, with his friend Wimper. Woofer constantly accused suspects without probable cause, then later back-track while haughtily proclaiming his genius to satisfy his ego; he also wears a deerstalkers' cap on his head.
- Jim MacGeorge as Wimper: a more down-to-earth, easy-going, yet intelligent basset hound who would at times go along with Woofer’s schemes, and other times he would turn the tables on his comrade.
- David Jolliffe as Larry: the older member and Clue Club Commander; he normally interviewed the suspect(s) and / or passed on the Club's findings to Dottie.
- Patricia Stich as Pepper: She searched for clues and / or evidence, mostly accompanied by D.D., which often lead to them being chased by the villains. She is a Blonde.
- Bob Hastings as D.D., whose full name is not revealed, and resulted in being confused with Dottie: a bespectacled redhead wearing a Sherlock Holmes style hat, he often teamed up with Pepper to search for clues.
- Tara Talboy as Dottie, not to be confused with D.D.: the youngest member of the Clue Club, 13 years old, and Clue Club Coordinator. A prodigy, she normally stayed at home. From there, Dottie provided case-solving information from her minicomputer and / or results from various forensic tests. She also had access to plenty of other high-tech communications equipment, including audio / video links to the Clue Club Car and to their Clue Club Communicators which look like wristwatches and functioned as as pagers. She resembles Wendy Thomas. Common with sibling rivalries, she ended up being very shy, and moped around a lot. She endured an arsenal of deprecating nicknames from her elder sister Pepper and friends: "half-pint", "short-stuff", and the like. Dottie's friends on the Clue Club were highly protective of her, and resented it when she joined them in the field, which happened after running out of "homework".
- John Stephenson as Sheriff Lester Bagley: the local sheriff who welcomed The Clue Club. He frequently relied on the Clue Club for assistance and arrested suspects at their conclusion.
- Story editor Sid Morse's bible revealed Sheriff Bagley's first name: Lester.